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“…..for the sake of the integrity of World Taekwondo (WT) as an organization, Mr. Jiho Choi should resign from the WT!" Gerard Robbins, President/ Founder TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME® 


"TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME®

In an article released by a press media on 4/6/18 there were several statements made by PATU President Ji Ho Choi about regarding the Taekwondo Hall of Fame and its honorees which were not only grossly inaccurate but perceived by many as being slanderous. Mr. Choi singled out the Taekwondo Hall of Fame stating that it was not official and heavily implied that the award ceremonies are conducted primarily for financial gain at the expense of honorees which he implied were misled.

"Mr. Choi used the above photo in the article to illustrate specifically which organization he was referring to when making his comments. The photo depicts a well known member of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame wearing the official logo and the ring worn only by members of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame which has been visible and identifiable on online posts for several years. The male adorned with the gold medal he won in world competition is a member of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame who is well respected in the Taekwondo community. The photos thus leave no doubt that Mr. Choi is referring to the Taekwondo Hall of Fame. Furthermore Mr. Choi is quoted in the article as saying “…Every(one) knows there is a Hall of Fame already……”

There is little doubt that there are times when an article has errors either due to misunderstanding between the interviewer and person being interviewed. Initially believing Mr. Choi to be a person of integrity, I delayed responding thinking he might request a retraction or correction. However with more than 3 months having passed without correction or retraction I can only conclude that the statements not only originated from Mr. Choi, but were made in a deliberate attempt to defame this organization’s leadership, staff , honorees and the integrity of the organization as a whole..

To begin with the title of the reads that “WT considers Creating the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame”

Mr. Choi’s acknowledgment of the pre existence of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame eliminates the need to comment as it is impossible to create something which Mr. Choi and the Taekwondo world already knows exists. However to state in the article that the Taekwondo Hall of Fame is “not official” as Mr Choi has said is not only false but highly insulting. His comment clearly suggests that the organization is less than legitimate. By doing so, Mr. Cho insults the organization and every person living or deceased who have dedicated their life to Taekwondo, and as a result received recognition from this organization. Furthermore, whether or not an organization or award is “official” is dependent upon various factors. Those factors include but are not limited to the background and integrity of the organization’s leadership and staff, credentials of those persons honored, the expressed recognition (as being official) by persons most knowledgeable in the field. Also being the first of any kind makes that organization the “official” by design. Any organization that follow using the same name that are not affiliated with the original particularly in the instance of trademark registration should be considered as mere copies or “non official”.

Since 2007 the Taekwondo Hall of Fame which has achieved registered trademark status has held it’s official ceremony in numerous countries specifically Canada, USA, South Korea, North Korea, Croatia, Russia, Iran and the Dominican Republic.

The Taekwondo Hall of Fame has honored persons in more than 60 countries, specifically: Afghanistan, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curacao, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador Egypt, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Montenegro, Nepal, Norway, Netherlands, North Korea, Philippines, Peru, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Switzerland, Tasmania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, USA, Venezuela and Yugoslavia. This has never been done in the history of Taekwondo.

Mr. Choi’s suggestion that he might create a Hall of Fame in the Taekwondo related hall of Fame in the Pan Am region. However the Taekwondo Hall of Fame has already honored most of the notable Taekwondo personalities throughout the world which includes in the Pan Am Region with the intent to honor others specifically in the Pan Am region. Those honorees and countries include:

Masters and Grand Masters: Alejandro Chacon Zumbada (Costa Rica), Noemi Prone (Argentina), Fernando Jaramillo (Cuba), Maria Andrea Mancuso (Argentina), Ramon Smith (Dominican Republic), Jose Ramon Reyes (Dominican Republic), Maria Nelly Chacin (Venezuela), Ruben Ayala, (Puerto Rico), Noel King (Jamaica),Inneabelle Diaz Santana (Puerto Rico), Oskar Posada (Colombia), Armando Chavero, (Venezuela), Carlos Hernandez/citation (Venezuela), Michael Vazquez (USA), Michael Warren (USA), Nelson Brizuela Cortes (Costa Rica), Cecilia Jimenez (Bolivia), Chaco Cornelio (Aruba), Stan Nikiel (Canada). Numerous notables from Mexico alone include Ramiro Guzman, Javier Mayen Mena, Isiais Duenas Riestra, Manuel Jurado, Williams De Jesus, and Pilar Leguel.

As the two major factions of Taekwondo are WT (World Taekwondo) and ITF (International Taekwon-do Federation), the president of the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame has appointed two persons to serve as directors representing the PAN AM Region namely Grand Master Porfirio Alvarez and Grand Master Osvaldo Rios Olivero There are national and regional directors and technical advisors in the Pan Am region and around the world. Those persons conduct research, and using specific guidelines and criteria to nominate candidates in several categories for recognition. This contradicts Mr. Choi’s implication that the Taekwondo Hall of Fame is among those organizations that “do not have a strict recommendation and screening process for public to understand and respect the selected decisions.”

 

GM Porfirio Alvarez GM Osvaldo Rios Olivero


Grand Master Osvaldo Rios Olivero from Argentina, a student of the late General Choi Hong Hi, President of the ITF Pan Am Council was inducted into the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame® in 2009. Grand Master Porfiro Alvarez of Colombia was inducted in 2013. Both men can be easily be described as persons, extremely knowledgeable, highly intelligent, and with impeccable character. GM Alvarez gained much experience in the region as special assistant to the late GM Cha Sok Park former President of PATU.

Mainly organize such activities to offset their event expenses and create capital gains by misleading recipients.

Again as Ji Ho has clearly identified by photo the organization whose founder is this writer (Gerard Robbins), it would lead the reader to believe he was referring specifically to this writer’s organization.

As Mr. Choi has clearly singled out the Taekwondo Hall of Fame by using the photo of our member, the reader is led to believe that Mr. Choi is referring specifically to the Taekwondo Hall of Fame, or at minimum placing the Taekwondo Hall of Fame in the same category as other Halls of Fame who may be operating in an inappropriate manner.

