GRAND MASTER CHONG WOO LEE, 10th DAN


 

The Grand Master Chong Woo Lee is often mistaken as being the founder of TAEKWONDO JI DO KWAN.  The title rather goes to the GRAND MASTER GAE BYANG YUN.  In fact, this situation is a bit obscure.  Master CHONG WOO LEE  is Master GAE BYANG YUN's student.  GAE BYANG YUN is recognized for having practiced SOO BAHK DO at the beginning and for having named it JI DO KWAN after the liberation of Korea when the Japoneese departured in 1945.    However, it seems quite clear that GRAND MASTER CHONG WOO LEE'S  role and influence in the elaboration and finalization of the JI DO KWAN style is very important.  The JI DO KWAN School was officialy founded in 1948. This moment coincides with the time that my master, GRAND MASTER CHONG SOO LEE  begun practising TAEKWON DO JI DO KWAN.

 There was the Korean war from 1950 to 1953. photo: Chong Woo LeeOne could even say that the war among schools also existed at this period of time.  Le GRAND MASTER SUP CHUN SANG, founder, in 1946, of the YUN MOO KWAN style disappeared. In 1953, he was replaced by the GRAND MASTER CHONG WOO LEE, but only for a short period of about 8 months to one year. Afterwards, Master CHONG WOO LEE, came back to the JI DO KWAN style in order to replace his initial master, the GREAT MASTER GAE BYANG YUN who had to leave.

Now in his late seventies, the GRAND MASTER CHONG WOO LEE still plays an active role in the promotion of TAEKWONDO. Since 1991, he is vice-president of the WORLD TAEKWONDO FEDERATION (W.T.F.)
GREAT GRAND MASTER
CHONG WOO LEE, 10TH DAN
(a few years back
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