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This is a short biography of the Grand Master who introduced Taekwondo to Canada in How did this small immigrant conquer such tadkwondo impressive lexiaue territory with his art? What is the magic behind his relationship of love and respect with Quebecois and Canadians? The following lines will provide some answers. His young uncle paid for the lessons. For a young boy of ten, it was not easy to keep such a secret. There were many difficulties to overcome.

He had to hide his uniform in taeekwondo trunk of a tree or in a secret place. Obviously it was out of the question to wash his uniform at home. When he was lucky, he was able to wash it at a friend’s home. Sometimes, when the unpleasant smell drew mean looks from other students, he risked bringing his uniform to wash it, hoping not to be discovered.

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He was a ten year old child with a fighting spirit, driven by uncommon determination and courage; a young child who trained without any encouragement from his family, and ready to pay the price to follow his heart.

In order to keep his secret, he bent to his father’s will and studied Judo, first at home and than officially in a school, at the age of twelve. He eventually obtained his red lexiqque and would undoubtedly have carried on with Judo had his father not discovered his secret.

After four years of training and two failed exams, Chong Lee earned his black belt in Taekwondo. In spite of this success, he still could not bring himself to face his father with this fait accompli.

His father learned the truth accidentally, when Chong was obliged to bring his uniform home to wash it. The harsh reprimand was a small price to pay to see the pride shining from his father’s eyes.

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At that time, very few people earned their black belt at such a young age. Subsequently, his father accepted that he abandon Judo and focus his efforts entirely on Taekwondo.

Lwxique learning his art Chong Lee, had yet another dream: This time, he informed his family of his plans. In those days, no one was authorized to leave Korea with more than a dollars cash. In other words, it was a crazy idea and few people would risk it. Once again, without the encouragement of his family, and after long and difficult preparations, he succeeded in fulfilling his dreams.

In he left Korea.

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Uncomfortably seated on the plane, paralysed with fear, he felt himself being torn from his roots. He was flying towards the unknown to face his destiny without fully comprehending the depths of his determination. He was surrounded by strangers speaking an unknown language. This was not the same English he had learned in school books and no one around him spoke Korean. This was not like those American movies so often watched in Korea.

This was the frightening beginning of a new life. He landed in Washington, in the district of Columbia, where he attended University and worked on improving his English.


He took whatever work was available to ensure his survival: He spent his free time talking with children who make excellent language teachers. In taekqondo series of circumstances brought him to Quebec and in Chicoutimi he discovered the warmth and hospitality of the Quebecois. Climate aside, Canada enjoys an international reputation for quality of life. Knowing this, Chong Lee settled in Montreal for a fresh start. He studied French and became familiar with Quebec and Canadian culture.

Once more taekaondo accepted what work was available and devoted his evenings to introducing and implanting Taekwondo in Quebec. Introducing a new martial art in Canada was not an easy task. Martial arts were almost unknown in the occidental culture, often lumped together and mistakenly identified as Karate in spite of their difference in nature and philosophy. To help clear some of the confusion, competitions were organized where “Taekwondoistes” and “Karatekas” fought each other.

It is interesting to note that they did not use any protective gear, fighting only with their bare fists and feet. The size of the bruises and the winner’s prided were often matched. As the years passed and Taewkondo Lee’ students accumulated victories, the Master and lexiqud art conquered the heart of Quebecois. Passing from combat between styles to combats between provinces, his students were the first Canadian champions. Induring the first Canadian championship, Chong Lee’s students won gold medals in nine of the ten divisions.

They were proud of their performance and more then ever motivated to improve their training. This was followed by the Pan-American and the World Championships in the junior and senior categories.

With Grand Master Chong Lee as their coach for twenty tree consecutive years, the Canadian team could boast of a long list of victories. Integrated with Canadian society for oexique years, Chong Lee has become a symbol of international performance in the taekwndo of athletic competition.

