KoreanAmerican Hapkido Student Exchange
World Kido Federation Hosts Successful Korean-American Hapkido Student Exchange
Bonham, Texas–The WKF/Hanminjok Hapkido Association would like to congratulate Texas Regional Director, Master John Murphy, for his hard work and leadership as host of the inaugural Hapkido Student Exchange. Ten Korean Hapkido students from Changwon, South Korea, aged 10-16, traveled to the U.S. for the first time to participate in the week-long program, which featured a home stay with an American host family, a visit to Six Flags, English lessons, and most importantly, ongoing cultural exchange between the Korean youths and their American counterparts. The students, accompanied by visiting Korean Master Choi Young Hwan, also participated in the 2011 International Korean Martial Arts Championships and Hapkido seminar with Masters Scott and Steve Seo. Through the sponsorship of the Hapkido Exchange Program and other activities, WKF hopes to continue to facilitate a fun and educational cultural exchange with a focus on martial arts between American students and their Korean peers.
TKD Goodwill Championships
TKD Goodwill Championships Dallas, Texas—Traditional TKD is on the upswing, demonstrated by Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi and 12 of the world’s most experienced masters, who gathered for a world-class tournament in Dallas, Texas in July. The World Taekwon-Do Alliance (WTA) hosted the 2011 Taekwon-Do International Goodwill Championships, a large international martial arts tournament open to the public and all traditional TKD schools. Spectators and masters were impressed with the skill and passion of competitors from 17 countries and 23 states. Competitors provided exciting action in point sparring, continuous semi-contact sparring, and full-contact Olympic sparring. Advanced instructors provided demonstrations, and black belts participated in a board-breaking competition. Patterns were contested by various ages and skill levels. The WTA has been established since 2002 and is comprised of many of the original pioneers of TKD. The organization has been designed to assist development and promotion of Tae Kwon Do worldwide. Its non-political approach emphasizing high-quality techniques and modern-day philosophy is attracting many old-school TKD practitioners. The WTA is the only traditional TKD organization that’s recognized by the multimillion-member WTF Olympic organization. The WTA is a working member of Taekwon-Do International, a UK-based network of more than 600 clubs in the UK and 84 countries.
Legends of the Martial Arts Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania—In May 2011, martial arts movie sensation Master Cynthia Rothrock and I.T.M.A. Chairman Eric P. Kovaleski hosted the 1st annual Legends of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame Awards Banquet at Split Rock Resort and Golf Club in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania. This historic event followed two days of national competitions that were held at the U.S. National Karate Championships, also at Split Rock Resort. The championships were hosted by the International Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Association ™, and Grandmaster Robert and Master Eric Kovaleski. Inductees include Great Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee as Living Legend of Tae Kwon Do, Grandmaster Ji Han Jae as Living Legend of Hapkido, Grandmaster Jae Chul Shin as Living Legend of Tang Soo Do, Master Wesley Snipes as Living Legend of the Silver Screen, Master Cynthia Rothrock as Queen of the Martial Arts, Master Chuck Jeffreys as Fight Choreographer of the Year; and TaeKwonDo Times and Grandmaster Woojin Jung were recognized for journalism as Magazine of the Year in celebration of 30 years in print. Also, Grandmaster Robert Kovaleski was recognized with a tribute video in celebration of his 45 years of service to Tang Inductees Soo Do. The 2011 board of directors were comprised of Master Eric Kovaleski, Master Cynthia Rothrock, Grandmaster Robert Kovaleski, Grandmaster Chong Su Kim, Grandmaster Ken Mackenzie, Grandmaster Dominic Giacobbe, Grandmaster Alan Goldberg and Chief Master John Godwin. WTF Council members
6th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships Seoul, South Korea—The 6th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships took place in Vladivostok, Russia in July 2011. A total of 18 countries took home at least one medal at the annual championships, showing an even TKD poomsae techniques among nations. Besides the poomsae competitions, there were five-country invitational five-member kyorugi team exhibition matches, a three-nation friendship free-style poomsae contest, and a friendship poomsae contest for WTF member national association officials and WTF Council members, all of them drawing special attention from both the jam-packed spectators at the sports complex and the international media. According to the medal tally by nations, Korea topped others as it took home nine gold medals and one silver medal for the overall title of the championships. Vietnam came
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next with two golds, four silvers and one bronze. Germany followed with two golds, two silvers and one bronze, while Chinese Taipei won two golds, one silver and five bronzes. Host Russia clinched one gold, four silvers and three bronzes, followed by Great Britain and Mexico with one gold medal each. Iran grabbed two silvers and six bronzes, while Spain grabbed one silver and three bronzes. The Philippines followed with one silver, two bronzes, while China and Denmark won one silver and one bronze each. Turkey clinched seven bronzes, while Belgium, Canada, Colombia, the Netherlands and Thailand won one bronze medal each. In the five-member kyorugi team exhibition final match, Korea beat host Russia 36-12 for the gold medal and a top prize of $30,000. Russia took home $20,000. Turkey brushed aside a stiff challenge from Azerbaijan to win the bronze-medal decider 45-32 and a thirdplace prize of $15,000.
