General Choi Hong Hi founded the International Taekwon-Do Federation on 22nd March 1966 comprising of 9 Taekwon-Do associations of Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, West Germany, USA, Turkey, Italy, Arab Republic of Egypt and South Korea and was elected as the first President of the ITF. The establishment of the ITF was of great significance in the history of Taekwon-Do.
The International Taekwon-Do Federation developed rapidly over the next decades overcoming all difficulties since its foundation. It has now expanded and developed into a huge international organization with over 50 million practitioners in 127 member countries.
General Choi Hong Hi who created Taekwon-Do and founded the ITF as its first President, dedicated his all to Taekwon-Do till the last moment of his life. He sadly passed away from gastric cancer in Pyongyang, North Korea on 15th June 2002.
All Koreans owe a debt of gratitude to General Choi for spreading Taekwon-Do globally, which also put Korea on the map as well as giving Korea a warm face to the world.
All Taekwon-Do practitioners around the world also owe a debt of gratitude to General Choi, as for without him, there would not be a Korean Martial Art called Taekwon-Do.
Today Taekwon-Do is one of the biggest and best martial art in the world, with millions of practitioners at all levels and continues to grow stronger.
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