ATA Founder Haeng Ung Lee Passes Away

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Grand Master Haeng Ung Lee, founder and president of the American Tae Kwon Do Association, passed away on October 20, 2000. He had been fighting cancer since the previous March.

Grand Master Lee was born on July 20, 1937 in Manchuria, China. His family relocated to Korea soon after his birth. He began his training in the martial arts in 1953, earning his black belt within a year. After high school, Grand Master Lee joined the Korean Army and was a Tae Kwon Do instructor in 1956. In 1959, after leaving the military he opened a Tae Kwon Do school at the Osan Air Force Base. Grand Master Lee later moved to the United States opening a Tae Kwon Do school in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1969 he founded the American Tae Kwon Do Association.

Grand Master Lee is survived by his wife, Sun C. Lee, and his four children, David, Flora, Lisa, and Taekwon. Grand Master Lee was a man who opened the door for many Tae Kwon Do pracitioners in the United States.


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