Won Kuk Lee
Won Kuk Lee was born April 13, 1907. As a young man he had an interest in the martial arts but the occupying Japanese government banned any martial art practice or instruction. It is probable that he did practice in secret as a teenager because he stated that when he first started training he and his first teachers would not exchange names due to possible consequences if someone got caught. In 1926, at the age of 19, Lee left Korea for Japan where he enrolled in the Law School at Chuo University. We know that during those college years Won Kuk Lee alson enrolled in the Shotokan and studied with the great Karate pioneer Gichin Funakoshi. Sources differ as to what rank Lee attained but most point to 3rd Dan Black Belt. Beginning about the same time, Lee traveled around Okinawa, Japan, and China visiting many different martial arts schools including Shaolin Temples in Shanghai and Henan. His interest was in finding out other points of view about martial art training and philosophy. It seems obvious that his aim was to return to his homeland with this knowledge and begin teaching a type of martial art that emphasized good basic technique as well as an intellectual and educated approach. Won Kuk returned to Korea and, in 1944, applied to the Japanese occupational government for a license to open a martial arts school. His application was turned down and so he applied again only to be rejected again. Finally, after his 3rd attempt (and partly due to a friendship with Japanese Governor General Abe), Lee was granted permission to open and begin teaching a martial arts school. Because of this success in this, many later thought that Lee was a Japanese sympathizer. In September of 1944, Won Kuk Lee began teaching his martial art system in the Yung Shin School Gymnasium. This was located in Sa De Mun, Oh Chun Dong District of Seoul. His vision was to create a martial art style of purity and depth that had an irresistable and unstoppable force. Therefore he coined the name Blue Wave Institute (Chung Do Kwan in the Korean language). Blue symbolizing a pure and deep body of water (body of knowledge) while the Wave connoted the kind of relentless energy he wanted for his teaching. He called his art "Tang Soo Do" which is the Korean pronunciation of the Japanese Kanji characters for Kara-Te (Karate). This he did, no doubt, in deference to his teacher, Gichin Funakoski. In 1945, Korea gained its independence and Won Kuk Lee was immediately put on trial for his association with the Japanese. During this time of hardship, his Chung Do Kwan was temporarily closed but reopened again when Lee was acquitted a short time later. When the Chung Do Kwan reopened in 1946, Won Kuk Lee became very involved with the Korean National Police in helping rid the country of gangs and organized crime. Because of this tight alliance his school became known as the National Police Martial Art Academy.
Yong Taek Chung
Grand Master Yong Taek Chung preferred the title, Sabu Nim, meaning "Teacher." This unassuming title understates his depth of skill and experience. A 9th Degree Black Belt, Yong Taek Chung devoted his entire life to the mastery and teaching of Tae Kwon Do. After spending many years in Korea as a first generation Master of the original Chung Do Kwan, and having acted as the instructor for the Korean Police Force, Master Chung left Korea for Tokyo, Japan. Master Chung quickly established himself as a major figure in Japan's martial arts community, acting as president of the All Japan Tae Kwon Do Association and headmaster of the Tokyo Chung Do Kwan. In 1959, while still in Tokyo, Grand Master Yong Taek Chung won the prestigious Tournament of Masters. This was an exemplary, since other martial art styles in addition to Tae Kwon Do were represented by the Masters. It is our good fortune that in 1974 Master Chung decided to bring his expertise to the United States, settling in Kansas City, Missouri. It was in 1994 that Master Chung received the degree of 9th Degree Black Belt from his instructor, Grand Master Won Kuk Lee. It was becaue of his lifelong efforts that we are here today. Master Chung passed away peacefully in his home in Fountain Valley, California on November 11, 2006.
Master Goonan's Tae Kwon Do experience spans almost 4 decades, in that time acheiving 5th Degree Black Belt. Master Goonan trained with Grand Master Yong Taek Chung, 9th Dan, since 1976, and has maintained a close relationship with his instructor until his death on November 11, 2006. Master Goonan is a second generation Master. His teaching experience includes the main Dojang in Kansas City, Ft. Leavenworth Command College in Kansas, the Kansas City Art Institute and University of Missouri, Kansas City and Owner of Logan Tae Kwon Do School. Master Goonan moved to Cache Valley in 1984 and taught in the area until 2014, when he passed Logan Tae Kwon Do School to Ms. Cannell. Master Goonan has a broad base of life experience which includes a Bachelor of Fine Art degree, an Associate of Science degree in Nursing and 25 years experience in Boy Scouting. He is a Vietnam Veteran, serving with the 3rd Surgical Hospital (MASH). Under his watchful eye and careful teaching methodology, thousands of students have benefited from his rich understanding of the art and science of Tae Kwon Do.
Master Goonan stepped away from the school in 2018 due to his intolerance concerning Ms. Cannell's gender.