United Kingdom::Ki Ha Rhee


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United Kingdom In 1967, some of his students in the RAF, who had returned to the United Kingdom, invited Rhee to travel there to teach.<ref name="RITA"/> He arrived at Heathrow Airport, London, on 2 July 1967, and was ranked 5th dan at the time.<ref name="RheeAKH2011"/><ref name="Derby"/> Reportedly, Rhee only planned to stay for two years, but ended up settling there.<ref name="RITA"/> Rhee Ki Ha founded the United Kingdom Taekwon-Do Association (UKTA) in 1967,<ref name="UKTAScotland">United Kingdom Taekwon-Do Association Scotland Retrieved on 30 January 2010.</ref> the Republic of Ireland Taekwon-Do Association in 1972,<ref name="RITA"/> at which time he was ranked 5th dan,<ref name="INTA"> Irish National Tae Kwon-Do Association: Mr. Thomas Connor IV degree Retrieved on 30 January 2010.</ref> and the All European Taekwon-Do Association in 1979.<ref name="RITA"/> He was promoted to the rank of 7th dan either by 1973<ref name="ITASlovenia">International Taekwon-Do Association Slovenia: ITF history Retrieved on 3 February 2010.</ref> or in 1974,<ref name="RheeAKH2011"/><ref name="Derby"/> according to different sources. Rhee attained the rank of 8th dan in 1981, and was the first person ever promoted to 9th dan by H. H. Choi on 1 July 1997 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, taking from that point onwards the honorific of "First" Grand Master Rhee.<ref name="RITA"/><ref name="RheeAKH2011"/> Rhee was also described by Choi as "the best ever student of Taekwon-Do."<ref name="RITA"/>

Rhee is currently Vice President of one of the three ITF organisations.<ref>ITF - GM Rhee's Message Retrieved on 3 October 2009.</ref> He is listed as the "Founder of Taekwon-Do in Great Britain and Ireland" in the Taekwondo Hall of Fame.<ref name="HallofFame">Taekwondo Hall of Fame Retrieved on 12 January 2008.</ref> He is listed as a pioneer in Europe (1950s, 1960s, and 1970s) in Chang Keun Choi's list of taekwondo pioneers.<ref name="Choi">Choi, C. K. (2007): Tae Kwon Do Pioneers Retrieved on 15 March 2008.</ref>

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