Osobnosti světového taekwonda

Rhee Ki Ha

certifikát UK - 9 - 1
pionýr taekwonda v Evropě, především ve Velké Británii

First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha is the President and founder of the UKTA, RITA, AETF and the Father of European Taekwon-do. He is the most senior Pioneer and current Senior Vice President of ITF Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha devotes himself to the promotion and update of the techniques and moral culture among the Taekwon-Do brothers and sisters across the world.

The 2nd of July 2007 is the 40th anniversary of the entry into Great Britain of a young Korean who was to change the face of British martial arts forever. He brought with him a new martial art that very few people in this country had ever heard of. That name is now as well known in Great Britain as Karate. The name of the martial art was Taekwon-do and that then young Korean is Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha, 9th Degree.

Park Jong Soo

Grandmaster Park was born in 1941 in Chung-Nam, Korea. He holds a 9th Dan black belt in Tae Kwon-Do. At the age of 14, and since then, he has been the instructor of the Police Training Centre of Chun Bok in Korea and of the famed Tiger Division of the Korean Army. In 1964, he became Korean National Champion, and in 1965 he made a trip on request of the Korean Government, as a member of the Goodwill Mission for Tae Kwon-Do, demonstrating this art before the highest civil and military authorities of the countries they visited. In that same year, he was invited to Germany as the coach of the German Tae Kwon-Do Association.

In 1966, he left Germany to go to Holland where he founded the Netherlands Tae Kwon-Do Association. In the beginning of 1968, he left for Canada and now has his own schools in the Greater Toronto Area. In November 1973, Master Park made another world trip to promote Tae Kwon-Do in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Master Park is known as one of the world's greatest Tae Kwon-Do experts. "You will enjoy being spiritually reached and fully confident, regardless of sex, age, height or build. Our training is uniquely oriental." (Grandmaster Park)

Charles Sereff

certifikát USA - 9 - 1
pionýr taekwonda ve spojených státech amerických

Tae Kwon Do Master Charles Sereff was born in 1933 in Denver. He began training in Moo Duk Kwan in 1961 under Robert Thompson and received his black belt in 1963. That same year, he opened a small store-front dojang, which was the first Korean style school in the Denver area. In 1965, he broght Tae Kwon Do instructor Moon Ku Baek from Korea to Denver to teach for him, and it was then that he became associated with General Choi Hong Hi, the founder of Tae Kwon Do and his International Tae Kwon Do Federation (ITF). In the meantime, Sereff began to establish Tae Kwon Do clubs at the U.S. Airforce Academy, the Denver YMCA, and at various recreation centers as well as at major colleges in Colorado and Wyoming. In 1974, at the request of General Choi, Sereff helped form the United States Tae Kwon Do Federation (USTF).

The Federation today consists of 11 regional directors, and 35 State directors from Florida to California. There are members in Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand and New Guinea. Sereff, who was elected president in 1979, still retains that position. The USTF has an executive committee made up of 23 Master Instructors. General Choi also created a comprehensive grading system, which is graded as follows: 4th, 5th and 6th degree black belts are classified as Inter-National Instructors. 7th and 8th degree are Master Instructors. 9th Degrees are Grand Master. Over the years Sereff has spent an enormous amount of time traveling world wide promoting General Choi's Tae Kwon Do, but he still found time to coach the U.S. team to victories at the ITF World Championships in Montreal in 1975 nd in Athen in 1982. At the ITF World Championships held in Malaysia in 1994, Sereff was appointed Vice President of the International Tae Kwon Do Federation. Sereff promotes an annual Tae Kwon Do summer camp in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The camp, which began as a small event held in a small YMCA campground, today draws more than 400 people from over 30 states and from countries such as Scotland, Columbia, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, Mexico, and New Guinea. Sereff, who was the first non-Asian to be classified as an international instructor by the International Tae Kwon Do Federation, oversees an organization of thousands of students. In his 40 years of teaching he has graded over 8,000 black belts. He is currently living in Colorado and still teaches red and black belts on a regular basis, while continuing to promote traditional Tae Kwon Do world wide. In 1997 he was promoted to 9th dan in Tae Kwon Do.

