We are sad to learn of the passing of Grandmaster John Tompkins July 6, 2016. GM Tompkins was 72 and first joined the ITF after his service with the U.S. Army and served as a aviation crew member for the Huey platform while in Vietnam. GM Tompkins was known for his technical ability and could both verbally and in writing detail minute Taekwon-Do movements and ideas and his written color belt manual is still one of the best out there.
With the birth of Taekwon-Do on April 11 1955 when Taekwon-Do was given its name, many in the name of Taekwon-Do have been promoted to 9th Dan (degree). General Choi first appointed 9th Dan was Rhee, Ki-ha of Scotland, followed closely by Chuck Sereff and then Hwang, Kwang-sung in 1997. These are of course 9th Dans in the International Taekwon-Do Federation and do not include those promoted in any of the ITF’s since or other organizations in the world. However, with so many grandmasters its a matter of time in grade, or connections of financially motivated promotions that we see all to much in the world of Taekwon-Do.
Today is one of those days that I can say is a great day in the world of Taekwon-Do, the Kido Kwan and its members and martial artist in general. I am pleased to announce that
Master Gwen F. Hall of Corpus Christi Texas USA is now recognized as GRANDMASTER GWEN F. HALL 9th Dan. Grandmaster Hall has been involved in the martial arts for over fifty years actively teaching during the whole time. She has been involved in Taekwon-Do since 1968 and is senior to so many other Grandmasters that have been promoted before her. So please take the time to thank Grandmaster Hall by sending her a congratulations email message and please feel free to contact her for any help in the Taekwon-Do field.
We will upload an updated bio soon!
October 24, 2015
DEAR KIND AND HONORABLE READER,
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS ARE TRUE:
With the authority and responsibility to maintain “global standards,” the Kukkiwon is implementing regulations in the U.S. that are already successfully established in Korea and other countries.
The Kukkiwon policy does not change anything for the individuals testing for 1st and 2nd Dans. Individuals testing for 3rd through 7th Dans will need to be tested by a licensed Kukkiwon Test Examiner.
Masters and Grandmasters who want to certify their own students should know current Kukkiwon standards by becoming licensed Kukkiwon Test Examiners. They can then promote their own students at their own location and with their own schedule.
Regional Panels of Test Examiners will be set up in each state and will only need to be responsible for their own state.
The Kukkiwon has a very clear picture of dojang operations worldwide, and as a “base” for examinations, the Kukkiwon standard was created as a minimum and allow instructors to include their personal material.
Testing is supposed to be an “Examination,” where the student is tested on the required material as articulated in the Kukkiwon rules. Those conducting the examination need to have command of the testing material and be trained in how to score the different elements of the examination, in order to render a fair and qualified opinion on the student’s ability to meet a “specified” standard during the examination. Testing is not a “demonstration”; it is an examination. Testing is about the “student,” not the audience.
The organization that was given the lead five years ago to assist the Kukkiwon with the regulations not only failed in their attempts, but their actions have delayed the standardization in the U.S., and they are now working to discredit the Kukkiwon.
To retain some semblance of order and presence for the Kukkiwon practitioners in America, MOU organizations were selected and were given the same opportunity, as was given to the WTMU, to assist in establishing the standards. Only the WTMU has fully invested the time, effort, and its resources, into helping the Kukkiwon here in America.
Bringing high standards and respect to Taekwondo, the Kukkiwon will continue to execute their federated strategy and regionalized examination panels with an inclusive mindset, so all Taekwondo practitioners in America have access to the Kukkiwon.
The Kukkiwon urges all Taekwondo masters to come into compliance with existing policies of the Kukkiwon. Active resistance to adopting the Kukkiwon test policies will not be tolerated.
KH Kim, 9th Dan Kukkiwon
World Taekwondo Masters Union
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FINAL REVIEW & TEST: Sunday, November 22 ( 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
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Russia is planning the first co-production with North Korea since the Soviet era as part of a larger scheme aimed at stepping up film collaboration with the rogue nation.
State-backed Russian and North Korean filmmakers are planning a feature on the history of traditional Korean martial art of taekwondo, producer Yuri Mityushin told a news conference in Moscow on Tuesday.
“This picture will tell the story of taekwondo development,” he said. “It has a very long history and was known even in Czarist Russia. In addition, we are planning several more co-productions [with North Korea].”
