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In 1979, the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame, an international organization based in the USA was created to preserve the history of Taekwondo, and honor all persons who contributed in an extraordinary way to the creation, development and promotion of Taekwondo. The organization is headed by Gerard Robbins its President and Founder. Robbins, a student of legendary Korean national champion GM Dong Keun Park, was a member of the first official USA National Taekwondo Team which competed at the 2nd World Taekwondo Championships held in South Korea in 1975, and winner of a gold medal at the first Pan Am Taekwondo Games held in Mexico City, Mexico in 1978. Robbins also won the Grand Championship at the All-American Championships held at Madison Square Garden in 1978, the same tournament won by Chuck Norris in the mid 60’s.

Since its creation, the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame has honored persons from more than 60 countries which include Afghanistan, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, 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.

The Taekwondo Hall of Fame board of directors is comprised of Continental and National Directors as well as Technical Advisors who are themselves senior members of all major organizations including WT, ITF, Global Taekwondo and WTA. They include pioneering instructors, leaders, International Referees as well as national, world and Olympic players. It is the responsibility of the board members to conduct research, and using a strict set of criteria and guidelines, nominate qualified persons for honors under the various primary categories shown below:

(1) Humanitarian, (2) Lifetime Achievement, (3) Pioneer Instructor, (4) Literary Excellence, (5) Excellence in Leadership, (6) Outstanding Referee, (7) Pioneer Competitor, (8) Outstanding competitor, and (9) Youth Excellence (citation only)



While many notable practitioners were posted in the website which began in 1997, the first official Taekwondo Hall of Fame Ceremony was held in the United States of America on August 6, 2007. In that inaugural ceremony and others that followed, numerous pioneers were honored including Grandmasters Kim Bok Man, Nam Tae Hi, Rhee Ki Ha, C.K. Choi, Cho Sang Min, Dong Keun Park, Young Il Kong, Kim Pyung Soo, Chong Soo Lee, WTF President Dr. Un Yong Kim, ITF President Prof. Chang Ung. Grand Masters who were posthumously include General Choi Hong Hi, Park Jung Tae, Ki Whang Kim, Peter Chong, KI Chung Kim and GM more recently who was honored posthumously.


Over the years, the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame has received letters of praise and acknowledgement from many of the most prominent figures in Taekwondo including WT President Chungwon Choue, Great GM Chung Woo Lee, Dr. Un Yong Kim, GM Jhoon Rhee, GM Sang Min Cho, GM Young Il Kong, GM Tran Trieu Quan, and others. Dr. Chungwon Choue president of World Taekwondo wrote:


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 Federation

Prior to the creation of the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame which has attained official registered trademark status, no other organization had received such acknowledgement. Furthermore, no similar ceremonies were previously conducted. As a result of the above, the Taekwondo Hall of Fame is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious organizations ever formed in the history of Taekwondo. Additionally, it is the only organization where the leaders of all major competing factions are members of the same organization.


Following the 2007 and 2009 ceremonies in the USA , the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame held its third and groundbreaking ceremony at the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters in Seoul, Korea on August 25, 2011. That ceremony is considered to have been the most historic ceremony in the history of Taekwondo.

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

Similarly to the inaugural ceremony, leaders, champions and pioneers from all parts of the globe and every major organization were honored under the unifying umbrella of the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame. Subsequent ceremonies were held in Canada, Iran, Croatia, Russia, North Korea as well as a second ceremony in Seoul, Korea. To our knowledge, no other “Hall of Fame” of any type has conducted ceremonies in multiple countries which in itself were a monumental achievement.

Below is a list of countries where the ceremony has been held.

April 7, 2007
Secaucus, New Jersey, USA

April 10, 2009
Teaneck, New Jersey, USA

August 25, 2011
Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters - Seoul, Korea

October 18, 2013
Las Vegas, Nevada USA

February 24, 2014
Tehran, Iran

April 11, 2015
Toronto, Canada

May 8th, 2015
Chelyabinsk and St Petersburg Russia

September 25, 2015
Zagreb, Croatia

March 1, 2016
Taekwondowon - Muju, South Korea

September 22, 2017
New York, USA

June 17 22, 2018
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic



The Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame as previously stated has honored persons from more than 60 countries. As this article focuses on the tremendous contribution to Taekwondo that have been made by persons in the Hispanic diaspora we have presented a partial list of those who have been honored below:

Grand Masters and Masters 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), Inneabelle Diaz Santana (Puerto Rico), Oskar Posada (Colombia), Armando Chavero, (Venezuela), Carlos Hernandez/citation (Venezuela), Michael Vazquez (USA), Nelson Brizuela Cortes (Costa Rica), Cecilia Jimenez (Bolivia), and 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 Taekwondo Federation), the president of the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame has appointed two persons to serve as Directors of the South and Central American and the entire Pan Am regions.


