About Grandmaster Kyongwon Ahn

Grandmaster Kyongwon Ahn was born in Seoul, Korea. His training in the martial arts began when he was twelve years old and continued through his residence in Korea. He served an internship with his instructor, Master Chang Bok Lee, as the Master Instructor for the Korean and American armies from 1955 through 1967.

 

He emigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio to begin teaching Taekwondo in August of 1967. In 1971, he founded the United Taekwondo Association (UTA) to help bring reputable martial arts instruction to the U.S.  The goals of the UTA were to promote uniformity and standardization for the martial arts.  In 1967, Grandmaster Ahn began instruction at the University of Cincinnati, where he still serves as an advisor.  He has also taught at Miami University of Ohio and Xavier University.

 

During the 1970's when Taekwondo was beginning its climb to national and international status, Grandmaster Ahn was a member of the founding Board of Directors of the National AAU Taekwondo Committee (which later became the United States Taekwondo Union (USTU)). His work was adopted by the Technical Standardization Committee. From 1986 to the end of 1992, he served as President of the USTU, which is the national governing body for Taekwondo. Grandmaster Ahn, as President of the USTU, lead the United States Olympic Taekwondo teams in 1988 in Seoul, Korea and in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain. He contributed greatly to Taekwondo becoming a full medal sport at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

 

In addition to his other activities, Grandmaster Ahn has served as the Chairman of the Ohio AAU Taekwondo Committee, Acting Chairman of the National AAU Taekwondo Promotion Committee, and head of the United States team at the 3rd World Taekwondo Championships in 1977. As a 9th Dan Grandmaster Instructor, Grandmaster Kyongwon Ahn is licensed and accredited by the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) as a Class 2 International Referee and Master Instructor. He is widely known and respected nationally and internationally as a leading figure in Taekwondo—and as a tireless organizer and a dedicated master teacher.

 

Grandmaster Ahn has trained over 1000 black belts, including some to the level of Master, and over 50,000 students. Many of his students have received national recognition in competition and international recognition for their instructor and refereeing skills.

 

Major Taekwondo Career Accomplishments

 

•1967 – Arrived in Cincinnati, OH to establish the martial arts program at the University of Cincinnati and to provide instruction to the R.O.T.C. students

•1974 – Founding member of the National AAU Committee

•1975 to 1979 – President of the Ohio Taekwondo Association

•1977 – Head of the U.S. National Team at the 3rd World Championships held in Chicago, IL

•1978 – Author of the promotion standards and code of operation for the National AAU Taekwondo Committee

•1980 to 1984 – Vice President of the United States Taekwondo Union

•1985 to 1986 – President-elect of the United States Taekwondo Union

•1986 – Director of the 1st World Cup Taekwondo event held in Colorado Springs, CO

•1986 to 1992 – President of the United States Taekwondo Union

•1987 to 1992 – Executive Board Council member of the World Taekwondo Federation

•1986 to 1992 – Member of the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee

•1988 – Team Leader for the U.S. National Team at the 1st Taekwondo Demonstration at the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea

•1989 to 1992 – Chairman of the Law & Legislation Committee of the World Taekwondo Federation

•1990 – Certified as an International Referee by the World Taekwondo Federation

•1990 – Promoted to 9th Dan by the World Taekwondo Federation / Kukkiwon

•1992 – Team Leader for the U.S. National Team at the 2nd Taekwondo Demonstration at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain

•1992 – Member of the Promotion Committee for the Taekwondo Olympic status

•1992 – Member of the Arbitration Committee for the 1992 Barcelona Taekwondo Olympic Games

•1995 – President of the Ohio State Taekwondo Association•1999 – Founding member of the United States Taekwondo Won

•2001 to 2004 – President of the United States Taekwondo Won

•2008 – 2009 – Member of the Kukkiwon International Advisory Committee

 

Awards

 

•1977 – Award from Dr. Un Yong Kim for Outstanding Contribution to Taekwondo

•1987 – Award from Pan American Games

•1992 – Award from the Barcelona Olympic Games

•1995 – Award from Dr. Un Yong Kim for Outstanding Contribution to Taekwondo

•2002 – National Martial Artist of the Year from the International Tang Soo Do Federation

•2003 – National Sport Merit Award from the Republic of South Korea

 

Achievements

• One of the founding members of the AAU Taekwondo program

• Responsible for establishing the United States Taekwondo Union as the National Governing Body for Olympic Taekwondo

• Lobbyist for Taekwondo as an Olympic Sport

• Initiator for the World Cup Taekwondo event when President of the United States Taekwondo Union

• Founding member of the United States Taekwondo Won

• Has taught Taekwondo from 1957 through 2008

 

1957 to 1967 in Korea

 

1967 to current in the United States

 

Estimated 500,000 students over 51 year period

 

Promoted over 1000 Black Belts

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