General Choi Hong Hi
The founder of Taekwon-Do
Nov. 9, 1918 to June 15, 2002
“It is with great sadness and a feeling of unprecedented personal loss, that I inform all Taekwon-Do practitioners worldwide of the death of my father General Choi Hong Hi, the Founder of Taekwon-Do, on the evening of Saturday the 15th June in the city of Pyong Yang in North Korea.
There are no words of comfort to members of our extended Taekwon-Do family worldwide, which placate the feelings of utter desolation that his passing has produced.
While we mourn the death of a man whose life spanned two denturies, let us not forget the legacy, nor the indelible impression that he has left in the lives of all who are dedicated to the essence of the beloved art of his invention. At this time of bereavement, I know my father would commend us all if we continued with the same vigour and zest which personified his life, the promotion of Taekwon-Do worldwide.”
“While the heaven and earth cries in sorrow, we are gathered here today to say our final goodbye to you General Choi Hong Hi, the founder of Taekwon-Do.
In spite of all the hardships and obstacles, you have made Taekwon-Do, the art that we treasure as our own lives.
For more than half century, you have dedicated your life and spirit to bring Taekwon-Do to its full maturity.
We now practice this wonderful art that you have given us in its spirit regardless of nationality, religion and ideology.
While making our bodies healthier and stronger, we have learned to live closer to the tenets of Taekwon-Do.
We have learned honour, righteousness, fervour, determination, responsibility and cooperation.
As you loved it, we too sir, love Taekwon-Do with our heart.
We now take your teachings and will strive to maintain the independance of martial arts in its purest form.
We will not compromise the principles of Taekwon-Do thereby refusing to side with any ideology, politics, monopolization and abuse.
The one way you have shown to us is the path we will follow.
The way of a true warrior.
We pledge to you today to follow the leadership of our new president armed with your Taekwon-Do philosophy, so that your Taekwon-Do will be handed down to the many generations to come in its purest form.
This is our duty as Taekwon-Do practitioners to guarantee the continuation of this wonderful art.
You sir now have left us. We ask you to look down upon us and guide us in this endeavour.
We will forever remember you and treasure you in our hearts as our great teacher.
Dear Sir, you can now finally rest in peace.”