Taekwon-Do was established in Korea, by our Grand Master, General Choi Hong Hi. General Choi was born a weak child and it caused his parents constant anxiety. He grew up and moved to Tokyo to pursue a career as an author. While in Japan he was forced to join the Japanese army as a student volunteer. It was during his time in the Japanese army he commenced basic martial arts training.
Towards the latter part of World War II, he received a 7 year prison sentence when his plans to overthrow the Japanese military were discovered. During his imprisonment he constantly thought of ways to improve the skills he had learned. After his freedom in 1945 it took a further 10 years of exhaustive researching, developing and experimenting before Taekwon-Do was formed.
In 1965 General Choi received approval from the South Korean Government to declare Taekwon-Do as Korea's national martial art. On March 22, 1966 General Choi founded the International Taekwon-Do Federation in Seoul, Korea with the consent of 9 countries. Today the International Taekwon- Do Federation is found in almost every country of the world.
Low Taekwon-Do Academy
Grandmaster Low was born in Malaysia and began his Taekwon-Do training with his father Grandmaster Low Koon Lin in 1967. He came to Perth, Western Australia in 1971 and received his 1st Degree Black Belt with Mr Rhee Chong Chul in that same year. His affiliation with Mr Rhee Chong Chul continued into 1972 where he began teaching at the University of Western Australia.
In 1975 Grandmaster Low joined with the late Mr Kim Sok Pong who was residing in Perth. From 1978 to 1984 he taught Taekwon-Do in Port Hedland with Kim´s Taekwon-Do Academy.
Upon his return to Perth in 1984, Grandmaster Low established the Low Taekwon-Do Academy which is still strong today. He received his 6th Degree in 1994, in Malaysia with General Choi Hong Hi, the founder of Taekwon-Do and was granted his 7th degree in 2000, 8th degree in 2006 and most recently on the 25th August 2015 was awarded his 9th degree.
With over forty years of teaching experience Grandmaster Low´s training philosophy is based on the unification of mind and body. Incorporating movements that are natural, rhythmic, efficient and beneficial to people of all ages. To ensure his instruction remains realistic and applicable to modern society, Grandmaster Low both conducts and attends international seminars and workshops in order to update his methods and techniques.
Though he is one of the most senior ranking instructors in Australia, the authority of his rank is exceeded by the power of his example as a martial artist. Grandmaster Low is a man who truly loves the martial arts and has devoted his life to the study, practice and teaching of Taekwon-Do.