Tae Kwon Do Greats

Chong Soo Lee
Father of Tae Kwon Do In Canada

Chong Soo Lee demonstrating at his historic "Battle of the Champions" in Montreal, Quebec - Circa 1976Photo by Ray Nikiel

                               Chong Soo Lee
                Father of Tae Kwon Do In

Tae Kwon Do instructor, 9th Dan Grandmaster Chong Lee
, introduced Tae Kwon Do
(WTF) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1964.  Prior to 1964 there was no Tae Kwon Do
Since that time, he has taught more than 200,000 Canadians, certifying more than 3,000
black belt students. In his more than 40 years of teaching, his students have won over 100
gold medals at the Canadian National Tae Kwon Do Trials; eight gold medals in the Pan -
Am games as well as one gold medal and two silver in the in the World Tae Kwon Do
Championships.GM. Chong Lee has been the Canadian National Coach for the past 22
years. He has travelled to 38 different countries throughout the world with his athletes.
Profile by Ray Nikiel

   Grand Master Chong Soo Lee who introduced Tae kwon do to Canada in 1964.
   He was inducted into the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame on April 10th, 2009 in
   the most prestigious ceremony in the history of Tae kwon do. Grand Master Lee
   was introduced by Grand Master Dong Keun Park Korea's all-time greatest
   national champion.  Photo -  Amos Johnson

Master Chong Lee visiting the USA during the early 70's / Photo by George Anderson

 Coaching Perspective: Grandmaster Chong Lee
April 10th, 2009 by Alex Frakking

GM Chong Lee presents a concept at a
coaching seminar

Grandmaster Chong Lee (9th Dan) Introduced Taekwondo to Canada in 1964.
Since that time he has trained over 300,000 students and has produced nearly two
hundred gold medals in Canadian National Taekwondo Championships, has coached
the national team for over forty years, and has been the Coaching Chairman for
Taekwondo Canada. During an interview in 2008, G.M. Chong Lee discussed
several aspects of athlete development and combat strategy.

In the past few years, Canadian athletes have produced many international medals and
Olympic medals, however many coaches can still further improve in the areas of yearly
planning and physical conditioning such as how to apply strength building during
preparation phase, and how to convert gained strength into power during specific
preparation phase.

So many talented Canadian athletes try hard but are not able to win because they only
focus on repetition of techniques day after day. If all the coaches apply strength training
and how to convert strength into power, they will have more chance to reach their
objectives. I recommend light weight training for beginners with moderate speed of
execution and proper techniques of how to squeeze muscle fibres. However for athletes
who are familiar with heavy weight training, I recommend that 1RM (one-rep max)
power training could benefit them greatly, and enhance their nerve system to employ
more muscle fibres (fast-twitch muscles) throughout execution.

Hypertrophy belongs to some particular sports such as weight lifting, but sports which
require explosive power do not need large bulky muscles; rather they need lean muscles
which are able to contract fast-twitch muscles effectively. Isotonic exercise and plyometric
power training are most efficient ways to convert gained strength into power, and ballistic
power training can develop accelerated power and speed. However, while doing weight
training you have to build the whole body. When building quad, you have to build ham.
If you build only one side of muscles, you will fail to achieve the full potential of the

Also the three energy systems are frequently not given enough consideration. These three
systems (anaerobic alactic, anaerobic lactic, and aerobic) reconstitute the ATP/CP which
is the primary energy for acceleration/speed. Before building a house, you must put down
a foundation. Don’t forget that aerobic endurance exercises are your foundation; if you are
not prepared for aerobic endurance training, you cannot apply the max-anaerobic system.
If other words, if your foundation is weak, your house will fall. However, during anaerobic
training when your athletes are near anaerobic threshold, to avoid going beyond threshold,
athletes must learn to adjust work-effort during the training session.

   GM Chong Lee coaches Evangelos
   Ligeros at the 2004 Pan American
   Championships (Dominican Republic)

It is common that athletes are in well-prepared condition physiologically, but fail to prepare
mentally and psychologically. They have not learned to put themselves in their comfort zone,
in which they control their activation level to the right degree during competition. This is often
more important than physiological preparation. Optimum psychological performance has
become key for success in combat. I strongly recommend that athletes participate in many
competitions as each experience will bring more tactical strategy, such as read and react
(reflection skill), eye sharpness to analyze opponents and detect opponents’ weaknesses,
development of mental domination, and how to break the opponents’ spirit. Mental strategy
does not fall from trees; you have to prepare through yearly preparation and through combat

Athlete and coach are like horse and jockey; the horse knows how to run and the jockey
knows how to manoeuvre. Those two combined have more chance to win. They are a team;
they have to learn to trust each other when the fight is on. The coach and athlete should be
connected and “present” in the very moment. It is a time for them to taste the fruit they have
cultivated previously. If a horse decides to go his or her own way and the jockey forces going
to the other side, it is a lost race. Both have to bring their spirit in tandem.

                                           Source: CombatCanada.ca