The Global Taekwon-Do Federation, a non-profit, non-political organization founded in 1990 is committed to promoting the unique style of Taekwon-Do developed by legendary Grand Master Park Jung Tae and to maintain his vision and legacy. The contributions of Grand Master Park to the development and promotion of Taekwon-Do worldwide are unparalled. It is important to understand that prior to the existence of the GTF, the Founder of GTF, Grand Master Park Jung Tae, was for several decades the Technical Chairman and Secretary-General of the ITF. Also, he was the person responsible for teaching all the International intructors throughout the world and standardizing techniques and teaching methods.
The Global Taekwon-Do Federation is unique from a purely technical stand point. Although GTF techniques include all the traditional patterns and fundamental movements of the Chang Hun system practiced by the ITF, the founder of the GTF, Grand Master Park Jung Tae, continued to improve and develop an even more scientific approach to the execution and delivery of the fundamental movements of Taekwon-Do. The improvements were designed to promote superior health and fitness by focusing on more circular fluid motions in conjunction with proper knee spring and breath control. Furthermore, the founder of the GTF, Grand Master Park Jung Tae, developed six additional Hyungs to be practiced by GTF members in addition to the traditional twenty-four. Also, he created nine Shabang, Makgo, Jirugi exercises and other unique training methods that support the development of fundamental skills.
The GTF promotes and maintains the integrity of Taekwon-Do as a traditional martial art while at the same time incorporate the sport aspect through competition. Although not readily apparent to the untrained eye, the techniques and methods of execution promoted by Grand Master Park Jung Tae are substantially different enough from the ITF and WTF systems to ratify that the GTF constitutes a distinct style of Taekwon-Do.
The GTF moves into the future carrying the torch of Grand Master Park's legacy. At the same time, our dedicated, experienced Instructors are emerging as future leaders for GTF's posterity.