History Of Iran Taekwondo


Writer:Jafar Sharifi - the Chairman of Referees Committee of  the Iranian Taekwondo Association

After a martial maneuver in the southern borders of Iran in 1968, the Taekwondo was introduced to the Iranian martial authorities by Kazem Rezaie, a member of the Iranian army who had observed Taekwondo techniques of the Korean officers. After that Rezaie persued the matter with the athletic authorities of the army. The result was the entrance of a martial group of the South Korean army leaded by Major Kim Sourin to Iran for training the special air board forces in 1970 and subsequently the training courses took place in Noohed garrison (the special air board forces).












At the  beginning of the decade of 1971 after nearly 2 years of training, trainees like the decedent Mansour Fakouri, Kazem Rezaie, Davoud Arjmand, Esmaiel Azarpad, the martyr Hasan Zereshki, Soleiman Alinassab and also Ali Modiri who had personally been trained by a Korean trainer, propagated the Taekwondo throughout the capital and other cities.


The organized activities in this field started in Iran in 1975 as the Taekwondo Association of Armed Forces under the supervision of Colonel Behrooz Sarshar. Subsequently in the same year, the Iranian Taekwondo team consisting of the selected individuals of the special forces of the army, for the first time participated in the world competitions in Seoul, South Korea, the result of which was a bronze medal for Hossein Badi Zadeh.


The Iran's Taekwondo Federation was established in 1984 after the independence of the Martial Arts Association fields (Judo, Taekwondo, Karate). During the 90`s and 10`s, numerous honors were recorded by the Iranian Taekwondo players in the Olympic games and international tournaments which signifies the high potential of the Iran's Taekwondo in the world.


In 1999, Netherlands Teakwondo Federation invite officially Behnam club , vice- champion of first team leagues of Tehran  to international Netherlands tournament  and after obtain the visa from Netherlands embassy subsequent to a difference consultation , this Club departed to the international championships outside Iran as private system.

Teakwondo federation of Iran together with support of head and supervisor of physical education organization prevented taek won do athletes to be participated in international Eindhoven competitions.

This can be a source of civil movement of Iran sport.

In 2000 the Iranian Taekwondo Association as the first civil and public unit in the sport of the country commenced office and for the first time in the Iran's sport, holding of matches, overseas dispatching, training coaches and referees and took place outside the governmental structure in a widespread amount.


In 2002 Top Taekwondo martial art (the superior Taekwondo)  Formal  proclaimed  its existence by seyed Ali Haghshenas, the president of the Iranian Taekwondo Association.


Haghshenas who is considered as one of the experienced Taekwondo, Full contact & Kick Boxing champions in Iran and in the world expressed the reasons of these technical reforms which were taking place consequent to the sudden organizational segregations of this sport at the end of 90`s as the evident technical weakness of Taekwondo and as a complete martial art intending to absorb teenagers and the young to ringstyles  rather than keeping to the styles of the far east and particularly south Korea. Gaining the first place in the Full contact Free Cup of Europe (Istanbul-2003) and the championship of the world Kick Boxing matches in 2008 (Gladiators Cup- Spain) are the honors of the National Top Taekwondo Team of Iran in the World. For more information regarding the results of the matches in the covering styles and championships of cities & provinces, please refer to the Newspapers Page.