Senior Master Rhee VIII Dan
ITFA Founder, Chief Instructor & Examiner
The People's Master
The eldest son of First Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha (FGMR) & former Personal Assistant to Founder of Taekwon-Do, General Hoi Hong Hi, Senior Master Rhee (8th Dan) has dedicated his entire life to the art of Taekwon-do.
In July 2010, Senior Master Rhee opened & established the ITFA Headquarters in Sydney, NSW (Australia). Since then, he has opened up several schools across Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Gippsland, New Zealand & Argentina.
A people’s master, Senior Master Rhee, continues to promote & teach ITF-style Taekwon-Do to students across the world, as General Choi Hong Hi intended.
A Brief Timeline of Senior Master Rhee's Taekwon-Do Journey
- 1976: First Grand Master Rhee began teaching his son to punch, block, kick and count in Korean.
- 1977: At age 7, began structured Taekwon-Do classes, under the guidance of UKTA Instructor Mr Paul Kelly 2nd (II) Dan.
- 1988: Promoted to 1st (I) Dan Black Belt and began to assist FGMR teaching at his Academy classes.
- 1989 & 1990: Won Gold medals at National, European and World Championships in Pattern.
- By 1990: Opened up five schools in and around the Glasgow area. Several of these schools are still in operation today under the tutelage of long-serving students, Mr John McMillan 6th (VI) Dan and Mr Ronni Carruthers 3rd (III) Dan.
- 1992, 1993 & 1995: Hosted the Scottish Open National Championships as well as the UK Open.
- 1994: Promoted to 4th (IV) Dan International Instructor at age 24.
- 1995: After receiving advice from General Choi Hong Hi, Senior Master Rhee retired from competitive Taekwon-Do to focus on teaching.
- 1997: Hosted the 4-nations championships (England, Scotland, Wales & England)
- 2000: Now 5th (V) Dan, Senior Master Rhee organised, coordinated and hosted the ITF Millennium Seminars in Leicester, England. The event was conducted by FGMR and Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa, then 7th (VII) Dan Master, son of General Choi Hong Hi (Founder of Taekwon-Do). There were 400 participants in attendance from 12 different countries around the world.
- July 2000 – October 2001: Promoted to Personal Assistant to General Choi Hong Hi. Senior Master Rhee accompanied the General during his European seminars covering five countries.
- September 9th 2009: Promoted to rank and status of 7th (VII) Dan Master. At the age of 39, Senior Master Rhee was the youngest ITF Master in the world at the time.
- 2009 – 2010: Accompanied and assisted FGMR during Taekwon-do seminars in England, Norward, Scotland, Finland, Canada, Australia, China and both North & South Korea. During this time, he also attended the European Championships in Italy as a guest of Honour, alongside FGMR.
- July 9th 2010: Senior Master Rhee relocated to Australia and established the ITFA Headquarters in Sydney NSW with schools throughout the eastern suburbs and an instructor based in Melbourne.
- 2010-2013: ITFA had schools & instructors across Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Gippsland, New Zealand and Argentina.
- 2016: The Golden Jubilee Year of the Formation of the International Taekwon-Do Family (ITF). In recognition for his work in promoting and teaching Taekwon-do internationally & establishing the ITFA Headquarters, Senior Master Rhee was promoted to Senior Master 8th (VIII) Dan at the ITFA Dojang by FGMR.
- 2010 to Present Day:
- Conducted Seminars in 4 of the 7 Australian States, New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada and the UK.
- Developed Virtual Taekwon-do to teach Taekwon-Do to students online across the world.
- During COVID-19, Virtual Taekwon-Do has allowed ITFA to continue to train its students across Australia during strict lockdown periods.
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