Sometimes you will hear us talk about TKDI or Taekwon-do International, and sometimes when you speak with people from other Taekwon-do schools they will refer to ITF or WTF Taekwon-do styles, so what are people talking about?
Taekwon-do International is the association to which Glen Ridge Taekwon-do belongs. We wear the association patch on our uniforms, and we receive our certifications from Taekwon-do International. When we go to New York City to compete, that is a sister school within the organization. When we go to boot camp to train with Grandmaster Kim, the other schools that send people are all within the same organization. Each school strives to teach a similar style of Taekwon-do and to raise their students to do Taekwon-do to the same high standards.
ITF stands for International Taekwon-do Federation. ITF was founded by General Choi and its members use the same patterns we do. Many people refer to these patterns as “ITF” or “the Chun-Ji, Dan-Gun patterns” but properly they are called “Chong Han” patterns. While the patterns are very familiar, ITF’s sparring rules for competition are different. The competitors do not wear a chest guard, or hogu, though they do have head gear, foot gear, and hand gear. The hand gear will often cover the striking part of the hand if punching to the face is allowed. More significantly, ITF sparring is a stop match. The center referee will stop the match periodically when he or she feels that a point has been scored. If you have seen the original “Karate Kid” you have seen a stop match, though the style of martial art in the movie is Karate, of course.
WTF stands for World Taekwondo Federation. The WTF uses the Taegeuk patterns for their promotion tests. Some say these patterns are not as complex as the Chong Han ones we use. At WTF competitions the sparring is very similar to what we practice: the rounds go continuously until the time is complete. For fighting gear the competitors wear a chest guard as well as head gear, foot gear, and forearm guards, but the hands are often exposed, as punching to the neck or head is not allowed.
The WTF is closely associated with the Kukkiwon, which is in Seoul, South Korea, and is the organization that brings Taekwon-do to the Olympics. Grandmaster Kim is also closely associated with the Kukkiwon, having brought students, including Master Meany, Master Marr and Master Giletti, to Korea for study and training at the Kukkiwon and with professional Taekwon-do teams many times.
For more information about Taekwon-Do International you can visit the union website at tkdunion.org
Please note that calendar events are subject to change. Check back to confirm events.
September 5: Regular class schedule resumes
September 16, 1-2pm: Pattern review class (Juniors & Adults)
September 23: Crane Park Family Fest, Noon-4pm, demos at 12:30 & 1:30 (All students welcome)
October 9: School closed for Columbus Day
October 14: Promotion Test (study sheets)
November 11: Junior Cup Championship 2017, Roseland, NJ
November 23-25: School closed for Thanksgiving
December 2: World Chun Kuhn Taekwon Do Federation Founder's Classic
December 9: Promotion Test (study sheets) and Holiday Party
December 24-31: School closed for Winter Holiday
January 1: School closed for New Year's Day
The remainder of the 2018 calendar will be posted when it is available.