Chung Do Kwan is the original system of modern day Taekwondo developed by Won Kuk Lee (Yi) in 1944. This system is still alive today and is known as the origin of modern day Taekwondo. The U.S. Chung Do Kwan Association hold true to the traditional teachings of Great Grandmaster Lee. Our Black Belt certification begins with: National certification (U.S. Chung Do Kwan Association), Traditional Certification (Chung Do Kwan, Seoul, Korea President Uoon Uhm Kyu, Vice President Hae Man Park) and International Certification (Kukkiwon).
On December 1st, 2012 Grandmaster Brenda J. Sell was awarded the 9th Degree Black Belt by the U. S. Chung Do Kwan Association founder, Sr. Grandmaster Edward B. Sell and the Chung Do Kwan Vice President, Sr. Grandmaster Hae Man Park, an accomplishment NEVER before given to ANY female in these two prestigious organizations. She will be eligible to test for the Kukkiwon 9th Degree in May, 2014.
On May 19, 2005 Grandmaster Brenda J. Sell stepped onto the floor of the Kukkiwon in Seoul, South Korea to test for her Kukkiwon/WTF 8th Dan. This was history in the making, as she was the first female outside of Korea to be allowed to do so. She has been a pioneer for women in Taekwondo since the 1970’s, and this great accomplishment was no different. Never finding an obstacle too big to overcome, she rigorously prepared for whatever scenario would be presented. As the day approached she had calm and a peace that she maintained throughout the testing. She attributes that calm and peace to her faith in Jesus Christ. Photographs of this event definitely show her determination, perseverance, and gracefulness. Upon receiving word that she passed and would receive her 8th Dan, jubilation shown upon her face, as well as that of her husband, Sr. Grandmaster Edward B. Sell. Just as her husband before her, you can be sure that she will be ready to make history again in obtaining her 9th Dan in 2014. (More of Grandmaster Sell’s accomplishments are found elsewhere on her website.)
The United States Chung Do Kwan (USCDKA) continues to celebrate its longevity of America’s 1st Taekwondo Association boasting schools all across America and into Canada. Grandmaster Sell’s dream and vision to see the USCDKA have its own national tournament circuit came true on August 17th and 18th when the U.S. Chung Do Kwan Nationals were held in Lakeland, Florida. It was quite an amazing feat, as they outgrew the facility prior to the event. Approximately 400 competitors participated in this historical event. There was one moment that made this event even more historical. All of the rings came to a standstill as Grandmaster Sell, herself, stepped into the ring to compete at the national level once again. Always leading by example, she completed her form to the cheers of her many students in attendance: she received a perfect score of 10. This two day event, combined with a 40th Anniversary Banquet Celebration, brought USCDKA family in from all across the nation, as well as from Canada. The U.S. Chung Do Kwan National Tournament circuit continues with local, state, regional, and national championships. Top competitors have an opportunity to compete at the Night of Champions each year for the Grand Champion Title. The Best of the Best WOW the audience with their talents.
2017 was a truly historic year for the USCDKA family. Grandmaster Brenda J. Sell tested at an historic Kukkiwon testing, the first ever of its kind held outside of Seoul, Korea, to make history as the first non-Korean woman to ever test for 9th degree, making her the highest ranked non-Korean female on the planet in Taekwondo. She celebrated with the USCDKA family over the 50th anniversary of the USCDKA celebration at the National Tournament, with many exciting new features for the USCDKA, including an online version of the Forces of Taekwondo “blue book,” and e-portfolio, a hall of fame banquet, the famed Night of Champions, and many other fantastic celebrations. Truly, 2017 was the year of the United States Chung Do Kwan Association