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   TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME ®

®

   
AWARDS CEREMONY AND BANQUET



     
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2007 Ceremony Photos

2009 Ceremony Photos

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  Great Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi
     Receives Taekwondo's Highest Honor

              
           World's most senior Tae kwon do proponent Great Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi (left)
           being inducted into the T
AEKWONDO HALL OF FAM
E ® Presentation made by World
           TaeKwon-do Alliance Executive VP GM Scott
McNeely - Photo by Mark Williams

April 6th, 2007




Major Nam Tae Hi  Chief instructor of the Vietnamese Army in the early 60's is
known as the "Father of Taekwon-Do" in Vietnam - Courtesy of GM Kim Bok Man





 Kim Bok Man
Technical Director


 Joe Corley
Master of Ceremonies

 


Mitchell Bobrow
Hon. .Banquet Chairman


 


George Vitale
Special Advisor

 


Hass Raferty
Special Coordinator

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                                                                                                                             Photo by GM Kim Pyung Soo



Grandmasters Inducted Into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame ®

Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha, Senior V.P.
International Taekwon-do Federation

Grand Master Cho Sang Min
Founder of Taekwondo in Brazil

Grand Master Young ILKong
President World Taekwon-Do Alliance

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GM Rhee Ki Ha
Pioneer of Taekwon-do in
Republic. of Ireland , United Kingdom and Northern Ireland

About GM  Rhee Ki Ha


 
GM Dong Keun Park

6 Time Korea National Champion

About GM DK Park


GM CK Choi, GM Dong Keun Park and GM Sang Min Cho - photo Mark Williams


GM Choi Keun Chang
Won 1st Korean Championship in 1962

About GM CK Choi

               
           
GM Sang Min Cho
Pioneer of TaeKwonDo In Brazil




About GM Sang Min Cho






Grand Master C.K.Choi
Champion of First Korean National Tournament


GM Choi Keun Chang, one of the earliest pioneers of TaeKwon-do is inducted into
the Taekwondo Hall of Fame as Great Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi the most senior living
pioneer applauds.   
Photo by Gentle East.Taekwond
   


General Choi Hong Hi with with Choi Keun Chang (third from left) and members
of the I.T.F. demonstarion team on tour in Malta and other countries in Europe

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GM Kong Young II
President of World Taekwon-Do Alliance
Pioneer of TaeKwon-Do
About GM Kong Young II

http://wtaonline.net/gm-kong.htm

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT


Master John Holloway, Master Ramiro Guzman, GM Dong Keun Park and  GM George Anderson



Allen Steen
"Pioneer of  Tae Kwon Do In Texas"


Allen Steen was recognized for being one of the "Best Fighters
of the '60.s".  In addition to hosting one of the most prestigious
tournaments in the early days, he was responsible for the intro-
duction, developement, and spread of Tae Kwon Do throughout
Texas and the entire South-West Umited States.



Y.J. Chang
"Instructor"

 


 GrandMaster Y.J.Chang

Bernard Kerik pays special tribute to his instructor




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Police Commisioner Bernard Kerrik (ret.) and a very proud Mrs Laura Chang and her boys
Commisioner Kerik studied with Grandmaster Y.J. Chang while stationed in Korea in the '70's




Kim Bok Man played a key role in spreading Taekwon-do
throughout Southeast Asia in the late 50's and 60's.



Performing in Indonesia with Woo Jae Lim in 1968


               with President Ferdinand Marcos at Malacanang Palace in 1970



Jhoon Rhee
"Pioneer of Tae Kwon Do In the US"


 


GM Rhee with Muhammad Ali

 


GM Rhee (back to camera) with  Gen. Choi, Congressmen and Senators



Greatest USA Fighters of the 60's

 
All
en R. Steen, Skipper Mullins, Mitchell Bobrow of Otomix and Joe Corley (Lifetime
Achievement Inductee)
were inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame
®
The historic ceremony
was held Friday April 6th, 2007.  Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee is center. -  
Photo by Mark Williams



