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The 2004 Tae Park Tae Kwon Do World Class Championships will be held Saturday November 6th in the Fieldhouse at JCC. The Tournament will begin with morning black belt testing. Oring Institute student Jazmine Taylor (Below at her initial 1st Dan test in Tennessee) will complete the second half of her 1st Dan test.

White belts through yellow green are eligible to compete in forms and one step. Green belts through 3rd Dan are eligible to compete in forms and free fighting. All free fighters MUST have authorized gear (hogu, headgear, cup, instep/shin pads, and mouthguard).

Additionally, between the testing and the tournament there will be a performance by the Tae Park Demonstration Team. This team is composed of the best young black belts from throughout the Tae Park organization.








A couple of pictures of Master Oring's wife Leslie after she completed the 2004 Clark Lake Duathlon/Triathlon.

Way to Go!!!!!




The 1st Annual Huff-Oring Institutes students picnic will take place Saturday July 31st at Gallup Park, on the banks of the Huron River. The picnic will go from 2-6:00 PM, and will feature food, music, and recreation. All current students and guests are encouragd to attend.







Oring Institute classes have switched over to the Ypsilanti Senior Center, 1015 N. Congress St., next to Recreation Park. Also, classes will now be on M-W to avoid scheduling conflicts with Bingo at the Center. Class times will remain 5-6:30 and 6:30-8:00












Won Kuk Lee, 95, the founder and a grandmaster of the Korean martial art of (Chung Do Kwan) Tae Kwon Do, died of pneumonia Feb. 2 at Arlington Hospital


Mr. Lee had lived in Arlington since 1976, and during his years in this area had given martial arts demonstrations at tae kwon do, karate and other martial arts studios and schools in Northern Virginia, suburban Maryland and Washington and at Howard University.

He was born in what now is South Korea and graduated from Central University Law School in Japan. At the time, Korea was ruled by Japan. In Japan, Mr. Lee studied under the martial arts master Gichin Funakoshi. Later he studied other Asian martial arts, including karate in Okinawa and kung fu in Henan and Shanghai. In 1944, he founded what became the first tae kwon do school in Korea.

During the period of the Korean War, Mr. Lee was in Japan, but he returned to Korea when the war ended.

In the 1960s, one of Mr. Lee's tae kwon do students was U.S. Army Gen. William C. Westmoreland, in the period when Westmoreland was commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam. Westmoreland later helped him immigrate to the United States in 1976.

Survivors include his wife, Moon Chong-Kwi of Arlington; a son, Young Kil Lee of Arlington; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

From the Modern History of Taekwondo...

Chapter 1: Development of the Korean Kwans
Section 1: Chung Do Kwan

Right after the independence of Korea the Chung Do Kwan, one of the five key dojangs, was founded first. It symbolized the Chung Do Kwan's name, Blue Waves, meaning a youngster's spirit and vitality.

Chung Do Kwan's founder, Lee Won Kuk, moved to Japan when he was 19 years old, in 1926. While in Japan he first attended high school and then entered the law school of Chuo University. Then he joined Japan's Karate-do headquarters, the Song Do Kwan (Shotokan). He received Karate instruction from Karate's father, Funakoshi Sensei. There he learned Karate with the Song Moo Kwan's founder, Ro Byung Jick.

He moved back to Japan and taught Tang Soo Do in the Yong Shin school hall in Suh Dae Moon Gu's Ochun Dong, Seoul because he had a good relationship with Japan's Chosun Governor General Abe in 1944. This led to the rumor that he was pro-Japanese.

Later, Oh Do Kwan's founder, Choi Hong Hi said "After independence Lee Kwan Jang was charged with acts of pro-Japanese and stood in a special civil trial."

Lee Won Kuk was a precise person. He had a strong body of a martial artist and glaringly sharp eyes. His expression was very strict. Right after the independence day he seemed to offset his pro-Japanese deeds by developing a good relationship with people of the National Police Headquarters. He led the efforts to get rid of Seoul gangsters. The Chung Do Kwan was once called the National Police Headquarters dojang.