1963 1st Degree Black Belt Tang Soo Do 1965 2nd Degree Black Belt Tang Soo Do 1967 3rd Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do 1969 1st Degree Black Belt Korean Hap Ki Do 1970 4th Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do 1st non-Korean to be promoted to International Instructor International Instructors School in Montreal, Canada 1974 5th Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do 1978 6th Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do 1983 7th Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do 1st non-Korean to be promoted to the rank of Master Instructor 1989 8th Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do 1997 9th Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do Instructor’s Record: 1962 1st School for Korean Self Defense in the State of Colorado 1967-1975 Instructor at Denver University Metro College, Colorado University Denver Center and Colorado Academy 1969-1971 Instructor for United States Air Force Academy 1969-1971 Instructor for Police Self Defense, Arvada, CO. 1974 Coach of USA Team, World Championships, Montreal, Canada 1978 Coach of USA Team, World Championships, Oklahoma, USA Team Placed 3rd overall, Host of these Championships. 1980 Promoted over 6,000 Black Belts since becoming Instructor. 2004 Promoted his 10,000th 1st Degree Black Belt. 2004 Promoted his 3,000th senior black belt. Up to and including three 8th Degree Black Belts. Grand Master Charles Sereff and two of his black belts, Jim Smith and Bob Johnson have recently formed a partnership to launch their own production company; Vital Spot. Grand Master Sereff and Vital Spot will be producing a brand new line of sparring gear available to the martial arts and self defense industry with an anticipated production date of January 2006. Grand Master Sereff currently resides with his wife Kim in Broomfield, Colorado. His school, Sereff Tae Kwon Do, is also located in the Denver suburb.

Hwang Kwang Sung

certifikát K - 9 - 1

Grandmaster Hwang was born in Teagu Korea. Taegu is the third largest city south of the 38th parallel, and is south east of Seoul and north of Busan. At the age of eleven, he started his martial arts training. After graduating with a degree in Political Science from KyungPook National University he joined the Republic of Korean Army as a commissioned officer in 1964. Serving as a Korean Airborne and Ranger officer and serving his country in Vietnam. He was stationed in Saigon, Chu Ly, and several others. He taught Taekwon-Do to the Korean Tiger Division, the Korean Army, the US Army and the US Marines along with the Vietnamese Army. Receiving commendation medals from Korea and Vietnam. 1970 marked his retirement from the ROK Army as a Captain, and Service Company Commander of the 26th Infantry Division. Also known as the Taekwon-Do Division.

1971 marked the year Grandmaster Hwang was invited to the US and first taught a credited class at Manchester Community Technical College, and then one year later in 1972 he opened his first Taekwon-Do school. In 1974 Grandmaster Hwang graduated from the first International Taekwon-Do Federation Instructors course held by General Choi, Hong Hi in Montréal Canada. He also graduated from the ITF Umpires course. Grandmaster Hwang also happens to be one of three Grandmasters (9th Degree black belts) ever promoted by General Choi, Hong Hi. The others are Grandmaster Rhee of the UK, and Grandmaster Sereff of the US. Grandmaster Hwang has served as Director of the USA Junior Taekwon-Do team every Junior World Championships since 1990 and was the 1989 and 1992 USA Senior Taekwon-Do Team Director.

Grandmaster Hwang served as special assistant to General Choi, was the Official Spokesman of the ITF, and served as Chairman of the ITF Promotion and Merger Committees. In addition, as Secretary General of the ITF . Grandmaster Hwang currently oversees 15 Hwang’s School of Taekwon-Do, and many schools throughout the world. Traveling and giving seminars in places such as Aruba, Australia, Canada, Greece, Italy, India, Ireland, Mexico and the Philippines.

Nam Tae Hi

Major Nam Tae hi byl v počátcích rozvoje taekwon-do pravou rukou generála Choie. Byl jeho instruktorem nejprve ve vojenské tělocvičně Oh Do Kwan a následně i v tělocvičně Chong Do Kwan, což byla škola taekwon-do pro civilisty.

