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Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts was brought to the United States by Great Grandmaster Lee H. Park in 1969. Great Grandmaster Park began teaching Moo Sul Kwan Martial Arts in Cape Girardeau on September 1, 1969. MSK has grown to include campuses, schools and clubs in Colorado and Missouri.
Lee H. Park was born to Sangsoon and Eungkyo Chang Park on December 25, 1939. He graduated from Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, in 1965, and married Yung Kim on August 18, 1969. Grandmaster Park moved from Korea to Cape Girardeau, Missouri. GGM Park worked at Southeast Missouri State University as a physical education professor. He received a B.S. in Accounting at SEMO University in 1973 and an M.A.T. Degree in Physical Education in 1979.
Grandmaster Lee H. Park served as president of Moo Sul Kwan and the American Martial Arts Sports and Education Association. Grandmaster Park was vice-president of the International Council on Martial Arts Education and he was chairman of the Teacher Certification Committee, International Council of Martial Arts Education. He had previously served as a Delegate at Large at the National AAU Taekwondo Committee, was a past president of the American Hapkido Association; past chairman of the Subcommittee of Safety and Equipment Development, National AAU Taekwondo Committee; and a past chairman of the Regional Board of Examiners, American Taekwondo Association.
Great Grandmaster Park was a certified 9th dan black belt by the World Taekwondo Federation and 9th dan black belt in Hapkido by the Moo Sul Kwan Hapkido Federation in Korea and 5th dan black belt by the Korean Yudo Association. He is a Hall of Fame member of the World Taekwondo Federation, Seoul, Korea, and was one of the two highest ranking Moo Sul Kwan Hapkido instructors in the world.
Today, Lee H. Park's Moo Sul Kwan and AMASEA has developed programs about taekwondo in Missouri and Colorado, including many clubs, like at Southeast Missouri State University, and numerous before and after school programs at many public and private schools that learn about taekwondo like at Colorado's Red Rocks Elementary School, Westridge Elementary School, Bell Middle School, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, West Woods Elementary School and Montessori Peaks Academy.
Since 1988, the original Moo Sul Kwan founded by Lee Park has been led by President Grandmaster Charles F. Hildebrand, 8th dan black belt.
The other Moo Sul Kwan master instructors:
The American Martial Arts Sports and Education Association (AMASEA) was founded in 1981, by Great Grandmaster Lee H. Park. It was founded to eventually represent many schools nationwide, encouraging the educational development of the martial arts, sports and other teams on a national level.
The AMASEA helps to continually educate our instructors and students in the Korean martial arts of Taekwondo, Hapkido and Judo by organizing conventions, workshops, competitions, seminars, and the finest in black belt training.
An AMASEA recognized school, club or campus signifies top quality in the instruction and care of their student's success and progress. At an AMASEA school, quality education is #1. To earn an officially certified AMASEA Belt Rank Certificate is quite an accomplishment!
AMASEA founder Lee H. Park was the first President of the AMASEA. Since 1988, Grandmaster Charles F. Hildebrand, St. Louis, Missouri, has been the President of the AMASEA.
The mission of the CTI is, "To encourage world-class leadership through educational excellence and Moo Sul Kwan martial arts traditions."
The CTI was founded by Grandmaster James M. Sautel on October 1, 1983. Today, the Colorado Taekwondo Institute has CTI Campus locations in Green Mountain, Westminster, Littleton, Golden, Conifer and Craig.
CTI Programs are also at some of the top public and private schools in the Denver area, schools like; Red Rocks Elementary, Westridge Elementary, Montessori Peaks Academy, Our Lady of Fatima School, Bell Middle School and West Woods Elementary.
CTI Tournament competitions began in 1984, and during the summer of 1985, the first Moo Sul Kwan Summer Expo was held. The Expo was set up for all belt levels and ages of MSK students and instructors. The MSK Expo has been held in Winter Park, Vail, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Colorado Springs and other wonderful places. Based on Great Grandmaster Lee H. Park’s annual AMASEA National Convention, the Summer Expo provides the added touch of the Colorado outdoors. Special Expo guest instructors have included Grandmaster David LeGrand, Grandmaster Charles Hildebrand, Great Grandmaster Bong Yul Shin, Master Bill Jones, Master Doug Johnson and many others.
In 1996, the 1st MSK Black Belt Symposium was held in Winter Park, Colorado. The Black Belt Symposium takes place each year in the fall and is dedicated to the training of MSK instructors and leaders.
In 1998, the first Camp MSK took place at Snow Mountain Ranch, just outside of Granby, Colorado. Ever since then, Camp MSK, which takes place in June, has been a fantastic six-day training playground for students and instructors alike.
The CTI Black Belt Team World Tour began with a trip to a competition in Russia (1993). Since then, the CTI Black Belt Team has visited, trained, competed and demonstrated in
Other dynamic annual events the CTI sponsors has sponsored each year are: the CTI Super Bowl, the CTI All-City Championships, the Lee H. Park Team Championships and the Denver Martial Arts Championships. There are also CTI Masters Seminars given throughout the year on subjects ranging from free-sparring, poomse, and judging technique to breaking and self-defense.
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