… first Taekwondo School in Ottawa in 1977
Grandmaster Tae Eun Lee opened the first Taekwondo School here in Ottawa in 1977. Since then, his unique effort and dedication to Taekwondo have been recognized across Canada and the world. He is now considered to be one of the most important and valuable Grandmasters in Taekwondo.
Grandmaster Tae Eun Lee believes in a strong teacher/student relationship. It is the interaction between the master and his pupils, that transforms the environment from a ‘club to exercise’ to an authentic martial arts school.
“Taekwondo is not only kicking and punching and traditional fighting, it works toward a stronger spirit. It’s how you control your mind and body. Your real power comes from your inner spirit”
Grandmaster Tae E. Lee emphasizes attitude over technique, with the goal to develop well-rounded martial artists, not fighters. It is attitude — martial art spirit — not physical ability alone, that determines advancement in his method of training.
“Each student is structured differently and some cannot physically perform a given technique as well as another. For example, some individuals are more flexible than others. It is unfair to penalize a student because he/she cannot physically perform as well as a fellow classmate.”
What is essential is that the student train both the mind and body to the best of his or her personal ability and develop the capability to teach others the skills and philosophy of Taekwondo.
Grandmaster Tae Eun Lee has guided students as young as three years and as old as 80, including those physically challenged, to the level of Black Belt, and beyond.
“For a quarter century you have been a great inspiration to so many residents of Ottawa. Whether you are assisting the police, or raising funds for a charity like CHEO, or assisting with a local School Advisory Committee, you are a role model for all of our fellow citizens.…”
Mayor of Ottawa