ITF TIMELINE

2333 B.C. Korea founded according to the legend of Dan Gun (Gen. Choi’s ITF pattern Dan-Gun Tul immortalizes this story for all future generations)
918-1392 Koryo Dynasty in its latest years had gunpowder & new weapons available, thus diminishing support of the martial arts or the emphasis on the need for MAs for hand-to-hand military combat
1392-1910 Chosun Dynasty founded on ideology of Confucianism put more importance on literary art than martial art
1882 1st Judo Dojo begins what would eventually become widespread civilian participation in Martial Arts
1871 Japan begins to pressure Korea to forego relationships with China & establish closer relationships with Japan
1894–95 Sino-Japanese War weakens Korea’s connections to china
1904 The Russo-Japanese War eliminated Russia’s competition for influence over Korea
1905 Japan exerts control over Korea
1909 October 26 Ahn Chung-Gun assassinates Hirobumi Ito, the Japanese Resident-General of Korea (Gen. Choi’s ITF pattern Chung-Gun Tul immortalizes this Korean Patriot forever)
1910 Korea forcibly annexed by Japan, unconfirmed reports claims martial arts were eventually outlawed, however there was no real civilian practice that could be restricted & eventually Judo would make its way from Japan, kendo, boxing, wrestling & even archery was allowed during the occupation
1919 March 1 Korea declares their independence, but Japan brutally puts down the movement (Gen. Choi’s ITF pattern Sam-Il Tul permanently commemorates this date & honors the 33 Patriots who signed the declaration with the 33 Taekwon-Do moves the pattern contains)
1945 WWII ends the dark period of the Japanese occupation of Korea, which was then divided by the Allied Forces (USA) & the Soviet Union (U.S.S.R.)
1944-47 1st Korean Karate schools open: Song Moo Kwan March 11, 1944; Chung Do Kwan September 15, 1944; Ji Do Kwan May 3 1946; Chang Moo Kwan 1946; Moo Do Kwan 1946; ROK Army Choi 46 & Nam 47
1949 Gen. Choi traveled to the America for military training & took the opportunity to display his martial art there (most likely 1st Korean to do so)
1953 Gen. Choi forms the 29th Infantry “Fist” Division on JeJu Island using Korean Martial Arts to build character, strength, fighting skills and to instill esprit de corps in the soldiers under his command
1955 Gen. Choi creates the 1st two Korean Tuls or forms, then called Hyungs, Hwa Rang Tul & Chung Mu Tul, he would go onto to create 26 in total, all named after great Korean Patriots or significant events & themes in Korean history & culture
1955 April 11 Tae Kwon Do named by Gen Choi & offered as the label for the new Korean Martial Art of Self Defense he was spearheading the development of in the ROK Army, the 1st ROK President Dr. Seung-Man Rhee, PhD authorizes the new name with his Calligraphy, as a result April 11 is therefore referred to as Taekwon-Do’s birthday
1957 Taekwon-Do Association of Korea formed with Vice Speaker of the National Assembly Lee Jae Hahk president, Gen Choi Vice President, GM Song Duk Sung Secretary General
1959 March 1st Taekwon-Do demonstration abroad: Vietnam & Taiwan with 19 members, among them Gen Choi, Nam Tae-Hi, Ko Jae-Chon, Paik Joon-Gi, Woo Jong-Lim, Kwak Keum-Sik, Han Cha-Kyo, Kim Bok-Nahm, Kim Guen-Taek, Cha Soo-Yong, Yoon Jong-Geul, Kim Mahn-Ho, Kim Bok-Man, Lee Eung-Sahm, Lee Hwa-Seuk, Kim Jae-Ryong, Lee Yong-Kyun
1959 September 3 Korea Taekwon-Do Association formed with Gen Choi president, Ro Byung-Jik & Yoon Kwae-Byung Vice Presidents, Hwang Kee as Chairman
1959 October 1st Taekwon-Do book written: author Gen. Choi Hong Hi
1959 Gen. Choi established and became the 1st Director of the Martial Art Department in the Army
1961 September Korea Tae Soo Do Association formed with Gen. Choi Myung-Shin as president, Hyun Jong-Myun, Lee Kyo-Yun, Park Chul-Hee, Ko Jae-Chun & Song Tae-Hak Vice Presidents, Lee Chong-Woo & Uhm Woon-Gyu as vice chairmen
1961 Gen. Choi opposed the use of the new compromise name of TAE SOO DO & continued his development under the Taekwon-Do Banner
