Canadian Taekwondo Federation International

Affiliated with the International Taekwondo Federation

Important Notice Regarding New ITF Rules & Junior Division Age

September 23rd, 2014

Dear Masters and Instructors,

There has been a change to the ITF Rules which was approved at the ITF congress in Montego Bay.

Please see below the message from Master Ferrando, on behalf of the ITF:

“Dear Members,

This is to inform you that at the World Championship to be held in Jesolo,  Italy on May 27-31, 2015 competitors born in the year 1997 are considered Juniors as approved in the ITF Congress held in Montego Bay, Jamaica on August 2014. Therefore they must be inserted at the online World Championships website as Juniors with no exception.

Junior competitors must be 14 years old at the beginning of the Championship.

The official invitation letter with all other information as well as the WC 2015 website  concerning the World Championship 2015 shall be released soon.”

Yours in Taekwon-do
Master Juan Ferrando
ITF Secretary General

This means that any competitor who turned 18 before the date of the World Championships (between January 1, 2015 – May 27th, 2015) no longer have to compete up as a senior. They now still qualify as a Junior, as the cut off year is and includes 1997.

The CTFI Team Manual has been updated to reflect this rule.  Also, the details for age qualification to “compete up” at CTFI events have been updated.  Please go to the CTFI web site, under Downloads and Resources and review page 15 and 16 of the Team Manual.

Please be sure to pass this information to all of your students, as it could change their category.


Register NOW!! 2014 Canadian Nationals – November 7 & 8 in Regina, SK (Deadline October 15th)

September 17th, 2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 Canadian National Championships, which are to be held in Regina, SK on November 7 & 8th, 2014.  Please notice along the homepage of this (CTFI) website, there is a section for “Nationals”. Here you can navigate for information on the rules, accommodations, registration, etc. You may also click on the following links to direct you to the same pages.

Welcome! – Information Page (includes downloadable information packages)
Registration Page – DEADLINE: OCTOBER 15th, 11pm Pacific Time.
Rules and Regulations
Accommodations Page

This year, there will also be “Grand Champion” Matches for black belt divisions.  This adds a bit more competition and experience, and more importantly – FUN! Trophies will be awarded to the Grand Champion Winners for the following divisions:

  • Junior female 1st to 3rd degree patterns
  • Junior male 1st to 3rd  degree patterns
  • Senior female 1st and 2nd degree patterns
  • Senior female 3rd  to 6th degree a patterns
  • Senior male 1st and 2nd degree patterns
  • Senior male 3rd to 6th degree patterns
  •  Junior female Micro – Light – Middle weight sparring
  • Junior female Light Heavy – Heavy – Hyper weight sparring
  • Junior male Micro – Light – Middle weight sparring
  • Junior male Light Heavy – Heavy – Hyper weight sparring
  • Senior female Micro – Light – Middle weight sparring
  • Senior female Light Heavy – Heavy – Hyper weight sparring
  • Senior Male Micro – Light – Middle weight sparring
  • Senior Male Light Heavy – Heavy – Hyper weight sparring

We look forward to seeing everyone in November!

Seeding Points Update

September 16th, 2014

An updated list of CTFI seeding points is now available here, which is a reflection of the following events:

  • 2014 Easterns
  • 2014 Westerns
  • 2013 Nationals (Quebec)
  • 2013 Easterns
  • 2013 Westerns
  • 2012 PanAms
  • 2011 Nationals (Calgary)

Please note there are 2 separate tabs, and a description of each tab is explained on the Tournament Standings page, where the link is embedded.

CTFI Board Announces Coaches and Team Manager for Italy 2015

August 13th, 2014

The CTFI selection committee is pleased to announce the head coaches, assistant coaches and team manager for the 2015 World Championships in Italy. The coaching staff will be led by head coaches Mr. Nicolas Tran and Ms. Chelsea Stone, who will be joined by assistant coaches Mr. Ken MacKenzie and Mrs. Brandi Merritt-Miyanaga. Two more assistant coaches will be chosen at the 2014 National Championships in Regina on November 7th & 8th.  For the position of team manager, the CTFI selection committee has chosen Ms. Valerie Gingras-Precourt to work with the coaching staff to help provide the utmost support for our athletes representing Team Canada.


CTFI Board of Directors & selection committee


ITF Executives to Participate in 1st TAFISA World Martial Arts Games

August 5th, 2014

The Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA is hosting their first ever World Martial Arts Games in Richmond BC September 5-7, 2014.  ITF is a member of TAFISA and is hosting an information booth and demonstration team at the Games.  Master Juan Ferrando – ITF Secretary General, and Master Clint Norman – ITF Director and CTFI President, will be in the information booth, talking to potential students and member organizations.

