Senior Master George Vitale

    Senior Master George Vitale receiving his Doctorate Degree in
    Taekwon-do in 2011 in North Korea.  (Photo KCNA)

with U.N. Secty Genl. Ban Ki Moon at the U.N
in New York City
   with GM Un Kyu Uhm at Kukkiwon
   Seoul, Korea
  with GM Jhoon Rhee,GM Kim Bok Man
  and Master Andy Mencia 

Interviewing Grandmaster Choi Kwang Jo

    with Great Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi at the historic
    Taekwondo Hall of Fame Ceremony held April 6, 2007

with Master Andy Mencia, Instructor Liriano
and GM Rhee Ki Ha

 With former  NYC Police Commisioner
 Bernard Kerik in East Rutherford N.J.

visiting the DMZ in Korea

 with GM Van Bin, highest ranking Vietnamese
(XI Dan) promoted by Gen. Choi Hong Hi

Mrs.Choi Chun Hi (left) wife of the late Gen.Choi Hong Hi is presented with rare copy of
first ever book written by Choi Hong Hi. The historic presentation took place during the
XVI World Taekwon-Do (ITF) Championships held in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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Inducted into the Official Taekwondo Hall of  Fame (Lifetime Acheivement Award)
in the ceremony held in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA on April 10, 2009

Special Advisor & Member of  Organizing Committee for Inaugural Taekwondo Hall of Fame
Ceremony held April 6th, 2007.  Inductees included Great GM Nam Tae Hi, GM Rhee Ki Ha,
GM Kim Bok Man, GM Cho Sang Min, GM Chang Keun Choi,, GM Kong Young II, GM-
Park Dong Keun, and GM Jhoon Rhee.

Trained, studied, taught & promoted Taekwon-Do in over 30 countries around
the world, including Cuba, South & North Korea

Attended several International Instructor Courses, including 1 that was 2 weeks
duration, 2 that were 1 week long & numerous other seminars taught by General Choi Hong Hi

Represented the USA at several World Congress Meetings & attended various World Champ-
ionships & International Tournaments, acting as both Head & Assistant Coach for the US Team

Completed several Academic Education Science classes in the Methods of Instruction in order
to enhance my ability to share Taekwon-Do with others

Retired from the NY State Police in 2005, after 24 years of service in order to teach full time &
work on Taekwon-Do research, for a full length feature documentary on Taekwon-Do history,
interviewing several pioneering Grandmasters & other pivotal figures

Current & past member of the AAU, past member of the USTU

Graduated with a Master of Arts Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Feb. of
1997, after completing 5 extensive research papers and 2 theses on Martial Arts and Juvenile

Taught & promoted countless students to Black Belt

Expanded the Original Taekwon-Do School & moved to its present location in 1994

Assisted with the filming and editing of Official I.T.F. Training Tapes in 1991

Appointed Vice President of the USTF, the National Governing Body of the ITF in 1991

Officiated at the World Championships in Montreal, Canada in August of 1990, later providing
color commentary and technical analysis for ESPY-TV for the Martial Arts World Television
Program on the Madison Square Garden Network

Opened the Original Taekwon-Do School in May of 1990

Produced, Directed and Starred in Taekwon-Do: A Way To A Better Life, broadcasted on
Channel 24 of Staten Island, NY Cable TV, debuting on November 15, 1989

Head of the U.S.A. Delegation to the 13th World Festival of Youth and Students, held in
Pyongyang, the Capital City of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the first time students
ever competed in north Korea. This historic trip took place during an event attended by more than
30,000 people from 180 Countries.

Presented with numerous Appreciation & Recognition awards for important contributions to
Taekwon-Do by the USTF, TKD Times & others

Established the Original Taekwon-Do Club as the primary contact and training center for the
TF/USTF in the NY Metropolitan Area in May of 1988, continuing to present

Represented the USA at the ITF World Congress Meeting and Press Conference, nominated
by General Choi Hong Hi to the position of Director of the ITF & was unanimously approved
by the Congress on April 7, 1988

Goodwill Tour of Yugoslavia with the National Teams of the USA & Yugoslavia, starting with
a Team Match in Zagreb, marking the 20th Year Anniversary of Taekwon-Do in Yugoslavia on
April 12, 1988

Certified as an International Instructor/Examiner, # 404, with the ability to teach and test students
worldwide, a Class "A" International Umpire # 380A & Class "B" National Umpire # 270B by\
the I.T.F. on July 26, 1987

Interviewed and filmed General Choi, Hong Hi for Winner Magazine, at his home in Mississagua,
Canada during December of 1986

Founded the Original Taekwon-Do Club - ITF Main Gymnasium #311 and USTF Branch # 16,
along with 16 other Black Belts during August of 1986

Promoted to IV Dan by the USTF #3200, on August 23, 1986

Trained under General Choi, Hong Hi for the first time, at a Seminar he conducted in Houston,
TX from July 17th to the 21st, 1986

Enrolled as a Lifetime Member of the ITF #3200 in January of 1986

Named Vice President of Kim's Taekwon-Do School in December of 1986

Demonstrated Taekwon-Do on the Harry Lipsig Manhattan, NY TV Show in 1984

Met General Choi, Hong Hi, IX Dan, a principal founder of Taekwon-Do and President of the I.T.F.
and officiated at the General Choi's Cup held in Bergenfield, NJ in November of 1984

Head Coach for the NYC Taekwon-Do Team to the AAU Junior Olympic Games held in
Jacksonville, FL during August of 1984

Designated Zone Defensive Tactics Instructor for the NYS Police in 1983

Enrolled as a Lifetime Member #3200 of the United States Taekwon-Do Federation, the National
Governing Body for the ITF on July 25, 1982

Graduated from the New York State Police Academy in Albany, NY after completing 6 months
of extensive training, which included defensive tactics and physical fitness training in March of 1982

Sworn in as a NY State Trooper by Gov. Hugh Carey on October 19, 1981

Promoted to I Dan Black Belt by Master Kim Kwang Sung and Master Kwon Jae Hwa, the
Pioneer of Taekwon-Do in Germany on July 22, 1977 and Certified by the I.T.F. # A-1-2654
and named Assistant Instructor at Kim's Taekwon-Do School

Started training in Taekwon-Do, The Korean Art of Self Defense in the early 1970s, at
International Taekwon-Do Federation Main Gymnasium # 21, in Brooklyn, NY, under
Kim, Kwang Sung, a VII Dan Master Instructor, who was Certified by the ITF, which was the
1st & the oldest worldwide Governing Body of Taekwon-Do

with Master Andy Mencia in North Korea

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