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Ref. No. 14/015
April 1, 2014
WTF Officials,
Presidents, WTF Member National Associations

WTF-member notice: Poomsae changes to Pumsae in 2014
Dear WTF Officials and Presidents of WTF Member National Associations,
Dear Friends and Colleagues.
It is my great pleasure to extend my warm greetings to you and an even greater pleasure to look back
on the 2013 WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships which were held in Bali, Indonesia from
October 31 to November 3, 2013.
WTF membership has been grown from less than 20 to 205 for the past four decades and taekwondo
has participated in the Olympic Games as an official sport since 2000. WTF had inaugurated Poomsae
competition at the world level in 2006 to provide more people with opportunity to enjoy and compete in
taekwondo.
WTF included free-style Poomsae competition in the 2012 WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae
Championships in Tunja, Colombia, which was welcomed by so many taekwondo practitioners around
the world. The number of participants in the World Poomsae Championships has been ever increasing
and the Championships in Bali were another great success in the history of World Poomsae
Championships.
Poomsae became international and this is why the World Taekwondo Federation decides to correct an
error in the romanization of the word Poomsae. During the 2013 WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae
Championships we realized that a lot of member nations have a hard time to pronounce Poomsae the
right way. A lot of European and Eastern countries pronounced it as Pommes, which is unacceptable
in respect to the Korean language and heritage and unacceptable in our long-term goal to include
Poomsae in the Olympics. In order to make it easier to pronounce and also to distinct Poomsae from
the Poom belt level we will change the name of Poomsae in 2014 and now look forward to the 2014
WTF World Taekwondo Pumsae Championships.
So please use the word Pumsae in all upcoming publications and help us creating a worldwide
standard of Taekwondo. I look forward to seeing you and your team at upcoming Pumsae
competitions.
Sincerely yours,
Patrice-Jean Picard
Vice Secretary General, World Taekwondo Federation
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