“Mainly organize such activities to offset their event expenses and create capital gains by misleading recipients”.

Here Mr. Choi conflates requesting fees to support an organization similar to others which is normal, with a scheme devised merely to make a profit.

Along with the photo of a member of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame Mr. Choialso implies that the Taekwondo Hall of Fame is operating surreptitiously with the wording “Institutions in the shadows”.


MOST PRESTIGIOUS CEREMONY HOSTED IN THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS VENUE

Perhaps the most prestigious ceremony of its kind ever held in the history of Taekwondo was when the Taekwondo Hall of Fame held its official ceremony in Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters on August 25, 2011. Numerous Taekwondo leaders from around the world were in attendance including Professor Kook Hyun Jung world first 4 Time world champion and GM Dong Keun Park Korea’s greatest all time national champion. The ceremony was presided over by GM Won Sik Kang the president of Kukkiwon shown here addressing the spectators and honorees.





GM Dong Keun Park (l) and Professor Kook Hyun Jung (r)) named Korea’s all time greatest national and world Champions at the historic ceremony held at Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Hqts. in 2011

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FROM TAEKWONDO NOTABLES AROUND THE WORLD

Below is a partial list of letter of recognition received from pioneers, leaders and champions from all over the world acknowledging the authenticity and official status of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame.

Master Cesar Rodriguez Luna World Silver Medalist Mexico 1/06/06
GM Won Chik Park, President U.S. Taekwondo Grandmaster Society 3/27/06
GM Kim Bok Man Founder of Taekwondo in South East Asia 7/08/06
Master Daniel Hollinger, President ITF-Suisse Switzerland 11/24/06
Dave Askinas, CEO / Secretary General USA Taekwondo 4/05/07
GM Jhoon Rhee, Father of Taekwondo in the USA 4/06/07
GM Kyung Ho Min, Pioneer of AAU TKD & Chair. University TKD 4/06/07
GM Sang Min Cho, Founder of Taekwon-Do in Brazil 6/01/07
GM Benny Rivera , Father of Taekwon-Do in Puerto Rico 7/10/07
GM Young Il Kong Pioneer of Taekwon-Do Vietnam 10/23/07
GM David Kim, USA Coach 1st World Taekwondo Championships 2/10/08
Master Ji Ho Choi, President of WTF Pan Am Taekwondo Union 2/01/08
GM Mounir Ghrawi, Founder of Taekwon-Do in the Middle East 3/23/08
GM Jong Soo Park, Pioneer Instructor & Former. VP of ITF 4/19/08
GM Pyung Gyu Cho, Pioneer & ITF Technical Committee Chairman 7/25/08
GM Choi Chang Keun Taekwon-Do Pioneer 8/08/08
Master Hyung Sun Lee, Section Chief, Kukkiwon, Korea 9/08/08
Master Chol kyu Kim, ITF Executive Board Member Austria 11/04/08
Master Rafa Lopez ITF Spain National Team Member 12/19/08
GM Joon Jae Lee Pioneer of Taekwon-Do 2008
Master Dalibor Medic, VP Austrian National Taekwon-Do Fed. 1/30/09
Abdoulaye Diop, Mali Ambassador to the United States 3/30/09
Hon. Jon S. Corzine, New Jersey State Governor 4/10/09
Master Enrique Deacon, President ITF Federation Peru 4/20/09
United States Senator Elaine K. Alquist 4/10/09
Master Ernie Reyes, Bronze Medalist 3rd World TKD Champs. 4/03/09
Ahn Sang Soo Senator Korea National Assembly South Korea 4/10/09
GM Greg Fears 2 Time World Silver Medalist USA 4/10/09
United States Congressman Michael M. Honda 4/10/09
Carine Lahoud Murr, President of Lebanon Taekwondo Federation 4/10/09
Master Rafael Medina, 1st USA CISM Champion 4/16/09
GM Tran Trieu Quan, President of International Taekwon-do Fed. 10/25/09
GM Kim Pyung Soo, President / Founder Kim Soo Karate 2009
Dr. PC Ekeja Nigeria Sports Commission 2009
Dr. Tom Seabourne 2x USA National Champion 2009
GM Dong Won Kang, ITF Pioneer Instructor 2009
Rex Hatfield, President National Collegiate Taekwondo Assn. 1/24/10
Master Ivan Fernald Minister of Defense Surinam & 1st Pan Am Champion 1/28/10
Dr. Un Yong Kim, First President of World TKD Federation 9/13/10
GM Han Sam Soo Pioneer ITF Instructor 2010 2010
GM Ross Hartnett, Ist President of Commonwealth TKD Union Australia 7/09/11
Nasser A. A. President of UAE Taekwondo & Karate Federation 7/16/11
Hon. GM Linda Park, President Global Taekwondo Federation - Canada 8/21/11
Lee Chong Woo, Former VP World Taekwondo Federation 2011
GM Sabree Saleh, President of Malaysia Global Taekwondo Federation 2011
GM David, Father of Taekwon-Do in Lebanon 2011
Master Marcelo Rezende, President Brazil Police & Fire Sports Federation 2011
Mohammed Shirzai, Pres. / Founder Afghan Natl. Taekwon-Do Assn. 3/8/12
Master Nelson Chia, Founder / CEO Greater China Taekwon-Do Fed. 3/09/13
Dr. He Young Kim, President World Han Mu Kwan & TKD Historian USA 7/14/13
GM Ali Modiri, Olympic Referee & Pioneer of Taekwondo in Iran 9/11/13
GM Lim Ching Sing, Pres. Advanced Taekwon-Do International Canada 10/23/13
Hon. Brian Sandoval Nevada State Governor 10/08/13
Carine Lahoud, Executive Board Member & VP Asian Taekwondo Union 10/18/13
GM Mojtaba Nazmdeh, Pioneer of Taekwondo in Iran / Olympic Referee 2013
GM Kang Shin Chul, President WTTU / Chairman Tech. Committee Korea 2013
Chungwon Choue, President of World Taekwondo Federation 2013
Chan Ho Kim, Commander Republic of Korea Navy / President of CSM TKD 2013
Seyed Mohammed Pouledgar, Pres. of Iran Taekwondo Federation 2/08/14
GM Puran Andrew Gurung, Father of Taekwondo in India & Nepal 5/03/14
Nuhi Gashi, President of Kosovo Taekwondo Federation 8/25/14
Master Michael Cormack, ITF World Champion Canada 9/01/14
Senior Master Dimitris Kosmoglou Greece 9/06/14
Sheamus O’Neil, President World Taekwodo Association Ireland 2014 9/18/14
Master Parm Rai, ITF Technical Committee Chairman Canada 9/30/14
GM Michael J. O’Malley, US National Team Member 10/28/14
GM Seri Vibhativanija, First National Champion of Thailand 11/14/14
GM Young Bo Kong 1st ITF World Champion 2014
Prof. Kuk Jung Hyun, Chairman of WTF Technical Committee 2014
GM Mohammed Ismail Azarpad Pioneer of Taekwondo in Iran 2014
GM Chong Lee, Father of Taekwondo in Canada 2014
GM Ahmad Shakib Barati, Afghanistan Trainer Germany 2014
GM Soo Kon Kim, President Universal Taekwondo Assn. USA 2014
GM Lee Won Il, Korea Unification Advisory Counsel 1/28/15
Farzad Zarakhsh, 1996 Asian Gold Medalist Iran 3/22/15
GM Jong Chan Kim Pioneer Taekwon-Do California USA 5/05/15
Lauren Burns, First Olympic Gold Medalist Australia 06/18/15
GM Peter Mijic, Pioneer of Taekwondo in Croatia 10/24/15
GM Louis Arroyo Gonzales, President Puerto Rico Taekwondo Fed. 2015
GM Bidhan Lama, 1988 Olympic Medalist USA 2015
Master Bongseok Kim, President CISM Taekwondo Committee 6/09/16
Master Herb Perez 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist USA 4/26/16
GM Gerard Van Den Berg, Member Netherlands Technical Commission 5/01/16
Master Bongseok Kim, President CISM Taekwondo Committee 6/09/16
GM Bidhan Lama, 1988 Olympic Medalist USA 9/26/16
Noor Mohammed Shirzai, Pres. Deputy, All Afghan Taekwon-Do Assn. 11/10/16
Mohammed Reza Makvandi, Father of Taekwondo in Bangladesh 12/22/16
Master Jay Warwick, Olympic Medalist USA 1/02/17
GM Kevin Woon, 2004 Olympic Referee Malaysia 1/19/17
GM El Hadj Bamaarouf, Rep. World Chung Do Kwan Morocco 1/23/17
Master Svetlana Kana Gvozdic, International Referee Croatia 1/28/17


