History of Federation
History of development of taekwondo in Kazakhstan
Though taekwondo has ancient roots, it was formed as a separate martial art relatively recently. In Kazakhstan, this kind of combat sport officially appeared even later, in 1991 in particular. During that period young country, which had just begun its own independent path, had the Taekwondo Federation (WTF) founded. Two great people who were famous far beyond Kazakhstan Mustafa Ozturk and Bekseit Tulkiyev founded it.
It can be said truly a lot about Mustafa Ozturk. He was born in Turkey, in Istanbul, in 1954 in the family of Kazakh immigrants. In 1975 he entered the International University of Politics in Taipei city, and graduated in Taiwan city in 1980 with the qualification of journalist-expert in international affairs.
But his main merits are associated with taekwondo. Mustafa Ozturk won six taekwondo world championships, achieved the black belt of the seventh dan rank – the highest level of recognition of his achievements. Thanks to the skills of effective fight in Turkey Mustafa was often offered to star in movies about martial arts. He starred in more than 60 movies.
Having such sport skills, he shared it with others with pleasure. When Mustafa Ozturk moved to Germany to work, he opened the Taekwondo School named after Mustafa in Munich. There is another school in Istanbul. Sportsmen from these schools proved to be very skillful at international competitions.
In 1990, the actor, sportsman and teacher came back to his historical motherland in Kazakhstan. A year later he founded the Taekwondo Federation in Kazakhstan (WTF) and popularized this sport in the country. In 1992, Mustafa became a citizen of Kazakhstan and a year later he succeeded in his efforts to include the Kazakhstan Federation into the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). Unfortunately, in 1995 he suddenly died.
First President of the Federation since its foundation was other distinguished son of the Kazakh nation – Bekseit Tulkiyev. He started to practice taekwondo when this martial art was forbidden in the USSR. He was friends with Mustafa Ozturk and managed to steer the initial impulse regarding establishment of the Federation in the right direction. In 1995, at the 7th World Championship among military people Kazakhstan taekwondo practitioners took the second team place behind Korea by winning one silver and two bronze medals.
Bekseit Tulkiyev also left this world early, tragically died in 1995. Holder of the black belt of the seventh dan rank in taekwondo Shamsat Isabekov took over heading the organization. He is also a member of the National Olympic Committee. Thanks to his efforts, as well as the work of the training staff, the Federation received its first prize of the main event of the sport world, the Olympic Games in Beijing, a bronze medal, which was won by Arman Chilmanov.
In Federation’s plans there are new victories in various tournaments and competitions. Nowadays, in Kazakhstan more than 20 thousand people are involved in taekwondo and this number is increasing. It means that chances of new victories are increasing too.