Tran Trieu Quan

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Trần Triệu Quân
Born (1952-03-26)March 26, 1952
Hanoi, Vietnam
Died January 12, 2010(2010-01-12) (aged 57)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Style Taekwon-Do
Teacher(s) Kim Bong Sik, Choi Hong Hi
Rank 9th dan Taekwon-Do ITF
Spouse Nguyễn Thị Mỹ
Children Joliette Trần, Cécilia Trần, Nicolas Trần

Trần Triệu Quân (March 26, 1952 – January 12, 2010) was a Vietnamese-Canadian grandmaster of taekwondo and a professional engineer. He was president of one of the three International Taekwon-Do Federation groups from mid-2003 until his death. Trần held the rank of 9th dan black belt in taekwondo.

Trần was born on March 26, 1952, in Vietnam.[1][2] He began his study of taekwondo when he was twelve years old.[3] Trần attained black belt status by the age of 17, and was teaching taekwondo under his instructor, Kim Bong Sik.[2] He emigrated to Canada in 1970, studying mechanical engineering at Laval University and establishing the first taekwondo schools in eastern Canada.[3]

Apart from his extensive taekwondo activities, Trần operated Norbati Consultants Trần & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in building standards and project management for the construction sector.[3] In 1994, Trần was imprisoned in Vietnam after a one-million-dollar sale of cotton to a Vietnamese state company, which he had brokered, fell through.[1] He spent three years in prison before being released.[1]

Trần was promoted to 7th dan on July 1, 1990, 8th dan on December 3, 2000, and 9th dan on December 22, 2008.[4] He was appointed President of one of the three ITF organizations on June 13, 2003.[5]

Trần was in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on business (ironically, working on improving building standards to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes),[6] and was staying in the Hôtel Montana when it collapsed in a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010.[2] Upon Trần's disappearance, ITF Senior Vice-President and Grand Master Pablo Trajtenberg was named Acting President of the ITF group that Trần had led.[7] Trần's remains were found and his death was confirmed on February 12, 2010.[1]

Trần was married to Nguyễn Thị Mỹ.[1][8] They had two daughters and a son—Joliette, Cécilia, and Nicolas—all holders of black belts in taekwondo.[1] Apart from his wife and children, Trần left behind a son-in-law, François Beaudin; grandchildren Jasmine and Sandrine; and brothers Trần Triệu Cung and Trần Triệu Lân.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f "Quebec Taekwondo master found dead in the rubble in Haiti". Globe and Mail. 2010-02-15. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  2. ^ a b c "Quebec City engineer latest confirmed death in Haiti". Globe and Mail. 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  3. ^ a b c "Grand Master Tran Trieu Quan: Personal History". Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  4. ^ All Europe Taekwon-Do Federation: Trân Triêu Quân is a Grandmaster (2009). Retrieved on March 5, 2010.
  5. ^ "Important Dates in the History of the ITF". International Taekwon-do Federation. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  6. ^ "Four Canadians killed in Haiti quake". National Post. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2010-02-16. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Grand Master Tran Update". International Taekwon-do Federation. 2010-01-31. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  8. ^ a b International Taekwon-Do Federation: The ITF is mourning the loss of Grand Master Trân Triêu Quân (February 13, 2010). Retrieved on March 15, 2010.

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