You will recall that in the President’s Message posted on this Web site at the beginning of July, Master Trân mentioned that when speaking to TKD students in many countries he had become aware of their desire to learn more about ITF TKD.

As promised, we are introducing a new questions-and-answers feature called Do You Know? that will make it easy for everyone to learn more about ITF TKD. Everyone will learn something from answering these questions, and teachers are encouraged to use the questions in their classes.

Every two months we will post ten new questions on the Web site. The questions will be about the history of TKD, the history and organization of the ITF, technical points, the ITF TKD philosophy, and martial arts in general. We may ask you to simply give the answer or we may offer a list of answers for you to choose from. Some questions will be illustrated with photos or diagrams. Some questions will be very easy, while others may require some research.

In the beginning, the questions will be produced by the President’s Office in collaboration with the Technical Committee, but we hope that you will participate by submitting your own questions. Please include the answers with your questions (although you may send us a question if you have not been able to find the answer).

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1) What is the correct way to write TKD-ITF?
  1. Tae Kwon Do
  2. Taekwondo
  3. Taekwon-Do
2) What is the meaning of the name TKD?
3) Who founded the ITF? When and where?
There were 9 founding member countries. Can you name at least 5 of them?
4) How can we summarize in two words the purpose of practicing TKD?
5) What does “chariot, kyon ye” mean?
6) What is the width of the walking stance“gunun sogi”?
  1. 2 shoulder widths, measured from the outside of one foot to the outside of the other foot;
  2. 1 shoulder width, measured from the outside of one foot to the outside of the other foot;
  3. 1 shoulder width, measured from the center of one foot to the center of the other foot;
  4. 1 ½ times the shoulder width, measured from the inside of one foot to the inside of the other foot.
7) Under the new regulations for free sparring, kicking to a high section gives how many points: 1, 2, 3 or 4 points?
8) When and in what city was the first ITF World Championship held?
9) Which of the following are General Choi’s TKD training secrets?
  1. the purpose of movement,
  2. slightly bending the arms and legs before beginning a movement,
  3. the training secrets must be kept secret,
  4. a. + b.
10) What proves that a Black Belt holder is officially recognized by the ITF?
  1. wearing the ITF dobok,
  2. training at an ITF school,
  3. holding a Black Belt certificate issued by the ITF and signed by the President.
  4. a. + b. + c. = all three


1) Taekwon-Do
2) "Tae" means “foot”.
"Kwon" means “hand”.
"Do" means "the way".
So Taekwon-Do means "the way of feet and hands".
3) The ITF was founded by General Choi Hong Hi on March 22nd 1966 in Seoul (Korea).
The nine founding member countries are: Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, West Germany, USA, Turkey, Italy, and Egypt.
4) We practice TKD for health and safety.
5) "Chariot" means "attention".
"Kyon ye" means "salutations/bow".
ITF TKD teachers use this expression to get their students´ attention.
6) The width of the walking stance “Gunun Sogi” is 1 shoulder width, measured from the center of one foot to the center of the other foot (answer c.).
7) Kicking to a high section gives 3 points.
8) The first ITF World Championship was held in Montreal (Canada) in 1974.
9) (d = a) + b)
10) d = all three
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