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ITF Taekwondo

World Taekwondo

ATA Taekwondo


Taekwondo a devastating Kicking art from Korea 'which of the traditional arts is one of the youngest at least that's what your led to believe ,but in fact it was developed centuries ago and was known in those days as taekkyon.

A Buddhist monk named Won Kwangis said to have developed the principles that to this day remain evident in modern Taekwondo.It was developed as a means of self defense for tribal groups who where at threat from neighbors,and dates back over a thousand years.But as Taekwondo in the modern world well we have to go to 1955 when General Choi Hong Hi at a conference of masters submitted this Taekwondo name as it resembled the original taekkyon name.

And it's Japanese influence is evident because of the occupation of Korea between 1907 and 1945 of which most of the that time 1909-1945 the practice of martial arts was outlawed. 

We all know as with China also that people secretly practiced their art otherwise a lot of arts would have vanished.After the war the top Korean masters came together to unify to create a National art Korea could be proud of 'Taekwondo was born on the 11th of April 1955'.  


Now with two main styles of Taekwondo  there are some differences , General Choi Hong Hi was born in Japanese occupied Korea in 1918 in the Myongchon  District  (Which is now in North Korea) , after the war of Course Korea was split and though Choi Hong Hi was one of the Twelve original masters who formed the Korean Taekwondo association (KTA) , and had traveled to promote Taekwondo he was forced to resign from the post of President of the KTA only after a year of being appointed , due to his Authoritarian way of teaching.

This was around 1965

It was after this that Choi set up the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) .

He put forth that his form Of Taekwondo or Taekwon-do as he wrote it , was the only true form of Taekwondo. 

This resulted in resentment from many of his peers and it was shortly after this that the South Korean Goverment help set up the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF)  

General Choi Hong Hi

  In January 1971 Dr,uUn Yong Kim was elected President of the Korean Taekwondo association and under his leadership the W.T.F was born. 

In 1980 Taekwondo was recognized by the IOC as an Olympic event and was demonstrated at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic events.

And in 2000 became a fully fledged Olympic Event.

 It seems there will be no union of the two forms of Taekwondo (Not in my lifetime anyway) .

General Choi Hong Hi resided in Canada up until the year 2000 , after this he went home for his final days , of course home now was North Korea , he died in Pyongyang 2002.

South Korea completely ignore his existence and that he founded the art of Taekwondo  and don't recognize any form of ITF Taekwondo (Remember this when traveling to South Korea for Taekwondo themed events, don't wear a ITF badged Dobuk) 

Around the World it's a different matter people all around learn Taekwondo , some ITF  others WTF

 ( Now World Taekwondo)  , ATA or other styles . 

There will always be differences within systems , but I for one thinks you can not ignore General Choi Hong Hi , because with out his vision of Taekwondo and  bringing together and being part of the original twelve masters would we have 'Taekwondo''? 

As of 2017  the World Taekwondo Federation became known simply as World Taekwondo , they designed a new logo as displayed at the top of this page . 

It's new design of a vector Taekwondo exponent brings it inline with it's Olympic inclusions in the modern world and it's equality of the sexes as the new logo design does not specify a male or female.

The Old World Taekwondo Federation Logo prior to it's update in 2017


Traditional Taekwondo One Step Sparring

Traditional Taekwondo Sparring - Two on One.
Notice the lack of any Head protection or body pads. This is ITF style sparring.

Olympic Taekwondo in full flight

General Choi Hong Hi (centre)


Other Taekwondo Styles 

Haeng Ung Lee (left)

Like I said their are two main  styles of Taekwondo but there is also a third for we have American Taekwondo as taught at the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) . 

American Taekwondo came about when Haeng Ung Lee a South Korean Military trainer moved to Nebraska USA and with his partners set up the American Taekwondo Association .

Lee's style was based on Traditional Taekwondo , going back to it's roots of Taekyon and Tang Soo Do .

But it also Incorperated elements of ITF and WTF . His style flourished as it encompassed so much , and ATA became the largest of the Taekwondo Assocaitions in the USA. 

Haeng Ung Lee also further developed his art with Songham Taekwondo (STF) and also created the WTTU which where just alternative organisations to promote ATA outside of the USA. 

