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Taekwondo means the way of the hand and the foot.  Although the term taekwondo was not adopted until 1955, the roots of this ancient martial art go back centuries.  The Korean General Hong Hi Choi is credited with standardizing taekwondo following the Japanese occupation of Korea.  It was in 1968 that General Choi met Eternal Grandmaster Haeng Ung Lee and over a period of four days and three nights taught him the first 16 Cheon-jee forms.  The following year, the American Taekwondo Association was founded in Omaha, Nebraska by Eternal Grandmaster.

Eternal Grandmaster Haeng Ung Lee
Grandmaster Soon Ho Lee
In 1973, eternal Grandmaster introduced the first instructor manual and three years later hosted the first Grand National, the predecessor of the annual Songahm Taekwondo World Championships.  The ATA used the Chang hun forms until the introduction of the songahm forms in 1983.  In 1984, the Songahm Taekwondo Federation was founded by Eternal Grandmaster H.U. Lee and Chief Master Ozuna and in 1990 the World Traditional Taekwondo Association was formed.  the ATA covers schools in the U.S. while the STF encompasses schools in South America.  The WTTU covers schools in other parts of the world.
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