S. Henry Cho

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S. Henry Cho
Cho Si-hak

November 9, 1934
DiedMarch 8, 2012(2012-03-08) (aged 77)
Alma materUniversity of Illinois (M.B.A.)
OccupationTaekwondo teacher
Known formartial arts, bringing martial arts to the United States

Sihak Henry Cho (November 9, 1934 – March 8, 2012), was a Korean taekwondo pioneer and instructor with the ranking of 9th dan who is recognized as one of the first people to introduce Asian martial arts into the United States of America.[1][2][3] He was the student of Yun Kwei-byung [1]. S. Henry Cho was originally a teacher of Kong Soo Do. [2]

Life and career[edit]

Cho arrived in the USA in 1958 after having received his B.A. degree in Korea, to pursue a Master's Degree in Business Administration at the University of Illinois, and ended up creating many branch schools across the nation.[1] He opened the first permanent, commercial Tae Kwon Do school in the United States in 1961 which he personally ran for over 40 years.[4] He was the creator and promoter of the All American Open Tae Kwon Do/ Karate/ Kung Fu Championship Tournament which continues on to this day. During his lifetime he met and knew many notable martial artists including Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Michael DePasquale Sr., Donald Hugh Nagle and Peter Urban, and Ron Duncan to name a few.[5]

The All American Open was held for 23 consecutive years at Madison Square Garden, and was attended by notable martial artists; Bruce Lee met Chuck Norris for the first time at the All American Open.[2]

Cho is the recipient of the Hall of Fame (Man of the Year) Award by Karate magazine,[2] and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition.[6]

Cho is also the author of a number of books including Korean Karate: Free Fighting Techniques.[4] He was a member of the US Tae Kwon Do Grand Master Association.[7] He was president of the World Council of Martial Arts, Inc from 1991-2012. [3]
Cho has been featured on numerous magazines including the cover of Black Belt Magazine in 1979 and 2007. [4]

He served as the Head Coach for the St. John's University Tae Kwon Do Club.[8]


Tae Kwon Do: Secrets of Korean Karate; Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1968
Korean Karate: Free Fighting Techniques; Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1968
Better Karate for Boys; Dodd, Mead & Co., 1969
Self-Defense Karate; Stravon Publications, 1970

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  1. ^ a b "Tae Kwon Do's S. Henry Cho", Black Belt Magazine, September 1985, retrieved October 30, 2010
  2. ^ a b c "Grandmaster S. Henry Cho", Karate Kidz Online, archived from the original on July 13, 2011, retrieved October 30, 2010
  3. ^ S. Malanoski (2012-03-09). "That's My Satori And I'm Stickin To It!: S. Henry Cho passes". Thatsmysatori.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
  4. ^ a b "History of Tae Kwon Do". Powerkixusa.com. Archived from the original on 8 April 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  5. ^ http://www.ma-mags.com/Mags/OK/OKA%201982-13%20Cov.jpg[bare URL image file]
  6. ^ "S. Henry Cho Wins President's Fitness Council Award". goldsea.com. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  7. ^ "2007-2009 US Taekwondo Grandmaster Society Leadership". US Taekwondo Grandmasters Society. 2008. Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
  8. ^ "St. John's University Sports website". Archived from the original on July 20, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)