The Greats of Tae Kwon Do

Joseph Sanderson Hayes
Captain / Team USA
First World Taekwondo Championships
Seoul Korea - 1973

Bronze Medal won by Joseph Hayes and Silver Medal won by Team USA
at the
First World Taekwondo Championships held in Seoul, Korea in 1973
(photo by Amos Johnson)

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"Joe Hayes shook the world!" were the remarks of  TKD Hall of Fame Advisor
and leading authority on the subject Grand Master Henry Cho as he reflected on
the skills of the legendary Joseph Hayes.  In addition to serving as Captain of the
USA Team which placed 2nd in the 1st World Taekwondo Championships held
in Korea in 1973, Joe Hayes dominated the competition throughout the North
American continent during the 60's and 70's. While his trademark reverse punch was
unstoppable, his multiple aerial kicks during fighting were both spectacular and devastating.
During the 70's a major television program aired a slow motion clip of Joe Hayes in mid-flight
spinning  alongside a  comparison clip of the legendary ballet dancer Rudolph Nureiev, also
in mid-flight. Admired by the late Bruce Lee, Joe Hayes' skills resulted in his being inducted
into the very prestigiuos 1972 Black Belt Hall of Fame.  Joe Hayes is a man who received
admiration not only the top  players but from the legendary Bruce Lee as well.  (Below)

1973 USA Taekwondo Team
Silver Medalists
1st World Taekwondo Championships - Seoul Korea

Mike Warren, Fred Absher, Captain Joseph Hayes, Albert Cheeks, Jim Butin & Coach David Kim

               Photo by Master John Holloway

1973 USA Team entering the Kukkiwon at 1st World Taekwondo Championships

Joe  Hayes (far left)  led  a stellar USA Team at the historic USA vs Canada "Battle of the Champions"  in the mid 70's


In ths never before published photograph Bruce Lee a close friend and admirer of Joe Hayes congratulates Joe after yet
another victorious day for Hayes in competition held in Wash D.C. Circa 1969 -
    Photo Courtesy of Rafael Rodriguez