Our 2nd International Instructors Course with First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha took
place on January 29-31 in Oakville, Ontario with instructors and assistant instructors
from across North America.
Everyone enjoyed three days of first class tuition from First Grand Master Rhee covering
training secrets, fundamental movements, patterns, counting and the proper way to
command class as well as some interesting TKD historical stories.
On the Saturday evening FGMR was treated to a dinner with the Executive of ITF-TAO.
After the IIC on Sunday a promotion test was held for candidates for 4th and 6th
On the weekend of February 5th, First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha conducted a technical
seminar for the Instructors and students of
The event was organized by ITF-TAO Nicaragua President 5th Dan Mr. Pierson Solis.
FGMR was accompanied by Technical Director Mr. Mike Morningstar and Mr. Sean Sutton
Vice President USA.
Keeping true to the teachings of the founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi,
FGMR drilled the participants on correct sine wave and the proper application of
By the end of the training everyone was exhausted but motivated in their efforts
to keep Chang Hun Taekwon-Do alive in it’s purist form.
A promotion test was also held after the seminar.
Congratulations to all those who were successful in their quest for higher Dan levels.
A.C.E. Taekwon-Do hosted F.G.M.R. For a special seminar to celebrate the Golden Jubilee
of the ITF Founded by Gen Choi on the 22nd March 1966.
All participants enjoyed a 4 hour seminar covering many aspects of Taekwon-Do including
clarification of the 6 Releasing motions incorporated in Taekwon-Do.
Later in the evening several hosted FGMR to a celebration Dinner at the Bull hotel
During the evening Dinner FGMR announced the promotion of Steven Proctor to ‘7th
Dan Master’. A great weekend was had by all.
FFifty (50) practitioners from 5 countries & 4 Australian states attended the 2016
FGMR IIC. First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha, Pioneer & Father of European Taekwon-Do,
was in fine form as he covered all 24 patterns, philosophy, Theory of Power & Step-Sparring.
At the end of the Course 7 members were promoted to various Dan levels, in particular
FGMR promoted his Son Master Andrew Rhee (the President of ITFA & host to the IIC)
to VIII Dan Senior Master.
During FGMR’s stay in Australia FGMR also conducted the Official opening of Senior
Master Andrew Rhee’s brand new purpose built Do-Jang, which is now the Official HQ
for ITFA, as well as conducting special training lessons and a colourbelt grading
in the new Do-Jang
Blackbelt members during the International Course
Senior Master Andrew Rhee’s ITFA HQ
With FGMR officially declaring the brand new Do-Jang Open
FGMR was invited to Ottawa Canada in June to officially open the 2016 CanAm Championships
on the 25th June, FGMR was invited to the Johnsons TKD on the eve of the championships
& enjoyed an evening celebration meal.
FGMR Officially Opens the 2016 Can Am Championships
FGMR enjoys celebration Dinner
FGMR visiting Johnson’s TKD on June 24th
FGMR with GM Paul Cutler and Senior Masters O’Neill & Blackburn
Saturday evening Dinner
FGMR explaining technical aspects during seminar with GM Cutler
And Miss Jemma Wells IV Dan
FGMR Presenting Grand Master Cutler IX Dan with a special
ITF 50th Golden Jubilee Award
FGMR Presenting host Jim Chalmers V Dan with a special
ITF 50th Golden Jubilee Award
FGMR & Senior Master O’Neill discussing course aspects
FGMR explaining ‘Pulling Release’ in Hwa-Rang
Many students from the United Kingdom, Southern Ireland & Europe participated in
a fantastic International Seminar held in Glasgow on the weekend of 3rd & 4th September
The seminar mainly focused on ‘Back to Basics’ whereupon FGMR reiterated the importance
of fundamental movements for correct development of Taekwon-Do.
During the weekend all attended a special Golden Jubilee dinner on Saturday evening
where FGMR presented special Golden Jubilee awards to ACE’s President Grand Master
Paul Cutler IX Dan & the host Mr. Jim Chalmers V Dan.
The Sunday involved completion of the course and the grading exam in the afternoon
where several members were promoted to Black belt higher ranks.
First Grandmaster Rhee visited Galway on the 1st October, the picturesque capital
of the West of Ireland to conduct a seminar, in celebration of the ITF Golden Jubilee.
