Founder of Master Lee’s Joonbi Taekwondo Martial Arts Studios
GrandMaster JeeHo Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. He is the fifth of seven children and began Taekwondo training at age 14. When Master Lee came to America in 1977, he was a fourth degree black belt. From 1977 to 1988, Master Lee was associated with one of the largest Taekwondo organizations in North America. While there, he made several significant contributions to the organization. – 1978 He unified the martial arts terminology.
- 1980 Appointed as the National Chairman of Instruction.
- 1979-1986 He ran the summer instructor camps and certified approximately 200 instructors per year.
- 1980 He installed a centralized computer record keeping system. This innovation enabled the organization to maintain rank histories and other important information about the thousands of its members.
- 1983 Upgraded record keeping system creating a multi-tasking system and data fonts
- 1985 He produced a statistical/analytical database
- 1981/82 He authored the Instructor Standards In 1988, Master Lee obtained his sixth degree black belt and established Lee’s Taekwondo America in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
He formed a new style of Taekwondo in 1989 called “Hangil.” Master Lee continued his martial arts studies in “Han mu do” under Dr. He-young Kimm, founder of World Hanmudo Association. He continues his fellowhip with Dr. Kimm to this day. In 1996, Master Lee accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Lee’s Taekwondo America relocated to Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1997, where it is presently operating. Master Lee has partnered with several local, public elementary schools and offered instruction in Taekwondo for confidence training. In 2002, he obtained his eighth degree black belt. Master Lee has two children SetByul Esther Lee (1997) and HanByul Seth Lee (1998).
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