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The World Taekwondo Federation Has Changed It’s Name So It Doesn’t Have To Deal With All Those ‘WTF’ Jokes

The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has changed its name to World Taekwondo because of the “negative connotations” associated with its initials.

The organisation had used the previous name since it was established in 1973.

However, it felt in the “digital age” the slang of the old abbreviation was “unrelated to our organisation and so it was important that we rebranded to better engage with our fans”.

The change was made before the start of the 2017 World Taekwondo Championships. – BBC
Who knew such a simple and common acronym would give something as prestigious as the World Taekwondo Federation such problems? It does suck to have your federation branded alongside ‘what the fuck’, so I certainly understand the change. What I don’t understand is changing it to World Taekwondo. Try saying World Taekwondo in a sentence. It sounds like you’re cutting yourself off. I don’t know how many World Taekwondo companies there are, but I feel like they could have put any other word at the end and it would’ve been fine. World Taekwondo League. World Taekwondo Coalition. World Taekwondo Association. Basically anything but just World Taekwondo.
While there hasn’t been an official statement yet, I have to imagine the Wise Turkey Foundation will be changing it’s initials any day now.

Vladimir Putin Awarded Grandmaster Status in Taekwondo Even Though He Doesn’t Do Taekwondo

“Russian president Vladimir Putin has been  awarded the highest rank in taekwondo, giving him honorary grandmaster  status.

It means the president has attained a higher  ranking than former US martial artist Chuck Norris. The actor has an  eight-degree black belt, while Mr. Putin has a ninth-degree.

The president does not  practice taekwondo, but holds a black belt in Judo and has been awarded an  eighth Dan in the martial art by the International Judo Federation.”


Oh Putin doesn’t study taekwondo? He practices Judo? That’s adorable, now give him the 9th degree black belt and grandmaster status before he wrestles a bear and kicks your ass. If I ruled an entire country I’d probably pull off power moves like this too. Shoot bow and arrows shirtless. Get 9th degree black belts in something he doesn’t even practice. Your move, Chuck Norris.

– Ryan

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