Pioneers of Tae Kwon Do in Argentina
Chung Kwang-Duk

                                                     Master Chang Kwang-Duk

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 Chung Kwang-Duk was probably the most outspoken and forthcoming of the pioneers. He used to hammer
nails into wooden panels with the side of his fist, and his students were highly disciplined under his guidance. Chung's
black belts included Vargas, R. Gurtler, F. Pintos, G. Ramisch, R. Saenz and E. Palmisano. During the 1979 split
Master Chung was the only Korean to remain in the ITF. He became the local head of the organization, until local
students of other masters started to become significant to the ITF during the late 80's. Master Chung left to live in the
United Stated during the 90s, where he was graded 8th Dan by Gen. Choi and has only returned to Argentina for
occasional visits. He currently heads the New York-based International Taekwon-Do Society.
Photos and Text Submitted  by Manuel E. Adrogué

   Grand Master Chung Kwang Duk Pioneer of Taekwondo in Argentina is inducted into the Taekwondo Hall
   of Fame.  The Presentation is made by Sr Master Osvaldo Rios Olivero, President of the South American
   Taekwon-Do Federation.  (Friday April 10th, 2009)     Photo (above right) by Master Amos Johnson            

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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