Two branches of taekwondo to meet in global arena [2015/02/26 10:05]

Korea’s martial art of taekwondo has been governed by two separate organizations.

The two are the International Taekwondo Federation and the World Taekwondo Federation, which were *founded in 1966 and 1973, respectively.

Taekwondo fighters *belonging to the two different groups were not allowed to fight in each other’s world competitions until recently, according to the Associated Press.

The two groups have reached a new *agreement allowing their athletes to freely compete in *the other federation’s events.

“While we are two separate organizations, we share a common history and a common passion for our great sport,” WTF President Choue Chung-won of South Korea was *quoted as saying in early February.

He said he hoped that every *athlete, *regardless of federation, nationality or race, would have the opportunity to compete in international competitions, including the Olympics.

ITF-style taekwondo is taught widely across North Korea and uses more punches, hand techniques and judo-style *takedowns.

WTF style taekwondo *features *flashier high kicks and a scoring system, which discourages punches.

Choue said that he had invited ITF President Chang Ung of North Korea to attend the 2015 World Taekwondo Championships, a key competition *prior to the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
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