Left to right: Doug Cook, Richard Conceicao, Raul Acevedo and Brad Shipp
Photo Courtesy of Doug Cook

Left to right: Doug Cook, Richard Conceicao, Raul Acevedo and Brad Shipp at the tribute.

Grandmaster Richard Chun Honored

More than 40 students from six martial arts schools in the tri-state area recently assembled for the 2021 Grandmaster Richard Chun Tribute Seminar, held at Chosun Taekwondo Academy in Warwick, New York. They paid their respects to a true icon of the Korean martial arts on the fourth anniversary of his passing.

Taekwondo pioneer Richard Chun, a ninth-degree black belt and one of the highest-ranked master instructors in the United States, passed away on November 15, 2017. He was best-known for his landmark textbooks Tae Kwon Do: The Korean Martial Art and Advancing in Tae Kwon Do, which serve as a blueprint for traditional taekwondo schools worldwide.

Brad Shipp performs a high twist kick.Brad Shipp performs taekwondo's high twist kick at the tribute.Photo Courtesy of Doug Cook

Hosted by Doug Cook — owner of Chosun Taekwondo Academy, president of the United States Taekwondo Association and a senior student under Richard Chun for 25 years — sponsored the memorial celebration, which was simultaneously broadcast globally on the Zoom platform.

The program opened with a video retrospective depicting Richard Chun’s contributions to taekwondo, followed by five one-hour sessions taught by Brad Shipp, Richard Conceicao and Raul Acevedo in tandem with Doug Cook. Physical training consisted of martial meditation, flexibility exercises, basic techniques, sword and staff skills, self-defense drills and poomsae.

Students from six taekwondo schools pay tribute at the Richard Chun tribute.Students from six regional taekwondo schools pay tribute at the 2021 Richard Chun tribute.Photo Courtesy of Doug Cook

“It was humbling to see so many martial artists from various institutes paying respect to the legacy of Grandmaster Chun,” said Doug Cook, an eighth-degree black belt. “My teacher was a giant in the martial arts community. I am just honored that, in my smallness, I was accepted by him as a disciple, endlessly benefiting from his wisdom. I miss him daily.”

Photos Courtesy of Doug Cook

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