How many patterns are there in WTF taekwondo?

There are 24 patterns in the official ITF “Chang Hon” syllabus; this is symbolic of the 24 hours in a day. One additional pattern, Ko-Dang (or Go-Dang), was retired/replaced by Juche in 1986 by General Choi Hong Hi.

What is the difference between Kukkiwon and WTF?

Colloquially, terms “Kukkiwon” and “World Taekwondo Federation” (WTF) are used almost interchangeably, though technically they are entirely separate bodies. The Kukkiwon is a government-sponsored national academy for taekwondo, while the WTF is the international sports federation for Kukkiwon-style taekwondo.

What is the main practice in WTF taekwondo?

In WTF Taekwondo, what is the main practice? Sparring. WTF Taekwondo concentrates on sparring, while ITF concentrates on patterns/forms.

How much does Kukkiwon certificate cost?


Poom/Dan Minimum Time Required for Promotion Current Registration Fee
2nd Poom / Dan 1 Year US $180
3rd Poom / Dan 2 Years US $205
4th Poom / Dan 3 Years US $300
5th Dan 4 Years US $400

What is Kukkiwon black belt?

The Kukkiwon conducts standardized Dan promotion tests and issues black belt certificates to Taekwondo practitioners through member nation associations of the WTF (World Taekwondo Federation). Contestants to participate in international Taekwondo competitions sponsored by the WTF should hold Kukkiwon Dan certificates.

Is WTF or ITF better?

Besides the obvious difference in spelling, with one being hyphenated, the answers usually boil down to the following: ITF (International Taekwon-do Federation) is more traditional and focused on self-defense; it allows punches to the face; and punches in its forms are thrown from further above the hip than in WTF.

For a short time in the early 1970s, the WTF issued its own dan certificates as well (essentially equivalent to Kukkiwon-issued dan certificates), though this practice was eventually depricated. Both the building itself and the organization therein are colloquially referred to as the Kukkiwon.

Does the WTF have its own style of taekwondo?

The WTF does not have its own “style” of Taekwondo, and there is no WTF curriculum that is taught anywhere in the world. Also, the WTF has nothing to do with color belt grading or criteria for promotions, and they do not certify Black Belt ranks.

What is the Kukkiwon?

The Kukkiwon has the Kukki Taekwondo curriculum and conducts international courses for instructor certification, and holds promotion tests in Poom and Dan ranks. Those instructors who are 4th Dan Kukkiwon or higher have the authority to submit Dan applications for their students.

What forms does Kukkiwon use for Black Belt forms?

Kukkiwon / WT Taekwondo uses the following series of forms (called the Yudanja series) for Black Belt forms: