Biography of Grand Master Tae Man Kwon

Master Tae M. Kwon
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 1964, 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 published in the book "Hapkido : Traditions, Philosophy, Technique" by Marc Tedeschi. Master Kwon has been featured on the covers of: Inside Karate, Karate Illustrated, and Inside Tae Kwon Do, Plus he has had many articles written about him in: Black Belt Magazine.



Master Kwon's experience instructing young students has earned him an exceptional reputation in the South Bay. He appreciates the needs of young martial artists and seeks to impart to them an understanding of the need for respect, discipline and control in all aspects of life. Master Kwon's love of teaching is evident in the personal attention he gives to each of his students.
Dual Jump KickDual Wrist-grab Flip

Master Kwon has many specialties,
including use of cane and belt, 
as well as all of the standard
Martial Arts weapons