Below are quotes extracted from several letters received over the years.




“Thank you for your letter dated September 12, 2010 informing me of your invitation to the Hall of Fame with distinct title of “Taekwondo Global Ambassador”. Anything which is to add to Universal Martial Art Sport will be my privilege and honor.”

Dr. Un Yong Kim, IOC Vice President (r)
Founding President of WTF



“I extend the warmest greeting to the honorees and special guests attending the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame being held here for the first time in Korea at Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters.”

Lee Chong Woo
President of Jidokwan (frmr)
Former Secretary General WTF



“Gerard Robbins a 3 time national champion and founder of the
Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame is to be commended for his
cornerstone achievement”.

Dr. Chungwon Choue, President
WORLD TAEKWONDO (formerly World Taekwondo Federation)




“Because of you every student of TKD has the opportunity to learn
about the pioneers of Tae Kwon-Do

GM Young Il Kong, President,
World Taekwondo Alliance (WTA)



“A special thank you for establishing the Taekwondo Hall of Fame and recognizing the achievements and accomplishments of many practitioners around the world.”

Grand Master Choi Chang Keun, Pioneer of Taekwon-Do




“I applaud your actions to recognize the achievements of the pioneers
and leaders of Taekwondo”

Grand Master Tran Treiu Quan, ITF President




“There is always one person , one idea that stands out amongst the
many others. I believe the Taekwondo Hall of fame and the image
portrayed by the organization and it’s founder does just that!”

Linda Park, President, Global Taekwon-Do Federation



Taekwondo Hall of Fame President & Founder Gerard Robbins with PATU President
Ji Ho Choi who is apparently “all smiles” shortly before he unleashes his unwarranted derogatory remarks in a public forum were directed toward the Taekwondo Hall of Fame. (MASTKD article released on 4/16/18)

However, one of the most ironic letters received was from Mr. Ji Ho Choi himself. On behalf of the PAN AM TAEKWONDO UNION, he praised the work of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame, doing so on official letterhead. In addition to writing the letter Mr. Choi would later recommended several persons to be honored by the Taekwondo Hall of Fame.



Being the first person of African descent to receive a Jidokwan 9th dan from Korea, a member of the first official USA National Taekwondo Team in 1975, and having more than 48 years of involvement in Taekwondo, I am extremely proud to be the president and founder the official Taekwondo Hall of Fame.

Several persons who have read Mr. Choi’s remarks expressed their opinion to me regarding why they believe he made such remarks. I also have my personal belief as to why he has singled out the organization that I founded. However, I do not feel it appropriate, or constructive to express those beliefs at this time. I believe that as leaders and senior dan holders we should put our personal feelings and beliefs aside and work together for the overall betterment of Taekwondo. In that regard the Taekwondo Hall of Fame is devoted to honoring all persons who deserve recognition regardless of religion, geographic location, organizational affiliation or race.