A delegation of North Korean filmmakers is currently on a visit to Moscow, timed to a series of screenings of North Korean films.
According to Mityushin, who organized the screenings and the visit, the North Korean filmmakers are also scheduled to discuss collaboration with the state-run studios Mosfilm and Gorky Studio and talk with Russia’s main film school, VGIK, about accepting North Korean students.
Film ties between Russia and North Korea broke with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Before that, the Soviet Union and North Korea co-produced several movies, mostly focused on World War II events.
The most recent of those, Bereg spaseniya (Salvation Shore), directed by Arya Dashiyev, was released in 1990.
The announcement comes against the backdrop of Russia trying to step up co-production with other countries. Recently, co-production projects with China and India have been discussed.
The date of birth of the founder of Taekwon-Do, Choi, Hong-Hi is approaching. November 9th, make a difference! Show the would that you are TaekwonDo! Hold the sign, or make your own declaring ” I am TaekwonDo” and then give to your local community in any fashion, monetarily or with your time! Spread peace and good will with your actions, not your by words only! Help others in the name of “Taekwon-Do”
Tell us what you think! Email us and tell us what you think, what you would like to see, email with your students profiles, achievements, your schools, instructors etc. We will be happy to promote your events, testings etc. If you have an article you wrote, let us know, we will be happy to post it!
The World Taekwondo Federation said today (Sunday) the will perform at the UN Monday.
The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) has revealed details of the pilot project for its Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, which aims to deliver the sport and education programmes to refugee camps around the world.
Scheduled to begin on January 1, 2016, the 12-month project in Jordan is split into six phases, with each phase being conducted across two-month periods.
Participants aged from as young as six-years-old will undertake theoretical and practical classes in each of the six phases, at the end of which they will be tested in both elements.
Studying English literature, including taekwondo terminology, history and concepts, provides the basis for the theoretical classes, while the practical sessions will focus on the taekwondo disciplines of poomsae and kyorugi.
The initiative comes in response to the migrant crisis, with figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), putting the number of refugees worldwide at almost 20 million, and the number of forcibly displaced people at nearly 60 million.
“It is time to act,” said Choue, who is here for day one of the WTF Grand Prix Series 2.
“The World Taekwondo Federation, which administers the Olympic sport globally, is doing just that.
“We are establishing the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation this year in Lausanne, Switzerland.
“Its mandate is to deploy taekwondo coaches to refugee camps worldwide, bringing the benefits of fitness, sport, self-defence, self-belief and self-respect to those who need it most.
“Taekwondo is an economical, easily deployed deliverable that can help raise the quality of life for refugees in camps worldwide, both children and adults.
“As an International Federation of the International Olympic Committee, the WTF is fulfilling its social responsibility.
“And our sport has precedents for helping people overcome adversity.”
Coming soon will be a history of Song Moo Kwan (松武館-송무관) and really the history of the Korean Kicking and Punching arts from 1944 on. It was very influential in the formation of the Korean Kwans (Chung Do Kwan 청도관-靑濤館, Moo Duk Kwan 무덕관-武德館, Chang Moo Kwan 창무관-彰武館) etc……learn directly from the founder and the current leader(s) of the Song Moo Kwan!
Wall art for your home, school or office! Hangul (Korean) and Hanja (Kanji/Chinese) related to your Korean martial art school, style or even organization. There will be no more then 27 of any one design. Each design will be hand made, inked and individually numbered by the up and coming calligrapher BongHwang 봉황.
Depending on what is being made most calligraphy will be on single set of the same material, below we see “HwaRang” in both Hangul and Hanga. The first series will play a role in promoting the patterns of the Chang Hon system by providing high quality, one of a kind art work for your Dojang, home or office. You will be able to pick and choose one or all the 25 patterns of the modern era of Taekwondo-Do! But remember, not many will be made of each, so once they come up you will want to be quick!
SEOUL, Korea (August 19, 2015) – International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was made an honorary 10th Dan black belt in the martial art of taekwondo today, during a visit to the headquarters of the sport’s world governing body.
The IOC chief was personally awarded the belt by World Taekwondo Federation President Chungwon Choue.
“Thank you very much for the honor of the 10th Dan black belt,” Bach said – adding with a joke, “After I was informed of it, I started practicing!”
“There have only been three people in the world awarded the 10thDan,” Choue explained. “Former IOC Presidents Juan Antonio Samaranch and Jacques Rogge well as U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.”