Born in Seoul, South Korea in March 1929, Great Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi met General Choi on Cheju Island in 1953 and later joined the 29th Infantry Division of the South Korean military forces. Great Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi, then a captain in rank, was a senior member of the demonstration team which gave the seminal performance in 1954 before South Korean President Seung Man Rhee which led to the presidential decree that the martial art (then not yet known as Taekwon-Do) be a mandatory part of training for the military. Great Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi then co-founded with General Choi Hong HI the Oh Do Kwan, the training gym for the military where he had the role of Chief Instructor. At the Chung Do Kwan (training gym for civilians), GGM Nam Tae Hi taught Jhoon Rhee, recognized in the United States as the "Father of Taekwon-Do," when Jhoon Rhee was a first degree black belt. Great Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi served as one of the earliest ambassadors of Taewkon-do when in March 1959 he traveled to Vietnam and Taiwan as member of the first Korean demonstration team to travel outside of Korea. In December 1962, GGM Nam Tae Hi was assigned as Chief Instructor for the Vietnamese Army. In Vietnam, GGM Nam Tae Hi is known as the "Father of Taekwon-Do." He developed the patterns known as Hwa-Rang, Choong-Moo, and UI-Ji. GGM Nam Tae Hi served as vice-president of the International Taekwon-Do Federation and president of the Asian Taekwon-Do Federation. Great Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi moved to Chicago in 1972, opened a dojang in 1973, and taught Taekwon-Do for twenty years. He now calls Los Angeles home where he lives with his wife.

Grand Master Nam Tae Hi began his martial arts training in 1946. Every day after school he would go to the Dojang to train, not returning home until almost midnight. He did this 5 days a week. He trained in Tang Soo Do under Won Kuk lee at the Chung Do Kwan. His fellow students included Sun Duc Son, and Uhm Woon Kyu. After about two and one half years Nam Tae Hi reached the level of first degree Black Belt. Two of his junior students included the late Grandmaster Han Cha Kyo, and Grand Master Jhoon Rhee. In 1954 there was a military demonstration before the President of South Korea, Syng Man Rhee. This demonstration included Artillery, other weaponry and martial arts. Nam Tae Hi, now a second degree Black Belt, broke 13 roofing tiles using a downward punch. President Rhee was so impressed by this demonstration that he asked to see more after the planned program was over. Nam Tae Hi and Han Cha Kyo did not have any thing else arranged to do so they assembled materials and did a variety of different breaks. President Rhee even checked Nam Tae Hi’s hands to see if he was injured from performing the breaks. After the demonstration President Rhee ordered all military personnel to start training in this martial art. General Choi drafted instructors from a number of different Kwans to teach the soldiers. Nam Tae Hi was the person who peformed the patterns as General Choi created them. The General would suggest a move or two and after Nam Tae Hi performed them, the general would either accept the moves or offer changes. Nam Tae Hi himself contributed the patterns Hwa-Rang, Choong-Moo and Ul-Ji. He was often referred to as the General's right hand man. Without Nam Tae Hi's incredible performance at the demonstration for President Rhee, Taekwon-Do may not have had the opportunity to spread around the world as we have seen it do.

Choi Jung Hwa

syn generála Choi Hong-hi

Grandmaster Choi Jung Hwa was promoted to XI Degree on the 50th Anniversary of Taekwon-Do, April 11th 2005. Choi Jung Hwa was born on Cheju Island, Korea in 1954. His earliest recollections of training are around 6 years of age, shortly before General Choi's hectic schedule and diligent work in spreading Taekwon-Do globally. Constantly surrounded by visiting high- ranking instructors, Choi Jung Hwa trained with many instructors during this period. He served many years on the ITF Board, accompanying his Father throughout seminars across the world and later conducting many International Seminars in his own rite.

Choi Jung Hwa has impressed those who he has trained alongside with his skill within the art, but more importantly, as a person. Choi Jung Hwa was democratically elected as President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation at the 2001 ITF congress. However, Choi Jung Hwa wished it so that his father remain the ITF president for a further 2 years. This was not to be, as our founder sadly passed away less than 12 months later. Choi Jung Hwa has since then as the direct heir of General Choi Hong Hi, continued his father's work, rightfully inheriting the title as President, of the international Taekwon-Do Federation, and in doing so continuing the teaching of true Taekwon-Do.

Choi Jung Hwa je v současné době prezidentem mezinárodní federace taekwon-do skupiny cvičenců, kteří v poslední době k názvu federace občas přidávají slůvko "tradiční".