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List of Taekwondo Grandmasters includes notable persons who have been recognised as grandmasters of the Korean martial art of taekwondo.
There is no single, universally-recognised set of criteria to define a taekwondo grandmaster; different organisations and different styles have their own rules. Those listed below are grouped by system: Kukkiwon (widely known as the World Taekwondo (WT), International Taekwondo Federation (ITF), and other systems (which includes some persons receiving ranks from taekwondo organizations that predate the other two systems, e.g., the original Korea Taekwondo Association).
Kukkiwon ( World Taekwondo (WT) )
This list includes persons who: (1) are ranked at least 9th dan by Kukkiwon (the highest rank normally awarded to living persons within that system); (2) are notable as individuals; and (3) are notable for their contribution to taekwondo.
|Ahn, Kyongwon||9th Dan||1937–||United States of America||Founded United Taekwondo Association; former President of the United States Taekwondo Union|
|Cha, Yong-Kil||9th Dan||1946–||Germany||President of the Jidokwan Europe Federation|
|Chang, Seong Dong||9th Dan||1953–||South Korea||President of Sangrok World Taekwondo Academy, founder of Taekwondo in India|
|Choi, Tae-hong||9th Dan||1935–2009||United States of America||Founded first taekwondo school in Oregon, USA; former Vice-President of the United States Taekwondo Union|
|Sun Hwan Chung||9th Dan||1940–||United States of America||Founder of Moo Sool Do and President of World Academy of Martial Arts Association. Korean National Champion (1963-1965). Kukkiwon Advisory Council (2008). Hall of Fame - U.S. Taekwondo Grandmasters Society. Former President, U.S.T.U. Michigan Tae Kwon Do Association.|
|Dong, Seung Gyoo||9th Dan||1946–||United States of America||President of Advanced World Martial Arts System; author of several books|
|Kil, Sang Sup||10th Dan||Unknown||United States of America||Korean National Champion between the years of 1965 and 1968, Founding President of the United States Han Mu Kwan Federation, President of the Michigan Tae Kwon Do Association|
|Kim, Il-Kwon||9th Dan||1942–||United States of America||Founder and President of the I. K. Kim Ja Be Ryu Tae Kwon Do Organization located in Cincinnati Ohio & President of the World Martial Arts Federation|
|Kim, Ki Whang||10th Dan||1920–1993||United States of America||Promoted to 10th dan by the KTA; Chairman of the US Olympic Taekwondo team|
|Lee, Chong Soo||9th Dan||1938–||Canada||Father of Canadian taekwondo|
|Lee, Hyeon Kon||9th Dan||c. 1947–||United States of America||Chairman of Board of Education of Kukkiwon; former Vice Chairman of Education of the WTF; author of taekwondo textbook|
|Lee, Kwan Sung||9th Dan||c. 194?–2003||United States of America||President of Kentucky Taekwondo Association.|
|Mayes, Myong Sok Namkung||9th Dan||c. 1954–||United States of America||Highest-ranked woman in taekwondo, 1988 US Olympic Coach (Women's)|
|Paik, Sang Kee||9th Dan||1929–2009||United States of America||Early student of B. I. Yoon and K. W. Kim; created Sa-Sang Kwan system|
|Park, Dong Keun||9th Dan||c. 1945–||United States of America||Father of Thai taekwondo; Head Coach of US Olympic taekwondo team in 1988 and 1992|
|Park, Yeon Hwan||9th Dan||1952–||United States of America||Korean National Champion 1971–1975; US Olympic Coach; Pan-American Team Coach; author of several reference books|
|Park, Sun Jae||9th Dan||c. 1940–||Italy||Father of Italian taekwondo; Vice President (Italy) of the WTF; one of the KTA's 12 original masters|
|Shin, Jang-Hwan||9th Dan||1951–||Austria||Father of Austrian taekwondo|
|Choi,John Jong||9th Dan||1946–||United States of America||A Korean National Champion; Current Secretary General & Treasurer for United States Taekwondo Grandmasters Society/USTGS|
Question. What is the korean terminology for Front Stance?
Front stance is used when mobility is important. It is also a precursor of the fighting stance according to some authors. Body should be relaxed. From the attention stance with feet together, one foot is placed straight ahead of the other. Some style teaches to step side way slightly. The distance between the inside edges of both feet should be between one to two fists apart and is about 4 to 4 one-half foot-length from origin.
Question. What is the korean terminology for Palm Heel Pressing Block?
A standard block used to deflect incoming kicks and punches. Open the hand and use the "bottom of the palm" to block the trunk area. The bottom of the palm is called batangson ( 바탕손 ). The open hand is raised up to shoulder height and thrust directly down to meet the attackers hand or limb.
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