1962 Gen. Choi personally introduced Taekwon-Do to Malaysia when assigned there as the 1st Korean Ambassador
1963 July Gen. Choi forms the Malaysian Taekwon-Do Federation with the help of Kim Bok-Man & Woo Jae-Lim
1964 Gen. Choi forms the Singapore Taekwon-Do Association with the help of Kim Bok-Man & Woo Jae-Lim
1964 Gen. Choi goes to Vietnam to introduce his new Tuls & deliever his new manuscript containing instructions for the newest Taekwon-Do patterns
1965 Vietnam Taekwon-Do Association formed by the Military Taekwon-Do under Gen. Choi
1965 January Gen Choi elected 3rd president of the Korea Tae Soo Do Association; changes name to Taekwon-Do, 1st president Gen Choi Myung-Shin, 2nd Park Jong-Tae, 4th Ro Byung-Jik, 5th Kim Yong-Chae, 6th Dr. Kim Un Yong 7th Ku Chon-Seo
1965 1st English book on Taekwon-Do: author Gen Choi
1965 Kukki Taekwon-Do Goodwill tour led by Gen Choi with Han Cha-Kyo, Kwon Jae-Hwa, Park Jong-Soo & Kim Joong-Keun to Europe, the Middle East, Africa & Southeast Asia
1966 March 22 ITF formed in Seoul Korea; Gen Choi 1st president, 9 initial member nations; Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, USA, Germany, Italy, Turkey & United Arab Republic (of Egypt)
1966 July 1 The Army Taekwon-Do Manual written by Gen. Choi Hong-Hi is published by the ROK Army
1967 Gen. Choi awarded the 1st Class Distinguished Service Medal by the Government of Vietnam
1968 Gen. Choi introduced Taekwon-Do to C.I.S.M. as the Chief Delegate for Korea at their meeting in Paris, France
1968 Gen. Choi receives the Korean (ROK) Government Sports Award
1969 January The ITF under Gen. Choi publishes the 1st ever Taekwon-Do Magazine
1969 1st Asian Championship (ITF)
1972 Gen. Choi writes a Textbook that was commonly referred to as the “bible of Taekwon-Do” – 6 Editions & 2 reprints up until 1986, 1st reprint needed the next year (73)
1972 ITF relocates to Toronto Canada mid-point between Asia & Europe, as well as above South America & the Caribbean to continue to spread Taekwon-Do worldwide
1974 1st ITF World Championships in Montreal Canada, which was the 1st ever World Championships outside of Korea which demonstrated that Taekwon-Do was truly an international sport & there they introduced 4 categories of competition, as well as team events, (both firsts) to help insure the Overall World Champion was a complete martial artist, 450 competitors from 27 Countries
1978 ITF World Championships were held in Oklahoma City, USA & expanded to female competitors for the 1st time ever in any World Championships
1980 September ITF introduces Taekwon-Do to north Korea
1981 The ITF World Championships were held in Argentina; the 1st time ever a world championship was hosted in South America
1981 September ITF graduates 1st group of north Korean instructors who gone on to help spread TKD to many countries around the world
1981 November ITF presents a unified south & north Korean instructors Demo Team to the historic meeting called north & overseas Korea Christian leaders in Vienna Austria
1983 Gen. Choi completed the 15 Volume Set of Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do, a written work truly unprecedented in the martial arts world that has at least 5 Editions or printings
1984 The ITF World Championships were held in Scotland; the 1st time ever a Taekwon-Do world championship was hosted in the United Kingdom or a Commonwealth Nation
1985 March ITF Headquarters relocates to Vienna Austria during the height of the “Cold War” era, a politically neutral Country centrally located in Europe, thus enabling Taekwon-Do to spread to communist, socialist & 3rd World Countries, envisioning a dream to share Taekwon-Do without regard to national boundaries, political ideology, race, religion, ethnicity or creed
1986 June ITF introduces Taekwon-Do to China
1987 ITF World Championships were held in Athens, Greece; the 1st time ever a Taekwon-Do world championship was hosted in Greece
