Modern Taekwondo history begins in 1945, when Second Lieutenant Hong Hi Choi of the newly reformed Korean Defence Force, a black belt in Karate, began teaching the art of Tae Kyon to his soldiers at the Kwang Ju military base. After a demonstration to President Rhee, it was ordered that all Korean military personnel be trained in martial arts.
Following its successful use in the Korean War, the most prominent instructors of the art were called to a conference to determine standards for the martial art. It was at this time that the name Taekwondo was appended to the art, which roughly translates to “Way of the Hand and Foot" in Korean. The Korea Taekwondo Association was formed to administer the sport.
However, there was much conjecture as to what the regulatory body for the art should be. Hong Hi Choi, after a falling out with his KTA constituents, moved to Montreal, Canada and formed the International Taekwon-Do Federation to act as an international regulatory body.
However, when Hong hi Choi passed away the true leadership of the art was blown wide open, with the ITF and KTA (and newly formed World Taekwondo Federation) both battling for control of the sport. However, it is unlikely either one will take total control anywhere in the future, and it is extremely unlikely the two will ever be combined into one.