It should be noted that members of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame are affiliated with WT, ITF, WTA and other organizations located in all parts of the global. Thus when President Ji Ho Choi makes negative comments with regard to the Taekwondo Hall of Fame or any organization, those comments have the potential to create hostility between members of those organizations and the WT,.

Furthermore, the PATU President who is also a Vice President of World Taekwondo is not only a leader but the face of the largest Taekwondo organization. In the world. As such, any comment he makes in the public forum may carry a significant negative or positive impact. If his comments in the MASTKD article were misinterpreted or otherwise incorrect he should contact the writer and request that the article be corrected. He should also apologize for his utilization of the photo depicting one of our esteemed members bearing our logo and official ring. It was that photo which made t clear to many that Mr. Choi was referring to the Taekwondo Hall of Fame.
“If Mr. Ji Ho Choi declines to apologize , it is my opinion, that for the sake of the integrity of World Taekwondo (WT), as an organization, Mr. Ji Ho Choi should resign from the WT.”

This is not the first time Mr. Choi has made controversial or negative comments.
I had several conversations with Mr. Choi at a martial arts store which he managed several years ago in South Hackensack, New Jersey on one occasion. We discussed that fact that we had trained under the instructor. During that conversation Mr. Choi said it was his opinion that many Koreans felt embarrassed that the Taekwondo Hall of Fame was not created in Korea the birthplace of Taekwondo. Mr. Choi further said a few years after the Taekwondo Hall of Fame was created he observed WTF President Chungwon Choue express regret that the WTF had not created the Taekwondo Hall of Fame. Mr. Choi said he then personally reminded the President Chungwon Choue that it was he (Mr. Ji Ho Choi) who had earlier informed him that he should somehow attempt to take control of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame.

However, in very cordial conversation that I had with President Chungwon Choue during one of his visits to New Jersey President Choue congratulated me for creating the Taekwondo Hall of Fame. See his letter of acknowledgment of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame’s status as an “official” at  HYPERLINK "http://www.taekwondohalloffame.com" www.taekwondohalloffame.com


Gerard Robbins 2nd left with the First Official USA National Taekwondo Team at
the 2nd World Taekwondo Championships held at Kukkiwon, Seoul, Korea in 1975

In closing, I have listed my Taekwondo related bio which due to my experience ultimately led to the creation of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame. I have also included information regarding my personal background.

Gerard Robbins, President / Founder
Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame
Member of the First Official USA National Taekwondo Team (1975)



GERARD ROBBINS, 9th Dan
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER
TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME®

9th Dan (Jidokwan #317) First person of African descent to receive 9th Dan from Korea
Founder / Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame®
First Taekwondo Black Belt named "All American" by Amateur Athletic Union of the United States ('75)

2007 Director Inaugural Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame Ceremony - USA
2009 Director 2nd Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame Ceremony - USA
2011 Director 3rd Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame Ceremony - KUKKIWON - Seoul, Korea
2013 Director 4th Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame Ceremony Las Vegas, USA
2014 Director of 5th Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame Ceremony - Tehran, Iran
2015 Director 6th Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame Ceremony in PyongYang, North Korea
2015 Director 7th Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame Ceremony in Toronto, Canada
2015 Director 8th Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame Ceremony in Zagreb, Croatia
2017 Director 9th Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame Certemony New York City, USA

- PARTIAL COMPETITIVE HISTORY –

Grand Champion, Penn Taekwondo Championships, Norristown, PA, ('72)
2nd Pl. Breaking , Richard Chun Universal Open Taekwondo Championships, ('72)
Grand Champion, Pu Gill Kwons Universal Championships, Atlantic City, NJ, ('73)
Grand Champion, Mahn Suh Park Taekyun Championships, ('73)
First Place Heavyweight, Mahn Suh Park Taekyun Championships, ('73)
1st Place Forms U.S. Open United Taekwondo Championships, Cincinnati, Ohio
1st Place Forms, Kyong Lee College Championships, Toronto ('74)
Member of USA Team "Battle of Champions" USA v Canada - Montreal ('75)
Grand Champion Nam Son Paek's Championships ('75)
Grand Champion Brooklyn International Championships ('75)
Grand Champion Ik Jo Kang's Taekwondo Championship - NY (.75)
Grand Champion Howard Lee's Taekwondo Championships ('75)
Grand Champion Won Keun Bai's Taekwondo Championships ('750
Member USA Team "Battle of Champions" USA v Canada - Montreal, Canada ('76)
Gold Medalist 1st USA National AAU Taekwondo Heavy Sparring ('75)
Gold Medalist 1st USA National AAU Taekwondo Championships Poomsae ('75) Competed in 2nd World Taekwondo Championships Seoul, Korea ('75)
Grand Champion Ki Chung Kim' s Championships (Master's Division) ('75)
1st Place Forms Worley's Mid America Championships ('86)
Competed in 1st Pre-World Taekwondo Games Seoul, Korea ('78)
First Place Heavyweight, Henry Cho's All American Open Championships, ('78)
Gold Medalist National Taekwondo Championships ('78)
Gold Medalist 1st Pan Am Taekwondo Championships - Mexico City ('78)
Grand Champion All American Open Championships - NY ('78)
2nd Forms All American Open Championships - NY ('78)
Grand Champion West Coast Open Championships - Los Angeles CA. ('78)
Grand Champion 1st Caribbean Taekwondo Championships ('78)
1st Place Poomsae 1st Caribbean Taekwondo Championships ('78)
Grand Champion 2nd Caribbean Taekwondo Championships ('79)
Silver Medalist AAU National Taekwondo Championships ('79)
Grand Champion Won Keun Bai's Taekwondo Championships ('81)
First Place Heavyweight, Won Keun Bai's Championships, ('81)
First Place Heavyweight, Henry Cho's All American Open Championships, ('81)
Grand Champion Atlantic Open Karate Championships ('82)
Grand Champion Suk Jun Kim's U.S. Open Taekwondo ('82)
Bronze Medalist Suk Jun Kim's U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships ('83)
Gold Medalist 2nd New Jersey State Taekwondo Championships ('83)
Grand Champion Eagle Cup Taekwondo Championships ('84)
Grand Champion Y. B Choi's 12th Annual Taekwondo Championships ('86)
Gold Medalist Garden State Games - Taekwondo Division ('86)
Gold Medalist Garden State Games - Karate Division ('86)
1st Place Forms Worley's Mid America Championships ('86)
Silver Medalist Keystone State Championships ('87)
Grand Champion Ki Yun Yi's Taekwondo Championships ('88)
Bronze Medalist U.S.T.U New Jersey State Games ('88)

