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Grandmaster Han Cha Kyo

Han Masters
Han Cha Kyo, Han Min Kyo

Hans with Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson, Han Cha Kyo, Han Min Kyo

GM Han Cha Kyo with Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris, Han Cha Kyo

Tae Kwon Do Times articles
featuring Han Cha Kyo:
November 1992
January 1995

Han Cha Kyo was born in 1934 in Seoul, South Korea.

Grand Master Nam Tae Hi
Grand Master Son Duk Sung
Grand Master Um Woon Kyu


  • Assistant Instructor in the 20th ROK Army Division
  • Head Instructor to 4th Military Defense Corps or Korea
  • Head Instructor for Education Division, Korean Armed Forces
1955 One of the first martial artists to knock over a bull
1959 All-Service Tae Kwon Do Champion
1960-62 Head Instructor of U. S. Military base in Dae Jeon
1963 Head Instructor of the Chung Nam Province Military Police
  • Director of ITF Goodwill Mission
  • Appointed Director of the ITF competition by General Choi
1966-67 Advisor to General Chai Myung Shin,
Commanding General of Korean Military Defense Corps
1967 Captain of the Demonstration Team to Japan
1968 Head Instructor of Hong Kong Police Force
1969 Organized first International Asian TKD Championship
1970 Appointed Secretary General of Asian TKD Confederation
  • Chief Instructor for the TKD Association of Singapore
  • Immigrated to the United States
1971-present Tae Kwon Do instructor in Chicago, Illinois

Physical therapy programs and instruction:

  • Handicapped Armed Forces Services Veterans
  • Children's Memorial Hospital, handicapped children
  • Orchard Village, Mentally Retarded Children
  • State of Illinois School for the Blind
  • Round Lake Juvenile Home
  • Oak Therapy School
  • Bethany Methodist Hospital, physical therapy seminar
  • Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services, physically disabled
  • USOC Olympic Training Center, Isotrim and resistance training
  • Cystic Fibrosis, Chicago, seminars for physical therapists
  • Marionjoy Rehabilitation Center, seminars for physical therapists

Civil and Social Activities

  • Chicago Korean Lions Club, past President
  • Korean Community Developmental Services, Executive Director
  • Korean Sports Association, Athletic Director
  • Olympic Sports Committee, past President
  • Juvenile Youth Department, Advisor
  • Universal Tae Kwon Do Federation, President and Founder
  • Operation PUSH, Director and Advisor

1988 Pulitzer Newspaper, Citizen of the Year
1989 Illinois Parks and Recreation Association, Community Service Award
1990 Department on Aging/Disability, August Christmann Award
1991 United Hellenic Voters of America, Distinguished Service Award

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