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The name is the more popular than any other on the traditional Taekwon-Do sphere. The pivotal factors of Kwon, Jae-Hwa's make-up are his personalized training methods, the ability to correlate with his counterparts on any and every level and his philosophical outlook. Kwon, Jae-Hwa was born in 1937 in Pusan, a large harbour town in South Korea. He began practicing Taekwon-Do in his youth and soon made notice of himself through his exceptional talents. In Hae, Dea-Yeong, 6th Dan, he found a devoted mentor and coach who was totally devoted to the advancement of his students. Upon completion of college studies, in journalism, he was employed by Pusan IIbbo, the town�s largest daily news publication. But his life�s main commitment was still Taekwon-Do. At the age of 24 he was Chief Instructor (highest ranking coach) of the Yonmu-Kwan Taekwon-Do Schools. In 1964 he was appointed to the post of Association Technical Director for most of the Taekwon-Do departments at public schools - as well for private Taekwon-Do schools, and universities in the region of Pusan. Grandmaster Kwon, Jae-Hwa is also active functionary in both of these positions until this very day.

At 29 he was a member of the six-man Korean Demonstration Team chosen to venture out and introduce Taekwon-Do to the western world. A year later, Kwon, Jae-Hwa�s, 6th Dan at that time, utmost goal became making the practice of Taekwon-Do common place in Europe. He founded the German Taekwon-Do Association, was appointed its Head Coach as well as Chief Representative for Europe and the Middle East. Unfortunately, Taekwon-Do was soon propagated in the western hemisphere as a 'modern fight sport'. Grandmaster Kwon, Jae-Hwa deemed it most necessary to distance himself from this developmental trend: 'malicious or intentional injury of others is not the true persuasion of the spirit of Taekwon-Do'.

Taekwon-Do�s foremost goal is the quest toward completeness and perfection of ideas, form and technique. It would be illusionary to undermine the psychological Zen roots � on which he reiterated upon in his book 'Zen-Art of Self-Defence', published in 1970, and simply view Taekwon-Do as just another form of sport. Grandmaster Kwon continues to practice and teach the traditional Taekwon-Do system actively in New York City and has stayed true to the innate idea of 'Do'.

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