Featured in numerous martial arts publications including Taekwondo Times,
Traditional Taekwondo, Black Belt Magazine, Karate Illustrated, and Official Karate.
Member - The Korea Society/ New York
Member- Korean Business Central 
International Advisor -Korea Martial Arts Society


CAREER IN PUBLIC SERVICE
Former Investigator with the Office of the Passaic County Prosecutor (84-96)
Ret. Investigator II with the State of N.J. Office of the Public Defender (96-2018)
Former Instructor at the Passaic County Police Academy
Member of the New Jersey Police Honor Legion"

 

Published in Taekwondo hall of fame

"Taekwondo is alive and well in The Gambia and making huge strides. In spite of enormous challenges, Taekwondo is growing, with increasing number of clubs and practitioners."

Taekwondo in Gambia

Taekwondo was introduced in The Gambia in the 1980s and The Gambia Taekwondo Association is said to be the oldest Martial Arts Association/Federation in the country. It is endowed with a Constitution, approved in 12 August 2017, ushering in a new Executive Committee. There are currently fifteen registered Taekwondo Clubs, with varying degrees of activity. Most of these clubs are concentrated in the Kombo area, with only one know club based in Farafeni. Most instructors are holders of Black Belt certified by Kukkiwon, with only one exception.

Changing the taekwondo´s image in Gambia

The image of Taekwondo, along with other Martial Arts, is generally negative, with limited visibility. It is generally perceived as a tool used by trouble makers to engage in violent behavior and score settling. This is because the limited familiarity with Martial Arts come from Kung-Fu movies, which are popular especially among the youth. However, this image is changing slowly but steadily thanks to the organization of visible activities such as demonstrations and public promotion tests with media presence. Aided by growing experience and dynamism of the Gambia Taekwondo Association, the planned organization of tournaments, including national championships, is expected to induce a radical change for the better in the image and reputation of Taekwondo.

The Gambia Taekwondo Association as rocked by a severe crisis resulting from unconstitutional actions by some members of the Executive Committee. The crisis lasted several months during which the Executive Committee was rendered ineffective, practically dysfunctional. An important meeting was convened by The National Sports Council on xxx. All Taekwondo Clubs attended this meeting, which served as a watershed for future development of Taekwondo in The Gambia. While some confusion remains, both The Gambia Taekwondo Association and the individual Taekwondo Clubs are reinvigorated, reenergized with a renewed commitment and determination to work together in favour of Taekwondo in The Gambia. The passion for Taekwondo is very powerful.

The Gambia Taekwondo and its Plan of Action 2019 – 2021

The Gambia Taekwondo Association has formulated a comprehensive Plan of Action for the period 2019 – 2021. This provides a clear direction, with specific activates to be implemented to take Gambian Taekwondo to a higher plateau. The Plan of Action was shared with Taekwondo Clubs for their analysis and approval. It is now being implemented, with contributions by different clubs. Future annual reports will be based on the progress on the implementation of this Plan of Action.

Published in News

The end under 30 poomsae competition was a total delight for lovers of the essence of WT taekwondo.

The poomsae, with a its splendor adorning the taekwondo, poomsae is the one that conserves the essence of this martial art, because in them we observe many elements that the combat does not use. The final at Taipei World Cup in China (2018) is an extraordinary example of the technical resources that this discipline has.

We invite you to delight in these beautiful executions.

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Published in International News

Sport for development and peace in the Azraq Refugee Camp, Jordan, and potentially in other parts of the world ...

TOKYO, JAPAN - World Taekwondo, the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF) and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote humanitarian activities aimed at peace and development.

The agreement was signed by the president of the World of Taekwondo, Chungwon Choue, and the president of the ITTF, Thomas Weikert, in the presence of the president of the IOC, Thomas Bach, around the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) ) on November 28 in Tokyo, Japan.

Under the agreement, the three organizations will develop close cooperation in the following areas:

Promote sport as a powerful vehicle towards peace, social development and the integration of vulnerable populations.

The idea is to join forces to offer sports activities for development and peace in the Azraq Refugee Camp, Jordan, and potentially in other parts of the world.

Chungwon Choue, president of World Taekwondo and president of THF, said:

"The historic agreement is another example of the world's commitment. Taekwondo to contribute to a more peaceful future. As we all know, sport is very powerful to reach people and make a real difference in the lives of those who need it most. This newly created information network will improve our understanding of the needs of many, while bringing the three organizations closer together.

The terms of mutual assistance, financial responsibilities and activities related to any project or activities implemented from this Memorandum are discussed and mutually agreed upon in writing by all parties before their commencement.

Published in International News

The first day took place in the second Grand Slam Series of Taekwondo began its actions in Wuxi, China, when jumping to the scene when the athletes of four categories: -67kg female, + 67kg female, -80kg male and 80kg male .


The scenario for the most important sporting fair in the world of taekwondo was at the Taihu International Expo Center in Wuxi. The best events in the world, including the previous Grand Slam champion and gold medalists in each of the five Grand Prix events in 2018, were competed.


