Grandmaster Son

Biography of Grandmaster Duk Sung Son, 9th Dan

Grandmaster Son began studying Tae Kwon Do in the 1940’s under the leadership of Won Kuk Lee in Korea.  Won Kuk Lee was the founder of the Chung Do Kwan (school of the Blue Wave).  Grandmaster Son quickly rose to the black belt level and onward to the master level and assumed the leadership of the Chung Do Kwan in 1950.  In 1955, Grandmaster Son and other leading Korean martial arts masters gathered together and originated the name Tae Kwon Do for the Korean national martial art. 

Grandmaster Son came to the United States in 1963 and settled in New York City to continue teaching Tae Kwon Do.  He performed Tae Kwon Do demonstrations in 1964-1965 at the N.Y. World’s Fair to introduce the Korean martial art to the United States. Grandmaster Son has taught at many prestigious universities and colleges in the United States including:  U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Princeton, New York University, Fordham University, Brown University, Harvard University, and M.I.T.  Grandmaster Son has authored two textbooks on Tae Kwon Do, the first book is titled “Korean Karate, The Art of Tae Kwon Do” and the second book is titled “Black Belt Korean Karate”.  Grandmaster Son continues to teach his classes in New York City and is a true living legend, “A Master of Masters!”.

Photograph of Grandmaster Son.


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