Saskatchewan GTF Taekwon-Do Inc.
Mr. Washington Celis
The Saskatchewan GTF Taekwon-Do Inc. (Sask. GTF) is a growing and respectable provincial organization because many of our members, who work collectively and arduously, are continuously helping Mr. Washington Celis, 6th Degree Black Belt, President and Technical Director, to promote Taekwon-Do. Washington Celis and Boris Celis, 5th Degree Black Belt, along with other individuals who cannot all be listed, established the organizational framework for our provincial body which is still expanding to this day. The provincial organization, Sask. GTF, was incorporated under The Non-Profit Corporations Act on
Sask. GTF, which has well over 500 active members throughout the province, is provincially recognized by Sask. Sport and internationally affiliated with the International Taekwon-Do Federation from
Sask. GTF is organized as a mixture of traditional and modern, of east and west. There are two aspects of the organization, namely technical and administrative. Technical matters include testing requirements, tournament rules of competition, protocol, dress code and selection of elite athletes. This aspect of the organization is traditional to all genuine martial arts, in that it is not and cannot be democratic. Mr. Washington Celis along with the most senior black instructors are the sole authority in
Administrative matters are defined in detail for the provincial governing body in our Articles of Incorporation under The Non-Profit Corporations Act, and include all other matters such as finance, advertising, accounting, fund raising and all other types of general administration. A Board of Directors, which is elected every two years, handles all administrative matters.
Mr. Washington Celis, a 6th Degree Black Belt, Provincial Technical Director, is a pioneer in the formation of the Sask. GTF in
Mr Washington Celis has taught Taekwon-Do to approximately 15,000 students over the past twenty years and has granted hundreds of black belts. He is also instrumental in the development of elite athletes and training of the provincial team. He has led the Canadian Team to earn Bronze medals in both patterns and sparring at the 1996 European Championships in
Mr. Celis currently teaches Taekwon-Do in Regina, but he also conducts seminars all over the province and
Mr. Celis' GTF Taekwon-Do Handbook was published primarily to help the Taekwon-Do student to advance through the ranks from white belt to 2nd Degree Black Belt. He encourages anyone to read the manual carefully, as it will give the student valuable insights into the organization to which he/she belongs and all testing requirements necessary for advancement in Taekwon-Do. Over the past two decades, Mr. Celis has become convinced from his experience, observations and tangible results that Taekwon-Do is far more than a Korean form of self-defense. He has seen how regular Taekwon-Do training can transform timid or shy people, and those completely lacking in self-discipline, self-respect or self-confidence, into motivated high-achievers. Mr. Celis testifies that Taekwon-Do has helped him tremendously through the course of his personal life, and he also believes that all practitioners, regardless of gender, age, race or religion, can gain many benefits from Taekwon-Do.
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