Great Grandmaster

The Great Grandmaster Howard Y. Kang (3/12/1931 – 4/4/2021)

9th Degree Black Belt, one of the original Taekwon-Do founders and Great Grandmasters in the world. Founder of the International Chin Mu Kwan Taekwon-Do Federation (CTF). 

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On the left, CTF Founder Great Grandmaster Kang, Yon Ho, in the center is General Choi, Hong Hi, and on the right Nam, Tae Hi, original founders of Taekwon-Do.

Plaque below presented by General Choi October 7th, 1972. 

• In 1954 Great Grandmaster Kang opened his first Martial Arts School.
• On April 11, 1955, Great Grandmaster Kang was present when the new name “Taekwon-Do” was selected for the Korean National Martial Art. This name was submitted by Gen. Choi Hong Hi.

• In 1959 Great Grandmaster Kang formed his own Kwan/school, Chin-Mu-Kwan Taekwon-Do. Definition: Chin = True, Mu = Martial Art, Kwan = Home/school
The red color of the patch represents the Deep Spirit of Taekwon-Do

• Great Grandmaster Kang in 1955 introduced Yellow Belt. (Originally there were only 3 colored belts: white belt, brown belt and black belt.)
• Great Grandmaster Kang developed the 2-Step pre-arranged sparring.
• Great Grandmaster Kang introduced Protective Equipment, over 55 years ago, by covering pieces of bamboo with canvas.
• Great Grandmaster Kang was one of the original Masters to Create Forms (Hyongs) which we practice today around the world.
• Great Grandmaster Kang has taught Tae Kwon-Do in dozens of countries around the world.
• Great Grandmaster Kang is one of the original founders of Taekwon-Do and one of the most senior Taekwon-Do Grand-masters in the world.

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