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Kukkiwon, going adrift without its President as Lee resigns

Kukkiwon, going adrift without its President as Lee resigns

As the New Year kicked off just a few days ago, the Taekwondo community has been shaken by surprising news from Kukkiwon: Kukkiwon President Kyu-Hyung Lee resigned on December 31st 2013.
Instead of opening a press conference, Lee has sent an official letter to all Taekwondo journalists in Korea on January 4th 2014.
The continuous clashes within Kukkiwon are his main reason for resignation: the board of directors has been recently divided in two large groups: politicians vs. Taekwondo people. The direction that each group wants to undertake and the interests of several Taekwondo political groups are so contrary to each other that it seems to be virtually impossible to take any step forward.
Lee’s proposals for vice-president and other important positions have been cut off by the chairman of the board of directors, making it very hard for Lee to create a working team that could bring about positive changes in Kukkiwon and Taekwondo that he had in mind.
He felt that his hopes for normalizing the organization and restoring Kukkiwon’s prestige were totally devastated and realized that it was going to be very difficult for him to do any good for Taekwondo despite his position.
In his official letter sent to the Taekwondo community in Korea, Lee also apologizes for not being able to carry out his job until the end, but he has decided to give up such an honorable position because his conscience and pride as a Taekwondo man could not accept what was happening.
Now that the Kukkiwon has been left without its leader, the Taekwondo community is afraid that the World Taekwondo Headquarters will not normalize any time soon.


  1. 손명수

    세계태권도 본산인 국기원의 이규형(66) 원장이 전격 사직했다. 지난해 국기원은 국가대 표 태권도시범단 단장, 국기원 태권도시범단 감독, 계명대 태권도학과 교수 등을 지내고 계명대 석좌교수로 활동해온 이규형 원장은 두 달여 만에 국기원 수장 자리에서 내려왔다. 이 원장이 ‘태권도 가족들께 드리는 글’이라는 제목으로 짧지만 험난했던 원장직 수행 과정이 잘 드러난다. 원칙과 소신을 중시한 정통 태권도인이자 학자 출신의 이 원장이 조기에 자진 하차하면서 국기원 정상화를 위한 특단의 대책 마련 요구가 커질 전망이다. 이미 국기원은 자체 해결 능력을 잃었다면서 정부의 관리 단체 지정이 필요하다는 지적까지 제기되고 있다. 연합뉴스
    *자고로 큰 지도자는 이 모든 것을 감수 하고, 국내는 물론 해외에서 할약 해온 국제적인 명성과 인품, 능력 등을 감안하여 참신한 인물로 거듭 나야 될것이며, 거국적인 혜안과 만인의 귀감이 되는 큰 인물이 아쉽다는 이야기 ~ 덕산 손명수
    It takes great leadership with plausible philosophy with ultimate vision to be a head of KuKiWon, not just seniority, or fist, etc. must discover such future leader(s) ~ (SMS-TKD)
    它需要偉大領導振振有詞哲學與最終的目標是一個頭的 KuKiWon, 不只是資歷、或拳頭等希望能與完整性, 國際上的聲譽和人格的人, 其中一個必須發現這種未來的領導者 (德山 孫明秀)

  2. Master Doug Cook

    This is sad news indeed and does not bode well for Taekwondo in general. I understand the differences between WTF and ITF, but when politics trump tradition as it does so often in Taekwondo, where does that leave us?

  3. john smith

    This action typifies the state of tae kwon do world wide, to political aand greedy, the word martial art is slowly becoming extinct.
    master john Smith.

  4. kwang duk chung

    As a Grand Master of Taekwon-Do, I want to express my deepest sorrow of what is happening in WTF Taekwon-Do. As a Pioneer of ITF in Argentina and abroad, a5 years of teaching the Taekwon-do out of Korea, made me very concern for my Father Land Korea. It is no any more matter of Koreans but, it is matter of INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY and most politicians must observe the principles of Taekwon-Do before their own interests and benefits. I do not think anymore a matter of ITF or WTF. We are talking about KOREAN TAEKWON-DO that became as a Human Martial Art with more than 20 millions of practice in this world. I hope a ORIGINAL AND AUTHENTIC TRUE TAEKWON-DO KOREAN MASTER DIRECT THIS IMPORTANT ORGANIZATION AND CREATE HOPEFUL TAEKWON-DO WORLD. THANK YOU.

  5. Arsalan Azizi

    We are worry about future of Kukkiwon & hope there will be a positive news soon.
    Master Azizi
    Vancouver, Canada


    Creo que ya debemos dejarnos de eso y entender que kwkkiwon ya cumplió su cometido. Cada pais que haga su taekwondo y lo mejore y demuestre que no tenemos que seguir esperando por los coreanos.

  7. Rikko Novriyanto

    What happen?


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