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Can any Taekwondo practitioner
or a Taekwondo Dojang be affiliated to the WTF?
The WTF is an IF (International Federation) governing the sport
of Taekwondo. It consists of national Taekwondo governing bodies
recognized by the NOC of the pertinent country as its members,
only one in one country or self-governing territory. Thus, individuals,
Dojangs and any other Taekwondo organizations cannot become
members of the WTF.
What are the official Taekwondo
events of the WTF?
There are several categories in the official events of the WTF.
First one is WTF-promoted competitions such as World Taekwondo
Championships, Women's World Taekwondo Championships, World
Junior Taekwondo Championships, and World Taekwondo Poomsae
The second category includes Asian Taekwondo Championships,
European Taekwondo Championships, Pan American Taekwondo Championships,
and African Taekwondo Championships that are promoted by Regional
Taekwondo Unions of the WTF in four continents. These unions
have also promoted Regional Junior Taekwondo Championships.
In the third category, there are international competitions
promoted by international sport organizations like CISM (International
Military Sports Council) and FISU (International University
Sports Federation) and by continental or regional sport organizations.
World Military Taekwondo Championships and World University
Taekwondo Championships are World Championships of Taekwondo
only. Taekwondo is an official program of multi-sport and continental
games like Olympic Games,Universiade, Asian Games, Pan American
Games, All Africa Games, East Asian Games, Southeast Asian Games,
Central American Games, Central American and Caribbean Games,
Bolivarian Games, Pan Arab Games, South Pacific Games, etc.
In the fourth category, fall the other international Taekwondo
competitions that had WTF approval at the request of the Organizing
Committee in accordance with the related rules of the WTF.
Please see the Taekwondo
Events Calendar in the WTF home page to know
the future official events of the WTF.
How can a Taekwondo athlete participate
in official Taekwondo competitions of the WTF?
Qualification of the contestant in the official Taekwondo events
of the WTF is as follows:
1) Holder of the nationality of the participating team
2) One recommended by the member national Taekwondo association
of the WTF
3) Holder of Taekwondo Dan certificate issued by the Kukkiwon,
and in case of the World Junior Taekwondo Championships, holder
of Kukkiwon Poom/Dan certificate aged 14 through 17 years old
based on the year when the championships are held.
* For detailed Kukkiwon Dan certification, please visit home
page of the Kukkiwon, www.kukkiwon.or.kr
How can one become an International
Referee in Taekwondo?
The WTF has conducted International Referee Seminar to foster
International Referees to officiate international Taekwondo
competitions since 1974. The WTF grants WTF International Referee
qualification to those who have passed the prescribed examination
at an International Referee Seminar conducted by the WTF and
have registered with the WTF.
Qualification for application to attend the IR Seminar is as
1) 25 years old or older
2) Holder of Kukkiwon/WTF certificate of 4th Dan or higher
3) Holder of national referee certificate issued by the pertinent
member national association of the WTF
4) One recommended by the pertinent member national association
of the WTF
5) One who has command of the oral and written English language
6) One who has no physical defect and chronic disease
After becoming a WTF-registered International Referee, one
should attend International Referee Refresher Course conducted
by the WTF, especially after amendment to the Competition
Rules is made.
Once the WTF decides to hold the IR Seminar, it sends out
the related notice to pertinent Member National Associations.
Are there Taekwondo products
recognized by the WTF?
Yes, the WTF has recognized Dobok (Taekwondo uniforms), protective
equipment - headgear, trunk protector, forearm and shin guards
and men's and women's groin guards -, mats and electronic scoreboards
to standardize the Taekwondo-related products and for the safety
of Taekwondo contestants. All the equipment used at the WTF
official events such as uniforms, protective equipment, mats,
and electronic scoreboards should be WTF-recognized
Recognition on such products is granted by a contract between
a company and the WTF after strict examination of the pertinent
product by the WTF. Detailed information about the terms of
the contract is available from the WTF at fax number 82 2 553
4728 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
the WTF publish any periodicals?
Yes, the WTF publishes an English quarterly magazine titled
`WTF Taekwondo'. You can subscribe to our magazine just by filling
out the subscription form and sending it by fax no. 82 2 553 4728 / 725 1134 or by e-mail.
Subscription rate of the magazine is US$60 per two years, including
postage. The magazine is published in March, June, September
tell me about the details of WTF membership fees.
The annual membership fee for all Member National Associations is US$700. Beginning January 1st, 2006, the annual membership fee for Member National Associations varies
according to the following classifications and is payable by
the end of each year.
Tier 1: US$ 700
Tier 2: US$ 500
Tier 3: US$ 300
Member Nations Tier Classification
shall be decided every two year by the Executive
The annual membership fee for International Referees is
set at US$100 for 1st class license holders; $70 for 2nd
class license holders; and 50$ for P & 3rd class license
holders. The annual fee must be paid by the end of each
Please forward all membership fees
to the following bank accounts :
Please use this account until December 31, 2005.
Korea Exchange Bank
Gangnam Station Branch in Seoul
Swift code: KOEXKRSE
(Charges for remittance are to be paid by the sender)
After January 1, 2006. please forward all fee payments to this account:
Seochonam Branch in Seoul
Swift code: HNBMKRSE
World Taekwondo Federation
When sending payments via online bank transfer, please
forward written notification of same along with a copy
of the remittance certificate by fax, e-mail or mail to
The postal address for the WTF is as follows:
The World Taekwondo Federation
5th Fl. Diplomatic Center, 1376-1,
Seocho 2-Dong, Seocho-Gu, Seoul, Korea 137-863
Tel. 82 2 566 2505/557 5446
Fax. 82 2 553 4728/725 1134
International Affairs Division: firstname.lastname@example.org(related
to Member National Associations)
International Referees and Individual Dojans use the WTF logo?
The WTF is an International Sports Federation consisting of
179 member National Associations that govern Taekwondo in their
respective countries. The WTF recognizes only one governing
body per country.
The WTF name and logo are properties of the WTF; thus, the WTF
is the sole proprietor of the copyrights to its name and logo.
According to Rules and Regulations, the WTF logo can be rendered
only to the national member associations. It is not allowed
even to the International Referees and Individual Dojans and
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