FGMR was invited as Guest of honour at the 2017 Technical Conference and AGM, in
Oakville Canada, hosted by ITF-TAO.
FGMR spent a week in Canada from 26th January ~ 1st February, accompanied on this
occasion by Grand Master Ray O’Neill, they spent a week travelling, assisting & advising
Masters, Instructors & Students within ITF-TAO.
On Sunday 29th January FGMR was invited to conduct a grading exam for two members
of ITF-TAO, both students were successful in their promotions, Sergio Plaja was promoted
to VII Dan Master, and Hansue Tanaka was promoted to V Dan.
A great sight seeing trip to Niagara Falls was arranged as well as a visit to London
ON to the School of Mrs Cathy Hadubiak III Dan, students spend a great evening with
FGMR asking a variety of questions and each receiving a signed photo of FGMR.
FGMR thanked the host Mr. Mike Morningstar and all Masters, Instructors & Students
for their hospitality during the week.
ITF-TAO Instructors at their Annual General Meeting held during FGMR’s visit
Successfully promoted by FGMR:-
Master Sergio Plaja VII Dan
Hansue Tanaka V Dan
The First UK50th Anniversary Seminar with Pioneer First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha took
place in Dundee on 6th May 2017, hosted by Miss Zoe Tate V Dan and Mr. Robert Dolan
A fantastic day was had by all.
UK50th CELEBRATION SEMINAR Coventry 2nd July 2017
2nd July 2017 - Woodlands Academy, Coventry marked an historic day for Taekwon-Do
in the United Kingdom, it was exactly 50 years ago to the day that Pioneer Rhee Ki
Ha IX the Father of British Taekwon-Do came to Coventry UK and started the first
ever Taekwon-Do class in the same venue.
FIFTY years later over 250 Taekwon-Do students Past, Present and perhaps the Future
all came together to celebrate the 50th Anniversary with F.G.M.R.
It was simply a fantastic day to celebrate this huge milestone in Taekwon-Do, the
entire complex full with Taekwon-Do students from 10th Kup to IX Dan from all over
the UK, and from countless organisations.
We also had a special Live Facetime connection with FGMR’s Son Senior Master Andrew
Rhee VIII Dan from ITFA Headquarters in Australia
All students received a beautiful certificate of attendance, after the seminar FGMR
had an celebration meal with close friends and Family.
Presentation of a special unique clock by Cameron
Jeffries on behalf of Stonehenge School
F.G.M.R. cutting the cake at the Celebration meal with close Friends and immediate
family of F.G.M.R.
F.G.M.R. Demonstrating breaking a wooden Board with Buri Sonkut - Beak Finger
Pioneer First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha IX Dan was invited to Northern Ireland by
the A.C.E. President and loyal Student of F.G.M.R. Grand Master Paul Cutler IX Dan,
the event was part of the UK50th celebration seminars F.G.M.R. Is conducting throughout
A Fantastic seminar was well attended from students all over Ireland and the UK.
A celebration dinner was held in honour of F.G.M.R. where local Instructors were
invited to attend.
During the seminar F.G.M.R. demonstrated a newly developed technique called ‘Buri
Sonkut’ - ‘Beak Finger’ FGMR pioneered this technique after watching Swans & Ducks
defend themselves using their Beaks, FGMR demonstrated its effect by breaking a piece
of wood with the move.
Grand Master Paul Cutler made a presentation to FGMR of some custom made ‘Golf Balls’
depicting FGMR’s logo.
All students received a special A3 UK50th Anniversary certificate for attending the
Celebration Dinner with Gust of Honour F.G.M.R.
F.G.M.R. Demonstrating - Buri Sonkut - Beak Finger on Wood
Grand Master Paul Cutler the Host for the event receiving
His Special certificate from F.G.M.R.
INTERNATIONAL COURSE & GRADING Glasgow 2nd & 3rd September 2017
A.C.E Taekwon-Do hosted an International Course and Grading which was conducted by
Pioneer First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha at the beginning of September in the lovely
City of Glasgow UK.
The course over a duration of two days covered in depth applications of all aspects
of Taekwon-Do, those who were applying to become an International Instructor or on
a refresher course underwent personal guidance from FGMR as they each took turns
in conducting the Seminar, covering class procedure correct terminology etc.
The Sunday we saw many colourbelts join the seminar and whilst Red Belts and I Dans
were put through their paces in another Do-Jang within the building, Senior Blackbelts
had the opportunity to go through all senior Dan Grade Patterns.
FGMR had two Grand Master assistants namely Grand Master Paul Cutler IX & Grand Master
Ray O’Neill IX, other Masters in attendance and offering support were SM Derek Blackburn
VIII, SM Paul Cavanagh VIII, Master Shane Fitzgibbon VII and visiting Guest Master
Malcolm Jones VII
Saturday evening all enjoyed a great social evening at a local Chinese Restaurant,
and on Sunday afternoon FGMR put many people through their paces at the Blackbelt
Congratulations to All who succeeded the grading examination on the Sunday afternoon
in particular to the following International Grades:
Promoted to VII Dan Master
Master John McMillan
Promoted to VI Dan
Mr. Robert Dolan
Miss Zoe Tate
Miss Lisa Connolly
FGMR Conducting the course
3 x Grand Master Pioneer Rhee Ki Ha IX and assistants