|Hackensack NJ (8-13-07) In what is being hailed as the most historic event in moderm times the Taekwondo Hall of Fame Ceremony held in East Rutherford, New Jersey USA on April 6th, 2007 was a huge success. In addition to the greatest pioneer champions being inducted, Great Grandmaster Nam Tae Hi was also present and inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame along with Taekwon-Do early pioneers GM Rhee Ki Ha, GM CK Choi, GM Cho Sang Min, GM Kong Young II,and Kim Bok Man. Those pioneers were hand picked by General Choi Hong Hi to introduced Taekwon-do to 127 countrties. Other Grandmasters that were inducted included Kim Pyung Soo, Jhoon Rhee,and Dong Keun Park, Korea's 6 time undefeated national champion. Pioneer champions Ramiro Guzman (Mexico), Mike Warren (USA), Allen Steen (USA),Alejandro Chacon (Costa Rica), Ray Nikiel (Canada), Jeff Smith USA) Joe Corley (USA), Mitchell Bobrow (USA) Chuck Stepan (USA), and others were also inducted. Olympic Champions Nia Abdallah and Arlene Limas were inducted as well. USA's John Holloway received a lifetime Acheivement award. A highlight of the event was the induction of the first USA team which competed in the 1st World Taekwondo Championships in 1973 in Korea. The event was MCed by Joe Corley and Mitchell Bobrow who kept things moving smoothly. The historic event marks the first time that senior members of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) gathered to be honored together. Hoss Rafaty of the World Taekwondo Alliance and George Vitale played a key role in bringing members of both organizations together for the capacity crowd event.
The event was recently recognized by Taekwondo Times Magazine as being the first Taekwondo Hall of Fame
To see the historic photos go to http://www.taekwondoevents.com
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THE NEXT TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY WILL BE
DATE: FRIDAY, APRIL 10th, 2009
PLACE: MARRIOTT HOTEL
100 FRANK W. BURR BOULEVARD
TEANECK, NEW JERSEY, USA
GO TO: www.tkd2009.com