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Grandmaster Cho


Grandmaster Myong-Koo Cho The Father of Cho's Taekwondo Academy II.


Grandmaster Myong-Koo Cho started Taekwondo training in Seoul Korea in 1955 under the instruction of Grandmaster Nam Suk Lee, then the president of Chang Moo Kwan, an official World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) TaeKwonDo school. Grandmaster Cho's formal training lasted over ten years after which he was personally qualified by Grandmaster Lee as an Official WTF International Instructor.  Grandmaster Cho served as an Instructor to both Korean civilians and the US soldiers stationed in Seoul Korea for over seven years. During this period, he trained numerous US soldiers in the art of TaeKwonDo in order to prepare them physically and mentally for any potential combat situation. Grandmaster Cho also participated in numerous demonstrations and exhibitions in Korea in order to promote TaeKwonDo. One such notable exhibition is Grandmaster Cho's participation in General Choi's TaeKwonDo book, A Text Book For Beginning And Advanced Students, where he demonstrates some self-defense techniques. This text book can be considered as the TaeKwonDo "Bible" that many instructors refer to.

In an attempt to promote TaeKwonDo throughout the world, the WTF selected its top fighters and instructors, and placed trhem all over the world. Consequentially, Grandmaster Cho was placed in Curacao, The Netherlands Antilles in order to promote the art of TaeKwonDo throughout the Caribbean area. In fact Curacao was selected by the WTF as the headquarters of TaeKwonDo in the Caribbean area, with Grandmaster Cho acting as its chairman.

Grandmaster Cho taught TaeKwonDo on the island of Curacao for over fifteen years. During period, he generated over 1000 highly skilled black belts fighters and artist, whereby the majority of his black belt students remained with him throughout his stay in Curacao. Grandmaster Wever now living in the USA is still operating his school under Grandmaster Cho's honor and is still being guided by him. Grandmaster Cho also trained the local police force in unarmed combat, per request of the government officials. Moreover, Grandmaster Cho conducted specialized woman's self-defense classes in order to provide women with simple and effective self-defense techniques against potential rapes and other attacks. Finally Grandmaster Cho also served as the head coach of the Netherlands Antilles World Games, World TaeKwonDo championship, and the PanAmerican Competition Teams for fifteen years. 

Throughout his stay in Curacao, Grandmaster Cho has been and continues to be an authority and revert expert in the art of TaeKwonDo.  A few short , throughout hard work and dedication, Grandmaster Cho managed to promote TaeKwonDo as the most popular and respected martial art in the Netherlands Antilles. His effort and prominence reached as far as Surinam, where Grandmaster Cho was requested to serve as the official Promotion Test Examiner of Surinam TaeKwonDo students. Today Grandmaster Cho continues to act as the honorary Promotion Test Examiner and Grandmaster Instructor to the Cho's TaeKwonDo Academy II/USA Universal Martial Arts practitioners and instructors.

Grandmaster Cho immigrated to the United States in order to provide his children with better educational opportunities, and established the Cho's TaeKwonDo Academy in Roslindale, MA in September 1987 as his first school here in the United states. He has instructed men and women, and children of all ages with the same vigor and quality, for over six years at the Roslindale Academy. During this time Grandmaster Cho has produced numerous number of skill full black belts and has successfully trained many students for the local Massachusetts TaeKwonDo tournament, placing the majority in the first and second places. Furthermore Grandmaster Cho and his work in Roslindale Academy have attained applauding news coverage in several editions of the Parkway Transcript and the Newton graphic, news papers covering the Roslindale Dedham and Newton communities.

By now, Grand master Cho have over Fifty years of experience in the art of TaeKwonDo. He has obtained several commendations and letter of recommendation from the WTF, the Curacao TaeKwonDo Association and the Curacao government for his work and dedication to the advancement of TaeKwonDo. Grandmaster Cho is one of the few original authentic, and professional international instructors who has played an integral role in the advancement and promotion of the art of TaeKwonDo, as set forth by the WTF. Today Grand master Cho is enjoying a well deserve retirement in Orlando Florida.