We also can not leave it at that , yes one more important Taekwondo organisation that came to the USA was the Jhoon Rhee style of Taekwondo . Jhoon Rhee came to the USA in 1962 , he set up Taekwondo schools . Now Jhoon Rhee favoured and taught a adapted style of ITF , he further developed this into his own Jhoon Rhee style of Taekwondo in light of ITF's connection to North Korea.

Jhoon Rhee was also a Friend of Bruce Lee and the two traded ideas and would often train for four or five hours at a time together and then end up spending the night talking , eating and drinking.

Master Rhee also gave free lessons to the members of Congress on Capitol Hill as thanks for all the USA had done for him. 

He taught many notable people like Jesse Jackson , and Muhammad Ali.

**Note - The South Korean World Taekwondo Federation is now officialy now known as World Taekwondo 

Master Jhoon Rhee

Master Jhoon Rhee with Bruce Lee


The Father of UK Taekwondo

Regardless of what some organisations in the UK  may think , one man is responsible for the breakthrough of Taekwondo in the UK . 
That man is Rhee Ha Ki  , not only is he the father of UK Taekwondo but also Irish Taekwondo in the Republic of Ireland.

Grand Master Ha Ki Rhee is one of the original KTA 12 masters and a 9th dan appointed by Choi Hong Hi .

Rhee Ha Ki learned Martial arts from a young age from his father , who taught him Judo and a teacher at his school taught him Karate .

Master Rhee served in the Korean Military and this is where he met Choi Hong Hi and took up Taekwondo

Like many of the top Taekwondo and Tang Soo Do instructors at that time Rhee was one of those that taught the US Military Personel Taekwondo , but he also taught personel from the RAF from the UK.

When some of these  personel went back home they invited Rhee to come and teach in the UK.

Rhee arrived in the UK in 1967 for what he thought was a extended stay . After establishing clubs in the UK he also was invited to come to the Republic of Ireland by some Taekowndo people who had learnt of another Master , Unfortunatly for them thier Master had to leave as he had other plans. .

They Invited Master Rhee who was a 5th Dan at the time to come and see them perform. 

He was pleased wth what he saw and and went about establishing clubs there.

Master Rhee was promoted to 7th dan in 1973 .

1981 saw hime attain a 8th Dan and in 1997 he became the first to attain a 9th dan from General Choi Hong Hi. 

Grandmaster Rhee was responsible for the setting up of the United Kingdom Taekwondo Assocoation in 1967 
and the Republic of Ireland Taekwondo Association in the same year.

He also set up across Europe in 1979.

He Married in in the UK in 1969 , thus securing his stay in the UK as permanent.
 His son Andrew Rhee is a 8th dan Master who runs operations in Sydney Australia.

I've been reading a lot on various forums about how Taekwondo in the UK came about and it's quite unbellievable that the stigma against ITF Taekwondo in South Korea has found it's way with in the UK Taekwondo comuunity .

Many World Taekwondo clubs in the UK seem to ignore the fact of Grandmaster Rhee's importance to British Taekwondo. 
One of the worst offenders seem to be clubs associated with the Taekwondo Association of Great Britian. Who also happen to be surported by the Sports council in the UK.

Now from what I have read it's not all the clubs but quite a few see Grandmasters Rhee's name as unspeakable in terms of Taekwondo's origin in the uk. 

But I did see that one of TAGB senior Instructors was failed four times from attaining his 4th dan by Grandmaster Rhee and this has been fueled to defame the Grandmaster.

There;s no doub't that the Father of British Taekowndo is Grandmaster Rhee Ha Ki. He was invited to the UK by British service men who trained under him in South Korea. 

People that served their Country saw it fit to ask thier Martial arts Master to come to the UK because they had respect for him.
He left his homeland and did so. 

And the one thing UK Taekwondo practioners should accept is Grandmaster Rhee is the Father of UK Taekowndo. 

Grandmaster Rhee is a 
9th Dan in Taekwondo appointed by General Choi Hong Hi of the International Taekwondo Federation.

A 4th dan in Judo .

A 2nd dan in Karate.

And currently resides in the UK.

