Grandmaster Won Chik Park

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LMRA Taekwondo is a branch school of the Won Park Institute and Grandmaster Won Park tests all students. The Won Park Institute was founded in 1968, in Seoul, South Korea by Grandmaster Won Chik Park. The school was moved to the United States in 1972, where it remained in Detroit, Michigan until 1978, when the school relocated permanently in Fort Worth, Texas. Grandmaster Park started teaching a class at General Dynamics Recreation Area (now LMRA) in 1979 and has had a branch school there ever since. Grandmaster Parks present location, is at 7930 Camp Bowie Blvd West, in west Fort Worth. Won Park Institute hosts the annual Fort Worth International Tae Kwon Do Championship, which is one of the largest competitions in the state. A complete history of Grandmaster Won Park is available on his website at Won Park History

We are very excited to announce that after more than ten years' work, GRANDMASTER: A Story of Struggle, Triumph and Taekwondo, is now complete. Books are available for purchase. You may know some of Grandmaster Park's story--and you may even be in some of the stories told in his book; you may recognize some of the pictures, and remember some of the names, but never before have you seen this remarkable story and its many messages of inspiration woven together with more than 80 photographs from Grandmaster Park's private collection to bring every detail of his spectacular Grandmaster's Journey to life. Click here to buy.




 

1940

May 15, Born in Haeju, Korea.

1954

September 20, Began Taekwondo (Kong Soo Do) Ji Do Kwan Pusan Branch in Pusan, Korea.

1956

Awarded 1st Dan Black Belt by Korean Taekwondo Ji Do Kwan

1958

Awarded 2nd Dan Black Belt by Korean Taekwondo Ji Do Kwan

1958-1961

Instructor and Competitor

1960

Awarded 3rd Dan Black Belt by Korean Taekwondo Ji Do Kwan

1962-1964

Instructor in Korean Army Basic Training School

1963

Awarded 4th Dan Black Belt by Korean Taekwondo Association

1965-1972

Chief Instructor - Headquarters, United State Military Forces - Seoul, Korea

1966

Awarded 5th Dan Black Belt by Korean Taekwondo Association

1968

Awarded Instructor of the Year by Korea Taekwondo Association

1971

Awarded 6th Dan Black Belt by Korean Taekwondo Association

1972

Moved to Detroit, MI. USA & established Won Park Institute of Taekwondo

1973-1974

Chief Instructor FBI - Detroit, Michigan

1976

Awarded 7th Dan Black Belt by Kukiwon - Seoul, Korea

1977

Awarded Citation for 3rd World Championships by World Taekwondo Federation

1977

Samwee Great Award by Grandmaster Chong Woo Lee, President Ji Do Kwan
Association in Korea 

1978

Moved Do Jang to Fort Worth, Texas

1979-1987

Faculty Member, Physical Education Department of Texas Christian University

1981

Awarded Citation by World Taekwondo Federation

1981-1987

Founder and President of Texas State Taekwondo Association

1981-Present

Founder & Director of Fort Worth International Taekwondo Championships

1984

Achievement Award by Texas State Taekwondo Association

1984

Awarded 8th Dan Black Belt by Kukiwon - Seoul, Korea

1985

U. S. Taekwondo Union President's Award for Outstanding Leadership

1986

Established the present day and permanent site of Won Park Institute

1986-1988

Chairman for the National Championships and Tournament Committee USTU

1987

Appreciation award by Texas State Taekwondo Association for 6 years as President
of Texas State Taekwondo Association

1987

Certificate of Acknowledgement by U.S. Taekwondo Union

1988

Letter of Commendation by Kukiwon - Seoul, Korea

1990

Letter of Appreciation by World Taekwondo Federation

1990

Outstanding Leadership Award by U.S. Taekwondo Union

1990

Tournament Director - 10th US Junior Olympic Taekwondo Championships at Tarrant
County Convention Center
, Ft Worth

1992

Special Award by U.S. Taekwondo Union

1993-1998

Member of the Executive Committee, United States Taekwondo Union

1993

Awarded 9th Dan Black Belt by Kukiwon - Seoul, Korea

1993-1998

Chairman of the National Board of Martial Arts of USTU

1993

Head of Texas State Taekwondo Team to the Texas-Mexico International 
Friendship Games in Mexico City, Mexico

1993

Head of U. S. Taekwondo Team - 93 World Games at Hague, Netherlands

1995

Award and Resolution by Commissioners Court of Tarrant County, Texas

1995

Letter of Commendation by Mayor of Fort Worth

1997-2004

Founder and Chairman of Foundation Masters of Taekwondo

2002-2008

President of U.S. Moogunghwa Taekwondo Grandmaster Society

2003-2008

President United States Taekwondo Grandmaster Society

2006-Present

United States Taekwondo Grandmaster Society Museum and Hall of Fame Building Committee Chairman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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