Under the invitation of Master Shane Fitzgibbon, chief instructor of Connacht Taekwon-Do
Schools and, also, a proud ACE member, FGMR experienced true Irish hospitality while
sharing his unique knowledge of Taekwon-Do.
The seminar was held at the Menlo Park Hotel & Conference centre. FGMR arrived accompanied
by Gm Paul Cutler ACE’s President on Friday, 30th September to a red carpet greeting
at the Hotel, a wonderful meal was enjoyed by all, and the scene was set for the
day to come.
On Saturday morning, 100 students from seven different organisations across the country
were lined up ready to experience the depth of knowledge of the First Grandmaster.
The atmosphere was electric, this was a truly unifying event, with everyone coming
together as one Taekwon-Do family to experience FGMR.
They weren’t disappointed. 100 people trained, sat and listened to FGMR relate stories
of General Choi and the early days of Taekwon-Do, asked questions, and remembered
why they started Taekwon-Do in the first place. After the seminar ended, there was
ample time for autographs, photographs, and Q&A. FGMR was incredibly generous with
his time and allowed everyone a chance to speak with him. Master Fitzgibbon presented
FGMR with a unique stone carving, designed and hand-sculpted specifically for the
event, as a token of appreciation and respect. He also drew FGMR’s attention to the
fact there were members from seven different Irish organisations, present - illustrating
the high regard in which FGMR is held in Ireland.
That evening a number of the seminar attendees joined FGMR and the other Masters
for a wonderful banquet. After the meal, and toast to FGMR, the First Grandmaster
made some presentations to attendees of the seminar. FGMR made a presentation to
Master Fitzgibbon of a beautiful International Taekwon-do Golden Jubilee plaque,
in appreciation for his efforts promoting Taekwon-Do and organising the seminar.
After the meal, entertainment was provided by the local Taekwon-Do students. Centralised
with an Irish theme, FGMR and guests were treated to a variety of Irish folk singing/guitar-playing,
Flute-playing, Viola-playing, and Irish Dancing. Not to be outdone, a number of the
visitors offered some magic and a poetry recital. FGMR was so moved by the cultural
sharing, that he reciprocated by singing Korean Folk song, "Arirang" - unique, in
that it is sung on both sides of the 38th Parallel. It was truly a memorable evening.
FGMR travelled to Stonehenge in Wiltshire on the weekend of 12th November to conduct
his final Golden Jubilee Seminar of 2016.
On the Friday evening local Blackbelts enjoyed a lovely celebration dinner with FGMR
at a local restaurant, we all had a toast to Gen Choi with Gen Choi’s favourite tipple
of, a specially decorated bottle of Jonnie Walker Black Label Whiskey.
The following day on a cold wet Saturday morning 120 students travelled from around
the UK to be with FGMR to celebrate this Golden Jubilee year.
After introductions & a minutes silence in memory of Gen Choi, FGMR made his welcoming
speech where he paid tribute to the tireless efforts of Gen Choi in creating this
International Organisation 50 years ago, he then changed the format to make a special
announcement, the announcement was for a double celebration as he announced the
promotion of one of his senior students Ray O’Neill to Grand Master IX Dan.
Grand Master O’Neill being FGMR’s second Grand Master was overwhelmed and truly humbled
by the occasion, FGMR further presented GM O’Neill with a special Golden Jubilee
(The first Grand Master promoted by FGMR was GM Paul Cutler who we were all pleased
to have him present too on this Golden Jubilee Double celebration)
FGMR changed into Do-Bok and spent the rest of the seminar giving us his wealth of
knowledge about the history of International Taekwon-Do and Gen Choi, this seminar
although cold was as one Master said “The atmosphere was Red Hot”.
The seminar finished with certificate presentations and each School having their
personal photos with FGMR. - Certainly a day to remember
FGMR being welcomed into the Do-Jang with Grand Master Paul Cutler and Host Grand Master O’Neill
FGMR making his welcoming speech
FGMR giving us his wealth of knowledge during seminar
Grand Master Ray Oneill receiving his Certificate & belt from FGMR
Celebration Dinner with Specially decorated Bottle of
Jonnie Walker Black Label - Gen Choi’s favourite Drink
FGMR Golden Jubilee Award
Presented to GM Ray ONeill