Grand Master Porfirio Alvarez originally from Colombia, has been involved in Taekwondo for more than 45 years and served as a Special; Assistant to the former President of the PATU (Pan American Taekwondo Union) Dr. GM Cha Sok Park. In addition to being a member of the Referee Committee of PATU from 2006-2008, he served as Referee Chairman of the New York State Taekwondo Federation. In 2013, GM Alvarez was inducted into the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame where he currently serves as the South and Central America Director of the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame representing honorees affiliated with World Taekwondo (WT) formerly called World Taekwondo Federation.

Grand Master Alvarez recently wrote:
"Gracias al Salón de la Fama de Taekwondo por ser una organización inclusiva y por permitir que los representantes de Taekwondo que son líderes y referentes mundiales sean reconocidos por su gran contribución a la humanidad. Como director de las regiones de América Central y del Sur (WT), me siento extremadamente privilegiado de ser parte de una institución tan prestigiosa”. - Grand Master 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. He currently serves as South America Director of the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame® representing honorees affiliated with the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF).

Grand Master Osvaldo Rios Olivero recently wrote:

“I, GM Osvaldo Rios Olivero, President of PANAM Taekwon-Do Council am proud to serve as Director of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame® representing South America (ITF). I affirm that the Taekwondo Hall of Fame an international organization created by you which is recognized world-wide as being the one and only Taekwondo Hall of Fame in the world. I will do my best to support the goals and visions of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame in its effort to preserve the history of Taekwondo and honoring those who have dedicated their lives to the development and promotion of Taekwondo in an extraordinary manner.”  -GM Osvaldo Rios Olivero, President

Panam Taekwon-Do Council ITF

Below are written statements received from several distinguished Hispanic honorees from the Pan Am regions of Central and South America.

GM Nelson Brizuela Cortes

“The Taekwondo Hall of Fame is important because from thereon we can keep the essence from the best Taekwondo performers in the world.” - GM Nelson Brizuela Cortes , WT International RefereeCosta Rica

GM Ruben Ayala

"It's an Honor and Privilege for me as a Puerto Rican Hispanic to be inducted in the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame as an Olympic Coach and International Referee with so many honorable Grand Masters, Masters, Coaches, Athletes and Referees from all around the World."  - GM Rubén Ayala Puerto Rico

GM Oskar Posado

"Como un hispano orgulloso de ser hijo del hermoso país de Colombia y practicante del Taekwondo, fue para mí un gran honor el haber sido inducido al Salón de la Fama del Taekwondo Mundial.

El Salón de la Fama es un invaluable reconocimiento para aquellos que hemos dedicado nuestras vidas al servicio del Taekwondo y el haber sido escogido para quedar inscrito en el, entre los millones de practicantes y Maestros que hay en el mundo, es un verdadero orgullo y una gran satisfacción que solo los pocos que hemos llegado ahí podemos sentir y valorar.

Mis sinceros agradecimientos a todos los miembros de la organización del Salón de la Fama y en especial a uno de sus integrantes que es un motivo de orgullo para mi país, pues también es un hijo de nuestra querida Colombia y el es el Maestro Porfirio Álvarez, que hoy en día reside en los Estados Unidos, pero sigue siendo orgullosamente Colombiano." - G.M. Oskar Posada Rios, Colombia 

GM Maria Andrea Mancuso
“It is a great honor to have been inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame.   An unforgettable moment in my career as a Taekwondo master.   This award reaffirms the continued commitment to the spreading of our beloved sport around the world and the contribution of its growth without barriers in the American Region.” Maria Andrea Mancuso, International Referee, Argentina.

GM Maria Nelly Chacin

“In my opinion, the Taekwondo Hall of Fame seems important because it honors and recognized the work of great personalities and athletes , who have dedicated many years and effort to this discipline, making them immortal in the history of Taekwondo. I admire the initiative of the creation of the Taekwondo Hall of Fame, since it has achieved a great impact in the Taekwondo community. Finally I want to thank the Taekwondo Hall of Fame for honoring me with such a distinction.”  -

GM Maria Nelly ChacinFounding member of the Venezuelan Taekwondo Federation, First Female Poomsae International Referee in VenezuelaM, First Female Kukkiwon Dan Holder in Venezuela, First Venezuelan to serve as a referee at a World Championship (1993)

While the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame is proud to have received acknowledgement in writing from the our honorees located in the Panam countries we are equally as proud to receive acknowledgement from other parts of the world as in the sample of a portion of a letter shown below which was recently received.