Mitchell Bobrow
More on Bobrow




Keynote Speaker GM Jhoon Rhee with Jack and Mitchell Bobrow

                                                                       Photos by Jack Bobrow



  Jeff Smith
Pioneer Full Contact Champion



Bernard Kerik and Jeff Smith

   

   




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


Mike Warren, Fred Absher, Joseph Hayes, Albert Cheeks, Jim Butin and Coach David Kim - Photo by Basilio Falcinelli


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo by Master John Holloway



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


The Royal 1973 Taekwondo Team in Royal Blue
- Photo by Ian  J. CO

L-R  Fred Absher, Albert Cheeks, Mike Warren, David Kim (Coach), Joseph Hayes and Jim Butin




FFred Absher at the 1st World Taekwondo Championships in 1973



       





 PIONEER INSTRUCTORS

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT


Masrter Mounir Ghrawi
i(UAE), GM Jhoon Rhee (USA), Master Roy Washington  (Virgin Islands),
GM Kim Bok Man, (Southeast Asia), and GM Dong Keun Park (Thailand)
) Not Shown GM Cho
Sang Min (Brazil) and Master Benny Rivera (Puerto Rico)    -  
Photo Mark Williamss
        
 

 Master John Holloway, Masrer Ramiro Guzman, GM Dong Keun Park, and Master George
 Anderson.   Not Shown - GM Nam Tae Hi, GM CK Choi, GM Cho Sang Min, GM Yong ll Kong,
 and Master Joe Corley  -  
 
Photo by Mark Williams



Ramiro Guzman
Lifetime Acheivement Award
Mexico's First World Taekwondo Champion



SBN Pilar Leguel, SBN F. Bonsignore, SBN Ramiro Guzman and SR. Ruben Guzman

                                                                                                                               
Photo by SBN Pilar Leguel


                    
Cesar Rodriquez Luna
Mexico / Pioneer Instructor of the Year
2 Time World Championship Silver Medalist - 1982 /'83



TaekMaster Cesar Rodriquez in Iceland




GM Skipper Mullin, GM Jhoon Rhee,
GM Kim Soo & Shihan GaryAlexander

 GM Allen R. Steen, GM Kim Soo and
 GM Skipper Mullins

Master Fred Absher, SBN Pilar Leguel,
GM Kim Soo and SBN Ramiro Guzman
           


GM Kim Soo and GM Chuck Stepan


Mr. & Mrs Rhee & GM Kim Soo


GM Kim Bok Man and GM Kim Soo




Michael Warren
"Legendary Player"

    Like Pele of soccer, Mike Warren is considered by many to be Taekwondo's best
     technical player of all time.  He is the only player to this day to have excelled under
     traditional  point system, PKA full contact, and Olympic style competition rules.
     More on Michael Warren


               


  Mitchell Bobrow and Joe Corley with the mike between them kept the evening running
  smoothly. They were also principal inductees in the historic event.




Standing - Joe Corley, Jeff Smith, Nia Abdallah,Mounir Ghrawi, Sgt Louis Davis, Allen Steen, Arlene Limas, Skipper Mullins, Roy Washington and Mitchell Bobrow.
Seated - Cho Sang Min, Young ll Kong, Jim Butin, Fred Absher, Kim Soo, Joseph Hayes, David Kim, Mike Warren and Rhee Ki Ha   -   Photo by Ian J. CO




 The induction of Ramiro Guzman, Jeff Smith, Jim Butin, Skipper Mullins, Allen Steen, Fred Absher on the same evening contributed
 to transforming a memorable occasion into the most prestigious event in United.States Taekwondo history . - Photo by Pilar Leguel




Nia Abdallah
USA's First Official Female Olympic Medalist

                           

MORE ON NIA ABDALLAH



An evening of world Taekwondo history included the induction of Olympians Arlene Limas and Nia Abdallah.
The
great Arlene Limas exhibited unequaled versatility by devastating her opponents in both traditional karate and Olympic
style Taekwondo events.  She ultimately won a gold medal in the 1988 Olympic Games.  Nia made USA Taekwondo
history by being the first American female to win an official Taekwondo Olympic medal in Athens 2004.


