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Here you will find visual artifacts from the long and glorious history
of Tae kwon do - "World's Greatest Martial Art and Global Sport."


North Korean Government Awards presented to Ambassador Choi Hong Hi
(Visual artifact donated by George Vitale)


Kicking pad used by Grand Master Duk Sung Son and students
( info including pad dimensions to follow)
(Visual artifact donated by Bob Heckman 6th Dan)


   Eight (8) of the nine (9) original passports issued to GrandMaster Bok Man Kim who is consid-
    ered by many persons outside of the USA to be to founder of Taekwon-do is South East Asia.
    It was revealed recentlty that Kim Bok Man is actaully the Technical founder of  Taekwon-do.
    He personally provided General Choi Hong Hi guidance on the techniques which appeared in
    the General's first book.  He introduced Taekwondo to nearly every country in South East Asia.
    He created his own style called Chun Kuhn Do which means "The Complete Wellness Art" .
    He will soon release a five (5) volume set on his art.  - Visual artifact donated by Bok Man Kim



Award presented to Grand Master C.K. Choi in 2008
(Visual artifact courtesy of Krystyna Sargent B.A. (Hons)



Fist of  GrandMaster Ki Ha Rhee with the first ever 9th Degree ring presented
to a Grandmaster. This magnificent ring was given to G/M Ki Ha Rhee in 1997.

General Choi Hong Hi referred to G/M Ki Ha Rhee as being "his best student."
     (Visual artifact was photographed on 6-4-06 by Gerard Robbins)



Grand Champion plaque won by Mitchell Bobrow at Henry Cho's All American Open
Karate Championsips held at Madison Square Garden (New York City) on February
22, 1969.  At that time the "All American Open" was the largest tournament on the
East Coast and one of the most prestigious competitions held  in North America. In
1969 Bobrow bested Chuck    (Visual artifact by Mitchell Bobrow)



Grand Champion plaque won by  George Thanos at Henry Cho's All American Open
Karate Championsips held at Madison Square Garden (New York City) on March 8th,
1975.   One of  sport karate's most memorable bouts was George Thanos vs Joe Lewis
during the early years of sport karate..  Thanos at only 17 years old dominted the
entire match with Lewis who at that time was one of of America's greatest  fighters.
( Visual artifact by George Thanos)


Individual Bronze medal won by USA's Albert Cheeks
and team Silver medal won by USA at the First World
Taekwondo Champions held in Seoul, Korea in 1973
(Visual artifact donated by Amos Johnson)


Trophy won by Ramiro Guzman of Mexico at the Full Contact
World Championships in 1976
(Visual artifact donated by Ramiro Guzman)


Hogu chest protector, belt and 1988 Olympic Bronze Medal
won by Manuel Jurado of Mexico
(Visual artifact donated by Manuel Jurado)


1st Place Awards (4th Degree Patterns Division)
1992 8th World Taekwon-do Championships, Pyongyang
Presented to Alain Dumain of Canada
(Visual artifact donated by Master Alain Dumain)



1st Place trophy won by the Canadian Team at the 1st Canada National
  Tae Kwon Do Open Championships which were held in Toronto in 1972.
(Visual artifact donated by Master Mounir Ghrawi)


Awards won by Master Michael Vasquez
First USA male to win a gold medal in the KUKKIWON
14th Annual Foreigners' and Women's Taekwondo Championships 1983
(Visual artifact donated by Master Michael Vasquez)


Silver medal won by Ninous Tuman of Iran
1978 3rd Asian Taekwondo Championships, Hong Kong
(Visual artifact donated by Ninous Tuman)

Team Head

Chung, Moon Gil


Official Pennant of  the Iran National Team
1978 3rd Asian Taekwondo Championships, Hong Kong
(Visual artifact donated by Ninous Tuman)


Medals awarded to SEO Byung Hyun, who was inducted into the Korea
Amatuer Sports Assocation Hall of Fame in 1965. SEO Byung Hyun was
the 2nd Korean Taekwondo player inducted following Ahn Dae Sup
(Visual artifact donated by Seo Byung Hyun)


