Great Britain Taekwondo Federation History
The Great Britain Taekwondo Federation (G.B.T.F.) was formed in 2010.
Prior to this. several instructors had been discussing for some time, aspects of the teachings of Taekwondo in Great Britain. They wanted to make Taekwondo a more open and accessible Martial Art, while at the same time, improve the quality of training and the standards to which the training was driven by. They fervently believed that no individual should be prevented from learning Taekwondo for reasons such as status, social standing, ability, disability or financial reasons.
To do this, the Instructors knew they would have to change the concept of how associations were organised and driven. They also wanted an association which would support instructors in developing their own clubs, allowing them to build them in the way that suited them best, instead of the more traditional “this is the way it has to be done” which was prevalent in many associations.
These individuals moved forward with their dreams and set up the Great Britain Taekwondo Federation. Instructors who are part of the federation are allowed to grow their clubs in the way the feel best, but still receive the support they want.
To ensure the standards were maintained, all assessments are carried out by one of the senior grades. This ensures a standard throughout all clubs and ensures the instructors are teaching to a set standard. Costs are kept to a minimum making the art more accessible to the wider community and adjustments can be made for those with disabilities.
In 2014, the G.B.T.F. joined the I.T.C. (International Taekwondo Council), and one of the senior members of the G.B.T.F. joined the executive committee of the I.T.C.
International Taekwondo Council (I.T.C)
The concept of the I.T.C. was came about in 2010 when it was created by Mr John McNally. At the time he was supported by three main individuals, Mr David Anderson, 3rd Degree Blackbelt, Grandmaster Paul Liversidge, 9th Degree Blackbelt and Grandmaster Kwang Duk Chung.
In 2011, The I.T.C was formed, and the membership began to grow. Today, there are over 3,000 instructors from around the world who are members of the I.T.C. covering more than 70 international groups and associations and is still growing. Associations and clubs that are a part of the I.T.C. are not seen as members, but as supporters.
They are not obligated to the I.T.C. but are instead supported by them. In this way, clubs and associations do not lose their own individual identity. Because of this, the ITC does not see itself as a National Governing Body, but as a National Guiding Body.
The initial mission of the I.T.C. has not changed, and this is shown in what they provide. They listen to the instructors and provide what is needed, and they are provided at either a zero or exceptionally low cost, unlike others who can charge an exceptional amount for short courses.
In June 2018, the I.T.C. became a fully government recognised council not only for Taekwondo, but also for martial arts in general.