Information About The GTUK
The GTUK has been around in one guise or another since the early 1980’s. Formally a member of the GTF, we went back to the roots of Taekwon-Do in 2001 affiliating to the International Taekwon-Do Federation under Grand Master Choi, Jung Hwa IX, the son of the late founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi, Hong Hi.
The president and founder of the GTUK is Master Roy Oldham VIII who has been studying Taekwon-Do for over 35 years and his instructor was Grand Master Rhee, Ki Ha, the father of British Taekwon-Do. Master Oldham was one of the first 12 black belts from the UK. These were known as the ‘12 disciples’.
The GTUK is one of the largest Taekwon-Do Associations in the UK with clubs ranging form Scotland to Cornwall. In addition to the normal colour belt clubs there are also Jee Goo clubs which are black belt only clubs. These are run by 4th Degrees and above and are aimed at maintaining the high standards of the association black belts which in turn filters down to all ranks.
The GTUK practices the traditional martial art of Taekwon-Do and as such follows the Chang-Hon patterns as created by General Choi. That does not mean to say that we do not enter competitions! We hold two major competitions per year. A national individual championships and a national team tournament, as well as local competitions and the university championships where university clubs battle it out for the championships shield annually. The association has developed national squad that enters other competitions nationally and internationally allowing our students to compete at the top level.
The GTUK is affiliated to the only government recognised governing body for Taekwon-Do in this country, the British Taekwon-Do Council, (BTC) which provides our members with insurance and also implements a child protection policy