Grandmaster Ha Ki Rhee 

The Whirlwind  Kicks of Taekwondo 

So Taekwondo a very kick orientated art that has lots of flashy but powerful kicks along with punches and strikes which resemble some boxing traits dependent on where and who you train with.

From a Olympic point of view the punches are less evident and all is about landing those kicks for points ,but from a traditional point of view where all limbs are used in a 60% kicks and 40% punch combo , you have  a devastating self defense.

No other art has kicks as powerful as Taekwondo as practitioners of the art are taught certain ways to produce these kicks and along with specific stretching techniques for Taekwondo to get the desired effect from it's Disciples.


Korean Term =Chagi

With a varied selection of kicks in the Takwondo arsenal ,there should be no shortage of any particular practitioner failing to perfect  a good range of kicks.Of course in studying Taekwondo you will learn all relevant kicks ,but as with all people ,each individual usually favors a certain kick over a other.

 Front Kick - The first kick taught in Taekwondo is a very linear kick ,Normally using the rear leg you would raise your knee to about waist height and then extend the leg in a snapping motion  whilst maintaining posture and pulling toes back .The effect would be to push away your opponent,but performed perfectly with power can be a devastating kick.

 Side Kick - The action is similar to the front ,but from the side.you would simultaneously raise the knee and turn 90 degrees before extending the leg to unleash the kick.

Turning Kick - Often referred to as the roundhouse kick ,with this you raise the knee and turn whilst pivoting on the other foot,you would angle your self across your target  80 degrees or so and extend and kick with the instep or in other cases the ball of the foot , as with the front kick pulling back the toes when utilizing the ball of the foot.

Back kick/Horse Kick- this kick sees you turning away from your opponent to face the other direction,you kick out behind yourself with the rear leg using the heel of your foot as the impact point.This is all done while looking over your shoulder. A very powerful kick if performed right but you may find yourself of target at the beginning of learning this kick as you over turn out of target and maybe lose your balance.

Back side kick /reverse side - Performed in the same way as the back kick but this time you spin more in to it so that you kick  using the heel of the foot as used in the side kick.

Hook Kick - Not the easiest of kicks .but one which has it's fans (Bill ''Superfoot'' Wallace  springs to mind)  Here the action is similar to that of the turning kick/roundhouse kick ,but instead of kicking with the instep or ball your intended point of impact is the heel,Turning in the same manner as the turning kick you circle the leg in a dorsal arc and whip it back using the heel to hit the target.

Axe Kick -  With this kick good flexibility is required to perform it correctly ,coming of the rear foot the leg is raised straight up with the toes pulled back and the point of impact being your heel.You would use this to strike atop a opponents head,shoulder or chest,the main target of this kick is the collar bone which would break easily from a good axe kick.

Crescent Kick /outer and Inner -  Here are two versions of the same kick ,with the outer the practitioner raises the leg as high as he can and performs a arc outside of the body ,the point of impact would be the center line of the body. With the inner the the arc starts earlier and the height of the leg comes after the start of the arc ,impact could be anywhere across the body ,the nose /head or even the side of the body.

Spin Kicks - spinning kicks involve completing a full spin before unleashing a kick ,Spins can be utilized with most kicks  mentioned above as can Jump Kicks and Spinning Jumping Kicks.

Tornado kick/360 kick/Screw kick/windmill kick :The exponent steps forward then spins in the direction of their back leg while raising their knee and jumping to perform a spinning inside crescent kick in midair. the alternate version involve an initial round or crescent kick, while the back foot pivots. rotating the body in a 360 motion, the back foot comes up as a knee and swings across giving the momentum for your attacking leg to do a roundhouse kick or an inside crescent kick.

So there you go a outline of some of Taekwondo's most favorable kicks.Of course there are others like the Twisting Kick and stamp kick ,but if your just starting out the above should give you enough to work with.