Medals won by PARK Dong Keun. He was inducted into the
Korea Amatuer Sports Assocation Hall of Fame in 1966.  He
served as captain of the Korean National Team and retired
from competition undefeated in over 200 matches
(Visual artifact donated by Gerard Robbins)


World Medals of Cesar Rodriguez Luna of Mexico
(Visual artifact donated by Cesar Rodriguez Luna)


Medals won by Sarah Chung, Malaysia's greatest female fighter.
(Visual artifact donated by Sarah Chung)

                                          Marcia Hall
              America's "First Lady of Taekwondo"



                           Medals won by Marcia Hall
                         The r Gold Medal was won in the 1978 Pre-World Taekwondo Games at the KUKKIWON


 Medals won by Pradipta Kumar Roy of India
(Visual artifact donated by Roy's Taekwomdo Academy)
More on Pardipta Kumar Roy


 Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh congratulates Pradipta
 Kumar Roy and Ruma Roy Chowdhury at his residence shortly after their returnto
 India from the United States.  The historic meeting took place on June 13, 2009.

  See  News Artickle


 Medals won by Ruma Roy Chowdhury of India
(Visual artifact donated by Roy's Taekwobndo Academy
More on Ruma Roy Chowdhury


 Medals won by Jong Chul Lee include the 1973 "Selection Tournament
 for Best Player" - 1st Place.and Presidential Flag Champs  1975, 1976,
 & 1977 - 1st Place.  (Visual artifact donated by Master Jong Chul Lee)


  1972 1st National Costa Rica Taekwondo Championship trophy (center),
  Bronze medal won at 2nd World TKD Championships (in front of trophy)
  and other awards won by Alejandro Chacon Zumbada of Costa Rica
                  (Visual artifact donated by Alejandro Zumbada Chacon)


  A few of the medals won by Aldo Barrientos Gonzales of Peru.
  Clockwise from bottom: South American (bronze), Pan American
  (gold), Pan American(bronze), Bolivian Championhips (gold),
  and center: South American Championships (gold).
            (Visual artifact donated by Aldo Barrientes Gonzales)


Award presented to Master Mike Warren / USA
at Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame ® Ceremony
(Visual artifact donated by GentleEast.com)


  Medals won by Annastasia Osudia of Nigeria
 (Visual artifact donated by  Ibrahim Yahuza)


  Medals won by Katya Solovey / Ukraine
 (Visual artifact donated by Oleg Solovey)


  Medals won by Darrell Henigan - Canada
 (Visual artifact donated by Darrell Henigan)


                           Medals won by Gerard Robbins who was the first to win gold medalsin poomsae (forms) and kyorugi (sparring ) at the 1st National
                                   AAU Taekwondo Championships - New Haven, Conn. U.S.A .1975     
(Visual artifact courtesy Taekwondo Hall of  Fame)

First Official USA AAU National Taekwondo Team at 2nd World Taekwondo Championship Kukiwon Seoul Korea 1075
Seated Left to Right William Felton, Gerard Robbins, Dennis Robinson, Terrance Watson, Frank Rodrigue
z (appointed),
Gary Mule, Clark Murphy, Robert Phillips (Captain) , and John Holloway (alternate).  (Photo Courtesy of Kyung Min)


  Silver Cup presented to Kim Bok Man from
  the British Association For The Advancement
  of Taekwondo
. A little known fact is that Kim Bok
  Man is the technical founder of  Taekwon-do having
  encouraged Gen. Choi Hong Hi to form and spread
  the I.T.F. throughout South East Asia and Europe.
  Visual artifact donated by Kim Bok Man)


         ITF Star presented to Mounir Ghrawi
         by General Choi Hong Hi in 1994
            (Visual artifact by Master Mounir Ghrawi)


Taekwondo Vase awarded to Mounir Ghrawi
in Pyong Yang / North Korea(in 1989), by the
DPR Korea Taekwondo Association. This '
Traditional Korean Ceramic Vase' is actually
hand made with gold Taekwondo drawings.
It is truly a unique piece of Art.
(Visual artifact donated by Mounir Ghrawi)


   Awarded by World Indonesian Record Museum for founding "Tae Kwon X "
   (Taekwondo With Music), the first time ever performed  in Indonesia.
    (Visual artifact donated by Riki Jaw)