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Grand Master Uhm, Woon-kyu passed away June 10, 2017 in Seoul Korea.  GM Uhm was the president of the Kukkiwon, president of Chung Do Kwan, vice president of World Taekwondo Federation, and vice president of Korea Taekwondo Association.   He was the world leader of Taekwondo for over five decades.  He was instrumental in the spread of Taekwondo worldwide.
GM Uhm holds a very special place in our organization and we owe him much for his service to Taekwondo. He and Grand Master Park had a very special 60 plus year relationship that surpassed student and teacher.  Our loss is very great indeed.
GM Uhm visited our national tournament in November 2011 in Grand Rapids Michigan USA and said he was very impressed with our traditional Taekwondo organization.  In his remarks to the 600+ competitors he emphasized three traditional Taekwondo core principles:

  1. Respect & follow your instructor
  2. Love & respect your fellow students… both your senior and junior
  3. Earn the respect of your community.

We will honor him by living these principles.
GM Uhm will always hold a special place in the heart of our organization and his legacy will live on through us.
Our sympathies go out to his family and the entire Taekwondo family around the world.


Posted 6/13/2017

L-R Back Row
JGM Mark Good, JGM James Rodgers, SM Constance Ensing, JGM Lynn Bernard, Grand Master Rick Warren
L-R Front Row:
Grand Master Tae Zee Park, Grand Master Woon Kyu Uhm, Grand Master Woo Yup Yang, Grand Master Nam Suk Kim