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Taekwondo Grand Master Jhoon Rhee Dies at 86

Master Jack Bobrow, Grand Master Jhoon Rhee, Master Mitchell Bobrow

Master Jack Bobrow, Grand Master Jhoon Rhee, Master Mitchell Bobrow Inaugural Taekwondo Hall of Fame Ceremony 2007

Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, the man known as the “Father of American Taekwondo,” died Monday morning after a long illness.

Jhoon Rhee was a 10th-degree black belt credited with popularizing taekwondo in the United States, after emigrating from Korea in the 1950s. He opened his first taekwondo school in Washington, D.C., in 1962. Produced the National Karate Championship which was one of the most prestigious titles in Martial Arts since 1964. By the 1980s, Rhee had 11 schools in the Washington area. Rhee was the keynote speaker at the first Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame ceremony which was held in 2007.

Chun Rhee said funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized. He said information about a memorial service will be posted later this week.

Young Master Jhoon Rhee top photo 3rd from left.

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