After the Korean War the Chung Do Kwan members were less than 200. GM Lee Won Kuk visited the school twice and watched the lessons. The primary instructors were Yoo Ung Jun and Son Duk Sung with promotion tests given every six months.

Graduates of the Chung Do Kwan were: (1) Yoo Ung Jun, (2) Son Duk Sung, (3) Uhm Woon Kyu, (4) Hyun Jong Myun, (5) Min Woon Sik, (6) Han In Sook, (7) Jung Young Taek, (8) Kang Suh Chong, (9) Baek Joon Ki, (10) Nam Tae Hi, (11) Ko Jae Chun, (12) Kwak Kuen Sik, (13) Kim Suk Kyu, (14) Han Cha Kyo, (15) Jo Sung Il, (16) Lee Sa Man, (17) Rhee Jhoon Goo (Jhoon Rhee),
and (18) Kim Bong Sik.

>From Inchon, which became the center of the Chung Do Kwan's annex Kwans, more schools were opened. They were: (1) Kang Suh Chong's Kuk Mu Kwan, (2) Lee Yong Woo's Jung Do Kwan in Suh Dae Moon Ku, (3) Ko Jae Chun's Chung Ryong Kwan in Kwang Ju and (4) Choi Hong Hi's Oh Do Kwan. The Oh
Do Kwan especially had active Chung Do Kwan members who were in the military after the Korean War.

The Chung Do Kwan's first Kwan Jang was Lee Won Kuk, the second was Son Duk Sung, and the third was Uhm Woon Kyu. When Son Duk Sung because the Kwan Jang of the Chung Do Kwan, Uhm Woon Kyu, Hyun Jong Myun, and Nam Tae Hi had conflicts with regard to the issue of who should receive the
nomination from Lee Won Kuk and become the next Kwan Jang.



Finally, congratulations to Central Studio Black Belt Chris Hunley who has become the first Jackson student to officially be a member of the Tae Park TKD Team!


I am pleased to announce that beginning next year, Oring Institute will make available patches to recognize tournament participation and outstanding academic achievement. Tournament patches will be available in bronze, silver, and gold, and will recognize students who have participated in 2, 5, and 8 tournaments respectively. Participation does not necessarily mean competition. If a student helps out (judging, refereeing, setup etc), this will be recognized as well. Also, there will be a Diamond patch available to students who participate in 10 or more tournaments. Each patch will have a kicking figure and the number to recognize the level attained. They will be sharp looking.

Additionally, there will be patches available for students who make letter grade improvements, make and maintain the honor roll, and maintain a 4.0 GPA. Details when they are worked out.






Recommended Reading:

As a service to visitors to this page, I have decided to recommend Tae Kwon Do and martial arts-related books that I feel have something to offer and are of definite benefit to the serious martial artist. I would like prospective readers to keep in mind two things however:

1. This list is designed for advanced students who would like to experience supplementary literature in addition to regular training.

2. Reading books can in no way take the place of regular training. You still have to go to class.

That being said, I will offer selections I feel are worthy of your time, as they have proved worthy of my time. This list will necessarily be short as I seldom find Tae Kwon Do books worth recommending. These include:

Go Rin No Sho-Musashi Miyamoto

A classic of fighting strategy and philosophy written by Japan's most famous samurai and swordsman

The Art of War-Sun Tzu

A classic on military strategy, still studied in military academies and boardrooms worldwide.

Tae Kwon Do, the Korean Martial Art-Richard Chun

Quite possibly, the best book I have yet read detailing traditional Tae Kwon Do technique and philosophy

Advancing in Tae Kwon Do-Richard Chun

An excellent book detailing the advanced techniques of Tae Kwon Do. Not quite as wordy as the first, but contains some awesome action and breaking photos.

Tae Kwon Do Kyorugi-Kuk Hyun Chung

An excellent book detailing various kicks, strategy, steps, combinations, stretching, and nutrition as it relates to Olympic-style tournament fighting.

Living the Martial Way-Maj. Forrest Morgan, USAF

Talks about the living application of martial arts principles, such as honor, loyalty, spirit, strategy vs. tactics, finding a martial arts doctrine that works for you, and warrior spirit. A must for serious martial artists.