Grand Master Mounir Ghrawi
Pioneer of Taekwon-do in the Middle East

Grand Master Mounir Ghrawi - 8th Dan
Technical Advisor / Taekwondo Hall of Fame

Special award  received from
General Choi Hong Hi

with Malaysian King Sultan
Mizan & Gen Choi Hong Hi

Early stages of International
Taekwon-do in Syria 1990

w / General Choi Hong Hi

Grand Master Mounir Ghrawi was born in Beirut, Lebanon.

He met GM Jong Soo Park in the Middle East during the Korean Masters tour in the
Mid 60's. In addition to being a student of General Choi Hong Hi he also trained under
Master Kwon Jae Hwa, as well as GM Kim Yong Ho in Paris, while living in Europe.
He was training regularly also under GM Seo Myung Soo who was based in the

His travels to Seoul in South Korea regularly twice a year.  In Seoul he is a member
of Porame Dojang in Kang Nam which still exists till now, and there he had learned under
GM Park Hyun Sup. He trained also in Tekkyon under GM Lee Yong Bok, trained in Kung
Jung Moo Sul under GM Park Man Dong and in Haedong Kumdo under GM Kim Jeong

He is a humble, soft-spoken gentleman with a martial arts backround second-to-none.
In addition to being an 8th Dan in ITF Taekwon-do he also holds an 8th Dan in Hapkido
(under GM Hwang Duk Kyu, in Seoul), a 7th Dan in Shindo Yoshin Ryu (under Sensei Michio
Yamanaka) and a 9th Dan in Japanese Jujutsu (under Ryuho Okuyama,in Japan). He holds 14
'Hiden Makimonos' very rare secret scrolls of various traditional Classical Japanese Schools of
Bujutsu martial arts.

He was the first person to write a book on Taekwondo in Arabic language, and to star on 90
TV episodes about Taekwondo. He has Published 15 books on various Martial Arts.

Named "Pioneer of Taekwon-do in the Middle East" by General Choi Hong Hi the Father of
Taekwon-do, he was awarded the coveted Instructor "Star of Excellence" personally
presented to him by General Choi Hong Hi in 1994.

Grand Master Mounir Ghrawi played a principal role in introducing and spreading Taekwondo
throughout the Middle East primarily in the countries of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates,
Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Bahrain.

In 1987 his student Zeron Saghdejian (llower right) was awarded the first ITF black belt in
Yerevan the capital city of Armenia.  He also introduced ITF Taekwon-do to the French part
of Belgium in the mid seventies.  While living in Belgium he served as instructor to Belgian
Special forces. Grand Master Mounir Ghrawi is one of the few persons recognized by major
martial arts organziations non-affiliated with Taekwon-do.

He was recently inducted into the IMAA Hall of Fame headed by Gary Alexander who himself is
a living legend in North American Karate.  On April 6th 2007 Mounir Ghrawi joined a uniquely
distinguished group of individuals. On that date Taekwon-do pioneers from all parts of the globe
as well Olympic and world champions gathered in the United States to be inducted into the Official
Taekwon-do Hall of Fame.

A partial list of the luminaries who were inducted include Great Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi, Cho
Sang Min, Choi- Keun Chang, Kong Young II, Kong Young-Bo, Kim Bok Man, Jhoon Rhee,
and legendary Korean National Champion Dong Keun Park. Many considered that ceremony to
have been themost prestigious Taekwon-do event in modern times. Grand Master Mounir Ghrawi
was inducted as "Pioneer of Taekwon- Do".

He currently resides in Canada, teaching at the Toronto Police College. He is also assisting
Taekwon-dopioneer GM Jong Soo Park 9th Dan, Vice President of the International
Taekwon-do Federation.

with President Chang Ung
International Taekwon-do Fed.

9th  ITF Congress Pyongyang,
North Korea 1992

Victorious  North Korean Team
Asian ITF Championships 1994

w/ student Zeron Saghdejian

Grand Master Mounir Ghrawi flanked by ITF Vice President Jong Soo Park
and ITF Senior Executive Vice President Rhee Ki Ha.



GM Mounir Ghrawi, Pioneer Taekwon-do Instructor in Saudi Arabia & United Arab Emirates is
inducted into the TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME
® as Great Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi observes.

                                                                                                            Photo by Master George Vitale


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