Lee Kyu-hyung, 76, is a respected teacher and adult in the taekwondo community. He is called the “grand master” in taekwondo in Korea. A grand master refers to an elder Taekwondo instructor who has achieved great achievements. He holds a single certificate of Taekwondo by the Kukkiwon and is naturally recruited by Taekwondo people in recognition of his great achievements in the development and globalization of Taekwondo.
Taekwondo Grand Master Lee Kyu-hyung is a living witness of Korean Taekwondo. In particular, he is the father of Taekwondo demonstration, one of the pillars of the Korean Wave that is rocking the world today. He has conducted Taekwondo demonstration activities in Korea and abroad throughout his life, spearheading the spread and globalization of Taekwondo.
Former national flag director Lee Kyu-hyung, who was introduced as a Taekwondo master in a commercial in 1992.
Born in Jangsu, North Jeolla Province in 1948, Lee Gyu-hyeong became involved with Taekwondo in 1958 when he was 10 years old. Taekwondo was the light of his life for him, who had a hard childhood amid tough family circumstances. The pride and values he had as a Taekwondo player became the foundation of his life even now, more than 60 years later.
Director Lee Kyu-hyung’s life in Taekwondo is the history of Korean Taekwondo. He conducted Taekwondo demonstration activities in Korea and abroad from the early 1970s, when Taekwondo was rarely known to the world. Notably, being dispatched as a teacher at Midong Elementary School in 1972 was an important turning point in his Taekwondo life. Director Lee’s efforts were crucial for Midong Elementary School to become a representative of Taekwondo demonstrations to this day.마카오카지노도메인
One of his students in Midong Elementary School was actor Kim Hye-soo. Kim Hye-soo was an elementary school student at the time when Juan Antonio Samaranch, chairman of the International Olympic Committee, gave him a bouquet of flowers when he visited Korea in 1982.
Kim Hye-soo, who was part of a demonstration team for children at Midong Elementary School, left an unforgettable memory for Lee Gyu-hyeong. Lee emphasized keeping the promise of time when teaching children. At that time, the children promised Lee that they would run around the playground if they were even one minute late. Not only the children who were late, but also Lee promised his students that they would run 100 laps around the playground if they were even one second late.
One day, director Lee Kyu-hyung got sick from the milk he drank before going to work. He was completely exhausted, going in and out of the bathroom several times. But he couldn’t break his promise with the children. I arrived at school with a hard body. All the children had already come out and ready for class.
As soon as Director Lee Kyu-hyung tried to start taekwondo training, a student raised his hand and said confidently. “The offender was two minutes late.” When I checked the clock, it was really so.
He could have given a reason for eating the wrong food, but Director Lee Kyu-hyung did as promised. I ran 100 laps of the promised playground while clenching my teeth and holding my painful stomach. At that time, Kim Hye-soo was the disciple who raised his hand to announce the tardiness.
Director Lee Kyu-hyung’s greatest achievement was taekwondo demonstrations at the opening ceremonies of the 1986 Seoul Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympics. At that time, he was in charge of recruiting cast members, choreography, composition, and guidance.
At that time, there were 1,001 and 1,008 people who participated in the opening ceremony of the Asian Games and Olympics, respectively. No taekwondo demonstration of this magnitude has been found anywhere. The performance at the big sports event, which attracts the eyes and ears of people around the world, served as a decisive opportunity to inform the world of Taekwondo’s excellence.
Lee also conducted a state visit to Korea by Elizabeth II, a performance in Pyongyang in 2002, and a performance commemorating the 100th anniversary of immigration to the U.S. He led a taekwondo demonstration team to promote Korea’s taekwondo to communist China and the former Soviet Union. In 1995 and 2001, he received commendations from U.S. President Bill Clinton and U.S. President George W. Bush.
Director Lee Kyu-hyung appeared as a Taekwondo master in KBS’s popular entertainment program “Our Town Arts and Sports” in 2014. His passionate leadership of the performers became a hot topic of conversation. He played a major role in Taekwondo’s adoption as an official Olympic sport and its roots in today’s world. In 2013, he became the head of the national flag institute, the highest honor for a Taekwondo player.
Director Lee Kyu-hyung is still active even at the age of 80. Not only is he teaching his disciples directly, but he is also continuing research to develop Taekwondo. As he continues to travel abroad, he is making efforts to spread Taekwondo. Recently, research has been conducted on how to further increase the martial arts value of Olympic Taekwondo.
Some people question the practicality of Taekwondo. Some express regret that Olympic Taekwondo has changed too much. Director Lee Kyu-hyung emphasized that such a number of points are the driving force behind Taekwondo’s continuous development and change. He spoke about the value and spirit of Taekwondo.
“If you take ‘do’ out of 跆拳, it would be a fight that would hurt your opponent by punching and kicking. But Taekwondo is ‘do.’ The most important thing in taekwondo training is ‘spirit.’ The fundamental purpose of taekwondo training is not to acquire the skill itself, but to cultivate ‘people-like’ that society demands through the exercise. As a martial art, you should not forget that taekwondo is for the purpose of self-improvement and mental discipline.”