Attired in a taekwondo uniform, Bach then smashed a board with a punch before the awarding ceremony.
The IOC president had been greeted at the entrance to the WTF headquarters – opposite the West Gate of Seoul’s medieval Gyeongbok Palace – by uniformed members of the WTF Demonstration Team.
He then held a round-table discussion between himself, Choue and officials including IOC Member and Chair of the IOC Coordination Committee for PyeongChang Ms. Gunilla Lindberg, IOC Protocol Chief Ms. Marina Baramia, IOC Director General Christophe De Kepper as well as WTF Secretary General Hoss Rafaty, WTF Council Member and Russian Taekwondo Union President Anatoly Terekhov and Korean Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Kim Chong.
During the meeting, taekwondo’s preparations for the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the spread of taekwondo worldwide and an upcoming initiative by the WTF, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation, which will teach taekwondo at refugee camps, were all discussed.
Bach was particularly interested in the status of female and Muslim athletes in the sport. In the 2015 WTF World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series 1, which had concluded in Moscow just three days ago, two Muslim female athletes – Turkey’s Nafia Kus and Iran’s Kimia Alizadeh Zenoorin– had won gold medals.
The IOC president and his delegation were on a two-day visit to Korea. Before their courtesy call to the WTF headquarters, they had met Korean President Park Geun-hye at the nearby presidential residence, the Blue House, to discuss progress on the upcoming 2018 PyeongyChang Winter Olympics.
ORGINAILLY PUBLISHED BY World Taekwondo Federation
You can choose more then one art….
|Taekwon-Do (Chang Hon, ITF)||19 Votes(54%)|
|Tae Kwon Do (ATA, WTA, otherwise non-affiliated)||2 Votes(5%)|
|Taekwondo (WTF, Kukkiwon)||3 Votes(8%)|
|Shototkan Karate||1 Votes(2%)|
|American Kenpo Karate||1 Votes(2%)|
|Muy Thai||0 Votes(0%)|
|Goju Ryu Karate||1 Votes(2%)|
|Kuk Sool Won||1 Votes(2%)|
|Tang Soo Do (all branches)||1 Votes(2%)|
Total Votes: 35
Absent political considerations there should be no valid reason to exclude Gen. Choi from any Martial Art Hall Of Fame. While his many accomplishments speak for themselves, many do not realize that some of what he did was unprecedented & at times unmatched in the TKD world. However because at various points in his life some of his personal political views concerning his unfairly divided homeland of Korea & certain governmental leaders back home resulted in some negativity that has unfortunately tainted his TKD record.
While Gen. Choi’s personal politics & views are his own, many feel that it should not impact what he did for TKD & how his work continues to influence millions globally in a very positive way. As a result you, as a TKD person, should take the time out to send an email to the new Taekwondowon in MuJu, South Korea respectfully requesting that Gen. Choi receive the highest honor possible for his international impact on TKD. We know 1 thing for sure, without Gen. Choi there would be no TKD. He of course named it. Now there still may have been another Korean Martial Sport that made it into the Olympics, but it would not have been TKD. So every single student of TKD, no matter his or her age, rank or location on this planet, owes some small debt of gratitude to Gen. Choi. PLEASE take a brief moment of your time to send an email to:
It is the least we can do & if not Gen. Choi, then really, who does deserve this honor?
You are not limited with your nominations. You can feel free to nominate anyone you feel is worthy. However if we don’t succeed in getting Gen. Choi honored, it probably will not be possible initially to have any of his followers acknowledged. Also please understand the Taekwondowon put out requests on their Korean language Facebook Page & website. They have also sent a request to the WTF for nominations. So if you don’t nominate Gen. Choi who will? There is no apparent visible outreach to the ITF side. Please do not allow politics to continue to get disrupt the martial art way of TKD’s “DO”! The Taekwondowon needs to here from all of us, as they are on record saying their new TKD Park is for all. So lets please give them the opportunity to demonstrate that wonderful posture with fair & just action by honoring the man who started it all.
Eddie (left) 3rd place breaking, 2nd place Patterns(Choong Moo), 2nd place Weapons (Bo Staff)
Alan (right) 3rd place breaking (Me and Eddie tied), 2nd place sparring, 1st place Patterns (Po Eun !!! ), 1st place Weapons (Bo Staff).
