8 Jul

History of Taekwondo in India.

In March 1974,  the final and most brutal phase of Vietnam http://www.lonelyplanet.com/maps/asia/vietnam/  (Saigon, city) war had begun. The fall of Saigon appeared imminent. Grandmaster Jimmy R. Jagtiani has no alternative left but to pack up and return to his motherland, India. He finally settled at Lucknow (UP), http://www.lucknow.org.uk/travel-tips/map.html India and aspired to practice Taekwondo, but here, people were unaware of Taekwondo. There was no training center in the city so, he practiced his own techniques and maintained himself.



1. Vietnam, Saigon – 1973 – Now Ho Chi Minh City.

2. The first Public Taekwondo Demonstration by Grandmaster Jimmy R Jagtiani breaking the marble tiles by jumps round kick at Oudh Gymkhana Club Lucknow in 1975.

But his ambitious still un-avail, he wants to spread this Martial Art of Taekwondo to others, than he approached Mr. K.D. Singh Babu,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K._D._Singh  the famous renowned personalities in Hockey, who was also the Director of Sports, U.P. Master Jimmy introduced himself to the Director of Sports, with his 2nd Dan Black Belt received from Vietnam and said “I have learned martial art, called Taekwondo, In Taekwondo for self-defense, you can handle three to four persons single handed. I want to start Taekwondo in K. D. Singh Babu Stadium”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K._D._Singh_Babu_Stadium

Mr. K.D.Singh Babu, the Director of Sports could not understand and asked “What Martial Art”? Master Jimmy said “Tae” “Kwon” “Do”. He still could not understand and asked him again, “what did you say Kwondo?” “In short”, Master Jimmy has to say “Judo-Karate” and he understood. “Still, the Director cannot believe that the Taekwondo exponent can handle four people at the same time” So he called Master Jimmy to come when he taught hockey to his students. Master Jimmy and Master Mike (Jimmy’s Brother) reached the stadium at 5=00 p.m. while he was on the ground making the boys and girls to practice Hockey. When he saw Master Jimmy, he told his students to sit down on the ground and introduced Master Jimmy to them. He then requested Master Jimmy to show some of his techniques. He showed kicking, jumping and punching one by one. Suddenly, the Director asked him whether he could beat one of his boys with a hockey stick. Master Jimmy told him that he didn’t mind two persons at a time, two of them got up with hockey sticks and attacked him


1. Police Personals & Railway Protection Forces performed public Taekwondo demonstration on 2nd Aug. 1976 at Christian College, Golagunj, Lucknow.

2. Master Jimmy R. Jagtiani received Ambassador Medal from Hon’ble Bum Suck Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in 1977.

During this period, He tried to learn more techniques of Taekwondo. Thereafter He visited Calcutta, Bombay, Madras, Bangalore &  Delhi, and in other cities, but was very surprised to know that no one knew what Taekwondo was. Then He decided to organize a Taekwondo demonstration with the help of His brothers Mike, Ram, Lachman at the Oudh Gymkhana Club, http://www.ogc.org.in/ Lucknow in 1975 and performed the art.  Mr. K. D. Singh Babu proposed the show to introduce the art of Taekwondo to the Public and seek their approval. The show was a big success. Thousand watched and admired it in excitement as they displayed high power Taekwondo techniques by breaking Marble tiles, Ice break and tiles, which vividly interpreted Taekwondo and differentiated it from Karate,  Kung-fu and Judo etc.  

This achievement encouraged him to establish another demonstration at Christian College, Lucknow on 2nd August 1976 with the help of Brother Mike, Ram & Lachman and the Police personals and the Railway Protection Forces (RPF) whom he had trained nine months earlier. The Taekwondo Federation of India was established formed on the same day i.e. 2nd August 1976. 


1. Ambassador Lee explaining the Taekwondo techniques to Dr. Banasi Das, next to Ambassador Lee is Mr. K.D. Singh Babu watching the Taekwondo Demonstration on the occasion of the 1st Anniversary of Taekwondo Federation of India on 2nd Aug. 1977.

2. Grandmaster Jimmy R. Jagtiani presents the TFI flag to Hon’ble Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India in 1986.

Police Personals & Railway Protection Forces performed public Taekwondo demonstration on 2nd Aug. 1976 at Christian College, Golagunj, Lucknow. 

