By Kang Shin-who
Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, a world-renowned 10th degree Taekwondo black belt, visited Seoul to give a lecture to students at Yonsei University, Thursday. Rhee, 76, is known as the father of U.S. Taekwondo.
He delivered the lecture at the ``Underwood Global Forum,'' which was held at the school's New Millennium Hall. During the lecture, titled ``Light up our Champion,'' Rhee stressed that students should keep a sound spirit and a strong body to be global leaders.
Rhee is also the first ``Hallyu'' (Korean cultural wave) star, spreading Tawkwondo to 182 countries around the world. He has served as commissioner of the presidential commission on policy planning in the United States for more than 20 years.
Rhee has taught 350 Senators and Congressmen in the United States, he is also well known as the instructor of such celebrities as Bruce Lee and American boxer Muhammad Ali.
In 1976 Rhee was named the Martial Arts Man Of the Century by the Washington D.C. Touchdown Club in 1976 and was selected as one of the 200 successful immigrants in January 2000.
The Honorable Mayor Anthony Williams of the Washington DC made a proclamation of The Jhoon Rhee Day on June 28, 2003, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do in the Washington D. C. Areas.
He is the only American of Korean descent to be recognized as one of the top 200 immigrants of all time by the National Immigrant Forum and is one of the strongest promoters of the US free style system in Korea.