My interest in Korean martial arts started when I became
a special member of the US Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation (now Soo
Bakh Do) led by Hyun Chul Hwang. This was around 1980 and I was fortunate
to obtain a copy of GM Kee Hwang's book. It was rather easy to do many
of the stuff as I was
training in Kyokushin style karate at the time. The forms such as Kicho Yung Il boo, etc. Pyong Ahn, etc. because of its Japanese origins were easy to adapt to. Around the same time, in corresponding with the WTF - I was asked if I did not want to open a branch in South Africa for the WTF. This eventually led me to dabble in TKD - but it was first of an ITF nature.
In 1994 I competed in the World Championships of the "TaeKwonDo International" organisation held in Leicester, England and most recently, I participated in the Hanmadang of the US National TKD Federation (Dr. Duk Gun Kwon).
One of my dearest colleagues is very much into TKD and because of him also, I am administratively involved in the sport. Because of the high amount of kicks utilized by my system which is an offshoot of Kyokushin, it makes it easier for our students to compete.