FOLLOWING THE PASSING OF GREAT GRANDMASTER JHOON RHEE GM ALLEN STEEN IS RECOGNIZED AS MOST SENIOR MEMBER OF JHOON RHEE TAE KWON DO
MAY 14, 2018 - On April 30th 2018, the Tae Kwon Do world lost a true legend with the passing GM Jhoon Rhee who introduced Tae Kwon Do to the United States in the early 60’s. In addition to creating protective equipment which revolutionized competition, he taught numerous US Congressmen. He also exchanged techniques with Bruce Lee of ENTER THE DRAGON fame who eventually along with Chuck Norris became one of his closest friends. After Jhoon Rhee moved from Texas to Washington DC Allen Steen went on to create a dynasty under his instructor’s guidance that extended from Texas throughout the Southwest during 60's. Almost all practitioners of Tae kwon do in the Southwest are the descendants of GM Steen and by lineage GM Jhoon Rhee. In that sense GM Jhoon Rhee might also be considered to be the "Grandfather of American Taekwondo". In 1964, GM Steen founded the Southwest Karate Black Belt Association, which in 1972 became the American Karate Black Belt Association. A tournament promoter as well as a competitor in the days of "blood & guts" tournaments where broken bones were common place GM Steen stood toe to toe amongst the best including his best friend Chuck Norris and the late Joe Lewis. In 1966 he won the Long Beach International Karate Championships. In 2007 GM Steen received the highest honor in Taekwondo when he was inducted into the OFFICIAL TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME® With the passing of the legendary GM Jhoon Rhee, GM Allen Steen becomes the most senior black belt in the Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do system.
OFFICIAL TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME ® TO HOST CEREMONY IN THAILAND IN 2019
The TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME® which was created in 1997 and attained international trademark status will host an official ceremony in Bangkok Thailand in 2019 and possibly another ceremony South, Korea during he same year. If held in Korea, it will be the third time the Taekwondo Hall of Fame has held its ceremony in the birthplace of Taekwondo. Previous ceremonies were held in 2011 at Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters and Taekwondowon in 2015 when Jidokwan President GM Seung Wan Lee twas inducted. Other ceremonies were held in Croatia, Russia, Iran, Canada and the USA.
Korean personalities inducted in previous ceremonies include General Choi Hong Hi, and Grand Masers Nam Tae Hi, Kim Bok Man Un Yong Kim, Chong Woo Lee, Dong Keun Park, Young Il Kong, Sang Min Cho, Won Sir Kang, Park Jung Tae, Eui Min Ko, Park Sun Jae, Kook Hyun Jung, Ki Whang Kim, and recently departed Jhoon Goo Rhee. See the letter attached from the Chungwon Choue President of the World Taekwondo Federation renamed WT indicating that the Taekwondo Hall of Fame is the "official" Hall of Fame for Taekwondo as well as the letter from Dr. Un Yong Kim the first president of the WTF. The Taekwondo Hall of Fame has more than 100 letters of acknowledgement received from top Masters and Grandmasters from all over the world expressing their thanks for the creation of the official Taekwondo Hall of Fame.
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