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.
      At the age of twelve he started to study Taek Kyon, an ancient Korean method of fighting with the feet. Later, when he was studying in Japan, he met a Karate teacher who helped him earn his first degree Black Belt in less than two years. He then intensified his training, striving to earn his second degree. Around the same time, he started teaching.
      Conscripted into the Japanese army during World War II, he was posted to Pyongyang where he was imprisoned. Wanting to maintain his good physical and mental health during his imprisonment, he practiced karate, alone at first, then by teaching it to the staff of the prison and the other prisoners.
      Becoming an officer in the new Korean Army after the end of the war, he continued to teach his martial art to his soldiers as well as to American soldiers serving in Korea.
      His beliefs and his vision of a different approach to teaching martial arts led General Choi to combine elements of Taek Kyon and Karate techniques to develop a modern martial art. He called it Tae Kwon Do, which means "the way of the feet and the hands", and this name was officially adopted on April 11th, 1955.
      In 1959, General Choi was named President of the Korean Taekwon-Do Association. Seven years later, on March 22nd,1966, he created the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF). As the Founder of Taekwon-Do and President of the ITF, he had the ability to share his art with students everywhere. Today, Taekwon-Do training is available around the world.

      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.

     In 1966, he left Germany to go to Holland where he founded the Netherlands Tae Kwon-Do Association. In the beginning of 1968, he left for Canada and now has his own schools in the Greater Toronto Area.
In November 1973, Master Park made another world trip to promote Tae Kwon-Do in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Master Park is known as one of the world's greatest Tae Kwon-Do experts.

      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.