These two black belts are direct students of Master (senior) Gwen F. Hall, VIII Dan (center) who helped judge in the tournament hosted by WarCats by Reymundo Gonzales, VII Dan.
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AS OF 14/ July/2015
President Choi, Jung-Hwa aka ITF-C HQ Middlesex United Kingdom 24%
President Chang Ung aka ITF-NK HQ Vienna, Austria 28%
President Pablo Trajtenberg aka ITF-V HQ Beindorn, Spain 19%
Secretary General Oh Chang Jin aka ITF-K HQ Seoul South Korea 9%
GM Hwang, Kwang-sung aka UITF Manchester , CT USA 11%
GM Rhee, Ki-ha aka FGMR 04%
GM Phap Lu aka Chan Hon Ryu 01%
Lots and lots of things have been said about “what is Taekwon-Do” and how to “spell Taekwon-Do”, Taekwondo, taekwondo, Taekwon do, Tae Kwon Do, TaeKwonDo etc. Of course, going strictly by the way it is written in Taekwon-Do’s country of origin, well, it is just 태권도. It has no space, no capitals and no hyphens. Of course, the same is true when we look at the Hanja (Chinese/Japanese) way to write Taekwon-Do 跆拳道.
So, why do we have so many ways of writing this rather simple three syllable word? Well, we could start with the etymology of this word. Taekwon-Do is not a native Korean term! It is a word of Chinese origin that has as many words in many tongues almost exclusively adopted by Korea. The word also has or parts of the word also have strong Japanese ties. As most know, Korea was a nation state of the Japanese Empire for some time. So it isn’t unreasonable to see that terms of Japanese origin would sneak into the Korean vocabulary. But before we head into the etymology of Taekwon-Do, let’s see what other authors, masters, grandmasters of Taekwon-Do say….
As to why the I.T.F. and the Kido Kwan uses the spelling of “Taekwon-Do” well, simple put, General Choi when as personally by me, said the spelling in English should be “Taekwon-Do” with the emphasis on the – as “Taekwon” is the art, and greeting, and “Do” is the philosophy.
Choi, Hong-hi stated in his book TAEKWON-DO THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE copyright: 1965 that “Translated from Korean, “Tae” (t’ae) literally means to jump or kick or smash with the foot. “Kwon” denotes a fist-chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. “Do” means an art, or way or method. Thus taken collectively “Taekwon-Do” indicates the punches, flying kicks, blocks, dodges and interceptions with the hands, arms and feet to the rapid destruction of the opponent (Choi 14).
In the fourth edition of Choi, Hong-hi’s book TAEKWON-DO (The Korean Art of Self-Defence) copyright: 1995 and more commonly referred to as the “condensed encyclopedia” he states: “Translated literally “Tae” stands for jumping of flying, to kick with the foot. “Kwon” denotes the fist-chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. “Do” means an art or way-the right way built and paved by the saints and sages in the past. Thus taken collectively “Taekwon-Do” indicates the mental training and the techniques of unarmed combat for self-defence as well as health, involving the skilled application of punches, kicks, blocks and dodges with bare hands and feet to the rapid destructions of the moving opponent or opponents” (Choi 15).
Cho, Shi-hak also known as Henry Cho in his 1968 book KOREAN KARATE Free Fighting Techniques states that “Tae-kwon is the Korean word for karate recently adopted by the Korean Tae-Kwon do Federation. Tae-kwon do (tae meaning foot; kwon, fist; and do, martial art) is identical to Japanese karate, and the title is a literal description of an art consisting of foot and hand techniques.” (Cho 21)
Chun, Rhin-moon also known as Richard Chun in his 1976 book TAE KWON DO The Korean Martial Art stated that “Tae Kwon Do, “The Art of Kicking and Punching,” incorporates the abrupt, linear movements of Karate and the flowing, circular patterns of Kung Fu with its own incomparable kicking techniques to form an integrated system unique to Korea. (Chun 7, 8)
Son, Duk-sun & Robert Clark in their book KOREAN KARATE THE ART OF TAE KWON DO copyright 1968 says “Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art.” And “Tae Kwon Do is essentially discipline: discipline of the mind, the body, and the spirit.” (Son 1, 5)
Jimmy M.S. Too in his book THE TECHNIQUES OF TAEKWON-DO A Modern International Martial Art simply states “Taekwon-do is an effective and superior form of martial art. It employs hand and foot techniques for self defense.” (Too 28)
B.S. Huan in his book TAEKWON-DO says “TaeKwon-Do is the Korean martial art that was perfected by the Korean TaeKwon-Do movement in 1955 to supersede ancient Korean fighting arts. And “Tae” means to jump or kick or smash with the feet” “Kwon means to block, punch, and strike with the hand or fist. And “Do” means “An art”. (Huan 17)
Clearly, we also have different ways of defining exactly what Taekwon-Do is as well.
