International TaeKwon-Do Federation & General Choi Hong Hi
Grand Master Park Jong Soo
Master David Thiele
General Choi Hong Hi was born on November 9th, 1918, in the Hwa Dae Myong Chun District of Korea.
After a life dedicated to the development of Taekwon-Do, a modern martial art based on traditional values, philosophy, and training, General Choi, Founder of Taekwon-Do and President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation, died of cancer on June 15th, 2002, in the country of his birth.
Master Park was born in 1941 in Chung-Nam, Korea. He holds a 9th Dan black belt in Tae Kwon-Do. At the age of 14, and since then, he has been the instructor of the Police Training Centre of Chun Bok in Korea and of the famed Tiger Division of the Korean Army.
In 1964, he became Korean National Champion, and in 1965 he made a trip on request of the Korean Government, as a member of the Goodwill Mission for Tae Kwon-Do, demonstrating this art before the highest civil and military authorities of the countries they visited. In that same year, he was invited to Germany as the coach of the German Tae Kwon-Do Association.
Grand Master Park is currently the President of the ITF TaeKwon-do Olympic Committee.
Master David Thiele is the Founder, Owner and Head master of The North Tonawanda Jong Park Division. With over 40 years of experience in the Martial Arts, a member of PMAE (Professional Martial Arts Educators), ITF (International TaeKwon-Do Federation) and affiliated with the United States Combat Sambo Federation.Over 43 years experience in Tae Kwon-Do, Karate, Jujitsu, Boxing, Kickboxing, Sambo and Aikido. Mr. Thiele is a member of the P.M.A.E. & I.T.F. (International Tae Kwon-Do Federation) one of the largest and most recognized martial art organizations in the world. He also is currently affiliated with the U.S. COMBAT SAMBO Federation.
Master Thiele became North American lightweight Tournament Champion in 1975. He started teaching Tae Kwon-Do in his home and at Amherst Y.W.C.A. in 1972. In 1973 Dave Thiele opened Jong Park Institute in North Tonawanda, since that time he has been the instructor of many champions in the U.S. and Canada. In 1986 Dave Thiele was chosen to be instructor of Local Federal government agents and local law enforcement officers. In 1990 he was chosen to be American Tae Kwon-Do Team coach competing in West Germany. Master Thiele was also involved with Teaching and starting college credit T.K.D. classes at Canisius College and N.C.C.C.
Master Thiele first started Tae Kwon-Do in Viet Nam and Kentucky while in the army and has trained with many famous Master Instructors. For the last 38 years Master Thiele has trained under Grand Master Park Jong Soo, 9th. Degree Black Belt, one of the most famous instructors in the world. Master Thiele is now working for his 8th degree.
Master Park is a Pioneer of TKD and top student of General Choi the founder of TKD. He is also former Korean National heavyweight champion and star in the movie "Search and Destroy", and is president of all Jong Park Institute schools in the U.S. and Canada.