Pioneers of Tae Kwon Do in Argentina
Lee Chong-Seo

Master Lee Chong-Seo at the old Kumazawa school. At right, in the 90's with student Pedro Florindo

                                                     Master Lee Chong-Seo

The official date of introduction of Taekwondo in Argentina is 1967.  It was then that Kim Han-Chang,
Choi Nam-Sung and Chung Kwang-Duk arrived and settled in Buenos Aires. They got into contact with Judo
instructor Norberto Aspera and initially started teaching their "Korean Karate" in Judo academies. In prior times
there had existed other Korean nationals teaching karate, but never developed schools of their own. On the contrary,
these three instructors -who were in their late twenties- reported to the International Taekwondo Federation under
Gen. Choi Hong Hi. A fourth instructor that started teaching around that time is Lee Chong-Seo, who had advanced
ranking in Moo Duk Kwan.

Master Lee Chong-Seo was a tall and athletic young man devoted to training in the Moo Duk Kwan style. A fifth Dan,
he also held black belt ranking in Hapkido. He was regarded as an acrobatic and precise kicker, and was the first to
show spinning techniques that marked the difference between Korean and Japanese style. His daily classes used to last
more than three hours, where he taught forms, kicking drills, self defense, and sparring. Lee's senior students included
P. Florindo, C. Verdún, J. Rogers, H. Guzmán, A. Salim, F. Solas and C. Capalbo. Lee taught until 1976, when he
moved to the United States. He is retired from the martial arts.  -  by Master Manuel E. Adrogué

People and Events in Argentine Taekwomdo
by Master Manuel E. Adrogué

Pioneers of
Taekwomdo in Argentina

Kim Han-Chang
Choi Nam-Sung
Chung Kwang-Duk
Yang Dae-Chol
Lee Chong-Seo

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