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For those who aren’t in the taekwondo loop and don’t know why Hee-Il Cho is the person to help you perfect your taekwondo moves, here’s the short version of his martial arts bio. He took up the arts when he was a 10-year-old living with his family in Pohang, South Korea. Back then — in the 1950s — Koreans used names like kong soo do and tae soo do to describe their fighting arts. Shortly thereafter, Gen. Choi Hong-hi advocated dispensing with all those names and calling it simply “taekwondo,” Hee-Il Cho said in an interview for the August 2012 issue of Black Belt. The Search for Self-Defense Moves As a boy, Hee-Il Cho was drawn to training in taekwondo moves despite the fact that the average dojang was a barren place, the average lesson was filled with corporal punishment and the average instructor — perhaps a 14- or 15-year-old kid — was inclined to blindly follow the ways he’d learned from his master. “In those days, the only way to survive was to get tough,” Hee-Il Cho said, and get tough he did. The adversity honed his technique, improved his taekwondo moves, strengthened his character and forged his spirit.

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