||Master Tae M. Kwon began to study Tae Kwon Do at the age of nine and
three years later switched to Hapkido studying under
Han-Jae Ji, a student of Yong-Sul
Choi, the founder of
Hapkido. Kwon opened his first studio in Inchon, Korea, where he was selected to instruct
U.S. Army personnel.
In 1971, the Korean Hapkido Association bestowed the right of
master instructor on Tae M. Kwon to enable him to teach other masters the finer points of
Hapkido. During that time, Master Kwon earned the right to become the main judge of the
Korean Hapkido Association. And in
1973, Master Kwon received his 9th degree black belt.
In 1973, Master Kwon came to the United States and opened a studio in
South Bay area of California, serving the cities of
Torrance, Palos Verdes, and Redondo Beach.
During that time, he served on the International Hapkido Federation as vice president. He has been practicing Hapkido for
over 50 years and has instructed over 5,000 students of all ages.
An interview with Master Kwon was
recently published in the book "Hapkido
: Traditions, Philosophy, Technique" by Marc
Master Kwon has been featured on the covers of:
- Inside Karate
- Karate Illustrated
- Inside Tae Kwon Do
And has had many articles written about him in: