LEE, Bum-I is called the Father of German Taekwondo. Lee was born in Kyoung-Buk Korea on July 9, 1938. In 1964 he began teaching taekwondo to U.S. Army servicemen stationed in South Korea. In 1966 he moved to Germany and began teaching taekwondo there. In 1985 the International Taekwon-Do Federation awarded him his 9th dan black belt, making him the highest ranking taekwondo practitioner in Europe.