Might as well talk about it here too. http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/604702.html http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/culturesports/2013/09/25/23/0702000000AEN20130925007100315F.html It seems that the Chang Un version of the ITF is close to coming to an agreement with the WTF over eligability of ITF athletes to compete and enter into WTF competitions under WTF rules (up to and including the Olympics). It seems that the major driver is that Mr. Ung is an IOC member and also that his group is the one who has practitioners in NK. Therefore the incentive for the WTF is an entente with NK TKD practitioners. It does seem to me that on one hand this means not very much as anyone who is a member of Chang Un's group could also go and join a Kukki gym too, train there infrequently and therefore compete in the Olympics. Former and current Chang Hon competitors in WTF competitions are not rare in the UK up to and including Olympic level (the British team actually encourages this to widen their selection pool). It also means nothing to those outside Chang Un's group. On the other hand, this is pretty big. ITF-WTF agreements and mergers have long been a dream of the ITF leaderships and Chang Un has secured a real coup for his own group here, which further entrenches their legitimacy. If you were wobbling on the fence between being with Choi or Trajtenberg or being with Un, this could be a good reason to jump ship and sign up with him. In turn, those groups might also try to sign deals with the WTF which would mean that by definition those three groups would then be foreced to acknowledge each others' legitimacy, which in a perfect dream world would lead to a unified ITF world championships too (if they are already competing in WTF anyway). It also means that there may be a shift in training methods in ITF gyms. You might spend 20 mins on patterns, 20 mins on ITF sparring then 20 mins on WTF sparring (IMO, this sounds find to me). The idea that ITF guys will completely abandon their own rules or that the WTF rules will change is just not possible. Alternatively, maybe nothing changes. Maybe the agreement is made and everythings stays the same. It would be ironic if sport, the so-called killer of traditional martial arts values actually leads to a meaningful agreement where the supposedly traditional masters before them have failed to agree. Anyone else have any thoughts or additional news on this?