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Joon Jae Lee

LEE, Joon-jae is a taekwondo pioneer who also founded the modern taekwondo hybrid, Iin Tae Kwon.

Lee was born in Chun-ju City, South Korea. He began studying martial arts when he was 13 years old. Later he taught martial arts in the Korean military. Following his discharge from the army, Lee was accepted into the Korean Police as an Instructor of the Force. He won the Police Championships and received top honors in the 1967 Korean National Championship. Master Lee was then invited to a charity demonstration in Singapore. As a result of his impressive display, the Singapore Tae Kwon-Do Association asked him to remain in the country and instruct the art. Two years later, Master Lee left on a world tour of teaching and demonstrating Tae Kwon-Do. He was one of the first Korean masters to introduce the art in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and North America. By early 1970 Master Lee settled in Calgary, Alberta, pioneering the art of Tae Kwon-Do throughout Western Canada.

Grand Master Lee passed away in Calgary April 6, 2024.