Taekwondo was introduced in Singapore in 1962 when Mr. Kim Bok Man, a Korean and holder of a 5th degree black belt, gave a spectacular demonstration of the art at a small garage in Kuching Road. Initially, a small group started training at the garage. However, within a month the membership increased and the place was not big enough to accommodate them.The gymnasium had to be shifted to CYMCA. It was later moved to McNair Road and finally to Gay World.

At the gymnasium in the Gay World, the local boys picked up the art fast and soon attained the converted black belt. As the interest for this venerable art rose, the membership soared. Soon the local black belt holders opened their own gymnasiums. As time went on, the control of these gymnasium were out of hand. In the beginning, these gymnasiums were affiliated to the main body at the Gay World. Later a number of them broke off and formed their own groups. The instructors conducted their own gradings. Owing to the disorganization, a number of unqualified instructors jumped on the bandwagon and conducted classes and gradings with their primary objective of swindling their gullible trainees.

Fortunately, timely action was taken to reorganize, control and promote taekwondo in Singapore. This action resulted in the birth of the SINGAPORE TAEKWONDO FEDERATION (STF).





The Singapore Taekwondo Federation (STF) is responsible for the promoting of Taekwondo in Singapore.

It was officially registered with the Registry of Societies (Singapore) on 24 July 1974 with the following objectives:

  • to promote taekwondo in the Republic and organize tournaments for the benefit of the members of STF;
  • to unify and co-ordinate taekwondo activities in the Republic; and
  • to arrange and co-ordinate taekwondo demonstrations and tournaments on national and international scales.

The organization has grown over the years through good management and clear sense of mission. Today, taekwondo has large following of well over 30,000 partitioner. It is practiced in the army, police force, school, colleges, tertiary insituations, community club, residents’ committees’ centre and private club.


STF Vision

The vision of the Singapore Taekwondo Federation is that the sport makes better persons and enjoys wide participation and the organization has a tradition of helping potential players realize their dreams of being champions and contributing to the community.

STF Mission

The Mission of the Federation is to inculcate the right values in its members, promote the art and sport widely, provide participants with optimum opportunities to develop their potential by having sound support, development programmes and services and play a role in supporting the Singapore Governmnet’s programmes and helping charitable causes.


STF Core Value

Sportsmanship We believe that Taekwondo is a moral pursit requiring rules to be respected and dignity to be maintained under all circumstances
Intergrity We foster high ethical and professional standards.
Growth We adapt, upgrade and change in pursuit of excellence.
Human-Centred We strive to meet participants’ needs and are responsible for their enjoyment and appreciation of the sport.



We value the strength of working together.



STF Goals

The goals of the Federation are to

  • expand its membership further;
  • achieve more sporting excellence;
  • provide its members with better quality activities and services;
  • continue supporting the Singapore Government’s programme;
  • and play a more active role in helping charitable causes.

The Singapore Taekwondo Federation is the Singapore national governing body for taekwondo. It is well-recognised locally and abroad. The STF is


Registered with the
Registry of Societies (Singapore)

An ordinary member of the
S’pore National Olympic Council

Recognised by the
Singapore Sports Council

A Corporate member of the
People’s Association

An affiliate of the
World Taekwondo

An affiliate of the
Asian Taekwondo Union

An affiliate of the
Asean Taekwondo Federation



The Singapore Taekwondo Federation (STF) is putting a high premium in the development of ‘DO’ which is articulated in its pledge. Without ‘DO’, a taekwondo member cannot be complete. Therefore, the STF, which is responsible for the promotion of the art and sport, would be remiss if it fails to provide guidance for its members.

However, the STF will require the support, co-operation and understanding of club leaders, officials and coaches to produce taekwondo exponents worthy of the discipline.

As coaches and black belt holders serve as important role models for their students, it is imperative that they are able to not only recite the STF pledge but also appreciate its significance. In order to ensure that they are conversant with the pledge, it has been, and will remain as, part of the basic requirement for them when they participate in STF courses/seminars/workshops.

For clubs conducting supplementary promotion tests, the pledge will be recited by candidates to kick off the event. Club representatives may take the pledge on behalf of the candidates at the start of the grading.



 “We, the members of Singapore Taekwondo Federation, pledge that

· we shall remain humble, honest and helpful at all times,
· we shall respect our elders, parents, coaches, seniors and one another regardless of race, language, class or creed,
· we shall believe in ourselves and persist no matter how great the challenge to achieve our noble aspirations,
· we shall develop our characters, qualities and abilities to serve our community and our country and
· we shall abide by the rules and regulations of taekwondo and the laws of Singapore.”