Pioneers of Tae Kwon Do in Argentina
Yang Dae-Chol

                                                         Master Yang Dae-Chol

The official date of introduction of Taekwondo in Argentina is 1967.  It was then that Kim Han-Chang,
Choi Nam-Sung and Chung Kwang-Duk arrived and settled in Buenos Aires. They got into contact with Judo
instructor Norberto Aspera and initially started teaching their "Korean Karate" in Judo academies. In prior times
there had existed other Korean nationals teaching karate, but never developed schools of their own. On the contrary,
these three instructors -who were in their late twenties- reported to the International Taekwondo Federation under
Gen. Choi Hong Hi. A fourth instructor that started teaching around that time is Lee Chong-Seo, who had advanced
ranking in Moo Duk Kwan.

Yang Dae-Chol was a three time national junior Korean champion that arrived by 1970. He was from Ji Do Kwan,
and was very focused into competitive training. He was medium height and very strong, particularly in his legs since
he had also been a speedskater in Korea. In his classes sparring was heavy and intense, and instead of using punches,
students used to slam their palms vigorously into their opponents' chests. His main students were E. Carrillo, R.Burman,
Ciabardelli, O. Alderete (the first female black belt in Argentina), and from 1976 until his retirement in 1979, P. Florindo.
He is semi-retired and lives in San Carlos de Bariloche at the Patagonia. - by Master Manuel E. Adrogué

People and Events in Argentine Taekwomdo
by Master Manuel E. Adrogué

Pioneers of
Taekwomdo in Argentina

Kim Han-Chang
Choi Nam-Sung
Chung Kwang-Duk
Yang Dae-Chol
Lee Chong-Seo

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