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United States
Taekwondo Won, Inc.

3501 MacCorkle Ave. Ste 127
Charleston, WV 25304-1419

(865) 399-1912

The following articles appeared in the Taekwondo World Journal, a publication of the Korean American Journal (note that the tentative name, "U.S. Taekwondo Moo Do Won", as used in the following articles has since been changed to United States Taekwondo Won)

  • "Taekwondo Revival"  January, 2000

    (Huntsville, Alabama) A campaign aimed at reviving Taekwondo as a martial art, a great task for Taekwondo practitioners in the United States, especially at a time when the 21st century is just around the corner, has been kicked off, paving the way for creating a "Moodowon" Foundation.

    Six leading Taekwondo practitioners in the United States who had shared among themselves the necessity to reestablish Taekwondo as a martial art and had held a meeting to promote an organization they tentatively called the "American Taekwondo Moodowon Foundation," held a meeting towards the end of November in Huntsville, Alabama to discuss the details of a General Meeting they plan to hold in March in Las Vegas to officially inaugurate the foundation.

    Those present at the meeting made it known that they could not allow themselves to do nothing while Taekwondo goes off track and said that they felt it necessary to reestablish the status of Taekwondo as a martial art and promote it in the United States.

    Taekwondo as a martial art not only sets standards for modus vivendi and promotes health for those practicing it but also puts stress on their character-building. These features of Taekwondo, they said, should be taken as principles absolutely necessary to maintaining order at home and in society in the United States.

    This being the case, they said, they had agreed to exert their best efforts to get Taekwondo rightly understood and spread in all walks of life in the United States. By doing so, they also said they would get the people's respect for being very instrumental in helping order maintained at homes and in communities throughout the United States.

    They further said that the initial fund-raising target for the creation of the foundation had been met and the foundation's legal advisor attending the meeting said that he had completed procedures to get the foundation registered with the U.S. government as a non-profit organization.

    When the foundation is established and Taekwondo leaders are united around it, they said this would serve as a condition favorable to revitalizing their dojang (Taekwondo school or institute) business and to promoting their status and interests as well.

    Saying that the foundation, when created, would open its door to all the Taekwondo practitioners regardless of their denominations and regions, the promoters said that they are expecting fellow practitioners' encouragement and support for the great cause they are committed to, the reestablishment of the status of Taekwondo.

    Those attending the meeting were: Kang, Sok-Ho from West Virginia; Kim, Il-Ho from Alabama; Park, Chan-Hak from Virginia; Ahn, Kyong-Won from Ohio; Oh, Myung-Kun from Florida; and Lee, Moo-Yong from Connecticut.

    It was decided at the meeting that Kim (Grandmaster of U.S. Chongdogwan) will serve as acting Chairman, Park (Chairman, Koreans Society, Norfolk, Virginia) as Treasurer, and Lee as Secretary General.

  • "U.S. Taekwondo Moodowon Established"  July, 1999

    (Tampa, Florida) "U.S. Taekwondo Moo Do Won" is established in Tampa and is attracting a lot of attention from the Taekwondo society in the U.S. On May 16th in Tampa, Florida, a few leaders in the Taekwondo community got together and established the U.S. Taekwondo Moo Do Won to raise better students.

    They all agreed that these days, too many students are forgetting the basics of Taekwondo and are concentrating on winning a tournament or to show off. They hope this will teach the very basics of Taekwondo, which are respect and courtesy.

    Without these two basic necessities, students cannot learn the real meaning behind Taekwondo.

    They are waiting for those who share the same interest to join them, and they are hoping that there are more of them out there. Those who participated in the establishment ceremony are as follows: Sok Ho Kang, Chan Hak Park, Kyong Won Ahn, Myung Kun Oh, and Moo Yong Lee.