Choi, Hong-hi “Taekwon-Do: The Art of Self Defense” Daeha Publication: Seoul, Korea. 1965
Choi, Hong-hi “Taekwon-Do: The Korean Art of Self Defense” International Taekwon-Do Federation: Printed in New Zealand. 1995
Cho, Shihak Henry “KOREAN KARATE Free Fighting Techniques” Charles E. Tuttle Company: Publishers Copyright 1968
Chun, RhinMoon Richard “TAE KWON DO The Korean Martial Art” Harper & Row Publishers, Copyright 1976
Son, Duk-sun & Robert Clark “KOREAN KARATE THE ART OF TAE KWON DO” Prentice Hall Press, Copyright 1968
Jimmy M.S. Too “The Techniques of Taekwon-Do” Bushido Publishers, Singapore, Copyright November 1975
B.S. Huan “TAEKWON-DO” Russ International Publishers Singapore, Copyright 1975
It’s with deep regret that we notify you that Grandmaster Nam, Tae-Hi (March 19, 1923- November 7, 2013) has passed away in a hospital near his home in Garden Grove, CA. USA. More to follow soon!
The 2013 Midwest Open is less than 6 weeks away. I want to personally invite you to the Midwest Open Taekwondo Championship November 23rd & 24th in Decatur, Illinois. Every year we try to make things better than the last if possible. We will be starting the weekend with registrations & pre-registrations on Friday November 22nd from 5:00-8:00pm at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel. There will also be plenty of training area for teams to practice before the event.
2013 midwest open poster
2013 midwest open packet
Saturday will consist of forms, sparring and grand champion award in forms along with our Chris Canning award and black belt scholarship. New for 2013!!! We have added electronic chest protectors (kpp) for all black belt divisions. The socks will be available for black belt sparer’s to rent for $5 at the tournament.
Sunday will be breaking, weapons and grand champion in those events. Again this year we will be having grand champion in forms, breaking and weapons and anyone that places 1st in their division will be allowed to compete for that award. We have added another Grand champion award in breaking as well. All grand champion awards this year will be 6′ trophies!!! In addition to those awards we will be having our special Chris Canning grand champion award. Instructors please submit names of anyone that you would like to recommend for this award.
We will also be having our Chris Canning $500 scholarship awarded to 1 black belt at the event. Please go to the tournament website for information.
We have worked hard on the tournament schedule to make sure that everyone knows what time they will compete. We have also improved our tournament website by adding spectator passes online. We also have discount competitor rates for multiple family members.
The tournament venue consists of a huge competition area with 6 matted rings and electronic scoring, staging area and separate warm up area. We also have a play area for young ones. The Decatur Conference Center & Hotel also is offering discount rates for rooms for anyone that is at the Midwest Open Taekwondo Championship. The newly remodeled hotel offers 2 restaurants, and indoor pool, hot tub and sauna, sports bar and a video game area.
As we have done in past years if you are an instructor bringing competitors, you will receive 1 free night stay at the tournament hotel for every 10 pre-registered competitors! The top 3 schools will receive an award. All children age 12 and under will receive an award and everyone that wins in forms, breaking or weapons has an opportunity at grand champion awards regardless of age or belt rank.
I am attaching all the tournament information for you and your school to look over. Feel free to pass this on. We are making every effort to assure that everyone has a great experience. The tournament staff will do their best to make sure the event runs smoothly and expeditiously. That all competitors, guests, coaches and officials are treated fairly and with respect. And that competitors get great and fair competition along with a great experience. I am always available for questions, comments or concerns before, during or after the event. If you have any questions do not hesitate to call or email me.
