PRESIDENT OF I.T.F.
Choi Jung Hwa was born on Cheju Island, Korea in 1954. His earliest recollections of training are around 6 years of age, shortly before General Choi's hectic schedule and diligent work in spreading Taekwon-Do globally. Constantly surrounded by visiting high- ranking instructors, Choi Jung Hwa trained with many instructors during this period.
He served many years on the ITF Board, accompanying his Father throughout seminars across the world and later conducting many International Seminars in his own rite. Choi Jung Hwa has impressed those who he has trained alongside with his skill within the art, but more importantly, as a person.
Let us not forget the legacy, nor the indelible impression that he has left in the lives of all who are dedicated to the essence of the beloved art of his invention. I know my father would command us all if we continued with the same vigor and zest which personified his life, the promotion of Taekwon-Do worldwide
Choi Jung Hwa
As much as our president emphasizes the correct interpretation of 'Taekwon', in its technique, application, theory and reason. Choi Jung Hwa also places an equal if not greater emphasis on the 'Do'. Therefore, the Moral and cultural aspects of Taekwon-Do are addressed consistently by Choi Jung Hwa, so that all demonstrate and understand the ethical qualities required to hold any position within Taekwon-Do, particularly those of seniority and authority.
I hope that people delve more diligently into the moral culture and morality because that is what Taekwon-Do stands for
Choi Jung Hwa
We only want to pursue our martial arts goal and will continue to contribute for the benefit of society, not for a handful of athletes, or for the glory of one country
Choi Jung Hwa
During the 50th anniversary banquet of Taekwon-do on April 10th 2005 in Atlantic City, Master Choi Jung Hwa was officially promoted to the title of Grandmaster. Master Robert Wheatley, president of the ITF promotions committee, announced that the committee had promoted Master Choi Jung Hwa to 9th degree. The announcement was made with absolute support of the board members, Masters, and organization members.
In an emotional speech, the surprised and humble ITF president, accepted the honors of this very high degree. Grandmaster Choi added that it is not the degree that makes the Master, but the quality that one has on the inside.
Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa, General Choi's son, was born on Cheju Island, and received his first training at 5 years of age from General Choi himself. From 7 years old, Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa was trained by the top military Taekwondo masters, for example the legendary Han Cha Kyo and also by Master Kong Yon Il. Grandmaster Choi was promoted to 8th degree black belt by General Choi on May 11, 1996 in the ITF.
Myself, I know I am blessed. I have been given Taekwon-Do as a tool to guide me through life. As a young man, my father made me practice Tul after Tul, giving me advise as I performed each of them. No detail was left unchecked, no knowledge was considered too irrelevant to pass on. When he sensed a lack of enthusiasm, he said the things that old men say to young men that young men simply think of as silly things that are said by past generations. “Perform Tul and you will never be alone” or “training will provide you with all the guidance you need”. For love of my father, I focused my mind and carried out the exercises. As I matured my mind was forced to develop a sense of focus that would allow me to digest all the information being passed onto me. Now my father is gone, yet when I perform Chon-ji and my mind arrives at that place of serenity, I can hear his voice, not as a memory but as an audible sound. I can hear the sounds of my childhood home, the unique echo of our Dojang with each breath or footstep. When I perform Tul, I feel my brothers and sisters world-wide moving in unison, I am not alone. When I perform Tul, I hear my father voice guiding me as if he were standing next to me. I hear his words of advise given at the most appropriate times as if he knows my troubles and is responding to them. I am blessed as are all practitioners who can put their hands on their heart and say they train in earnest and with pure intentions. This year of luck and fortune should help us arrive at the notion that those who are blessed with good conscience will be blessed with all the luck they need.
Choi, Jung Hwa