Kyo Yoon Lee

Kyo Yoon Lee (1930-2017), Founder of Han Moo Kwan

Han Moo Kwan is one of the oldest, most established and highly respected Taekwondo organizations in the world. In addition to founding of Taekwondo Han Moo Kwan, Great Grandmaster Kyo Yoon Lee was also one of the founding fathers of the Korea Taekwondo Association, the Kukkiwon, and the World Taekwondo Federation.

Kyo Yoon Lee was a student at the Chosun Yun Moo Kwan Kwon Bop Bu, learning from its founder, Sang Sup Chun. Later, after the Korean War Armistice Agreement was signed in 1953, Lee started teaching the returning Yunmoo Kwan Kwon Bop Bu members at the Hankuk Chaeyuk Kwan Dojang. He later left to start his own school (Han Moo Kwan).


1953      Founded the Taekwondo Division at Hankook Gymnasium

1953      First Instructor for Taekwondo Division of CIC the United States Army

1953      First Instructor for Taekwondo Division of Korea University

1954      Founded Central Gymnasium of Taekwondo Hanmookwan (Hanmoo School of Martial Art Taekwondo)

1955      First Instructor of Taekwondo Division of Yonsei University

1960      First Instructor for Taekwondo Division of Seoul Metropolitan Police

1961      Member of Board of Directors, Korea Taekwondo Association

1973      Chairman of Subcommittee for Reward and Discipline, Korea Taekwondo Association

1973      Head of Korean national team for First World Taekwondo Championship

1974      Chairman of Subcommittee for Overseas Dispatch of Instructors, Korea Taekwondo Association

1975      Chairman of Subcommittee for Referee, Korea Taekwondo Association

1976      Chairman of competition, Korea Taekwondo Association

1977      Vice-Chairman of Technical Council of Korea Taekwondo Association

1977      Head of Korean national team for Third World Taekwondo Championships

1977      Conferred “Korea Athletic Decoration”

1979      Vice-Chairman of Technical Council, KTA

1982      Seoul City Taekwondo Association

1983      Vice-President of KTA

1984      Head of Korean Players Delegation touring in Latin America for Goodwill Taekwondo Competitions

1987      Member of Advisory Council, Seoul City Taekwondo Association

2004      Member of Test Commission for High Dan Blackbelts, Kukkiwon

2005      Member of Kukkiwon Advisory Committee

2006      Advisor of Kukkiwon Highest Dan Association


1965      Taesoodo Text Book for Million Taesoodo Members

1969      Taekwondo Text Book for Million Taekwondo Members

1971      Taekwondo Text Book-Easy to Understand

1993      Taekwondo Text Book in Korean and English

1994      Taekwondo Text Book

1996      Guideline of Taekwondo

1996      Standard Taekwondo Text Book

1996      A Guide to Taekwondo

2002      Global Taekwondo Text Book (Vol 1)

2008      Global Taekwondo Text Book (Vol 2)

2010      Global Taekwondo English Text Book