Feel free to get all the tournament information or sign up online at www.midwestchampionships.com
The Kido Kwan and several of it’s members have been featured or written articles that have appeared in Totally Tae Kwon Do, which is a downloadable PDF magazine for Tae Kwon Do enthusiasts across the globe. The magazine dedicated to all aspects of the martial art of Tae Kwon Do, arguably the world’s most popular martial art and Olympic sport. The magazine caters for all styles of the art, so whether you’re Ch’ang Hon/ITF, KKW/WTF or any other style of Tae Kwon Do, then the magazine will be of interest to you. So if you do Taekwon-Do, Taekwondo or Tae Kwon Do, then this magazines for you.
An instructor of one of the Kido Kwan Directors has sadley passed…
WICHITA, Kan. – Wilson Vann, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and master instructor of martial arts, died on Aug. 8 at age 89.
Born on June 11, 1924, in Short, Okla., he eventually joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific theater during World War II. After the war, he worked 36 years at Cessna Aircraft in Wichita before retiring and moving to Tahlequah, Okla., where he resided until 2011.
He owned Judo and Tae Kwon Do schools for more than 50 years, which produced many champions in national and international competition. He had a reputation as a noted instructor of martial arts in the U.S. and Korea, specializing in Tae Kwon Do and Kodokan Judo. He held a black belt in Judo and a ninth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do from the Han Moo Kwan. Han Moo Kwan was founded in August 1954 by Kyo Yoon Lee and is one of the nine original Kwans that later formed Kukkiwon Tae Kwon Do.
Vann is survived by his wife Loretta (Riner) of 65 years, three children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
According to a Cherokee Nation email, “Vann was a proud Cherokee and a WWII veteran. For many years he taught young men and women Tae Kwon Do. Using martial arts as a platform, he also taught them much of what they needed to succeed in life. That teaching included working hard, being honest, never giving up. His students learned courage and commitment. He left us hundreds of heroes in waiting. They will support their families, help their friends, maintain a sense of honor; and, God willing, live a peaceful life. But when courage is needed, they will have it. And in great part, it will be due to the quiet, unassuming mentoring of a great man.”
Funeral and graveside services were expected be held on Aug. 14 at the Old Mission Cemetery and Funeral Home in Wichita. Memorials in Vann’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guestbook at oldmissionmortuary.com.
Master Lee Kyu Hyung (Kyemyeng University – 9th Dan) is the new President of Kukkiwon after being provisionally named yesterday by the Director of the organization’s board, Mr Hong. Master Lee Kyu Hyung will immediately start working for Kukkiwon, as he’s decided to make today his first day as the Chair-in-Office.
Mr Hong did also name some more positions within the organization yesterday: Oh Hyuen Deuk will be the Administrative Deputy Director, while No Sun Myeng was supposed to be the Director of Education, a position which he finally refused to take. Master Lee and Mr Oh have already started to actively work for the development of Kukkiwon.
Master Lee replaces Mr Kim Chung Gun, who was acting as the Chair-in-Office during Hong’s trip to USA. We will now await the official appointment of Master Lee, which is expected to happen in the coming days if there’s no public reaction against the appointment eventually.
Mr Hong did also name 11 new members of the Kukkiwon board last Friday August 16th.
– Lim Yun Taek (Seoul Taekwondo Association President)
– Kim Chul Ho (KTA Vice-President)
– Kim Tae Il (Taekwondo Professional Association President)
– Hwang In Sik (Kyengkido Association Vice-Presiedent)
– Kim Sang Chen (Kyeng Min University Professor)
– Kim Hyen Sueng (Former Congressman)
– Kim Chel Ki (Former Secretary General of the Pro Park Movement)
– Oh Hyen Deuk (Former Kukkiwon Vice-President)
– Kim Myeng Yeun (Congressman)
– Ham Jin Kyu (Congressman)
However, this list of new members of the Kukkiwon board has caused controversy, as the appointments were made on the same day that the former board was dissolved.
There were 70 Countries represented at the World Congress meeting and over 800 participants from 58 Nations.
