What is Taekwon-Do?

Taekwon-Do: ‘the way of the hand and the foot’

In 1946 Korean Army General Choi Hong Hi (1918-2002) began the development of a new martial art. His research was based primarily on Tae Kyon, Soo Bak-Gi and Karate. On April 11, 1955 General Choi Hong Hi named this martialart Taekwon-Do. Taekwon-Do means the way of the foot and the hand. “Tae” stands for jumping or flying, to kick or smash with the foot; “Kwon” denotes the fist, chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. “Do” means an art or way.

Taekwon-Do is a powerful tool to create purpose in movement and thought. It is designed for self-defence and self improvement. It is an activity suitable for all ages and all abilities. Students learn various hand and kicking techniques, sparring skills, patterns (tul), self defense techniques and street safety awareness. Through dedicated practice students will improve fitness, strength, flexibility, motivation and self confidence.

Taekwon-Do is also a way of life committed to fair play and justice for all. Integral to Taekwon-Do is the concept of moral culture. This can be described as a work ethic dedicated to the spirit of harmony and community well-being. Through observing values such as courtesy, integrity and self-control in the dojang (training facility) combined with the self discipline to achieve (black belt) success, students are better prepared to contribute to the community in a positive manner.

Who is the ITF of B.C.?

We are a group of dedicated instructors and students of Taekwon-Do from schools all across our beautiful province. We follow the teachings and legacy of the late General Choi Hong Hi, founder of Taekwon-Do. 

“Here I leave Taekwon-Do for mankind as a trace of man of the late 20th century. The 24 patterns represent 24 hours, one day, or all my life.” - General Choi Hong Hi

The International Taekwon-Do Federation of B.C. is the Provincial Association of the Canadian Taekwon-Do Federation International. Our schools and instructors are all members of the International Taekwon-Do Federation.

Mission Statement:

"The mission of the International Taekwon-Do Federation of B.C. is to support and promote excellence in International Taekwon-Do Federation Taekwon-Do in British Columbia by providing opportunities for students, athletes and instructors through coaching, seminars and tournaments."


Our Board of Directors

Mr. Jordan Boudreau, VI


Our Committees

Technical Committee

Chair: Master Kurt Ottesen, VIII


Master Michael Barker, VIII

Mr. Chris Law, VI

Umpire Committee

Chair: Mr. Chris Law, VI


Mr. Darius Andaya, VI

Mr. Dimitri Pilichi, VI

Mr. Sean Costain, V

Tournament Committee

Chair: Mr. Brian Thompson, V


Mr. Fred Hudson, IV

 Communications Committee

Chair: Mr. Rob Barker, III


Mr. Brandon Jennings, III

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