Irish Taekwon-Do Association is the National Association (NA) for the ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) and AETF (All Europe Taekwon-Do Federation) in Ireland.
Irish Taekwon-Do Association is focused on the development and promotion of ITF Taekwon-Do in Ireland in accordance with Government Sports Policy. ITA is a fully registered member of the Taekwon-Do Advisory Board (TAB) of the Irish Martial Arts Commission (IMAC), which is recognised as the National Governing Body (NGB) for martial arts in Ireland by the Irish Sports Council (ISC). ITA cooperates with Irish National Taekwon-Do Association (INTA) for the selection, coaching and management of the ITF Ireland National Taekwon-Do Team.
The association was founded under the name All Ireland Taekwon-Do Association (AITA) in 1984 and operated under that name for 22 years. The association's name was changed to Irish Taekwon-Do Association (ITA) on 13th May 2006 when Ireland’s Allied National Associations (ANAs) unified in a democratic merger process.
Irish Taekwon-Do Association is a member of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), headquartered in Benidorm, Spain under the leadership of Grand Master Pablo Trajtenberg.
The Irish Taekwon-Do Association is a dynamic and progressive organisation, which comprises ITF Taekwon-Do schools across Ireland.
The objectives of the Irish Taekwon-Do Association are to strengthen, practice, promote and spread ITF Taekwon-Do to people throughout Ireland regardless of religion, race, national or ideological boundaries and in accordance with the tenets of Taekwon-Do.
Irish Taekwon-Do Association is committed to promoting the ideals of peace, freedom, justice, humanity and morality. The association is a democratic organisation with clear goals. Such goals include; supporting the needs of its members, coordinating Taekwon-Do activities such as exhibitions, competitions, training camps and seminars, setting and maintaining high quality standards in both technical matters and teaching syllabus, liaising and collaborating, where possible, with other affiliated organisations and providing support and guidance for members.
Irish Taekwon-Do Association is a not-for-profit organisation and is incorporated in Ireland as a company limited by guarantee not having a share capital. Irish Taekwon-Do Association is an Approved Sports Body certified by the Irish Revenue Commissioners. The association holds a current valid tax clearance certificate and is exempt from income and corporation tax under Section 235 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997. This legal status confirms the Irish Taekwon-Do Association was established and exists for the sole purpose of promoting an athletic or amateur game or sport. The association's finances are tightly controlled to ensure the long term financial strength of the organisation and to ensure that any surplus revenue is invested into resources and infrastructure for the benefit of our members.