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Miguksaram
11/18/2008 11:33am,
UNITED STATES TAEKWONDO COMMITTEE
INFORMATION SHEET

The following information is provided primarily to Dojang Owners who are seeking information about the United States Taekwondo Committee in an effort to help them to decide whether to join our organization or not.

The United States Taekwondo Committee (USTC) was formed on August 11, 2007 with the purpose of spreading the development and growth of the Martial Arts aspects of Taekwondo. We seek to promote the non-Olympic sport aspect of Taekwondo. To that end, the USTC hosted an International Hanmadang Referee Certification Course in February 2008 that was attended by 230 Masters and Grand Masters. The USTC then hosted the 2008 World Hanmadang in July 2008 in Los Angeles, CA, marking just the first time that the World Hanmadang was held outside of Korea. USTC is hosting a Kukkiwon International Poomsae Seminar in Dallas, TX on December 6-7, 2008, followed by another International Hanmadang Referee Certification and Refresher Course that will be held in April 2009 in Chicago, IL. Also, the USTC will be hosting the first United States National Hanmadang in June 2009 in Chicago, IL. All of this from such a young, fledgling organization, and with more to come!

An organization that exists primarily to stress the Martial Arts aspects of Taekwondo should appeal to all Dojang owners because, as you well know, only two (2) percent of your students are motivated to become Olympic Taekwondo athlete. The other 98% of your students practice Taekwondo for reasons other than making the Olympic team. Those reasons may include the following: Discipline, Self-Defense, Health Improvement, Self-Control, etc. All Taekwondo dojangs approach the study of Taekwondo by teaching a variety of kicks and punches, self-defense techniques, Poomsae (forms), and perhaps sparring techniques. Students young and old practice these activities daily in Taekwondo dojangs around the world. That is why we currently number over 70 million Taekwondo practitioners worldwide. So, ask yourselves- What is the chance of one of my students making an Olympic Taekwondo Team? The Olympics currently consists of only 128 athletes in total, male and female.
What chance does my student have of making it to a Taekwondo World Championship? The Taekwondo World Championship consists of national teams that can consist of no more than 8 male and 8 female athletes from each participating country. What about the other millions of Taekwondo practitioners around the world? What is there for them, as far as International or World competitions?

The fact is that the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) is the international Governing Body for the Olympic Sport of Taekwondo. Presently, only Olympic Sparring is an Olympic event. Poomsae is not an Olympic Sport event. Additionally, USA Taekwondo is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of Taekwondo in America. Their charter is to select a team representing the USA that will compete at WTF events such a World Cup, World Championships, Pan Am Games, and the Olympic Games. So, the pecking order is as follows: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is the world governing body for all Olympic sports. They recognize one international sports body for each sport. That internationally recognized body for Taekwondo is the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). The WTF, in turn, recognizes one national governing body (NGB) in each of its member countries. In the USA that NGB is USA Taekwondo.

Kukkiwon is the World Taekwondo Headquarters and is located in Seoul, Korea, as is the World Taekwondo Federation. Kukkiwon is charged with developing and promoting the Martial Art of Taekwondo globally. The martial art aspect of Taekwondo includes all areas that are not under the auspices of the Olympic Sport of Taekwondo- Poomsae, Breaking, Self-Defense, etc. These are the same aspects that the other 98% of Dojang students practice and in which they excel. Kukkiwon is also the International Body responsible for Dan Promotions and the licensing of Taekwondo Instructors. As you may see, Kukkiwon has a totally different responsibility and mission to promote Taekwondo globally. Sometimes, the WTF and Kukkiwon act cooperatively. For example, participants at WTF events must have Dan Certification from Kukkiwon.

The United States Taekwondo Committee is set up as a corollary organization to USA Taekwondo, only it is under the auspices of Kukkiwon. We follow closely the Kukkiwon mission of promoting the Martial Arts aspects of Taekwondo in the United States of America. We are not in competition with USA Taekwondo. We make no attempts to field a team of athletes to compete in Olympic competition. Rather, we promote participation of Taekwondo students young and old in the Taekwondo Hanmadangs.

A Hanmadang is simply a Taekwondo Festival. Hanmadangs include performances in High Kicks, Speed Kicks with breaking, Power Breaks, Poomsae performed solo, in pairs, and in teams. We also have Creative Poomsae divisions that include extreme weapons. There are also divisions for family members to perform as a team. Self-Defense divisions include individual and team performances as well. So, all of this represents directly what every Dojang owner already teaches in his/her school. All of this celebrates the martial arts aspects of Taekwondo and is attractive to the whole family.

Here is a diagram that shows the relationship between WTF and USAT, and between Kukkiwon and USTC:

WTF KUKKIWON
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USA Taekwondo United States Taekwondo Committee

>From this diagram, you should be able to tell that we are separate organizations with distinct different paths to follow.

We suggest that all Dojang owners consider participating with the United States Taekwondo Committee for the large percentage of your students who may not be interested in trying to make an Olympic team.

