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WTF Mourns Passing of Taekwondo Pioneer

Woon Kyu Um

SEOUL, Korea (June 13, 2017) – The World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) is in mourning following the passing of one of the sport’s most important pioneers.


Woon-kyu Um, who died on June 10 in Seoul at the age of 87, was a fierce fighter from the Chung Do Kwan school of taekwondo. He later worked tirelessly as an early innovator of the development of modern, sportive taekwondo.


Um served as a council member and vice president of the World Taekwondo Federation from 1989 to 2000, and worked for the inclusion of taekwondo as an official sport in the Summer Olympics. Um also served as the president of the Chung Do Kwan, and as the president of the Kukkiwon.


Um’s funeral was declared an official funeral of the “World Taekwondo Family” by the WTF, the Kukkiwon, the Korea Taekwondo Association and the Taekwondo Promotion Foundation.


“It is with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Woon-kyu Um and pass my condolences on to his surviving family,” said WTF President Chungwon Choue. “However, as one of the great pioneers of our sport, he has millions of descendants practicing taekwondo around the world today. He will never be forgotten.”