Grandmaster Kang Uk Lee
Pin # 70
Grandmaster Kang Uk Lee was born in
Seoul, South Korea on August 24, 1936. At the age of 12, he became a
member of the Moo Duk Kwan and began his training directly under
Grandmaster Hwang Kee. Three years later, at the age of 16, he was
awarded his First Dan (#70).
Grandmaster Lee trained hard and was
a dedicated student, attaining the rank of 2nd Dan in less than two
years, and his 3rd Dan less than three years after that. In 1956, at
about 20 years of age, he became the Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do
instructor at the Military Police HQ, Ma Po Gymnasium and Kon Gook
University in Seoul. From 1957 to 1962, he also taught at the Korean
Air Force Academy in Jin Hae City.
From 1964 to 1972, he distinguished himself as one of the true
"movers and shakers" of the Moo Duk Kwan by becoming the Chief
Instructor at the Choong Ang Dojang (the legendary “Central
Gymnasium”) in Seoul and also served as the Director of the Korean
Soo Bahk Do Association. In 1968, he served as the Chief Judge of
the 1st World Tang Soo Do and 5th Asia Tang Soo Do Championships, in
In 1972, Grandmaster Lee received his 7th Dan and also became the
Chief Instructor for South East Asia, based in Malaysia. The
following year, he founded the Brunei Tang Soo Do Association and
the Singapore Tang Soo Do Association.
In 1974, he went on to found
the Federation of Malaysia Tang Soo Do Organization, as well as the
U.K. Tang Soo (Soo Bahk) Do Federation, where he
continues as President.
In 1976, he founded the European Tang Soo (Soo Bahk) Do Federation
and also served as the President and Chief Judge of the 1st European
Tang Soo (Soo Bahk) Do Championships. In 1978, he also served as the
President and Chief Judge of the 1st International Tang Soo (Soo
Bahk) Do Championships, held in the U.K.
Now a 10th Dan, Grandmaster Lee continues to travel the world,
officiating at Tang Soo Do tournaments and hosting classes and
seminars. He makes a point to visit the Detroit area at least
annually, and every two years there is an International Tang Soo Do
Championships held somewhere in the world, hosted by one of the
member countries. Grandmaster Lee still resides in the United