WTF Para Taekwondo has been Showcases since the 1st WTF Para Taekwondo World Championships in Azerbaijan since then there has been five WTF World Para Championships in Russia , Aruba , Geneva and Moscow , with Two European Para Championships . WTF Para Taekwondo has seen a rise in Participants and participating Country’s and Para Poomsae was first Showcases in Moscow in 2014. WTF Para Taekwondo and its Officials are promoting Para Taekwondo in the hope that it could get included into the 2020 Olympics in Japan . In the Recent IWAS Junior under 23 Para Games in Stoke Mandaville Aylesbury London , WTF Para Taekwondo was showcased over Two days with Demonstration Matches and Hands on workshops which were most successful ! Recent steps to develop WTF Para Taekwondo took place in Moscow where all athletes were re Classified to bring them in line with other para sports . Mr Oolof Hannson WTF Para Official is busy ensuring that all the elements needed to make WTF Para Taekwondo a world Stage spectator sport and a possible Olympic Sport are being put into place
In 2005 the World Taekwondo Federation formed the Para-Taekwondo Committee in an effort to develop and promote Taekwondo to athletes of all disabilities.
Initially Para-Taekwondo focused on developing ‘kyorugi’ for arm amputee athletes and the 1st WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships was held in 2009 in Baku, Azerbaijan on the occasion of the 2009 WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championships.
Since 2009 the WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships has been held an additional three times, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2012 in Santa Cruz, Aruba and 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Participation in the Championships has been growing steadily.
On the occasion of the 4th WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships in 2013 a Para-Taekwondo Development Task Force consisting of Para-Taekwondo Committee members and invited guests from CPISRA and INAS met to discuss the future of Para-Taekwondo. Following their recommendations the decision was taken to expand Para-Taekwondo and make competitions on a world level available to athletes of all disabilities. Para-Taekwondo ‘Poomsae’ will be the competition format for athletes with Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual disabilities or Visually impaired athletes.
During the 4th WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships the WTF signed Memorandum of Understanding with INAS and CPISRA to work together for the development and promotion of Para-Taekwondo for athletes with intellectual disabilities or Cerebral Palsy. Para-Taekwondo Poomsae Competitions will be included in the 5th WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships. Para-Taekwondo Poomsae has also been confirmed as a demonstration sport for the 2015 INAS Global Games.
Since 2009 Taekwondo has been included in the official program of the Deaflympics and at the 2013 Deaflympics Taekwondo competitions were held in both Kyorugi and Poomsae. The WTF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf (ICSD) on October 25, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the 2nd SportAccord World Combat Games to include Taekwondo competitions for Deaf athletes in the 5th WTF World Para-Taekwondo Championships in 2014.
On October 16, 2013 the WTF became an International Paralympic Committee (IPC) recognized IF, a recognition of the ongoing work to develop Para-Taekwondo.
The World Taekwondo Federation aims to have Para-Taekwondo included on the program for the 2020 Paralympic Games.
The hope that taekwondo brings is limitless, it knows no boundaries and is hampered by no disability.
Chungwon Choue, President of the WTF
Stioke UTA is leading the way in Great Britain by fielding the only WTF Para Athlete in this country at the Present time.
2013 and another great result for Amy Truesdale and Stoke UTA. Amy did fantastically in Lausanne , Switzerland coming away with another World Title Silver Medal! Amy has made History by competing in all the WTF Para competitions since their formation. So far she has won a World Bronze in Azerbaijan, a World Silver in St Petersburg – Russia, a World Silver in Aruba and now the World Silver in Lausanne.