KO'd N DOA
11/18/2008 12:46pm,
So a group of TKD Grand Masters, gathered together to put more TKD in the dojangs, and other TKD Grand Masters think this is a great idea, are buying in, and are getting certificates training TKD and are pushing this down the line to Dojang owners and TKD kids. The idea being the kids will now learn TKD. Awesome.

Lineage IOC>WTF=Kukkiwon>NGB=USA Taekwondo
Corollary group = USA Taekwondo Committee

Hanmandang = TKD Throwdown with Korean food

Is this an accurate summary? the table quoted does not display.

Miguksaram
11/18/2008 1:41pm,
These guys are wanting to move away from the Olympic TKD movement and get back into more "art" aspect of things such as forms, self defenes and breaking which is sort of being pushed to the way side in order to promote olympic fighting. This doesn't mean that they have foresaken sparring. They just want TKD to be more well rounded and more accessible for the common person.

Like they said only a hand full will ever be Olympic fighters so what does that mean for the rest of us? One of the main reasons why I stepped out of TKD was because I felt abandon by the whole olympic movement. I didn't care to make it as an "elite" fighter. I enjoyed the self defense and other aspects of TKD, but most schools sort drifted away in lieu of Olympic sparring. Now with this group, I am hoping to bring back some of the older ways of training.

Mmmmm...TKD Throwdown with Korean food...yummy!

brihno360
12/19/2008 3:49pm,
how does one join this Org?

foxguitar
12/20/2008 12:14am,
These guys are wanting to move away from the Olympic TKD movement and get back into more "art" aspect of things such as forms, self defenes and breaking which is sort of being pushed to the way side in order to promote olympic fighting. This doesn't mean that they have foresaken sparring. They just want TKD to be more well rounded and more accessible for the common person.

Like they said only a hand full will ever be Olympic fighters so what does that mean for the rest of us? One of the main reasons why I stepped out of TKD was because I felt abandon by the whole olympic movement. I didn't care to make it as an "elite" fighter. I enjoyed the self defense and other aspects of TKD, but most schools sort drifted away in lieu of Olympic sparring. Now with this group, I am hoping to bring back some of the older ways of training.

Mmmmm...TKD Throwdown with Korean food...yummy!


you hit the nail on the head ,a few months back I got slammed for stating that most WTF Dojangs were way too sports orientated. But it was true when I studied TKD in the late eighties to mid 90s. Every Dojang wanted to turn their students into olympic fighters. And alot of the Dojangs I went to practically forgot about the the majority of students who are not into the idea of being an olympic competitor.

There was alot I did love about TKD but the over stressing the olympic sparring was not one of them.

I hated to say it but when I was in TKD I actually thought the ITF version which I never studied but observed from a distance was actually more of what I would have rather studied. Just my humble opinion.

Ive since went back to Shotokan which I enjoy alot . But im glad I was exposed to TKD though

MaverickZ
12/20/2008 2:04pm,
Miguk, I don't really understand why an organization is necessary to achieve the goals that this particular organization hopes to achieve. What would be the purpose of joining this organization? Could I, if I were a dojang owner, not do the same thing without joining? Is this purely a community building exercise?

Vieux Normand
12/20/2008 6:34pm,
Miguk, I don't really understand why an organization is necessary to achieve the goals that this particular organization hopes to achieve. What would be the purpose of joining this organization? Could I, if I were a dojang owner, not do the same thing without joining? Is this purely a community building exercise?

Check your wallet.

Miguksaram
12/22/2008 8:59am,
how does one join this Org?
They have an online registration on their site. USTC (http://web.memberclicks.com/mc/page.do?sitePageId=56240&orgId=ust)

Miguksaram
12/22/2008 9:11am,
Miguk, I don't really understand why an organization is necessary to achieve the goals that this particular organization hopes to achieve. What would be the purpose of joining this organization? Could I, if I were a dojang owner, not do the same thing without joining? Is this purely a community building exercise?

Just like anything in the US you can work on achieving the goal without any organization affiliation. Just like you can run a KKW TKD school without being in the USAT. You only need to be a member of the USAT if you want to do national and international WTF competitions. However, when you get a group of like minded individuals working together to achieve the same goal, it is much easier than trying to do it yourself. Eventually we are hoping to be an NGB for those wishing to participate in KKW World Poomsae Championships as well as Hanmadang.

In June of 2009 we will be hosting the first US National Hanmadang in Chicago. I somehow got roped into being a director for this event (I could have sworn they said raise your hand if you want to go to the noribang).

Miguksaram
12/22/2008 9:15am,
Check your wallet.
Well for $24.00 a year for individual and $75.00 for a club membership...It is not that harsh of a hit on the pocket.

DerAuslander
12/23/2008 2:35pm,
Do they have divisions for people who want to...I dunno...fight?

Miguksaram
12/26/2008 8:56am,
Do they have divisions for people who want to...I dunno...fight?
As I understand it at this point they are not trying to take over USAT's "power". They are trying to work with USAT. They are leaving the sparring for them to deal with and they are concentrating on forms, self defense and breaking, as far as competitions are concerned.