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General Choi Hong Hi's Death Causes Break Up The I.T.F.

Choi, Hong Hi   (1918 - 2002)
General Choi Hong Hi, founder and president of the International TaeKwon-Do Federation, passed away at 8:35 pm on June 15, 2002, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The General was 83 at the time of his death.

General Choi was born in 1918, in Kilju, North Korea. He was laid to rest on June 17, 2002 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Because General Choi was a Buddhist, a traditional memorial service took place in Pyongyang 100 days after his passing.

General Choi is survived by his wife, son, Choi Jung Hwa, two daughters, and his grandchildren, who all live in Canada.

A ceremony of remembrance celebrating the life and achievements of the Founder of Taekwon-Do General Choi Hong Hi was held in the gardens at 33 Leone Lane, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Saturday, August 17, 2002

Master Ra (left), Grand Master Benko (center), General Choi Hong Hi (right). Chicago, (June, 1974).

Grand Master James S. Benko and Son James, visiting General Choi Hong Hi at his home in Canada (1982).

On April 11, 1955 a special board of master instructors, historians, and other important members of Korean society held a meeting. Their purpose was to coordinate the different kwans (schools) and select a name for the newly organized Korean style.

After reviewing several different names for the new style, they chose the name submitted by General Choi Hong Hi, the new name was TaeKwon-Do. General Choi is recognized throughout the world as the "Father of TaeKwon-Do."

With his death the I.T.F. has fragmented into many factions all claiming to be the I.T.F., Canada, North Korea, England, etc., and have been changing movements in patterns, adding new patterns, causing nothing but confusion and misinformation regarding Chang-Hun TaeKwon-Do.

With the breakup and fragmentation of the ITF (International TaeKwon-Do Federation), we invite ITF members to join the ITA (International TaeKwon-Do Association) and keep the Art of Traditional Chang-Hun TaeKwon-Do pure and free from politics, as it was meant to be.

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