Source of explanations on some kicks : Wikipedia

Training for kicks on Pads
Picture Credits - Sertes Nake - Taken at Harts Taekwondo 

Yes you can also smack someone with your elbow if required

Picture Credits - Sertes Nake - Taken at Harts Taekwondo

  • Tradional Old Style Taekwondo in action
    Tradional Old Style Taekwondo in action
Tradional Old Style Taekwondo in action
Tradional Old Style Taekwondo in action

Korean Commands used in Taekwondo

Romanization Hangeul Meaning
Cha-ryeot 차렷 Attention
Gyeong-nye 경례 Bow
Ban-hyan 반환 Return
Shwi-eo 쉬어 At ease (relax)
Hyu-shik 휴식 rest period
Ki-hap 기합 Yell (shout)
Jun-bi 준비 Ready
Shi-jak 시작 Begin (start)
Gal-lyeo 갈려 Break (separate)
Gye-sok 계속 Continue
Geu-man 그만 Finish (stop)
Dwiro-dora 뒤로 돌아 Turn around (about turn)
Hae-san 해산 Dismiss

The Tenets of Taekwondo

1. Courtesy (Ye Ui)

Taekwon-Do students should attempt to be polite to one another and to respect others. Students should address instructors as Sir and to bow to the instructors before and after classes. Turning up early or on time for classes is also an aspect of courtesy.

2. Integrity (Yom Chi)

One who has integrity is able to define what is right or wrong and have the conscience, if wrong, to feel guilt. Taekwon-Do students should strive to be honest and to live by moral principles.

3. Perseverance (In Nae)

Perseverance means having patience. One of the most important secrets of becoming a leader in Taekwon-Do is to overcome every difficulty by perseverance. Confucius said," One who is impatient in trivial matters can seldom achieve success in matters of great importance."

4. Self-Control (Guk Gi)

Without self-control, a Taekwon-Do student is just like any fighter in the street. Loss of self-control is disastrous both in sparring and personal affairs. "The term of stronger is the person who wins over oneself rather than someone else", Lao Tzu.

5. Indomitable Spirit (Baekjul Boolgool)

A true student of Taekwon-Do will never give up, not even when faced with insurmountable odds. The most difficult goals can be achieved with indomitable spirit.


Masters of Taekwondo

Master Hwang Jung Lee

Taekwondo Grandmaster /Tang Soo Do Grandmaster  Actor  / Martial Arts Instructor /
Ex- Army Combat Instructor

Many great Taekwondo masters exist,but if your in to Taekwondo  , there's one man you need to get the lowdown on and it's the one and Only Silver Fox himself.

A ex- army Taekwondo instructor his feet are a lethal weapon , he is Grandmaster Hwang Jung Lee.

Loren Avedon

Taekwondo 9th Dan  / Hapkido 9th Dan / Martial arts action  actor 
Martial arts Instructor

Loren Avedon came to fame in the Sequel to No Retreat No Surrender ,The aptly named No Retreat No Surrender 2 ''Raging Thunder.

He replaced Kurt McKinney from the first ,and what a Bonus that was ,as it gave the world a chance to see the top Taekwondo skills of this unique individual .

Trained by some of Taekwondo's greats he currently holds a 9th Dan in Taekwondo on top of this he is also a 9th Dan in the Korean art of Hapkido.

Loren also holds two other Dan grades in Taekwondo from other organisations.


Grandmaster Tan Tao Liang
aka - Flash Legs Tan

Taekwondo Master / Martial Arts Instructor / Martial Arts Action Star

Tan Tao Liang or Grandmaster Tan as we should call him is a masterful exponent of Taekwondo who came to fame in the Seventies  in many films that showcased Taekwondo.

Being also a teacher he went on to train the Legendary John Liu of Secret Rivals fame who was a also a real life combatant who went up against Chuck Norris in the ring and won.

Grandmaster Tan was  born in 1947 in Pusan Korea but his family originated  from the Shandong Provence of China.

Tan also went on to open Taekwondo clubs in California whilst living there but is believed to be living in Taiwan now.                      

   Also known as Flash Legs Tan due to his hopping kicking ability which he developed for competition.

And even a film was made called Flash Legs.

 Other Students of his where also Yuen Biao and Shannon Lee , daughter of the late Bruce Lee.

