| Grandmaster Yu - 9th Dan TaeKwon-Do|
|General Choi - Founder of TaeKwon-Do|
Choi Hong Hi was born on November 9th, 1918, in the Hwa Dae Myong Chun district of what is now North Korea. At the age of 12 he was instructed in the Korean art of foot fighting (Taek Kyon)
In 1937, he went to Japan, where he studied English, mathematics and karate. He received his 1st Dan in Karate in 1939. On his return to Korea in 1942, he was drafted against his will into the Japanese army. After attempting to escape to join the underground Korean Liberation Army, he was arrested and sent to Pyongyang prison on charges of treason. He was freed in August 1945, just days before he was to be executed.
In 1946, General Choi was one of the founders of the South Korean army, in which he eventually became a general, training those under his command in the new martial art. This new martial art was a combination of Taek Kyon and Karate techniques, which was called TaeKwon-Do. Eventually he trained instructors in TaeKwon-Do for the entire South Korean army. By the time he founded the International TaeKwon-Do Federation in 1966, there were associations throughout Asia, Western Europe and North America. It was practiced by the armies of several nations, and was taught at West Point.
General Choi lost his battle with cancer on June 15, 2002
Master Scott Gorham
Began TaeKwon-Do career in 1985
Promoted to 1st Dan in 1992
Promoted to 2nd Dan in 1994
Promoted to 3rd Dan in 1997
Promoted to 4th Dan in 1999
Promoted to 5th Dan in 2004
Promoted to 6th Dan in 2011
Master Gorham at 6th Dan Promotion
(presented by Grandmaster Yu)
Master Dawn Gorham
Began TaeKwon-Do career in 1991
Promoted to 1st Dan in 1995
Promoted to 2nd Dan in 1997
Promoted to 3rd Dan in 1999
Promoted to 4th Dan in 2004
Promoted to 5th Dan in 2011
Master Gorham at 5th Dan Promotion
(presented by Grandmaster Yu)
We are a family oriented martial arts school, teaching traditional ITF style TaeKwon-Do. We have been teaching to the Waterford community since 1991. Our main school is located in Waterford, MI (Waterford TaeKwon-Do). We also have an affiliate schools in Oxford, MI (North Oakland -Do) and Pontiac, MI (Master Walker's TaeKwon-Do)
We are the proud sponsor of a AAA rated MSKC (Michigan Sport Karate Circuit) Tournament - The Arctic Challenge. We have been holding our tournament for the past 8 years, currently in the month of January. All of our students are encouraged to participate in our schools's tournament which leads to many joining our competitive tournament team.
Master Gorham coaching during MSKC Tournament 2013 13-15 year old Black Belt State Champion Christopher Gorham
sparring during MSKC Tournament
2013 Waterford TaeKwon-Do MSKC Tournament Team
In addition to the MSKC Tournament Circuit, we also participate in the WKC (World Karate & Kickboxing Commission). We have traveled across the world and have had several students attend the world championships for the past 7 years.
2012 Waterford TaeKwon-Do WKC competitors with Coach Master Richard Plowden
Welcome to Waterford TaeKwon-Do. This web-site contains the school curriculum, which details the requirements necessary to advance in rank. Each student will be expected to understand and demonstrate these requirements to the best of their ability. This site serves only as a guideline. Student advancement is determined solely by the instructor, based upon the student's individual capabilities and skills.