The "Pioneer Champions" of Canada


Ray Nikel and Dawn Lefebrvre


Canada's Dawn Lefebvre, Ray Nikiel, Darrel Henegan and Stan Nikiel



Darrel Henegan
"North American Player"


Canada's most decorated and versatile fighter Darrel Henegan was the first
North American to defeat Korea to win gold in a World Championship

More On Darrel Henegan
About Darrel Henegabn

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Stan Nikiel assisted Chong Soo Lee the "Pioneer of Taekwondo in Canada"
in the fiirst ever Taekwondo demonstration held in Canada. The location was
the magnificnt Korean Pavillion at EXPO67, the World's Fair in Montreal 1967


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  Pioneer Instructor Inductee Benny Rivera, President of the Puerto Rico Taekwon-do
  Federation and Leadership Inductee Dr. Andy Mencia, President of the
United States
  of America National TaeKwon-Do Federation (USANTF)   Photos by Mario J. Liriano



   
   

   
Kim Pyung Soo
Journalist / Historian Award

           
              Full Contact Pioneer Inductee Jeff Smith, Darrell Henegan,  former NYC
                   Police Commisioner Bernard Kerik and Joe Corley
 -  Photos by D. Henegan

         




"Female Player of the Year" Nia Abdallah & "North American
Player of the Year" Darrell Henegan  -  Photo by Darrell Henegen



David Kim
"Coach"


   Master David Kim, Coach of the USA Taekwondo Team that competed in the 1st World Taekwondo
   Championships held in Seoul, Korea in 1973 & Master John Holloway.  Master John Holloway was the
   first competitor to have medaled in an ITF and WTF World championships as well as the first athlete to
   be elected to a Taekwondo NGB (USA) position .  He recently attended 2007 World Taekwondo
   Championships which were held in Beijing. -
photo by Gentle East Taekwondo


Coach David Kim Standing 3rd from right with Silver medal USA Team at the
historic 1973 1st World Taekwondo Championship held in Seoul, Korea. The
trophy is being held by Fred Absher.




 
 
Mike Warren with Joseph Hayes’ former students (L-R)
   Phil Arroyo, Frank Calderon and Angel Valle Jr.
   
 
Mr. & Mrs. Quzandor Headen students of Master George
Somersall (center)

       Master George Somersall (r) relaxing with one of
        his students

Joseph Hayes with his former students Angel Valle Jr.
and Carlos Quinones (center rear)

Master George Somersall, Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee & US
Army Sgt. Louis Davis

Bernard Floyd, Michael  Warren, Joseph  Hayes, Albert
Cheeks, and Alex Emerling.
 
            Master George Somsersall and students


Joseph Hayes (center) with his former students from
(L to R) Frank Calderon, Carlos Quinones, Alex Amerling
and Angel Valle Jr.

                Students of Master George Somersall




Grand Master Mounir Ghrawi
Pioneer Taekwon-do Instructor in Saudi Arabia & UAEP

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.

More on GM Mounir Ghrawi               Photo by Master George Vitale



  with General Choi in 1990

   
Master Gwari who wrote the first book on Taekwon-do in Arabic
language with awards presented to him by General Choi and others

                             More on GM Mounir  Ghrawi




Puerto Rico Team of the Year


GM Rhee Ki Ha with Master Benny Rivera whose students were awarded "Puerto Rico Team of the Year"

                                                                                                                                                         Photo by Master Benny Rivera

Perhaps the most historic photo in the history of Taekwon-do. The early pioneers GM Nam Tae Hi, GM Rhee Ki,, GM CK Choi, GM Young II Kong, GM Kim Soo,
and GM Jhoon Rhee join Mike Warren, Skipper Mullins, Allen Steen, the Great Ramiro Guzman of Mexico and other pioneers, champions and leaders in a celebratory
photo at the Taekwondo Hall of Fame ® Ceremony held April 6th, 2007 in the USA  - photo above by Master Benny Rivera




