About Tae Kwon Do

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Tae Kwon Do History

  • Tae Kwon Do is a Korean martial art dating back to the first century B.C.
  • “Tae Kwon Do”, when translated, means “the way of punching and kicking.”
  • This ancient art of defense and fighting was passed down in families from one generation to the next.
  • The martial art Tae Kwon Do, as we know it, was brought to the United States in the 1950’s and the first school was organized in the early 1970’s in the Midwest
  • The Word Tae Kwon Do Federation (WTF) is headquarted at the Kukkiwon in Seoul, Korea.  It is the central governing body and headquarters of the traditional Tae Kwon Do schools.  Tae Kwon Do is instructed under a number of different schools all governed by the WTF.  The Chang Moo Kwan is one of eight traditional Korean Tae Kwon Do schools forming the WTF.  This kwan, or school, is headed by Great Grand Master Soon Bae Kim.  His protege, Grand Master Moo Yong Yun (10th Degree Black Belt), came to the United States in the 1970’s to begin instructing.  Grand Master Michael Lee (8th Degree Black Belt) is a student of Grand Master Yun and carries on the tradition of Tae Kwon Do in Southwest Minnesota.


Ultimate Kicks Background

AssocThe Lee’s Tae Kwon Do Association:

Ultimate Kicks Tae Kwon Do is a branch school of the Lee’s Tae Kwon Do Association of Marshal, MN.  Lee’s Tae Kwon Do came to the Marshall, MN area in 1986.  It has since expanded to include more than 40 gyms and a 1000+ students from dozens of communities in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Texas.

The Ultimate Kicks Tae Kwon Do Family Tree

The organizational roots begin in Korea with our Great Grand Master Soon Bae Kim, 10th Degree Black Belt, President of the Chang Moo Kwan, Vice President of the Korean Tae Kwon Do Association, and chief forms instructor at the Kukkiwon (WTF Headquarters) in Seoul, Korea.

Great Grand Master Kim’s student is Great Grand Master Moo Yong Yun, 10th degree Black Belt and the person responsible for starting some of the first Tae Kwon Do schools in the Midwest in the 1970’s.  He currently lives in Fargo, North Dakota.

Grand Master Michael Lee is Grand Master Yun’s student.  Grand Master Lee is an 8th degree Black Belt, grand master instructor, certified examiner, and founder of the Lee’s Tae Kwon Do program headquartered in Marshall, Minnesota.

Master Billy Joe & Amanda DeVries.  Master Amanda became a student of the Lee’s Association as a 1st Degree Black Belt.  Master Billy Joe is a student of Grand Master Michael Lee.  They are a 4th Degree husband and wife Master Instructor team who are the owners & head instructors of Ultimate Kicks.  Ultimate Kicks Tae Kwon Do is a part of the Lee’s Tae Kwon Do Association family.  We, in the Lee’s Tae Kwon Do Association, are very lucky to have such close ties with such a high ranking Korean Master.