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History of Taekwon-Do

Taekwon-Do in this country was introduced by pioneering First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha in 1967 (then V Dan black belt) when he founded the United Kingdom Taekwon-Do Association (UKTA). First Grand Master Rhee went on to found the Republic of Ireland Taekwon-Do Association in 1972, and the All European Taekwon-Do Association in 1979. He was the first person ever promoted to 9th dan by General Choi on 1 July 1997 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, taking from that point onwards the honorific of “First” Grand Master Rhee. He is listed as the “Founder of Taekwon-Do in Great Britain and Ireland” in the Taekwondo Hall of Fame. 


First Grand Master Rhee honours General Choi’s wishes by practicing and sharing Taekwon-Do as laid out in the guidelines and by following the principles set forth in the Student Oath, the Tenets of Taekwon-Do, Moral Culture and Martial Art Ethics.


General Choi Hong Hi, IX Dan founded the International Tae Kwon-Do Federation (ITF). It was General Choi who personally evolved and brought Taekwon-Do to fruition during the 1930’s and 1940’s, until it was officially named by the Korean Government on the 11th April, 1955.


2005 marked the Golden Jubilee of the foundation of Taekwon-Do. Through pioneering work of General Choi, Taekwon-Do has grown and developed to become recognized as one of the most scientific of all the Martial Art disciplines.



First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha

First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha, introduced Taekwon-Do to Great Britain on 2nd July 1967.


He is acclaimed by the founder General Choi Hong Hi as the greatest ever practitioner of the art of Taekwon-Do. He was the first person in the world to be promoted to 9th Dan, by the founder.


The United Kingdom Taekwon-Do Association was founded by First Grand Master Rhee, and it is the original Taekwon-Do organisation in Great Britain.


Under the guidance of General Choi and First Grand Master Rhee, Taekwon-Do progressed and is always developing, making it one of the most popular Self defence Martial Arts in the world, First Grand Master Rhee conducts regular gradings and seminars for both Black Belts and Coloured Belts in the UK.