1988 April ITF 6th World Championships 1st time a TKD WCs were held in a communist country- Budapest Hungary
1988 August ITF introduces Taekwon-Do to the U.S.S.R.
1988 1st Open World TKD Championship hosted by the Taekwon-Do Association of Great Britain
1988 Gen. Choi publishes a Condensed Version Single Volume Book of his previously published Encyclopedia of Taekwon-Do that presently has at least 6 Editions
1989 Gen. Choi named “Man of the Year” by Tae Kwon Do Times Magazine
1989 July ITF appears as formal sports event at the 13th World Festival of Youth & Students performing the largest mass TKD demo ever in front of 150,000 people in Pyongyang Korea
1990 August ITF 7th World Championships Montreal Canada
1992 May ITF 8th World Championships held at the brand new TKD Palace in Pyongyang Korea
1992 Gen. Choi earns an Honorary Doctorate Degree awarded by the Russian State Central Institute of Physical Education of Russia in Physical Education
1992 December 9 1st Taekwondo Hanmadang Korea
1993 July ITF holds the 1st Junior World Championship for both male & females ages 13-17, individual & national teams were held in Moscow Russia, 1st ever WCs for Youth
1994 July ITF 9th World Championships Kuala Terengganu Malaysia
1994 September 4 Taekwondo accepted as official Olympic sport by the 103rd IOC Session held in Paris France
1995 Encyclopedia Britannica defines Taekwon-Do, credits Gen Choi with naming it & as the principal founder
1995 November 15 1st Taekwondo Symposium
1997 July ITF 10th World Championships St. Petersburg Russia
1999 Gen. Choi, long time Canadian citizen nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Canada, his adopted homeland
1999 September ITF 11th World Championship Buenos Aires Argentina
1999 Gen. Choi forms the International Martial Arts Games Commission in Argentina, an Olympic type of event limited to just the fighting arts
1999 Gen. Choi earns an Honorary Doctorate Degree awarded by the D.P.R. Korea State Commission on Academic Degrees & Titles in Sports Science
2000 Gen. Choi writes Moral Guide Book
2000 Gen. Choi publishes a 3 Volume Set of Memoirs: titled Taekwon-Do and I
2001 Gen. Choi earns an Honorary Doctorate Degree awarded by Moldova State University in Philosophy
2001 July ITF 12th World Championship Rimini Italy
2002 June 15 Gen Choi passes away receiving a State Funeral & is buried in a Patriot’s Cemetery in Pyongyang Korea as founder of ITF & honored as one who fought against the Japanese Occupation
1918-2002 Gen. Choi received numerous other awards and honors for his global work on Taekwon-Do & for teaching Taekwon-Do for decades to everyone, regardless of political ideology, national boundaries, race, religion or creed & as a vehicle to reunite his beloved Homeland of Korea
2002 ITF & WTF exchange demonstration teams in Seoul & Pyongyang
2002 November 22 ITF & WTF presidents meet for 1st time & hold merger talks Colorado Springs USA
2004 July ITF Junior & 1st Veterans World Championships for both males & females over the ages of 40, 50
2004 October ITF World Championship held in Daejeon City south Korea
2006 ITF World Championships in Austrailia
2007 ITF World Championships are held in United Kingdom, Birmigham
2007 ITF Demo Team from north Korea makes historic Goodwill Tour of 5 cities in the USA, spanning from the Pacific west coast the Atlantic east coast ; Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cedar Rapids, Louisville & Atlanta
2009 Gen. Choi honored posthumously by the Official Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame
2009 ITF 16th World Championships are held in Argentina
2009 Gen. Choi inducted posthumously into the Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame as The Founder of Taekwon-Do
2010 ITF World Championship held in South Korea
2012 ITF World Championship held in Ottawa, Canada
2014 Gen. Choi honored posthumously by the Canadian Government by having the gymnasium hall at Canada’s Embassy in Seoul Korea named Choi Hong-Hi Gym
2014 ITF World Championships held in Rome, Italy
2014 August 21 The IOC has ITF & WTF sign an historic accord promising future cooperation, mutual respect, honoring their shared history, field joint demo teams & establish a route for ITF players to compete in each other’s events, including the Olympics
2014 Gen. Choi inducted posthumously into the Korean Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame
2015 January New Mexico State University hosts official WTF event – 1st ever joint ITF-WTF academic conference & physical training sessions, resulting from historic ITF & WTF Accord
2015 March 22 The 49th Anniversary of the forming of the ITF in Seoul Korea
2015 April 11 Taekwon-Do celebrates 60th Birthday Anniversary
2015 April 11 Choi, Jung Hwa son of General Choi becomes the 1st living Federation President to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
2016 July 26 ITF World Championships held in Brighton, England