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Differences Between the World TaeKwonDo Federation (WTF) &
the International TaeKwonDo
Federation (ITF)

WTF Sparring at the Olympics

WTF and ITF are the two main styles of TaeKwonDo. Whereas both emphasize forms, kicking, punching, blocks and takedowns, many distinctions are blurred with the obvious exception of differing
styles and rules of sport and competition.

The WTF, governed from the Kukkiwon, is the source of the sparring system
sihap gyeorugi which is now an event at
the summer Olympic Games. Protective equipment for the head and chest is
required by all participants.

The ITF sparring system although
somewhat similar to the WTF system, requires no protective equipment.

ITF Sparring
TaeKwonDo is a Korean martial art and an Olympic sport that integrates circular and linear kicks, hand strikes, and self-defense techniques into an explosive yet highly fluid repertoire of movement.

Taekwondo is know for dynamic kicking techniques to engage targets at a distance; static, aerial, and spinning kicking techniques are used to strike a variety of targets from those at ground level to well above head level.

At Paek's, we practice two styles of TaeKwonDo: Moo Do Kwan (traditional) and Olympic. Joint locks, take downs and break holds are also taught.

Karate is a martial art of Japanese origin that deals with attacks through evasive body movements and/or blocking, and counter attacks using linear kicks, punches and strikes.

Joint locks, restraints and takedowns are also used, but to a lesser extent.

Kung Fu:
Kung fu is perhaps one of the most widely known Chinese martial arts, because many films incorporate kung fu techniques. There are many of styles of kung fu taught, although Shaolin style kung fu is probably the best known.

Kung fu is characterized by self defense tactics which turn the energy of an attacker against him or her. Although the techniques may vary, individual kung fu styles teach grapples, throws, kicks, punches, and the use of weapons such as staffs

Tang soo Do:
Tang (meaning Chinese)
Soo do (meaning Hand art)

Tang So Do although bearing similarities to TaeKwonDo is more like Karate using the many of the same Kata's (forms) as Shotokan (traditional Japanese Martial Art). Kicks and strikes have more linear movement than circular.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
MMA is a full contact combat sport that includes a wide variety of fighting techniques, from a mixture of martial arts traditions and non-traditions. This involves the use of striking (boxing), kicking (Muy Tae, Karate, etc.) and grappling techniques (Judo, Jujitsu, etc.), both while standing and on the ground.

MMA competitions allow martial artists of different backgrounds to compete.

Judo is a very popular form of ground fighting known for its spectacular throwing techniques and numerous techniques for controlling an opponent while on the ground.

Judo is often compared to freestyle wrestling and while the two share many techniques, Judo retains many dangerous self-defense maneuvers. A good judoka, one who practices Judo, will first use timing and leverage to bring his opponent off balance and execute a throw. Once the judoka has thrown his opponent to the ground, he will use painful hold-down techniques, chokes, strangleholds, and armlocks to control and subdue the opponent