Biography of Grand Master Chun Dr. Richard Chun is the Chairman and Executive Director of the Association. He is a 9th Dan International Grand Master Instructor of Taekwondo and a member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame. In 2004, Dr. Chun was added to the Taekwondo Times Hall of Fame by Taekwondo Times Magazine.
A graduate of Yon Sei University in Seoul in 1957, he organized and served as a team captain of the Taekwondo Club. Immigrating to the United States in 1962, he earned an M.B.A. in marketing and a Ph.D. in education. He is a retired Professor of Health and Physical Education at Hunter College, City University of New York. Dr. Chun has been teaching Taekwondo at his center In New York for four decades.
He was instrumental in organizing the Annual Universal Taekwondo Championships in the 1960’s. He was appointed head coach of the U.S.A. Taekwondo team in 1973 for the first World Taekwondo Championships in Seoul. The U.S.A. Team placed second after Korea. He has traveled and lectured extensively at local Taekwondo schools around the country as well as made appearances on TV talk shows. He went on to establish the United States Taekwondo Association in 1980 and has served as its President as well as assisted in the organization of Taekwondo as an event in the 1988 Olympics. Dr. Chun has since served as Senior International Referee for championships and the Olympics. In the fall of 1985, Dr. Chun was appointed as a Special Assistant to the President of the World Taekwondo Federation, Dr. Un Yong Kim. He continues to train senior black belts around the world. Dr. Chun was inducted to the Black Belt Hall of Fame by Black Belt Magazine in 1979 and in 2004, he was inducted Taekwondo Times Hall of Fame by Taekwondo Times Magazine.
He is the author of several important books on Taekwondo and the martial arts, all of which have been translated into several foreign languages. The Association uses the texts of Grandmaster Chun as a guideline in assessing and instructing its members. Grandmaster Chun manages the Association with the help of an advisory committee.
Dr. Chun has also been a member of the Lions Clubs International for over forty years, where he has served as District Governor. He is married with two children.
United States Taekwondo Association
Our Mission:Promoting Excellence in An Ancient and Evolving Art. The United States Taekwondo Association is a non-profit professional organization devoted to the development and progression of Taekwondo both as an art and a sport. The USTA provides professional guidance in setting up and managing national standards of practice and competition, providing training, testing, and accreditation for both individual members and school members. It is an active member of the World Taekwondo Federation, the prime force in getting Taekwondo recognized as an Olympic sport by the International Olympic Committee.
About the USTA:It Is the Goal of the USTA to Promote Excellence In the Learning, Practice, and Teaching of Taekwondo and the Martial Arts. The United States Taekwondo Association will help organize curricula for schools and clubs and help instructors plan and implement their programs and schools more effectively. It will also aid in the application of the World Taekwondo Federation guidelines and standards.
The Association maintains a National Registry of individual and group members at its Headquarters in New York. It provides identification certificates for individuals and provides membership certificates suitable for framing to schools and clubs. It conducts seminars on how to set up and manage courses, assists with special training for masters and instructors towards higher Dan levels, helps organize local tournaments, and provides testing and accreditation of black belts and color belts. Direct testing is provided by Headquarters and through member schools under the supervision of Headquarters. In addition, the Association provides membership materials, newsletters, discounts on merchandise, and group insurance at very favorable rates.
The USTA maintains a National Headquarters in New York City which manages all administrative matters. The Headquarters also serves as a training center for its members. There are regional headquarters on the East Coast, Midwest, South, and West Coast. State offices may be established if they are appropriate. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands come under the jurisdiction of the East Coast headquarters, and are classified as if they were states. Foreign associate members come under the jurisdiction of the National Headquarters in New York City.
Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan
Scott S. DiSpirito (4TH DAN BLACK BELT)
I began my martial arts training in May of 1978 while I was in the United States Air Force, stationed in Okinawa, Japan. The first style I studied was traditional Shotokan Karate. I trained in the Shotokan style for two years. I was introduced to Ho-nan Shaolin Kung-Fu shortly after that and studied that art for about a year. Upon returning to the United States and after 2 more years of searching I found Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan in the spring of 1987. Upon meeting Grand Master Richard Chun From New York City and talking with master Fred Kouefati I knew this was the home for me. I began training shortly after our meeting and seven years later on June 17th 1994 I received my first dan certification through Kukkiwon Headquarters in South Korea. Another two more years of training and I earned my second Dan, then my third dan in Moo Duk Kwan Tae kwon do, and as of February 7, 2015 I am now a 4th Dan. I have competed in tournaments all over the country, both full contact, point system and Poomsae. I have also trained with Master YB Choi of New Brunswick, NJ, Master YK Kim of Allentown PA, Master S Henry Cho, of New York City, Master Mark Williams of West Orange, NJ and most recently with Master Michael Osbourne of King Tiger Taekwondo in Leland, NC. I met Mr. Sawhill about 3 years ago while I was working on Judges road complex. We talked and he invited me to train with him. The rest is, as they say, "is history". I plan on training and instructing at New Heights Taekwondo Academy for many years to come.
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PROMOTING EXCELLENCE IN AN ANCIENT AND LIFETIME EVOLVING ART.
OUR GOAL: TO PROMOTE TRADITIONAL VALUES AND EXCEPTIONAL LEARNING SKILLS, MENTAL DEVELOPMENT, GREAT CHARACTER TRAITS, DEDICATION, COMPASSION, HONOR, RESPECT, DIGNITY, SYMPATHY, KINDNESS, COMMITMENT, AND ABOVE ALL THE PRACTICE AND REFINING OF AN ART THAT IS 2000 YEARS OLD THROUGH TRADITIONAL INSTRUCTION, AND TRUE REFINEMENT OF THE MARTIAL ART OF TAEKWONDO AS A WHOLE.
"IF YOU KNOW YOUR OPPONENT AND YOURSELF, THEN IN A HUNDRED BATTLES YOU WILL ALWAYS WIN, BUT IF YOU KNOW YOURSELF, YOU WILL WIN HALF THE TIME, AND LOSE HALF THE TIME, IF YOU KNOW NEITHER YOURSELF OR YOUR OPPONENT THEN YOU WILL NEVER WIN."
~GRANDMASTER RICHARD CHUN 9TH DAN RECOGNIZED WORLD WIDE BY THE WTF, ITF, USTA, AND EVERY MAJOR ORGANIZATION AFFILIATED WITH KUKKIWON HEADQUARTERS IN SEOUL KOREA.
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