Notable Films  include :

The Hand of Death by John Woo - 1976

The Hot 'The Cool and The Vicious -1976

Snake Deadly Kicks aka Flash Legs - 1977

Casanova Wong 

Martial Artist / Action Actor -Retired / Producer

Casanova Wong born in South Korea in 1945 is a Taekwondo Master who came to fame in the Hong Kong Kung Fu film craze of the 70's .
He is renowned for his fast spinning and jumping kicks and is also known as the Human Tornado.
Casanova Wong was lucky to get signed to one of the big studios in Hong Kong at the time , the legendary Golden Harvest. 
Through this he made many notable films alongside some of Hong Kong's most prolific stars .
His most famous role would be in the legendary Warriors Two with Sammo Hung and Bryan Leung where he played the character of Casier Hua.

Other notable films are : 
The Shaolin Plot- 1977
The Iron Fisted Monk - 1977
Game of Death-1978
Story of the Drunken Master - 1979
Duel of the 7 Tigers -1979

Jun Chong

Taekwondo Grandmaster / Film Producer / Action Star / Martial Arts Instructor.

Jun Chong is a Grandmaster of Taekwondo , Born in South Korea in 1944.  Master Chong learnt Taekwondo from a young age and progressed to be a National and International Champion.

Master Chong is also adpet in Hapkido , Akido and Judo.
Master Chong is famous for opening a Taekwondo School  in Los Angelas USA where he taught many celebrities .
His students include Philip and Simon Rhee ( Best of the Best) , Sam Jones ( Flash Gordon) , Loren Avedon, Linda Blair and many others. 

He is also famous for making his own films , though low budget from a Martial arts perspective they do entertain as he used his students for the roles in many. 


1976 - Visitor of America aka Bruce Lee Fights back from the Grave.

1985 - L A StreetFighters aka Ninja Turf

1990 - Street Soldiers 

2006 - Maximum Cage Fighting

2015 - Underdog Kids  - Cameo 

John Liu

Martial Artist / Martial Arts Actor
Taekwondo / Karate  / Chinese Arts

Born in Taiwan in 1944 John Liu learnt Martial arts from a young age .

He learn't Japanese and Chinese arts from his Grandfather , this gave him good standing when he met Tan Tao Liang who was in Taiwan at the time. 

Though not over flexiable , Master Tan soon got to work on John Liu and gave him extensive stretching excersies to boost his kicking technique.
This in turn led to John Liu becoming one of the best Kickers of our time in the art of Taekwondo.

His films where mostly low budget Kung Fu movies . But some are classics.

Liu also Created his own style by mixing Karate with Taekwondo and named it Zen Kwan-do .

It was over this that he challenged Chuck Norris with and according to witnesses , won the match due to be able to pre-empt what Chucks next move was each time. 

Liu retired from acting in 1992 , but did return later for a couple roles. 

Most Notable Films include :
Secret Rivals - 1975
Snuff Bottle Connection - 1977
Invincible Armour -1977
Secret Rivals 2 - 1977
Death Duel of Kung Fu - 1979
The Mars Villa - 1979

Phillip Rhee

Martial Artist / Action Actor / Producer / Writer /
Taekwondo / Hapkido / Kendo

Phillip Rhee was born in South Korea and moved to California at a young age. He trained Taekwondo under Grandmaster Jun Chong. .
Grandmaster Chong set up his own production company to make films and used some of his students in roles for authentic effect .
One of Phillip Rhee's most known early films was Jun Chong's LA Streetfighters - 1985 .
Of course this enthused Phillip Rhee to write his own story about the USA and South Korea Taekwondo teams coming to do battle at the Asain Games . The film of course is the well known 'Best of the Best'' 1989  which also starred Eric Roberts , the late Christopher Penn and James Earl Jones as the Coach.

Phillip Rhee went on to make three sequels to those films as well. 

The last film in the series was in 1998 .
After this Phillip Rhee concentrated on his teaching , but in 2015 he would come back with another screenplay for a Martial Arts film by the name of the Underdog Kids. Which also cameo's some legendary names in the business .


Taekwondo Girl

Taekwondo Girl is a Chinese Drama series filmed in 2015 , it's based on the Novel Tornado Girl  by Ming Xaoxi who also co- wrote the screenplay. 
The series is based on Taekwondo ,but for most part the art is reffered to as Yuan Wu Dao. . It follows the story of a young girl who is passionette about the Martial Arts  by the name of Qi Baicao. 
It's a really fun series with lots of action for a Chinese Drama , but please remember it is a drama and the story involves a lot of soul searching so to speak.

