Taekwon-do ITF is a form of oriental martial art composed of diverse offensive and defensive
movements, in which one’s hand and foot, are used as weapons. It employs both graceful
movements, powerful and quick techniques at once, thus is helpful for the balanced development
of physical ability. The practice of Taekwon-do ITF also has the effect of increasing muscular
power and of improving the functions of the heart and lungs. All the movements of Taekwon-do
ITF require precision and speed at the same time. Rhythmical change between strength and
restraint is also needed in the performance of its techniques.
However, Taekwon-do ITF has some philosophical implications other than mere techniques and
skills of fighting. The last word “DO” in Taekwon-do means “the right way of doing something
in the path of justice”. I am fortunate to learn and meet the late General Choi Hong Hi the
Founder of this beautiful and wonderful art over 6 times and being awarded by him the
International Outstanding Instructor Award in 2001 at Rimini, Italy.
I on behalf of the Taekwon-do Association of India (ITF), New Delhi would like to
extend my heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all the Taekwon-Doists of India who
have dedicated their life to the development and evolution of the original Taekwon-Do,
the legacy of the late Gen. Choi Hong Hi, the Legendary Founder of Taekwon-Do and
1 st ITF President throughout India.
When I started Martial Art in the year 1976 first learning Kung fu, then Karate and WTF
Taekwondo and finally ITF Taekwon-do in the year 1985, the prevalence was for only to learn
how to fight or combat. But it has now grown into an educational art for imparting self-
discipline, moral culture and mental discipline besides the physical ability and confidence to face
important and crucial situations in life.
Gen. Choi Hong Hi the beloved Founder of Taekwon-do and Grand Master Dr. Leong Wai
Meng taught me the importance of self-discipline and moral etiquette. I found that it is more
important to be a good human being than a good fighter for the benefit of self as well as for the
society as a whole.
When I was in the process of traveling from one Instructor to another and one martial art to
another, I found that there is a tremendous lack of moral attitude among Martial artists. The
arrogance and disrespect in the Martial art arena encouraged me to make an Organization where
students and Instructors have an opportunity to speak their own minds, due to which the TFD &
TAI was born under my leadership. My main purpose was to give a platform to all those
interested and who lacked the opportunity to higher education to find a respectful living by
teaching Taekwon-do as found by the beloved founder Gen. Choi Hong Hi emphasizing more on
moral and logical perception of human psychology and thus educating self in the process.
My request to all Taekwon-does is to respect others’ possession and liberty in this materialistic
world where even love and relationship is weighed by money. Only self-satisfaction can bring
tranquility and peace of mind.
I once again thank all those who have sincerely and selflessly supported us and continue to
support us for our growth and development.
Wishing you the best in life, Thank you,
Dr. Master Rajendran Balan, Advocate
8 th Dan Black Belt
International Master Instructor, Examiner & Referee
PRESIDENT – TAEKWON-DO FEDERATION OF DELHI (ITF)
PRESIDENT – TAEKWON-DO ASSOCIATION OF INDIA (ITF)
PRESIDENT – SOUTH ASIAN TAEKWON-DO FEDERATION
PRESIDENT – INDIAN MARTIAL ART GAMES FEDERATION
VICE PRESIDENT – ASIAN TAEKWON-DO FEDERATION
EB Member – INTERNATIONAL TAEKWON-DO FEDERATION