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HAN CHA KYO
1934-1996
Born: 1934 in Seoul, SK
 
 

Instructors:
Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi
Grandmaster Son Duk Sung
Grandmaster Um Woon Kyu

There are only a few ninth dan masters in the world, Han Cha Kyo was one of the great ones. Despite his international reputation and world renowned achievements, Master Han remained a humble teacher and could be found most days in the dojang, teaching Chung Do Kwon, traditional Taekwon-Do, to his students. 

Han Cha Kyo, was born in Seoul, South Korea, on July 20, 1934. He was a student of the martial arts for most of his life. In Korea, Han Cha Kyo trained under three masters, including Grand Master Nam Tae Hi, Master Han rose rapidly in the ranks. Together with General Choi, Master Nam and others, Master Han was instrumental in the development of modern Tae Kwon Do as it is practiced through out the world today. He has a wealth of experience as an instructor, administrator and promoter of Tae Kwon Do and health. Throughout his years of service, he continued to revise and refine his ideas about martial arts and health. 
 

Experience  
1950-59:  - Assistant instructor in the 20th 
 - ROK army Division 
 - Head Instructor 4th Military 
 - Defense Corps of Korea 
 - Head Instructor for Education 
 - Division, Korean Armed Force
1955: One of the first martial artist to knock over a bull
1959: All-service Tae Kwon Do Champion
1960-62  Head instructor of U.S.  Military base in Doe Jeon
1963: Head instructor of the Chung Nam Province Military Police
1965:  - Director of ITF Goodwill Mission 
 - Appointed Director of ITF competition by Gen Choi
1966: Advisor to Gen.  Chai Myung Shin, Commanding General of Korea
1967: Military Defense Corps.
1967: Captain of the Demo Team to Japan
1968: Head Instructor of Hong Kong Police force
1969: Organized first International Asian TKD Championship
1970: Appointed Secretary General of Asian TKD Confederation
1971:  - Chief Instructor for the TKD Assoc. Singapore 
 - Immigrated to the United
1971 -96:  - Tae Kwon Do instructor in Chicago,  Illinois 
 - Physical Therapy Programs & Instruction 
 - Handicapped Armed Forces Service Veterans 
 - Children's Memorial Hospital, Handicapped Children 
 - Orchard Village, Mentally Retarded Children 
 - State of Illinois School for the Blind 
 - Round Lake Juvenile Home 
 - Oak Therapy School 
 - Bethany Methodist Hospital, Physical Therapy Seminar 
 - IL Dept. of Rehab services, Physically Disabled 
 - USOC Olympic Training Center, Isotrim and Resistance Training 
 - Cystic Fibrosis, Chicago, Seminars for Physical Therapy 
 - Marionjoy Rehab Ctr.  Seminars for Physical Therapists


 

Civil and Social Activities
 - Chicago Korean Lions Club, Past President 
 - Korean Community Development Services, Exec. Dir. 
 - Korean sports Assoc., Athletic Diretor 
 - Olympic Sports Committee, Past President 
 - Juvenile Youth Department, Advisor 
 - Universal TKD, President, Founde 
 - Operation PUSH, Dir. and Advisor


 

Awards  
1988: Pulitzer Newspaper, Citizen of the Year
1989: IL Park AND Rec. Assoc., Community Service Award
1990: Dept., on aging/Disability, August Christmann Award
1991: United Hellenic Voters of America, Distinguished Service Award