 As the West Coast connection, Mr. Kevin Reinelt is helping to organize both the booth and a large demonstration team with members from several Vancouver area dojangs to show off the best that ITF Taekwon-Do has to offer.  The demonstration takes place from 7:30 to 8:30 pm on Thursday Sept. 4, 2014 to help kick off the Games.  Featuring colour bets and black belts of all ages, the team will be showing off some of our exciting competition events as well as some training techniques.

If you are in the Vancouver area around Sept. 4-7/14, come on down to check it out and cheer for our team!

For more information on the event go to:

Or, contact Mr. Reinelt by email or at 604-944-5425.

CTFI Team Coach, CTFI Team Manager Applications for the 2015 World Championships

July 10th, 2014

The CTFI would like to invite applicants to apply for the position of Head Coach and Team Manager for the upcoming 2015 World Championships in Jesolo, Italy.

To apply for either position, you must submit the application form no later than July 28th, at 12 noon (Central Time).  Applicants should be aware that the CTFI will provide funds to cover travel and accommodation costs for the week of the World Championships.

Prior to applying for a position applicants must become familiar with the Coach and Team Manager job descriptions found in the CTFI team manual as well as the recently approved 2015 CTFI World Championship Strategic timeline and the CTFI Ethics of Conduct document. All of these files can be found on the resources and downloads page.

CTFI Head Coach applications can be submitted either of two ways:

CTFI team manager applications can be submitted:

Please note the successful applicants can not participate at the World Championship as a competitor.

Applications must be received no later than Monday, July 28 at 12 noon (Central Time)  All applicants will be informed if they are successful or not by Sunday, August 9 and the positions will be announced on the CTFI website by Friday, August 15.

Yours in Taekwon-Do,

Master Clint Norman CTFI President on behalf of the CFTI Board of Directors


July 9th, 2014

94th International instructors course (IIC), St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, CANADA June 27-29 2014.

The 94th International Instructors Course (IIC) was successfully held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, CANADA on June 27-29 2014. There were a total of 115 participants from three countries (Canada, USA and Jamaica). Newfoundland is an island off the east coast of Canada and St. John’s is the oldest city in North America.

The three Grandmasters (Marano, Bos and Lan) of the ITF Technical Committee were greeted with loud applause and the participants were hungry and eager to learn from the Grandmasters. Participants received instruction in all 24 patterns (with 4th Dans and up separated from the rest of the group at different times during the seminar) and given the opportunity to perform and then ask questions regarding the technical aspects and practical applications of the fundamental movements. It was amazing and awe-inspiring to watch the grandmasters perform and share their knowledge and technical skill in patterns, step-sparring, free sparring and self-defence. In addition, the Saturday afternoon session was conducted by Master Nardizzi from England. His 3 hour session focused on the ITF Kids program with strategies and information on teaching young children age 4-7. Master Scott Downey, organizer of the event, received many positive comments regarding the IIC from the participants including the many positive interactions among participants, the friendships that were forged, and the knowledge gained from the Grandmasters.

The Grandmasters and Masters (Norman, Laquerre, and Nardizzi) were also treated to the well known Newfoundland hospitality and  traditions, including the customary “Screech In” for “come from aways” (people who are not from Newfoundland). The official ceremony for the Grandmasters, Grandmaster Marano’s wife (Maria), Master Norman and Master Laquerre was held at Master Downey’s house. The ceremony involves (1)  re-stating some Newfoundland phrases such as “Long may your big jib draw”, which means “May there always be wind in your sails”, (2) Eating traditional Newfoundland food such as bologna, dried caplin (fish), drinking some Newfoundland Screech (Rum), and kissing a raw codfish. At the end of the ceremony the participants are officially declared “Honorary  Newfoundlanders” and presented with a small bottle of Newfoundland Screech and an official certificate.

The Grandmasters were also treated to ice-berg and whale watching and visits to historic Newfoundland sites such as Cabot tower located on historic Signal Hill, where the first transatlantic communication took place. The Grandmasters were also amazed with the landscape (rugged mountains and ocean), where the “Mountains meet the Sea”.

During the event there was also an examination conducted by the IIC technical committee with Kenneth Rattet from the USA promoted to 7th Dan (Master), Peter Clair from Canada promoted to 7th Dan (Master), and Master Scott Downey promoted to 8th Dan (Senior Master).

A sincere thank you to Grandmaster Marano, Grandmaster Bos, and Grandmaster Lan for an informative and inspirational IIC. Many positive memories that will never be forgotten.

Message From Our President

June 24th, 2014

Attention CTFI Members,

The CTFI would like to announce the return of Mr. Marc Gaudet to our Taekwon-Do family.

Mr. Gaudet will be working with Mr. Hiltz and will look forward to a healthy relationship and development of Taekwon-Do in the Province of Nova Scotia and Canada.

Yours in Taekwon-Do,

Master C. Norman