                                                                                                                                                     
 
           
  photo by David Smith 
                               


US Army Lt Col. Terry Truett assists with the "award of recogniton" given
to Sgt. Louis Davis
Sgt. Davis will serve as technical advisor to the
Taekwondo Hall of Fame ®  .- Photo by Mario
 
Sgt. Davis throws a perfectly timed spimning back kick which catches his
opponnent completely by surprise at the Commanders's Cup Championship
held in Korea in 2005. -  Photo by Sgt Louis Davis




...with Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee

      
 ..at the US-ROK Army Taekwondo Freindship Competition in Korea



Sgt. Louis Davis & World Champion / North American Player of the Year
Darrell Henegan
-  Photo by Darrell Henegan



GM Chuck Stepan
"Journalist"


USA Journalist Chuck Stepan being inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame
as lengendary Taekwon-do pioneer Great Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi looks on
photo by Gentle East Taekwondo



William Sullivan
"Referee"

                                                                                                                                                                                          Photos by Ian J. CO

                        

Jeff Smith
"Full Contact Pioneer"


 During the Earky 70's Jeff Smith distinguished himself as being one of the greatest full contact fighters of all time. In addition
 to defending his full contact world tittle four times, he introduced the world to full contact karate when he soundly defeated
a very capable Karriem Allah in a grueling 11 round match which was seen by millions of viewers world-wide as part of the
1975 Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier "Thrilla in Manilla".   Jeff Smith was also inducted into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as
well as being the recipient of the coveted Bruce Lee Award.   Jeff Smith was inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame
with the presentation being made by his close friend Bernard Kerik, NewYork City Police Commisioner (Retired).
                                                                                                                                     
photo by Gentle East Taekwondo



Sarah Chung
"Malaysia's Legendary Player"


Perhaps the greatest Malaysian player of all time.  From 1980 to 1996 Sarah Chung dominated
the competition in four weight cartegories from bantam to heavweight.  On April 6th, 2007 she
was inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame as "Pioneer Female Player of Malaysia."
Bottom right : Sarah receives the
Ahli-Mangku Negara designation by The Majesty King of Malaysia.









Christopher Canning
1st Recipient
Taekwondo Hall of Fame ®
  "Youth Excellence Award"  
About Christopher Canning





"M-TEAM"
DEMO TEAM OF THE YEAR



             
Taekwondo Hall of  Fame Inductee Master John Holloway with "M-Team"
  
photo by Gentle East Taekwondo
                                                                                             




   Taekwondo Hall of  Fame Inductee Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee with "M-Team"






2007 Ceremony Photos

   

2009 Ceremony Photos

202009 CEREMONY NEWS ARTICLES


1. KOREA - THE KOREA TIMES

 2. ARGENTINA - Osvaldo Ríos Olivero Está en el Salón de la Fama -  SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO

3. ARGENTINA - Ríos Olivero entró en el Salón de la Fama por su destacado liderazgo

P4. MEXICO - Pilar Leguel - Por primera vez, una deportista mexicana entrará al Salón

5. NIGERIA - Another Featther For a Humnble Nigerian - Chika Chukwumerije

6.
CROATIA - Miroslav Brežan i Marijeta Željkovic primljeni u "Kucu slavnih"

7. ICELAND -Sigursteinn Snorrason In Taekwondo Hall of Fame

8. SURINAME - Kevin Fernald krijgt award van Taekwondo Hall of Fame

9. ARGENTINA - Golpe de Fama - Adolfo Villanueva - EL TRIBUNE

10. ICELAND - Sigursteinn og Snorri í Frægðarhöll Taekwondo

211. ARGENTINA - Villanueva forma parte del Salón de la Fama

  12. PERU- Peruano ingresa al Salón de la Fama del Taekwon-do

   13. GERMANY- Sunny Graff  Mitglied in der Hall of  Famee

 14. INDIA - Jimmy Jagtiani The Times of India

15. GERMANY - Sunny Graff in Hall of Fame




Acknowledgements

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Taekwondo Hall of Fame in Wikipedia

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