I, on behalf of the International Taekwon‑Do Federation (ITF), would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all the Taekwon‑Doists the world over who have been devoting themselves to the worldwide development and evolution of the original Taekwon‑Do, the legacy of the late Gen. Choi Hong Hi, the Legendary Founder of Taekwon‑Do and 1st ITF President.
Availing myself of this opportunity, I would as well like to express my thanks and appreciations to those who have been paying great attention to the strengthening of ITF and even today rendering every possible support and contribution to the growing-up of ITF throughout the world even though they are not being involved in the physical training of Taekwon‑Do.
In recent, Taekwon‑Do is certainly consolidated its position as one of a world-renowned martial arts, thanks to the tireless efforts and dedications of all Taekwon‑Do brothers and sisters across the world as well as its lovers, which is greatly conducive to making this planet more harmonious with disregards to the race, religion and color of skins in keeping with the initial ideals and goals of the original Taekwon‑Do.
The legendary Founder Gen. Choi Hong Hi has always been stressing to the practitioners during his lifetime that there would be nothing to scare the peoples who are moving forward with the indomitable spirits and strong sense of challenges, consequently, the Instructors teaching the classes every day in every corner of this globe are regarded a very, very important person as they are virtually responsible for the education, particularly for the moral education on the practitioners.
Therefore, we, ITF, are about to focus on the improvement of the skills and capabilities of the Instructors as a Teacher in the future and thus, inspire them to play a due role in teaching the students to get ready not only physically but morally as having desired by our Father Gen. Choi Hong Hi.
For this purpose, I sincerely wish to hear the constructive opinions and counsels from our members as well as to encourage all the Instructors over the world through this chance to exchange the experiences and lessons you gained from running the classes till now among yourselves.
What is the most important thing is that we must, in any case, respect our Seniors as the Martial-Artists.
Without this discipline and principle, we are not able to stand firmly on the right path to build a moral and better society in accordance with the Charter of Taekwon‑Do and it would finally destroy ourselves.
It is a well-known secret that there will be a lot of challenges and difficulties ahead of us, however, if we work together, we have nothing to fear.
Please keep in mind that the way of working together leads us into the future, therefore, may I take this opportunity to appeal to you all “Let us unite more firmly and work together in any case as the disciples of Gen. Choi Hong Hi.”
Looking forward to your sincere and fervent supports and cooperation with ITF in the future and wishing you all the very best and good health.
Prof. Ri Yong Son
International Taekwon‑Do Federation