[IMMIGRATION SUCCESS] Jhoon Rhee - Father of American Tae Kwon Do
- JHOON RHEE
The Father of American Tae Kwon Do
Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, a 10th Degree Black Belt, is considered
the "Father of American Tae Kwon Do." Grandmaster Rhee's first trip
to America was on June 1, 1956, for a short military training
program soon after the Korean War. In 1957, he returned as a
freshman to Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos,
Texas with $46 in his pocket.
English was his biggest obstacle.
It took him half an hour to read a single page. Through perseverance
and discipline, Grandmaster Rhee has become one of the most
prominent motivational public speakers in the world today,
encouraging individuals to achieve self-discipline, self-esteem and
self-defense through the development of academic, moral, and
Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee has been involved in every aspect of Tae Kwon
Do. He has opened schools in order to teach not only the physical
techniques of Tae Kwon Do, but the inseparable mental aspects, as
well. His Martial Arts philosophy calls for building true confidence
through knowledge in the mind, honesty in the heart, and strength in
the body. His philosophy and seminars center around rediscovering
the vision of America's Founding Fathers by restoring mental
discipline in America and in the world.
Grandmaster Rhee has received a great deal of recognition for his
achievements in Tae Kwon Do. He was named the 721st Point of Light
by former President George Bush for helping inner-city children with
his foundation through the Joy of Discipline program which teaches
children self-respect, self discipline and self-motivation. In 1976,
he was named "Martial Arts Man of the Century" at the U.S.
Bicentennial Sports Awards.
In 1975, Grandmaster Rhee was entered in the Professional Karate
Magazine Hall of Fame and in 1983 was awarded Black Belt Magazine
Man of the Year. Additionally, he was in a feature film, "When Tae
Kwon Do Strikes," which is a Hong Kong production shown all over the
In addition to training Mohammed Ali and Bruce Lee, Grandmaster Rhee
has trained many members of Congress three mornings a week for the
past 33 years. Grandmaster Rhee fully expects to continue teaching
Tae Kwon Do for another 33 years until he is 100 years old!