As a Member of the International Tang Soo Do FederationTM, you will receive many benefits from associating with the I.T.F.. The International Tang Soo Do FederationTM is an organization of martial artists who believe in the preservation of traditional values and standards. As President and Founder of the International Tang Soo Do FederationTM, Choong Jae Nim Master Chun Sik Kim has appointed a Board of Directors and a Technical Advisory Committee to assist him in achieving his goals and in maintaining the standards of excellence set forth by the Federation and its leaders. Each member Choong Jae Nim has appointed is a Master of superb technical ability with a deep spiritual commitment to the preservation of authentic Tang Soo Do. A Central Headquarters has been established in Monroeville, Pennsylvania USA and all instructors and students are encouraged to visit and enjoy the opportunity to train and learn under Choong Jae Nim Master Chun Sik Kim.
The International Tang Soo Do FederationTM has instituted a program of guidelines and standardization to maximize the benefits for all practitioners. This standardization includes not only the technical aspects of Tang Soo Do, but also the methods of instruction as applied by each registered and certified International Tang Soo Do FederationTM Kyo Sa Nim (instructor) world-wide! Standardization and consistency allows students the ease of training at any International Tang Soo Do FederationTM Do Jang (school) while visiting other regions or cities. This also ensures that, for generations to come, Tang Soo Do will continue to grow.
The International Tang Soo Do FederationTM has utilized several avenues of media to assist in maintaining standardization of training and instruction. Choong Jae Nim Chun Sik Kim has produced a series of six highly educational DVDs, and recommended their study to all Tang Soo Do practitioners. These DVDs cover basic techniques, one-step sparring, breaking, and hyung(forms). The International Tang Soo Do FederationTM Website offers history, philosophy, and technical information in detail. Also, coverage of current events such as seminars, tournaments, and tests are included. Authentic Tang Soo Do authored by Choong Jae Nim Chun Sik Kim is widely recognized as the most imformative textbook written on the martial art of Tang Soo Do. All members study this textbook in great detail.
Consistency of training and instruction is established thorugh technical clinics, tournaments, and business seminars that are held periodically throughout the United States and in several other countries. Choong Jae Nim Master Chun Sik Kim takes great joy in attending and instructing these events personally, along with the Technical Advisory Committee.
Choong Jae Nim Kim has established guidelines for each member school and instructor within the International Tang Soo Do FederationTM. Each International Tang Soo Do FederationTM member Do Jang is inspected periodically, and all senior instructors must be certified as a Kyo Sa Nim (instructor) by the International Tang Soo Do FederationTM testing board. All chief instructors, assistant instructors, and black belts are required to recertify their rank twice annually. Recertification tests are conducted in conjunction with regional belt promotional tests held each spring and fall. The primary consideration of this procedure is to ensure standardization of training and to develop exceptional, quality instructors - which benefits every member of our Tang Soo Do Family!