There is a a second series as well which takes a different angle to the story and there have been rumours of a third series in the works as well. 

To find out more see our review of the first series.

ITF Grading Table

  Grade Level Description
Judo white belt.PNG 10th kup White - Signifies innocence, as that of the beginning student who has no previous knowledge of Taekwon-Do.
Judo white-yellow belt.PNG 9th kup White with yellow tag
Judo yellow belt.PNG 8th kup Yellow - Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the foundation of Taekwon-Do is being laid.
Judo yellow belt.PNG 7th kup Yellow with green tag
Judo green belt.PNG 6th kup Green - Signifies the plant's growth as Taekwon-Do skills begin to develop.
Judo green-blue belt.png 5th kup Green with blue tag
Judo blue belt.PNG 4th kup Blue - Signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwon-Do progresses.
Judo blue belt.PNG 3rd kup Blue with red tag
Judo red belt.PNG 2nd kup Red - Signifies Danger, cautioning the student to exercise control and warning the opponent to stay away.
Judo red belt.PNG 1st kup Red with black tag
Judo black belt.PNG 1st dan Black - Opposite of white, therefore signifying maturity and proficiency in Taekwon-Do; also indicates the wearer's imperviousness to darkness and fear.
Judo black belt.PNG 2nd dan Assistant Instructor (must remain at this rank at least 2 years)
Judo black belt.PNG 3rd dan Assistant Instructor (must remain at this rank at least 3 years)
Judo black belt.PNG 4th dan International Instructor (must remain at this rank at least 4 years). At this point, a person may become a "SaBum-Nim"
Judo black belt.PNG 5th dan Instructor (must remain at this rank at least 5 years)
Judo black belt.PNG 6th dan Instructor (must remain at this rank at least 6 years)
Judo black belt.PNG 7th dan Master Instructor (must remain at this rank at least 7 years)
Judo black belt.PNG 8th dan Senior Master Instructor (must remain at this rank at least 8 years)
Judo black belt.PNG 9th dan Grand Master

Taekwondo Masters - World Taekwondo Federation

Name Rank Life Residence Prominence
Ahn, Kyongwon 9th dan 1937– United States United States of America Founded United Taekwondo Association; former President of the United States Taekwondo Union
Choi, Tae-hong 9th dan 1935–2009 United States United States of America Founded first taekwondo school in Oregon, USA; former Vice-President of the United States Taekwondo Union
Kim, Ki Whang 10th dan 1920–1993 United States 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 Canada Father of Canadian taekwondo
Lee, Hyeon Kon 9th dan c. 1947– United States United States of America Chairman of Board of Education of Kukkiwon; former Vice Chairman of Education of the WTF; author of taekwondo textbook
Mayes, Myong Sok Namkung 9th dan c. 1954– United States United States of America Highest-ranked woman in taekwondo
Park, Dong Keun 9th dan c. 1945– United States United States of America Father of Thai taekwondo; Head Coach of US Olympic taekwondo team in 1988 and 1992
Park, Sun Jae 9th dan c. 1940– Italy Italy Father of Italian taekwondo; Vice President (Italy) of the WTF; one of the KTA's 12 original masters

Taekwon-do Masters - International Taekwon-do Federation

Name Rank Life Residence Prominence
Choi, Chang Keun 9th dan c. 1940– Canada Canada Leading campaign to reunite the ITF; one of the KTA's 12 original masters
Choi, Hong Hi 9th dan 1918–2002 Canada Canada Played major role in establishing taekwondo; inaugural President of the KTA; founded the ITF; co-led the KTA's 12 original masters
Choi, Jung Hwa 9th dan 1954– United Kingdom United Kingdom President of one of the three ITF organisations; son of H. H. Choi; involvement in Korean political controversy
Kong, Young Il 9th dan 1943– United States United States of America One of the few promoted to 9th dan by H. H. Choi; one of the KTA's 12 original masters
Nam, Tae Hi 9th dan 1929– United States United States of America Father of Vietnamese taekwondo; pivotal performance in martial arts demonstration 1954; co-led the KTA's 12 original masters
Nguyen, Van Binh 9th dan 1936– United States United States of America Chairman of ITF Masters Promotion Committee; President of ITF-USA; pioneer of taekwondo in Vietnam
Park, Jong Soo 9th dan 1941– Canada Canada One of the KTA's 12 original masters
Rhee, Ki Ha 9th dan 1938– United Kingdom United Kingdom Father of British and Irish taekwondo; one of the few promoted to 9th dan by H. H. Choi; one of the KTA's 12 original masters
Sereff, Charles 9th dan 1933– United States United States of America One of the few promoted to 9th dan by H. H. Choi; founded the United States Taekwon-Do Federation
Tran, Trieu Quan 9th dan 1952–2010 Canada Canada President of one of the three ITF organisations from 2003 to 2010
Trajtenberg, Pablo 9th dan c. 1955– Argentina Argentina Acting President of one of the ITF organisations after T. Q. Tran's death in 2010

