Stillorgan Instructors Train with the Founder of Taekwon-Do

Stillorgan Taekwon-Do School's two instructors recently had the rare opportunity to train under the founder of the Korean martial art at a special international instructors course held in Trinity College, Dublin. 

General Choi Hong Hi, 9th degree black belt, founded Taekwon-Do in 1955 and has been the President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) since its inception in 1966.

Local instructors, Floyd Keane and Fiona Lyng, attended the three day seminar which was attended by over 150 enthuasists from all over Europe and as far away as South Africa. 

Keane, a 4th degree black belt, and Lyng, recently promoted to 2nd degree black belt, also trained under General Choi at his last Irish seminar held in 1995.

General Choi, at 81 years of age, travels the world all year round conducting seminars for the ITF's 140 member countries and is continually developing and improving the martial art.  His incredible fitness and agility are a testament to the physical benefits of Taekwon-Do.

The Stillorgan duo also had the chance to meet the founder's son, Master Choi Jung Hwa, 8th degree black belt, who is widely regarded as one of the finest Taekwon-Do exponents in the world.  

(October 1999)

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