About International Taekwondo Organizations
During the past years taekwondo has become a very general sport. All kinds of rivalries and contests have arisen from a local to a global level.
It has also lately become an Olympic sport, leading to a ladder among international taekwondo administrations.
For more information about schools of Taekwondo you can check via online sources.
By far the most popular one is WTF (World Taekwondo Federation). Originated in 1973 the South Korea based association is the top expert witness in Olympic taekwondo as member of International Olympic Committee.
The society has a long history of more than 30 years and is encompassed of associates from 182 National Associations from five world regions: Asian (ATU), European (ETU), Pan American (PATU), African (AFU) and Oceanian (OTU)
Also a big actor in the field of taekwondo is ITF (International Taekwondo Federation). Founded in 1966, ITF main suggests are to achieve the tournaments and sessions, set the values of teaching and helps to make sure the accurate certification and ranking.
At the base of their values and knowledge stand the most significant books about taekwondo art and practice: "The Compilation of Taekwondo-Do" in 15 volumes and "The Korean Art of Self Protection" also knew as the Condensed Encyclopedia, both written by General Choi Hong Hi.
The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) was founded in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. by Haeng Ung Lee, in 1969. Together with Songahm Taekwondo Federation and World Traditional Taekwondo Union they comprise one of the largest taekwondo organizations in the world, summing up to more than 350000 members.