In the women's category of -67kg, Ruth Gbagbi, from Ivory Coast, in the hand of winners of the Grand Slam Grand Slam Champions Champions Series. Jie Song of China 2-0 in the best of the three round. Taoyuan Grand Prix champion Paige Mc Pherson from the USA UU., And Manchester Grand Prix champion Lauren Williams of Great Britain will meet in the second quarter final, after both athletes won their preliminary rounds 2-0. The other two quarterfinals have two Chinese stars, to the delight of the local crowd. Yunfei Guo from China and the champion of the Moscow Matea Grand Prix.

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Preliminary rounds of + 67 kg women saw the crowd favorite, Chen Li, of China, narrowly beat Raphaella Galacho of Brazil. Li is now paired against the number one favorite and pre-tournament favorite Bianca Walkden. Huan Wang of China fought hard to beat Nafia Kus of Turkey 2-1 and will now face Aleksandra Kowalczuk of Poland, who won her preliminary round against Yaxin Liu 2-0. The third quarter-final will feature an all-American showdown between Jackie Galloway and Madelynn Gorman-Shore. Galloway received a message in the first round, while Gorman-Shore beat Juan Shi of China 2-0. Rebecca McGowan of Great Britain defeated Cansel Deniz 2-1 to put together a fight against number two, Shuyin Zheng of China, who received a notification in the last quarterfinal.

In the quarter-finals of the 80 kilos, the number one seed, Maksim Khramtcov, will face Nikita Rafalovich, of Uzbekistan, after Rafalovich defeated Aaron Cook of Moldova and Khramtcov received a comment. Speak a completely Chinese showdown between Linglong Chen and Ke Ren in the final second quarter. Chen beat Tsung Yeh Yang of Chinese Taipei in round one 2-1, while Ren beat Raúl Martínez García of Spain 2-0. Hwan Namgoong from Korea and Icaro

The final weight category of the day does not compete with the athletes at + 80 kg. The number one favorite, Kyo-don In of Korea, received a goodbye to face Dmitriy Shokin of Uzbekistan, who defeated Mahama Cho of Great Britain 2-0. Lutalo Muhammad of Great Britain beat Radik Isaev 2-0, and faced Hongyi Sun of China, who beat Jintao Liu of China. Gil-young Byeon from Korea oversaw a Qiang Xu from China for a score of 2-1 in the first round. Byeon will now fight against Sajjad Mardani of Iran, who narrowly defeated Stephen Lambdin of the USA. UU In a round of gold points. In the last quarter-final, Anthony Mylann Obame of Gabon faced a Zhaoxiang song in China, both won their preliminary fights by a score of 2-1.

The action continues tomorrow, and the athletes compete in the round of 16 of the -49kg female, -58kg male, -57kg female and -68kg male.

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"The successes we have achieved to this point, and all that will be achieved this year, is only possible through the World Taekwondo family working together." - Chungwon Choue, President of the World Taekwondo, WT.

In an extensive statement under the title: "Happy New Year to you, our beloved family of World Taekwondo!" The president of the WT took stock of the highlights of 2018, which highlights the evolution of events as to the technical, sports, media quality to achieve seducing own and strangers.

Of the most important events, and important was the historical visit dedicated to His Holiness Pope Francis and the thousands of people who attended the event.

Regarding the most outstanding initiatives, we can observe the work carried out by the Humanitarian Foundation of Taekwondo (THF), which has managed to accompany important social processes in communities that suffer from the rigor of armed conflicts.

By 2019, the WT aims to achieve its own taekwondo security program regarding harassment and abuse; In addition, a comprehensive strategic plan that will focus on sustainability and results based on value will be published, in addition to the work that will strengthen the WT's education program, among others.

We invite you to read the full statement of the President of World Taekwondo - WT, Chungwon Choue:

"Happy New Year to you, our beloved World Taekwondo family!

It was yet another tremendous year for World Taekwondo, as 2018 showcased the bright future of our sport. The successes of the Hammamet 2018 World Taekwondo Junior Championships and the Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, coupled with taekwondo’s inclusion for the first time in the International School Sport Federation Gymnasiade 2018, exhibited the up-and-coming stars that will carry our sport into the future.

The past year also reinforced the worldwide appeal of the Grand Prix Series, now firmly established as one of the premier events in the World Taekwondo calendar. Other than our established stops in Manchester and Moscow, the 2018 Grand Prix Series also took place for the first time in Rome, Italy; Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei; and the Finals in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

The Grand Slam Champions Series entered its second year in Wuxi, China, and continued to push the boundaries of exciting spectator and media engagement in our sport. Wuxi will continue to play an important role in the global expansion of taekwondo over the coming years, as the 2021 World Taekwondo Championships will also be held in the city. Furthermore, the World Taekwondo Wuxi Centre was opened in July 2018 and will focus on global development and education programmes.

Poomsae also left an indelible mark on the global stage, with the 2nd World Taekwondo Beach Championships in Rhodes Island, Greece, and the Taipei 2018 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships registering record-breaking participation numbers. Furthermore, poomsae was featured for the first time at the Asian Games, in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the host country winning its first-ever taekwondo medal – and gold – by a female athlete.

Taekwondo is a powerful channel for bringing hope and peace to the masses, and 2018 was another historic year in fulfilling our vision of peace through taekwondo.

On the occasion of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea, World Taekwondo and the North Korea-led International Taekwondo Federation performed a joint demonstration at the pre-opening ceremony, in front of heads of states and dignitaries, and millions of viewers around the world. A high-calibre World Taekwondo delegation also visited Pyongyang, North Korea, and held another meeting in Wuxi.

In addition, World Taekwondo had the distinction as being the only Olympic international federation to be invited to the Vatican to perform a historic demonstration in front of His Holiness Pope Francis and thousands of people. The highly symbolic World Taekwondo demonstration concluded with the unfurling of a banner with our mantra: ‘Peace is more Precious than Triumph.’

