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Blackbelt Magazine's Man of the Year

Master Cho has been personally teaching Tae Kwon Do in New York City since 1961.

  • 9th Dan Black Belt, One of the first few originators of American Martial Arts.
  • President of World Council of Martial Arts, Inc.
  • Karate Coach of St. John's University in Jamaica New York.
  • Executive Director of Nation-wide Karate/Tae Kwon Do/Karate Tournament at Madison Square Garden (for 23 years) All American Open Championship Tournament.
  • Former Captain of Korea University Tae Kwon Do team.
  • Author of Three text books on Tae Kwon Do techniques and their applications.
  • The definition of "Karate" was written for The World Book Encyclopedia by S. Henry Cho and he has been on the article contributor's list since 1976.

Teaching Experience

Coach: St. John's University, Jamaica, NY, 1968-present. University Martial Arts Club, Physical Education Department.

Assistant Professor: Queensborough Community College, 1974-1977. A full-time member, Physical Education Department.

Instructor: Baruch College, The City University of New York, New York, NY, 1968-1974. A part-time instructor (8 hours weekly) to teach Martial Arts for credit, Physical Education Department.

Instructor: Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1966-1968. A part-time instructor to teach Martial Arts for credit, Physical Education Department.


1958-1961: Master of Science in Business Management, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.

1953-1957: Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Marketing, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.

1987: 9th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, Ji Do Kwan of the World Tae Kwon Do Federation.


Hall of Fame (Man of the Year): Presented by the Black Belt Magazine, 1971. Awarded to the one most respected and successful martial artist throughout the country. Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris are also recipients in later years.

Hall of Fame (Honor Award): A Tribute for the contribution and promotion of Tae Kwon Do in Venezuela. Presented by the Venezuela All Martial Arts Organization, May, 1998.

Hall of Fame (American Golden Eagle Award): A Martial Arts Pioneer Award in the U.S.A. Presented by the American Okinawan Karate Association, Inc., 1997.

Hall of Fame (Instructor of the Year): Presented by the United States Naval Academy Karate-Do, 1996. A Congratulatory Letter signed by President Bill Clinton to commemorate the award was also presented. Click here to view "Award".

Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented by the American Invitational Eagle Classic, 1994.

Gold Ticket Award: Presented by Madison Square Garden to commemorate the successful 25th annual presentation of the nationwide All American Open Karate/Kung-Fu/Tae Kwon Do Championship Tournament in Madison Square Garden Center, 1989.

Martial Artist of the Year: Presented by All Martial Arts Championships, 1990.

East Coast Pioneer Award: Presented by the Karate Internationale Magazine, 1989.

People's Honor Decoration (Suk Ryu Chang): Presented by Park Chung Hee, the President of the Republic of Korea, 1970. For distinguished leadership and services demonstrated through the promotion of Tae Kwon Do.

Letter of Commendation: Presented by the Korean Minister of Information, 1998.

Letter of Appreciation: Presented by Un Yong Kim, President of the World Tae Kwon Do Federation, 1975.

Letter of Commendation: Presented by the Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1970.

Proclamation by the City of San Francisco: Presented by Mayor Willie Lewis Brown, Jr. Declaring October 30, 1999 as "Grandmaster Sihak Henry Cho Day in San Francisco".

Official Site Grandmaster Henry S. Cho's Karate Institute

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