Taekwondo Masters  - Other Organisations

Name Rank Life Residence Prominence
Ahn, Eung Choon 9th dan 1941– United States United States of America Founded Hae San Martial Arts Association
Cho, Hee Il 9th dan 1940– United States United States of America Founded Action International Martial Arts Association; wrote several taekwondo books
Cho, Sihak Henry 9th dan 1934– United States United States of America Pioneer of taekwondo in the United States of America; wrote several books; contributed karate article in World Book Encyclopedia (1976)
Choi, Kwang Jo 9th dan 1942– United States United States of America Founded Choi Kwang-Do; one of the KTA's 12 original masters
Han, Cha Kyo 9th dan 1934–1996 United States United States of America One of the KTA's 12 original masters
Hwang, Kwang Sung 9th dan c. 1942– United States United States of America One of the few promoted to 9th dan by H. H. Choi
Lee, Haeng Ung 10th dan 1936–2000 United States United States of America Founded Songahm Taekwondo
Park, Jung Tae 9th dan c. 1943–2002 Canada Canada One of the KTA's 12 original masters
Rhee, Chong Chul 8th dan c. 1935– Australia Australia Father of Australian taekwondo; founded Rhee Taekwon-Do; one of the KTA's 12 original masters
Rhee, Jhoon Goo 10th dan 1932– United States United States of America Father of American taekwondo

Notable Films that Feature Taekwondo

Films that are focused or feature Taekwondo
When Taekwondo Strikes  / Golden Harvest
 Master Jhoon Rhee's only Film - Hong Kong Film
The Kick  / Sahamongkol - Korean film Joint Production
Sanctioned by the WTF , Jeeja Yanin co-stars - Thai Film
 Chocolate / Sahamongkol
  Jeeja Yanin Stars who is a 3rd Degree Taekwondo Black Belt
 Best of the Best / 
  Phillip Rhee and Eric Roberts star 
  Spin Kick  / 
  Korean film about Taekwondo teachings
  No Retreat ' No Surrender 2  / Seasonal Film Production
  Loren Avedon and Cynthia Rothrock Star
  No Retreat 'No Surrender 3  / Seasonal Film Production
  Loren Avedon and Keith Vitali star
  Secret Rivals  / 
  John Liu and Hwang Jung Lee star
  Drunken Master  / Seasonal Film Production 
  Jackie Chan and Hwang Jung Lee star
  Drunken Master 2  / Golden Harvest
  Jackie Chan , Liu Chi Liang , Ti Lung , Anita Mui and Ken Lo 
  Warriors Two  / Golden Harvest
 Sammo Hung , Bryan Leung and Casanova Wong star

Video Games that feature Taekwondo

Selection of Video Games that feature Taekwondo
Taekwondo  - Released in Japan and Korea only on the Super Nintendo Enterainment System
 Human - 1994
Tekken  - Released World wide on the Sony Playstation and arcade
Tekken 2  - Released World wide on the Sony Playstation and arcade
Tekken 3 -  Released Word wide on the Sony Playstation and arcade
Tekken 4 - Released World Wide on the Sony Playstation 2 and arcade
 King of Fighters 94 - Arcade game released on the Neo Geo systems
 King of Fighters 95 - Arcade game released on Neo Geo and Sega Saturn

Tables and some descriptions have been sourced through the Wikipedia*

A retrospective of Taekwondo and it's leading lights from Pioneers and film stars by Sertes Nake - updated August 2021