PARK JUNG TAE (1943-2002)
9TH DEGREE BLACK BELT
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER OF
GLOBAL TAEKWON-DO FEDERATION
Those of us, privileged to be associated with Grand Master Park Jung Tae
are enlightened to the true
characteristics of a great martial artist, who possesses wisdom and skills
unknown to us.
Grand Master Park has earned world fame through disciplined training and
devotion to the development
and promotion of taekwon-do throughout the world. He holds a Ninth Degree
Black Belt in Taekwon-do
and has traveled to every continent demonstrating and promoting his technical
expertise and knowledge.
Grand Master Park has been directly responsible for the expansion of Taekwon-do
in many countries and
he was the pioneer of taekwon-do in China, Russia, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria,
Poland, Hungary, North
Korea and Japan. He also formed the USSR Taekwon-do Federeation and the Manitoba
Association in Canada. During the Vietnam War, Grand Master Park was sent
to Vietnam for two years
as an army instructor training the Korean, Vietnamese and American soldiers
in combat and was ranked
as the leading technical trainer in Taekwon-do. Grandmaster Park has dedicated
his life to Taekwon-do.
His unique style breaks down the barriers of language, race and politics
and instills unity in our hearts and
minds connecting our human spirit in harmony for world peace.
An important day in the history of Taekwon-do was June 14th 1990, when Grand
Master Park Jung Tae
founded the Global Taekwon-do Federation (GTF). This non political organization
is growing rapidly and
already has seventy-eight countries working together under the GTF banner.
Through GTF, Grand Master
Park continues to create new techniques and patterns to improve the quality
of Taekwon-do training. The
hopes and dreams for the future of the Global Taekwon-do Federation will
be manifested through the
support of all the devoted Master, Instructor and students
Since the passing of Grand Master Park Jung Tae on April 11, 2002, GTF
Taekwon-Do, the Global
Taekwon-Do Federation has gone through a transition period to take the Federation
to the next level of
development. At a meeting, the GTF Masters and Senior Instructors unanimously
agreed that the
Executive Vice-President of the Global Taekwon-Do Federation, Mrs. Linda
Park was the only person
able to become GTF President. This decision avoided a power struggle inside
the GTF and strongly
unified the commitment of the organization. This was history in the making
as this was the first time a
woman became President of a major Taekwon-Do Federation.
President Linda Park has been involved with Taekwon-Do since 1969 and her
knowledge of GTF
matters from working side by side with her late husband, Grand Master Park
has given her insight to
the future greatness of this Federation. Through determination and perseverance,
she has shown the
Taekwon-Do community her commitment in continuing Grand Master Parks
Instructors loyal to Grand Master Park support the GTF President and remain
steadfast in their
devotion to the promotion and development of GTF around the world. In 2005
at a meeting of country
affiliates and Masters in Sardinia, Italy, it was proposed that President
Linda Park be given the
Honorary Ninth Degree Black Belt in recognition of her dedication and supportive
role in Taekwon-Do
development for the past 36 years. This was unanimously accepted making another
historical moment in
HISTORY OF GRAND MASTER PARK JUNG TAE
1990-2002 President of the Global Taekwon-do Federation
1990-1999 Founded the Global Taekwon-do federation (GTF) Promoted,
Demonstrated, held Seminars all around the world to all affiliated countries.
1989 Secretary-General ITF and instruction Committee Chairman.
1988 March Formed the USSR Taekwon-do Association.
1988 Aug-Dec Pioneer of Taekwon-do in China.
1986-87 Demonstrated and gave Seminars and did promotions around the world.
1986 Pioneer of Taekwon-do in Russia.
1986 Pioneer of Taekwon-do in Czechoslovakia.
1985 Part of ITF Goodwill Demonstration Team that went to the Soviet Union.
1985 Pioneer of the Taekwon-do in Bulgaria.
1984 Oct Elected as Secretary-General and Instruction Committee Chairman
General Congress meeting in Vienna, Austria.
1982-84 Pioneer of Taekwon-do in Japan.
1981 Pioneer of Taekwon-do in North Korea.
1980 Sept As Technical Committee Chairman of ITF went to North Korea and
Union to demonstrate and promote Taekwon-do.
1979 Demonstrate and promoted Taekwon-do in South American Countries
1978 First time ever that Korean Instructors promoted and demonstrated
in Eastern Europe and Socialist Countries.
1978 Pioneer of Taekwon-do in Poland.
1978 Pioneer of Taekwon-do in Hungary.
1974-78 Traveled to Europe, Asia, North, Central and South America
and promoting Taekwon-do.
1971-73 Demonstrated and promoted Taekwon-do in North America and South America.
1970 Formed the Manitoba Taekwon-do Association. Demonstrated and promoted
throughout Asia. Invited to Canada to demonstrate at the Canadian National
Opened a Taekwon-do school in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1968-69 Selected to train Instructors as the ITF Headquarters in Korea who
were being sent out
of the country.
1968 Graduated three months intensive special International Instructors Training
1967 Returned to Korea from Vietnam.
1965-67 Went to Vietnam as an army Instructor, training Korean, Vietnamese
soldiers in unarmed combat.
1964 Joined Korean army and become leading Instructor.
1961-63 Chief Instructor of Kwang Ju City, South Korea, Promoted and
around the country. Taught the police force and army.
1958-60 Taekwon-do Instructors in Kwang Ju City.
1948 Began training in Martial Art boxing, judo and karate (the name
not exist at this time)
Global Taekwon-Do Federation