Legendary Masters Event Fremont, California—This past July, people filled the theater at the Santa Clara Convention Center to watch incredible demonstrations of energy, speed and power from martial art masters at the Legendary Masters event. Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim hosted the event in order to raise money and awareness for the Save the Children Emergency Relief Funds for the children victims of the U.S. tornadoes and the Japan tsunami. Blocks of ice were shattered, arrows were caught mid-air, bottles were smashed, apples kicked off swords, stacks of bricks were decimated, and wooden boards went flying. Then Great Grandmaster Kim performed a mystical ki energy form amidst swirls of fog, she amazed the audience by standing on a flat of raw eggs without cracking any of the shells. Following this, she then showed an extreme example of mind over body as two sharpened motorcycle spokes were pierced through her skin just above the elbows and buckets of water were hung off the pins. The audience also witnessed fantastic martial art demonstrations of self-defense, flexibility, strength and speed by Grandmaster Byong Yu from Los Angeles and Dr. He Young Kimm from Louisiana. The final act of the event was testing for five black belt candidates age 13 – 44. Cheska Collantes (in photo) broke two cinderblocks with her open hand. Special guests at the event included U.S. Congressman Mike Honda, Lee Meriwether, Legendary Masters Event Miss America (1955), Korean Consul General Jeong Gwan Lee, His Grace Michael Schmickrath, Duke of Gardham & Grand Prior General of the Orders of Constantine the Great and of St. Helen, Father Anthony Hernandez from St. Basil the Great Byzantine Catholic Church, San Jose Councilmember Kansen Chu who presented a special recognition to Dr. Kim from the city of San Jose, and Arif Khatib, founder of the Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame.
AWARDS ATA Inaugurates New Grandmaster Little Rock, Arkansas—One year after embarking on a trip around the world, ATA Grandmaster Soon Ho Lee and Chief Master In Ho Lee return to Little Rock, Arkansas. The remarkable journey, known as the Songahm Vision Tour, visited places of high significance to Songahm Taekwondo, both past and present. The journey concluded on June 25 at the Inaugural Ceremony of the 2011 World Championships, where Grandmaster Soon Ho Lee entered retirement, making him the first Grandmaster Emeritus and welcoming in Chief Master In Ho Lee as acting Grandmaster of the ATA. Grandmaster Soon Ho Lee had the daunting task of following in the footsteps of Eternal Grandmaster H.U. Lee, whose passing in 2000 left a massive void in the organization. Grandmaster Soon Ho Lee oversaw a period of unprecedented growth in the ATA during his leadership. After the most extensive review and vetting process by the ATA’s Masters Council since its formation in 2000, Chief Master In Ho Lee was announced as the Grandmaster Nominee on June 25, 2010, during last year’s Opening Ceremony of the ATA World Championships. Since his nomination, Chief Master In Ho Lee embarked on a twelve-month period of training, study, fasting and reflection necessary to earn the title of Chief Master In Ho Lee Grandmaster and serve as Songahm Taekwondo’s “Instructor of Instructors” worldwide. He will become only the third Grandmaster in the organization’s history, following in the footsteps of Grandmaster Soon Ho Lee and the ATA’s founder, Eternal Grandmaster H.U. Lee.
Master Doug Cook Awarded 6th Degree Warwick, New York—Master Doug Cook, owner and head instructor of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy located in downtown Warwick, was recently awarded his sixth-degree black belt at a promotion examination overseen by martial arts legend Grandmaster Richard Chun. During the two-hour testing process, Cook was required to demonstrate proficiency in skills ranging from complex self-defense techniques, poomsae and a period of free-sparring. The event culminated with the breaking of multiple pieces of wood with intense kicks and hand strikes, a dramatic component of the Korean traditional martial art expressing raw power and focus. Aside from his teaching responsibilities at the Chosun Taekwondo Academy, Cook has authored three best-selling books focusing on taekwondo and is featured regularly in various martial arts journals and periodicals. He has received numerous citations over the years for his contributions to the art including a Special Citation from the Korean government for Master Doug Cook (left) with forging a stronger relationship between Korea and the United States through the martial martial arts pioneer, Grandmaster Richard Chun arts, and was named “Taekwondo Master of the Year” by Budo magazine in 2006. Cook served as a guest lecturer at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, the only institaekwondotimes.com / November 2011 15