INDIVIDUAL PATTERN FEMALE I DEGREE
1- Pak Mi Hyang DPR KOREA
2 – OSHIMA HIROKO JAPAN
3 – Yadamjav ENKHZUL MONGOLIA
3- Chilingirova Mirela BULGARIA
INDIVIDUAL PATTERN FEMALE II DEGREE
1 – Kim Kum Jong DPR KOREA
2 – DIMITRIOU THOMAIS HELLAS
3 – Pushkareva Alina RUSSIA
3 – MOISEIENKO ANNA UKRAINE
INDIVIDUAL PATTERN FEMALE III DEGREE
1 – Kim Hyang Sim DPR KOREA
2 – Alieva Mehrangez TAJIKISTAN
3- MOISEIENKO VIKTORIIA UKRAINE
3 – Zhuravlyova – Alyona UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
INDIVIDUAL PATTERN FEMALE IV DEGREE
1 – Ri Hyang DPR KOREA
2- Baranovskaya Anastasia RUSSIA
3 – HO CHAI JING MALAYSIA
3 – Malcheva Albena BULGARIA
INDIVIDUAL PATTERN MALE I DEGREE
1 – Bavuudorj BISHGARAV MONGOLIA
2 – Kress Andrey RUSSIA
3 – Murodzoda Parvizi TAJIKISTAN
3 Ri Chung Il DPR KOREA
INDIVIDUAL PATTERN MALE II DEGREE
1 Han Song Min 2 DPR KOREA
2 Tang Bo CHINA
3 HARA KAIKI JAPAN
3 ZISOPOULOS DIMITRIOS HELLAS
INDIVIDUAL PATTERN MALE III DEGREE
1 LYAMIN STANISLAV KAZAKHSTAN
2 Fartushniak Alexander RUSSIA
3 Chaloupka Jan CZECH REPUBLIC
3 ISAKOVYCH VOLODYMYR UKRAINE
INDIVIDUAL PATTERN MALE IV DEGREE
1 Ri Myong Jin DPR KOREA
2 Piksaev Evgeny RUSSIA
3 YOSYPENKO YEVHENII UKRAINE
3 Datiz Torres, Luis A. PUERTO RICO
TEAM PATTERN FEMALE
1 TEAM Adult Female DPR KOREA
2 TEAM Adult Female RUSSIA
3 TEAM Adult Female CZECH REPUBLIC
3 TEAM Adult Female BULGARIA
TEAM PATTERN MALE
1 TEAM Adult Male DPR KOREA
2 TEAM Adult Male JAPAN
3 TEAM Adult Male PUERTO RICO
3 TEAM Adult Male TAJIKISTAN
INDIVIDUAL SPARRING FEMALE -45kg
1 MOISEIENKO ANNA UKRAINE
2 Ri Un Jong DPR KOREA
3 Gantulga URANBILEG MONGOLIA
3 Taseva Eymi BULGARIA
INDIVIDUAL SPARRING FEMALE -51kg
1 MOISEIENKO VIKTORIIA UKRAINE
2 Kim Kum Jong DPR KOREA
3 Moreno Giselle ARGENTINA
3 Laura Orgil ENGLAND
INDIVIDUAL SPARRING FEMALE -57kg
1 Ri Hyang DPR KOREA
2 Koleva Amaliya BULGARIA
3 Khabibullaeva Ganjina TAJIKISTAN
3 Adushnaeva Iuliia RUSSIA
INDIVIDUAL SPARRING FEMALE -63kg
1 Pak Mi Hyang DPR KOREA
2 Malcheva Albena BULGARIA
3 OSTAPENKO OKSANA UKRAINE
3 BEKYROU MATINA-MARINA HELLAS
INDIVIDUAL SPARRING FEMALE -69kg
1 Sin Jong Hwa DPR KOREA
2 AGAPI KAPETANOPOULOS CANADA
3 Hambergerova Ilona CZECH REPUBLIC
3 NASHCHINETS ALINA UKRAINE
INDIVIDUAL SPARRING FEMALE -75kg
1 Kim Su Ryon DPR KOREA
2 Chilingirova Mirela BULGARIA
3 DESSI ZAHARIEVA CANADA
3 TETEREVIATNYKOVA TETIANA UKRAINE
INDIVIDUAL SPARRING FEMALE +75kg
1 Choe Su Ryon DPR KOREA
2 SIRŠE SAŠA SLOVENIA
3 Kolarova Katerina CZECH REPUBLIC
3 PATAKA STAVROULA HELLAS
INDIVIDUAL SPARRING MALE -50kg
1 Kim Chol Hak DPR KOREA
2 Baglaev Boris RUSSIA
3 VOLOSHYN IVAN UKRAINE
3 Khakimi Khasan TAJIKISTAN
INDIVIDUAL SPARRING MALE -57kg
1 Otsimik Evgeny RUSSIA
2 Ri Chung Il DPR KOREA
3 Akhmedov Alisher TAJIKISTAN
3 KOLESNYK OLEKSANDR UKRAINE
INDIVIDUAL SPARRING MALE -64kg
1 Rim Wi Sok DPR KOREA
2 GRECHISHNIKOV DENYS UKRAINE
3 Murodzoda Parvizi TAJIKISTAN
3 Yanchev Atanas BULGARIA
INDIVIDUAL SPARRING MALE -71kg
1 Hong pom DPR KOREA
2 Tkachev Mikhail RUSSIA
3 Naimov Muhammadjon TAJIKISTAN
3 MUKHAMEDOV FAKHRI UKRAINE
INDIVIDUAL SPARRING MALE -78kg
1 Han Song Min DPR KOREA
2 PILINKEVYCH DMYTRO UKRAINE
3 ALEXANDER MARTINEZ CANADA
3 Vrchovecky Jan CZECH REPUBLIC
INDIVIDUAL SPARRING MALE -85kg
1 Kress Andrey RUSSIA
2 Pak Yong Bom DPR KOREA
3 Vyzral Ales CZECH REPUBLIC
3 Rodriguez Baez, Angel PUERTO RICO
INDIVIDUAL SPARRING MALE +85kg
1 Martsevich Denis RUSSIA
2 Davidov Antoni BULGARIA
3 Aleksandr Antonov ESTONIA
3 REZAR MATEJ SLOVENIA
