The Traditional Taekwon-Do College of Duvall has a long history in the Duvall community, dating back to the mid 1980’s. Fifth Degree Black Belt Bob Crouch was the head instructor of the Duvall school from 1994 until 2006, before turning over the direction of the school to Fourth Degree Black Belt Kirk Werner, who continues the traditional teachings of Taekwon-Do, as taught by Mr. Edgar Bailey of Bailey’s Traditional Taekwon Do College in Edmonds, WA. A 9th Degree Black Belt, Mr. Bailey began teaching Taekwon-Do in Knappa, Oregon in 1973, and has developed many exceptional students throughout the Pacific Northwest over the years. While there are different national/international organizations which govern varying styles of Taekwon-Do, The Traditional Taekwon-Do College of Duvall is not affiliated with any of these organizations. For reference, the patterns studied are based on (though not identical to) those of the International Taekwon-Do Federation, which was the original style of Taekwon-Do founded by General Choi Hong Hi.

General Choi Hong Hi, the founding father of Taekwon-Do, was born in what is now North Korea on November 9th, 1918. During his youth, he was sent to study calligraphy under one of the most famous teachers in Korea. In addition to his skills as a calligrapher, his teacher was also a master of Taekkyon, the ancient Korean art of foot fighting. The teacher, concerned over the frail condition of his new student, began teaching him the rigorous exercises of Taekkyon to help build up his body. General Choi was sent to Japan to further his studies, and while there he earned a black belt in karate. Because the Japanese occupied Korea from 1909-1945, he was forced to join the Japanese army as a student volunteer. Toward the latter part of World War II, General Choi was able to return to his native Korea, where he subsequently received a 7-year prison sentence when his plans to overthrow the Japanese government were discovered. He was imprisoned until the end of the Japanese occupation of Korea in 1945. Upon the liberation of Korea, in January of 1946 General Choi was placed in a privileged position as a founding member of the newly formed South Korean Armed Forces. He began to teach karate to his soldiers as a means of physical and mental training. He soon saw the need to develop Korea’s own national martial art. It was with this ambition in mind that General Choi began to develop new techniques, combined with those learned from his studies of karate and Taekkyon. By the end of 1954 he had nearly completed the foundation of a new martial art for Korea, and on April 11, 1955, it was given the name “Taekwon-Do”.

Source of reference: Taekwon-Do by General Choi Hong Hi.