TaeKwon-Do was founded in Seoul, South Korea, in 1955 by General Choi, Hong Hi.
Since its inception, many changes have been implemented to continually develop Taekwon-Do, both as a martial art and as a formidable form of self defence.
The early sixties saw an influx of Korean Taekwon-Do Masters into the USA and subsequently world-wide.
Today in Taekwon-Do, there are a number of world bodies, three of which claim succession to the original International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) and the World Taekwon-Do Federation (WTF), which was founded in 1977 and is featured in the Olympic Games.
Taekwon-Do was introduced into the UK in 1967 by Master Rhee, Ki Ha; today many groups operate their own organisations as the popularity of Taekwon-Do has increased, but Rhee, Ki Ha, First Grand Master and Patron of ACE Taekwon-Do, continues to teach Taekwon-Do to anyone wishing to learn the Art as it was intended by its Founder General Choi.
Authentic Centres for Excellence of (A.C.E.) Taekwon-Do is a Society for Traditional and Authentic Taekwon-Do. The Society has been established by Grandmaster Paul Cutler, who studied directly under First Grandmaster Rhee, Ki Ha and General Choi, Hong Hi, the Founder of Taekwon-Do. A.C.E. Taekwon-Do is an organisation that strives to uphold the integrity and goals of General Choi, Hong Hi & First Grandmaster Rhee, Ki Ha. It is very important that you learn the History of Tae Kwon Do and where it comes from. General Choi the Founder (the man who invented Tae Kwon Do) died in 2002 so you should now refer to him as ‘the late General Choi.’ You should be proud of your club, style and organisation but always make sure when talking to students from other styles and clubs that you show respect. It is better to learn from each other than to criticise.
“Taekwon-Do is a modern, scientifically designed unarmed self defence system, teaching the student to use every available attacking and blocking tool to enable his or her safety and that of others”
Senior Master RP O’Neill VIII Dan