“May I commend your (Taekwondo Hall of Fame) hard work and efforts to fairly represent all of Taekwondo. I wish the Hall of Fame a long and successful future while continuing your honest efforts to represent and honor our art.” Master Tom Stammer. Secretary General, Commonwealth Taekwondo Union President, Koryo Taekwondo Clubs, UK

To see complete profiles of our honorees listed above, learn about the leadership and structure of the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame as an organization, including the selection process go to: HYPERLINK http://www.taekwondohalloffame.com.


Student of Grand Master Dong Keun Park, Korea’s All Time Greatest National Champoion.

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


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

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Jorge Ramírez of Ecuador was the one who achieved the world-wide goal for his country, and of course, for the South American region in the World Taekwondo Championship in Chicago United States on September 15, 1977 when he achieved two bronze medals, in two differents weight categories: 48 kg and 53 kg (see note at the end *).

The good participation in the third version of the World Championship, besides marking a milestone in world history, opened the door to Ecuador in 1982 the fifth version of the World Taekwondo Championship will be held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where they won a gold medal with José Cadeno 48 kg and a bronze medal with Duban Canga 73 kg.

This is how Ecuador has two achievements: first gold medal and first country who organize a World Taekwondo Championship on South American.

Below we share the list of countries and medalists of the World Taekwondo Championship of 1977, September 15, held in Chicago - United States.

48kg masculino - 15 Septiembre 1977

53kg masculino - 15 Septiembre 1977

58kg masculino - 15 Septiembre 1977

63kg masculino - 15 Septiembre 1977

68kg masculino - 15 Septiembre 1977

74kg masculino - 15 Septiembre 1977

80kg masculino - 15 Septiembre 1977

+ 80 kg masculino - 15 Septiembre 1977

In different platforms Jorge Ramírez appears with only one silver medal in the 1977 world championship, but the official source confirmed that Ramírez is a double bronze medalist.

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Very funny, in the video of the official transmission of the world, Taekwondo does not record the time when the Chinese Shuyin Zheng is disqualified, very convenient for the WT, the British organizers and ... peace is better than victory ...?

"The athlete Shuyin Zheng lacks malice?"

What's happening with the sport ?: Coaches and athletes have agreed that the Chinese Shuyin Zheng had to handle the combat, make time, make him walk ... which is very valid, but, in return, some have expressed to us that It is also to do this, to seek the same struggle to win it with merit. With honor, especially when you have conditions.

On the other hand, if we speak of the expression "lack of malice", we can say that for the sport, the competitive plan is more than a tactical command, which must also be trained day by day. Apparently, Shuyin Zheng has not developed that competitive dimension, but he must also bear in mind that we are talking about what sport is.

With what was said in the question "Did you lack malice" to the athlete Shuyin Zheng? We invite an athlete and publish the judicious taxonomy of martial taekwondo and sports taekwondo, a judge does not value the martial attitude or the honor that the athlete executes, the judge to give or eliminate the marked points and faults. And the answer to the incognito: not only lacked malice to the competition of China, nor lacked to the trainer.

Final fixed?

With rest, and after listening to different positions and reflections, we see that the world of taekwondo is shocked with the event, sports fans are shocked, "martial artists" do it calmly, all this shows that there is a perception of injustice . Check the official video of the Championship, which supports the WT, and we discovered that we have eliminated the essential part of the event (see the video at 1:33:55 minute, insert the video, but we also leave the link).



The fact that a part of the video is missing leaves a possible task in the air and could think of an alleged preconceived action on the part of judges, organizers ...

But so that they do not remain with the ideas in the air the compartments of several videos that circulate in networks and platforms of "streaming", in these it is shown in detail what happened.




In addition, the world reacts, the Chinese newspapers express their dissatisfaction, while the British media take the chest for the achievement, here are some headlines:

"The referee of Morocco must be sanctioned for life," said China coach "head of the Chinese newspaper, Shine.

"Bianca Walkden won and left Shuyin Zheng crying," director of the BBC portal in London.

As a general conclusion, the lesson that Bianca Walkden and Shuyin Zheng left us is that taekwondo is just another sport. We will see the rematch in Tokyo 2020.


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