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ITF Demonstration Team to Perform in Muju
ITF Honorary President Chang Ung to Join
The International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) headquartered in Vienna Austria announced on June 6, 2017 that the ITF International Demonstration Team will perform at the world championships hosted by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). The team will be led by ITF President, Master Ri Yong-Son.

The event will be held in MuJu in South) Korea. The team will be joined by ITF Honorary Life President Prof. Chang Ung, PhD and IOC Member. Prof. Chang will be on hand to meet with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Dr. Thomas Bach. Dr. Bach will attend the closing Ceremony, scheduled for Friday June 30.

It is important that to note that Dr. Bach and Prof. Chang will be joined by several other IOC Members, as next year (2018), Pyeongchang will be the host city for the XXIII Winter Olympiad. At present, Prof. Chang is the only full Member of the IOC from the Korean Peninsula.

The ITF International Demo Team will be comprised of:
Prof. Ri Yong-Son of Vienna Austria
Grandmaster Leong Wai Meng of Greenland
Grandmaster Hwang Ho-Yong of the Czech Republic
Grandmaster Michael Prewitt of Wales, UK
Dr. George Vitale of NYC, USA
Master Mario Bogdanov of Bulgaria

The demonstration performers will include 10 males and 2 females from the northern half of Korea, (DPRK)

The ITF Team will be supported by Instructors and other staff of the Korean Taekwon-Do Committee (KTC) in Pyongyang, Korea. The KTC is the official National Governing Body (NGB) for the ITF in the DPRK.

There will also be two journalists from Pyongyang who will cover the event. Additionally Grandmaster Jung Woo-Jin, the last of only seven people to be promoted to 9th Degree (IX Dan) the highest Black Belt level by General Choi Hong-Hi, will join the team as a VIP.

Grandmaster Jung served as a long time confident and advisor to General Choi when he was alive. As a every experienced Independent Tae Kwon Do Pioneer, he acts as a senior advisor to the ITF and other martial art entities. Grandmaster Jung, CEO of TKD Times Magazine, whose motto is "uniting the world through martial arts" is directly in line with the goal of General Choi's Taekwon-Do of building "a more peaceful world!"

The final Korean Taekwon-Do Tul (Poomsae or Pattern) designed by General Choi is called TONG-IL, which denotes General Choi long held dream of reuniting his beloved homeland of Korea.

In addition to the opening and closing ceremony performances at the Taekwondowon, site of the WTF world championships, the ITF International Demonstration Team will perform at two other locations, including Seoul, for a total of four shows.

The proposed venues there, include the Kukkiwon. Hosting the demonstration in that iconic Taekwondo facility would be a further indication of the coming together of Tae Kwon Do, for the betterment of the global martial art community.

The ITF Secretary General, from his office in Vienna Austria, spoke about the great care the host WTF was taking to insure every possible detail to help make this historic GoodWill Tour a success. The ITF wishes to extend their sincere thanks and deep appreciation for the efforts of the WTF.

For details:
Dr. George Vitale
Spokesman ITF Taekwon-Do
NYC - USA
itf_tkd_ny@yahoo.com




 

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