Whether or not Choi was the most important person behind the development of TKD, and disregarding views on his methods, it is undeniable that the act of having the name Taekwon-do recognised as a martial art was a very important moment in the art's development.

It can be seen as the birth-place of ITF TKD certainly, and perhaps even WTF guys would accept that if it had not been for Choi's actions, there would not be a WTF either. I think that in itself is enough to celebrate the occasion, so I'm very happy to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TKD!!