We’re only one week in and we have instructors from 45 different countries all over the world and from all organizations.
Some people think I’m trying to unify the ITF… nope.
Some think I’m trying to bring all Taekwon-Do styles together… nope.
Some even think that I might be secretly trying to push the organization that I am a part of… nope.
For some reason people can’t wrap their head around that. Probably because that’s what they see everyone else trying to do.
Every organization says they are going to have THE official number system for certificates, that they are going to unite all the ITFs, and that they are THE organization that will carry on Gen. Choi’s legacy.
The truth is, they are all doing it. They are just all doing it a little differently than each other. But no matter how many ITF’s there are, there is still one Taekwon-Do.
Gen. Choi created Taekwon-Do and it was officially named in 1955. He later (11 years later) created what we used to know as the original ITF to manage the growth and organization of Taekwon-Do. All the ITF was, and all the current ITF’s, still are just organizations. They are not Taekwon-Do.
Taekwon-Do exists independent of any organization.
If all the governing bodies of Taekwon-Do dissolved tomorrow, would you just give up Taekwon-Do? Would you suddenly stop teaching? Would you have to close your school? Would you suddenly stop training? Would you suddenly stop getting together with other instructors?
NO! Why? Because (again) Taekwon-Do exists independent of any organization.
Some of you might ask, “What about the WTF or the ATA?
Well why don’t we ask Gen. Choi what he thinks about this…
“It is one of nature’s ironies that delicate plants such as orchids or tulips require extreme care while weeds flourish with no attention at all. Wild panic grass easily mistaken for wheat or rice, can actually prevent the growth of the genuine article. I cannot help but despair over the tainted image of Taekwon-Do recently created by practitioners of sham Taekwon-do, who have nothing in common with the origin and art form except for a borrowed name.
I console myself with this thought: Like a counterfeit diamond that cannot cut glass, fraudulent Taekwon-Do is appearance without substance and like a summer shower that quickly dries from the earth or a hurricane that rapidly passes from the sky, phoney Taekwon-Do practitioners and imitators cannot endure. It exists solely on the strength of political influence and is totally devoid of fundamental philosophy or technique based on logic. As such, it is destined for an early exit. The issue lies in our ability to differentiate between the true and the false.”
-General Choi, Hong Hi
The imitators are going to say what they say and do what they do, and you have no control over that. As an instructor/school owner, it is a waste of time and energy to think or worry about.
I’m not concerned with, or going to waste my time worrying about those who have spun off and are trying to claim to be Taekwon-Do. And if you are, then it’s time to pull your head out of your ass and start focusing on your training, your art, and doing your part to grow true Taekwon-Do.
What I am focused on with 1 TKD is building, growing and expanding true Taekwon-Do by creating professional and profitable schools. If we are successful with that, then we can expedite the imitators’ “early exit”.
About the Author:
Senior Instructor – Karstadt Taekwon-Do
Mr. Karstadt has been training since 1984, earned his Black Belt at the age of 8 and is currently an internationally renown intstructor teaching the culture, discipline and leadership skills of Taekwon-Do to Phoenix families since 1998 at Karstadt Taekwon-Do. He has been a member of eight U.S. Taekwon-Do Teams and has traveled to 14 different countries competing in Taekwon-Do. He has won numerous medals at the World Championships and in international competition, most notably winning the 2004 World Championships in South Korea with two gold medals and the Men’s Team All Around Trophy. Mr. Karstadt currently resides in uptown Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and three children. Mr. Karstadt can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.