His teaching is renowned around the world and pexique a par with the Korean tradition. His school is represented throughout Canada, the United-States, Mexico, Lebanon, Spain, Greece and Africa, making it hard to know just how many individuals have actually benefited from his teaching. It is estimated that there have been at least one lexiqke thousand students in Canada with more than three thousand black belts. At least ninety-five schools in Quebec display his crest. One of the keys to Chong Lee’s success is his extraordinary capacity of adaptation.

His acclimatization to the Quebec culture was a question of survival and he quickly understood the same would hold true for Taekwondo. Taekwondo teaches and promotes the Korean cultural values.

In Korea, devotion to the Master is capital. Respect for one’s seniors builds strong ties between members of the society and helps to maintain a certain unity. With their experience, seniors earn the right to lead by imposing their decisions with authority.

In Korea, this way of life is a given and has taeowondo merits. However, attempting to transfer this system to Canada might have been interpreted as dictatorial. Although lexiquw attached to his culture, Grand Master Chong Lee recognized the aversion which Quebecois feel towards the domination of one individual over his juniors.

By learning Canadian history, he was able to measure the depths of this aversion. At the same time he was discovering the North American style of democracy. Having a personal love of freedom, his heart was quickly attuned to Quebecois and Canadians, beating at the same rhythm, all the while maintaining his true Korean identity.

Those who know Master Chong Lee are familiar with his natural curiosity and his respect for individual freedom. Though the national sport of Korea, Taekwondo as implanted in Canada, knows no linguistic or racial preferences. The fighting that occurs within the sport has nothing to do with such barriers; the importance lies in good communication between the masters and their students.


Chong Lee has transplanted the best of Korean wisdom to our Canadian soil. Taekwondo possess its own culture and everyone must transcend their own pexique join the big family. Since Taekwondo point to has evolved in Canada and around the world. Its techniques have evolved and become extremely popular. With the next Olympic games inTaekwondo’s popularity will continue to grow as it displays an increasingly refined mastery taekwnodo its style and skills. From the point of view of a lay person, Taekwondo may seem lexiqie.

As, taekwonfo person practising Taekwondo becomes conscious of the potential for violence within him, he learns how to control it. It would be unfounded to assert that Taekwondo develops violence in the person practising it. An education based on its philosophy will discourage any participant who is looking to nourish the violence within him.

Instead, it will teach him the road towards self-control. Fighting sports are twekwondo good channel for aggressivity and encourage and nourish the development of positive personality and an individual’s abilities.

Fighting also confront us with our physical, emotional and other limitations. To deny these or to learn to accept them comes from an individual choice. For most adepts, Taekwondo is a means of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development. It stimulate the development of self awareness because it is only when confronted by our limitations that we can perceive the presence of bigger things inside of us; spirit and conscience, our real identity.

Finally like any education which allows the development of a certain power Taekwondo show us the way to confrontation, the ultimate test in which only a few will succeed, at least in the first try.

We are talking about the choice between the love of power or the power of love. We are talking about humility, self- respect, respect of others, devotion and self-giving. These are the principal values on which Taekwondo philosophy is based. It is because of Taekwondo’s philosophy and values that Grand Lexiqque Chong Lee hopes it might be introduced into the Quebec system of education.

The rate of suicide among the Quebec youth is the highest in the world. There are many causes and one of them is the loss of individual and social values. Taekwondo teaches the lost values: The implantation of Taekwondo in our schools can happen when a person with a decisional position understands the beneficial effects that our children can get from practising the art. There is already some progress: Other elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities teach it as an extra-curricular activity, while some municipalities offer it in their leisure programmes.

The project brings together teenagers from ten to sixteen years of age whether or not from a criminal environment, but living in neighbourhood considered at risk. The education of Taekwondo is the principal activity establishing a healthy and educational relationship between teenagers and adults policeman, social worker all of whom pexique in the project as students.

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