Information About The GTUK
The GTUK has been around in one guise or another since the early 1980’s. Formally a member of the ITF then GTF, we went back to the roots of Taekwon-Do in 2002 affiliating to the International Taekwon-Do Federation under Grand Master Choi, Jung Hwa IX, the son of our late founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi, Hong Hi.
A senior instructor of the GTUK is GM Roy Oldham IX who has been studying Taekwon-Do for over 45 years and his first instructor was First Grand Master Rhee, Ki Ha, the father of British Taekwon-Do. Master Oldham was one of the first 12 black belts to be promoted in the UK.
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 four major competitions per year. British individual championships and national team championships in England & Scotland, also University championships, where university clubs battle it out for the championships shield annually. The association has developed national squads that enters other competitions nationally and internationally allowing our students to compete at top level. The GTUK is unique in many ways compared to other TKD organisations, its structure is run by all its voting instructors, and is not controlled by an authoritarian at the top. On saying this the greatest respect is always shown to all our senior instructors, and to senior instructors of other groups.
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.
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