General Choi Hong Hi, 10th Dan

Photo of the Founder

Here I leave Tae Kwon Do for mankind as a trace of a man of the late 20th Century. The 24 patterns represent 24 hours a day or all my life."

Tribute to the late Founder

The late General Choi Hong Hi created, developed and introduced the art of Tae Kwon Do in Korea in 1946.

There are 24 patterns or tuls that he created which were named after Korean heroes. Embedded in his reason for the 24 patterns lies a moral philosophy. He asserts that the life of a human being, perhaps a 100 years, in relation to eternity, can also be referred to as one day, 24 hours in relation to the 24 patterns or all of their lives. If this is the case, then why do people enslave themselves in materialism, as if they will live forever, whilst others try to leave behind a good spiritual legacy?


I started Tae Kwon Do in Singapore in 1970 whilst serving with the British Royal Air Force, at a time when Tae Kwon Do was unheard of within Europe, and have trained with several Tae Kwon Do organisations in the UK.

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