This is another article in a series that is focusing on the DPRK “influence” in the Taekwon-Do world. Good or bad, the DPRK has had it’s hand in things. I want reader to know that these articles are not a reflection of the average people of North Korea, they are Korean’s and as Korean’s we share a common bond of friendship and mutual respect. We are mainly discussing the government and its agents and not those of the Korean peoples!
It is known quite publicly that the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korean (DPRK) AKA North Korea has had a system of corrupt officials, politicians and that the average citizens has about as much right to live a “free” life as a horse fly does. The DPRK also routinely violates the laws of other nations, and most recently tried unsuccessfully to travel through the Panama Canal Zone which, the Panamanian government stopped and seized the cargo ship Chong Chon Gang 청천강호/淸川江號 where they found two MiG21 Fighter Jets, short and medium range missile and other contraband that is currently banned under UN mandates.
The Chong Chon Gang recently docked in Cuba, a very rare friend of the DPRK in the Western Hemisphere, and they make the claim the weapons were being refurbished by the DPRK however, this clearly isn’t the case, as both MiG fighters had fuel in them, and as any Navel personal will tell you, you only send fuel in equipment if you plan on using them! This particular cargo ship has a long history, it has been detained by authorities all over the world, especially since 2003, it has been cited or detained by other nations such as the Ukraine, Iran, Egypt, Malaysia, Portugal, Philippines and more recently of course recently Panama. This ship along with the majority of the DPRK cargo fleet routinely turns off its AIS (global maritime satellite position) which is mandated by international maritime law as well.
So, what does this have to do with Taekwon-Do? Well quite frankly, on the surface of it….nothing, but when you look at the culture behind the DPRK, and the fact that they have 73 North Korean black belts (several in the Master status) now actively teaching throughout the world, mainly in the former Soviet Bloc counties, but, also in some “Western bloc” as well, like New Zealand, Japan, etc. They are now promoting a art that to them is 30 years old, and producing black belt instructors that truly don’t understand the art, either technically or spiritually. This is based on first hand knowledge, actions they portray publicly, and privately. And in a few examples there near god like devotion to the DPRK system.
I along with my guest writers and myself, we will go into detail on what it is like to train under a “DPRK” instructor and allow you the readers to compare that to training under other instructors. If the DPRK instructors were truly teaching Taekwon-Do…then this article and any like it would not be of interest, however, their brand of Taekwon-Do is not that of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), it is their own brand, that they use the ITF to have the ability to travel and teach “ITF Taekwon-Do” however, it is really “Juche Taekwon-Do” 주체태권도/主體跆拳道 and this is evident any time you see Taekwon-Do in North Korean medial, print or even commemorative coins and stamps!
Over the next series of weeks, we will publish first hand accounts of training, money raising, technical standards and other means used by instructors from the DPRK that you, the reader can judge for yourselves if the DPRK style instructors are teaching Taekwon-Do or are they furthering themselves, and or the DPRK regime.