On 2nd August 1977, the first anniversary of Taekwondo Federation of India was organized with a demonstration of highly techniques at the K.D. Singh Babu indoor stadium. The students trained by him specially Mr. Inder Kumar Singh and Mr. Dinesh Kumar Singh both are Senior most student along with others entered the Arena and enchanted the viewers by their superb performance, which was inaugurated by none other than the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea His Excellency Mr. Bum Suk Lee,  Dr. Banarsi Das Gupta, Mayor was the Chief Guest and Mr. K.D. Singh Babu, the Director of Sports, U.P. was the Guest of Honor.    Ambassador Lee was so fascinated with our performance that he promised maximum support in promotion of Taekwondo in India and also to send Master Jimmy  to Korea for further advance training under Kukkiwon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kukkiwon and the World Taekwondo Federation,  http://www.wtf.org/wtf_eng/main/main_eng.html  (W.T.F.). 

Ambassador Lee explaining the Taekwondo techniques to Dr. Banasi Das, next to Ambassador Lee is Mr. K.D. Singh Babu watching the Taekwondo Demonstration on the occasion of the 1st Anniversary of Taekwondo Federation of India on 2nd Aug. 1977.


Gm. Jimmy R. Jagtiani involved in promotion of Taekwondo and had travelled across the Country in various cities as mentioned bellowed:-



1975, Lucknow – Christian College & YMCA, Lucknow.

1976, Poona – Law College, Pune

1976, Mumbai – Don Bosco College, Bombai

1977, Madras – St. John International Resident School, Madras.

1977, Kanpur – Christ Church Inter College. Kanpur

1980, Delhi – Mother International School and Delhi University, New Delhi

1980, Jammu & Kashmir – KC International School in Jammu,

1980, Bangalore – YMCA, Bangalore.

1981, Aligarh – Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

1981, Dehradun – Sen Josepth School, Dehradoon & YMCA, Dehradoon.

1982, Meghalaya – Assam Riffle Public School. Shillong

1982, Assam – Nehru, Stadium, Guwahati

1982, Haridwar – HAL, Haridwar

1983, Gorakhpur – Railway Stadium, Gorakhpur

1983, Manipur – Don Bosco High School, Imphal.

1984, Nagaland – Jawahar Navodaya Vidalaya (School), Kohima.

1984, Bihar – Nehru Stadium, Patna

1985, Chandigarh – Chandigarh University, Chandigarh   

1985, Himachal Pradesh – YMCA, Shimla

1986, Goa – Mary Imaculate High School, Panaji


He had further covered 26 States/Union Territories including 198 Districts in Ten years w.e.f. 1976 to 1986.


The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) accorded affiliation to the Taekwondo Federation of India in 1978, the Asian Taekwondo Union (ATU) in 1982, the Indian Olympic Association http://www.olympic.ind.in/ (IOA) in 1985 and the South Asian Taekwondo Federation (SATF) in 1994 respectively. The Department of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India also granted recognition of the Taekwondo Federation of India as an apex judicial and autonomous National body of Taekwondo in India in 1988.

The art of Taekwondo was introduced for the first time in the National Games, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Games_of_India#Modern_National_Games conducted by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) at New Delhi in the year 1985. The TFI arranged special demonstration by the Korean Experts in the premises of the Prime Minister’s resident, New Delhi on 17th March 1986. The Prime Minister of India, late Hon’ble Rajiv Gandhi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajiv_Gandhi had witnessed the demonstration. He was so impressed that he promised to extend all possible help to Taekwondo & the Taekwondo Federation of India, TFI. Resulting in recognition of the Taekwondo Federation of India in 1988 by the Department of Youth Affairs & Sports, Government of India with the authority to have its corresponding Units in all States and Union territories of India.

The National Institute of Sports (N.I.S.) allowed scholarship benefits to the meritorious sports persons of Taekwondo. The Government of India further allowed employment to the meritorious sports persons of Taekwondo against sports quota vacancies in relaxation of the direct recruitment rules. The Sports Authority of India (S.A.I) adopted Taekwondo in its syllabus for coaching Instructor and the Railway Department extended concession for the Taekwondo players participating in the National & State Taekwondo Championship. The TFI granted affiliation to the Services Sports Control Board (S.S.C.B.) in 1990, the Taekwondo Academy of India in 1990, Army Sports Control Board (A.S.C.B.) in 1992, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), in 1995.

The Taekwondo Academy of India (TAI) assigned to look after the technical matter such as promotion of Taekwondo philosophy, development of Techniques, Dan Promotion Test, Degree, produced National Instructor as per the curriculum of Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Headquarter, Korea.

Upto date, about 3,50.000 taekwondoins are leaning Taekwondo in 586 centers with its affiliated Members Taekwondo Association in States/Union Territories, Boards and Schools under Taekwondo Federation of India, TFI.  






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