Chosun Taekwondo Academy hosts Grandmaster Richard Chun memorial


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  • Provided photos More than 70 masters and students gathered on Nov. 18 at the Chosun Taekwondo Academy to mark the first anniversary of the passing of Grandmaster Richard Chun, founder of the United States Taekwondo Association.




  • In keeping with their teacher’s practice of hard, difficult training, the masters and students touched on specific aspects of traditional Taekwondo during the two-hour training session. Basic technique, poomsae or forms, and self-defense skills were all addressed.




— Legendary figures abound today wherever one looks -in sports, in music, in religious and social circles.

In Taekwondo, the traditional martial art and Olympic sport of Korea, one name tends to stand out above all others: Grandmaster Richard Chun, 9th degree black belt and founder of the United States Taekwondo Association.

One of five original pioneers to emigrate from Korea in the 1960s, Chun is legendary for tirelessly promoting the art within the borders of the United States before it became the world’s most popular martial discipline.

On Nov. 15, 2017, Grandmaster Chun passed away.

In an effort to maintain his legacy and pay tribute to his many contributions, members of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy, located at 60 Galloway Road in Warwick, along with four other local schools from the tristate area, gathered on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, to mark the first anniversary of Chun’s passing by hosting the first annual Richard Chun Memorial.

In keeping with their teacher’s practice of hard, difficult training and following a short biographical video, the 72 masters and students in attendance, touched on specific aspects of traditional Taekwondo during the two-hour training session. Basic technique, poomsae or forms, and self-defense skills were all addressed.

“Sadly, nothing will ever bring our dear teacher back," said Chosun owner, Grandmaster Doug Cook, 7th degree black belt, and now president of the United States Taekwondo Association. "More than ever, it is now up to us, his loyal students, to maintain Grandmaster Chun’s legacy by promoting proficiency, authenticity and accuracy in the art he loved so well. And, we wholeheartedly accept this quest.”

For further information on the art of Taekwondo or programs offered by the Chosun Taekwondo Academy and the United States Taekwondo Association, visit www.chosuntkd.com, www.ustaweb.com or call (845) 986-2288.



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