As an Olympic international federation, we have a social responsibility to enrich people’s lives, including improving the livelihoods of refugees through projects of the Taekwondo Humanitarian Foundation (THF). The THF has opened the Azraq Taekwondo Academy for the benefit of hundreds of Syrian refugees, including women and children. I am excited to announce that the Azraq Taekwondo Academy has produced three first dan black belt holders, and we look forward to their continued growth into future champions.

Since my speech at the 2018 ASOIF General Assembly, in which I called on the other International federations to join us in our humanitarian efforts, we have signed memorandums of understanding with three Olympic international federations, and expect more to join.

Looking ahead to 2019, it is set to be another momentous year in World Taekwondo’s drive for excellence. An all-encompassing strategic plan focusing on sustainability and value-based results will be published to guide World Taekwondo’s programmes from next year. We will also focus on the global standardization and expansion of World Taekwondo’s development and education programmes.

The 8th World Para-Taekwondo Championships to be held in Antalya, Turkey, in February will be vital in promoting the global appeal of our sport, prior to Para-Taekwondo’s inclusion at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games for the very first time.

The 24th edition of the World Taekwondo Championships in Manchester, United Kingdom, in May is also expected to be one of the best in our history, with the best athletes from around the world showcasing their talents before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

I also look forward to visiting not only Rome and Moscow for the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Finals, respectively, but also to our two new Grand Prix Series host cities, Chiba (Japan) and Sofia (Bulgaria). In particular, Chiba will be an important stop, as the 2020 Olympic Games and taekwondo test events will be held there.

Furthermore, the first-ever Islamic women’s open championships in Saudi Arabia will be organized in November, in support of World Taekwondo’s drive for gender equality. We will also be organizing more mixed gender team events across our five continental unions.

World Taekwondo is striving to be one of the leading organizations in the esports field, as we organize showcase events to demonstrate our esports potential to the world.

We are also teaming up with the IOC and related organizations to develop our own athlete safeguarding and prevention programmes. Protecting our athletes and stakeholders from harassment and abuse is our highest priority, and is a full commitment to the Hammamet Declaration on safe sport that our Council approved in 2018.

Finally, 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of taekwondo’s inclusion as a sport in the Olympic Programme. The momentous decision made by the IOC Session on September 4, 1994, was the catalyst that propelled World Taekwondo to the heights that we have reached today and we look forward to celebrating that achievement this year.

The successes that we have achieved to this point, and all that will be fulfilled this year is only possible through the World Taekwondo family working together. Let us strive to continue to work together to make World Taekwondo and our beloved sport something that we can all be proud of!

Yours in taekwondo –

Chungwon Choue

President, World Taekwondo"

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2019 Cyprus Open- World Taekwondo - G-1
1st February - 3rd February 2019
Location: Larnaka, Cyprus

7th Fujairah Open- World Taekwondo - G-1
1st February - 3rd February 2019
Location: Fujairah, UAE

2019 8th World Para Taekwondo Championships- World Taekwondo - G-10
5th February - 6th February 2019
Location: Antalya, Turkey

2019 Nigeria Taekwondo International Open- World Taekwondo - G-1
8th February - 10th February 2019
Location: Abuja, Nigeria

4th WT President's Cup - European Region- World Taekwondo - G-2
7th February - 12th February 2019
Location: Antalya, Turkey

French Poomsae Open 2019- World Taekwondo - G-1
15th February - 17th February 2019
Location: Lille, France

Turkish Open 2019 (Kyorugi)- World Taekwondo - G-1
13th February - 17th February 2019
Location: Antalya, Turkey

Turkish Open 2019 (Poomsae)
13th February - 17th February 2019
Location: Antalya, Turkey

2019 African Para Taekwondo Championships- World Taekwondo - G-4/G-2
20th February - 20th February 2019
Location: Hurghada, Egypt

Slovenia Open 2019- World Taekwondo - G-1
23rd February - 24th February 2019
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia

2019 Egypt Open- World Taekwondo - G-2
21st February - 24th February 2019
Location: Hurghada, Egypt

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Daedo PSS is an Olympic brand and will be required in the Manchester World Cup, the Paralympic Taekwondo World Cup in Turkey and in all the continental qualifying tournaments for the 2020 Games, in addition to the Paralympic Games.

The company Swiss Timing is the company in charge of marking times and scores in the Olympic Games until 2032.

The system of protection and control of points began to be used in the Olympic Games of London 2012, then in Rio de Janeiro 2016 to introduce the electronic helmets.

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According to the official ranking of the World Taekwondo or WT, there are four taekwondoines from Mexico who are approaching the Olympic dream in Tokyo 2020, they are: María Espinoza, Briseida Acosta, Carlos Navarro and César Rodríguez; they are the best Mexican of taekwondo placed in the olynmpic ranking.

The Mexican Olympic Committee acknowledged the athletes from their twitter account, where it said: "The taekwondoínes @mariespinozatkd @ brigidaacosta1 @ carlosnav_96 and @cesarioOs, are the Mexicans best placed in the Olympic ranking released today by @ WorldTaekwondo1 @ femextkdoficial http://bit.ly/2CUW26p"

This is the table:

Carlos Navarro - M-58 kg, occupies the sixth place with 255.71 points.
César Rodríguez - M-58 kg, ranked seventh with 243.58 points.
María Espinoza F + 67 kg, occupies the sixth place with 247.98 points.
Briselda Acosta F + 67 kg, ranked eighth with 233.19 points.

The next competitions that will deliver important points to ratify the classification will be: Pan American Games Lima 2019 (previous the qualification to the Pan American Games will take place in the Dominican Republic) and the Manchester World Championship.

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'Lima, Perú 29/ 04/ 2019

From: 
World Taekwondo President Choue Chungwon.


"In an ideal world, we would not need to have a Team of Refugee Athletes in the Olympic Games. But, unfortunately, the reasons why we created an Olympic Team Olympic of Rio 2016 persist ".
"This is the continuation of an exciting human and Olympic journey, and a reminder to refugees that we have not forgotten them."
President of the IOC, Thomas Bach,

I have the pleasure of addressing you, in order to be able to make a project proposal related to Athletes and competitors of refugees in South America from in Lima- Peru. 
Considering my relevance as a World Class Competitor of the WT Taekwondo discipline, I have been given the opportunity to make contact with organizations and with the FPT and with high-level competitors, who through social networks contact me asking for support to get a job, most of them wish to continue competing but who still remain in the country of origin, it is also remarkable that many of them do not have a university degree, much less a trade with which to perform, some flag and compete for another country in exchange for an economic benefit being this a false reality, the legal Immigration procedures often trample their virtues achievements and record.

* That is why I go to your office to request your good offices and generate a channel through which we can raise our requests considering that you, Mr. Chungwon Choue, Commission of the Olympic Refugee Foundation, this being a golden opportunity since it gives a clear vision of the power of taekwondo as a transformation tool.

I am Mr. Robert Mujica, trainer and competitor of taekwondo Poomsae · # 16 of the 2016 WT World Ranking, competitor of the X Lima Peru 2016 world championship, at that time I am currently living in the City of Lima, Peru, I work in some activities with UNHCR-UN, in favor of the Venezuelan, Cuban, Haitian Honduran athletes. Colombians, Syrians, Salvadorans who are in this region, in order to generate opportunities for them, in competitions where many should be, since they were origin and nowadays due to circumstances beyond their control they have had to abandon being victims of dictatorships, guerrilla groups, economic problems, criminal groups victims of drug trafficking and trafficking in white, in my case as well as my family and some colleagues who are here, the fact of being athletes and having international representation currency, becoming attractive and white figures of kidnappings and assaults. 
After our participation in the "X World Championship", I decided together with my daughter Roima Indonesia Mujica Silva, who competed in the aforementioned World Championship as part senior 1 less than 30 years, stay in Lima-Peru, to seek to rebuild our lives and work hard to bring the rest of our family who still remained in the bases for the moment of the massive arrival of Venezuelan immigrants specifically, many of these immigrants would be part of the generations of relay of high competition possibilities arose a press article where a meeting of senior leaders of the world sports area was published here in Lima, it was the creation of the Olympic Foundation to those who arrived at this meeting I could assure myself, that the foundations are laid for an interesting project that would generate integration possibilities for those people mental and technical of the different sports disciplines, being the case of the taekwondo in particular my greater effort.

Then in this need to search for opportunities arises in social networks articles where the Olympic Foundation for Refugees and the merger between UNHCR and the C we would relate from now on being this our reality the one that would write our immediate history, here I am in a textual way the article that justifies the creation of the Olí.

Foundation Olympic Foundation for Refugees

In 2017, the IOC launched the Olympic Refugee Foundation to help create safe, accessible and organized "Sports for Protection" projects for communities in the vulnerable and aim to leave a sustainable legacy. These efforts will support the work of UNHCR in places where there are a significant number of young people displaced the President of the IOC, Thomas Bach, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, who serves as Vice President. The pilot projects will start Turkey, based on lessons learned from the past and will work with local actors, including government and local authorities, non-governmental organizations UNHCR, the National Olympic Committees and the sports sector, whenever possible.

* In short, our objective is to generate a communication channel that manages to channel ideas and concerns, connect those ideas and agreements with the reality of the Refugee, palpable benefits.

Objectives: considering this paragraph that raises a palpable reality in different places of this city to be able to see young athletes and sportsman working and performing trab Once it was his advantage in major competitions, this time they are working tools to live their new reality, that is why we join forces with international organizations. Competitors, and thus guarantee their integrity and also in some way protect those generations of relay.

* Work together with UNHCR and Taekwondo WT and the group of taekwondinim competitors to find ways to develop facilities, scholarships, sports centers, for training I managed to begin to set the first steps for that advance ofthe society to have methods of gender equality, to combat femicide and family violence, to combat the consumption girls and adolescents taking as an example the refugee athletes of high competence, who can visit educational facilities and thus encourage the participation of students school nationals as well as achieving the integration of children and adolescents Refugees through sports and their participation in national and international school games.

One of the agreements that were reached at the time of the creation of the Olympic Refugee Foundation was to create spaces that serve to carry out sports activities refugee athletes and competitors would have a place to prepare physically, and mentally, as in the technical part, in addition to receiving medical and dental care being It is also important to highlight that in America we have Refugees, stateless persons and displaced persons but we do not have adequate places for our preparation, physical and the conditions, it is important to clarify that when competing, the refugee plows with the same determination since its nature is to compete to win, raising this feeling reality.

In conclusion I would like to have the opportunity to set up a meeting with you or someone you have well appointed to raise our needs and concerns.

UNHCR and Olympic Solidarity, which organizes the IOC's assistance to the National Olympic Committees, continue to work to identify high-level refugee athletes who can international in their sport.

I taking advantage of this opportunity for the data that through the headquarters of UNHCR in Lima, Peru, we were nominated to be part of the Olympic Refugee Foundation. Approved by Federico Agusti, representative of the High Commissioner of the United Nations.

Postulates:
Robert Yhoime Mujica: Passport 093880851
Competitor World Class 1 master category less than 50 years
# 16 WT Poomsae Ranking 2016
Roima Indonesia Mujica Silva: Passport 093813303
Competitor World Class senior category less than 30 years #
33 Ranking WT Poomsae 2016
Roberto Antonio Flores Marín: Passport 148091490
Multi National Medalist Venezuela
Robert Gabriel Mujica Silva: Passport 093112073
Cadet category international competitor
Brian Guiomar Gonzáles Landaeta: Passport 067322525
Youth category competitor
Without more to make reference, I say goodbye. Waiting for your timely response.


Robert Yhoime Mujica
Competitor World Class 1 master
category less than 50 years.
# 16 WT Poomsae Ranking 2016
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
+0051 983419045'

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