Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee is a legend in the world of Taekwondo, some even refer to him as the Father of American Tae Kwon Do.
Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee – Episode 180
It’s hard to be in the martial arts and not know who Jhoon Rhee is – though there are certainly some who don’t. When you talk about Taekwondo’s start in the USA, you’re really talking about Grandmaster Rhee. A friend to Bruce Lee, he’s a central figure in parts of Mr. Alex Gillis‘s work, A Killing Art.
There’s something particularly special about speaking to someone who has been training as long as Grandmaster Rhee. While not in the best of health, he was willing to take time out of his day to speak with me about martial arts, philosophy, and his beliefs on the intersection of the two.
Back on episode 14, we were lucky enough to speak with Bill “Superfoot” Wallace. Some of you asked for a transcript of the show, and with permission, we’ve gone ahead and done that. You can find affordable versions for both Kindle and in paperback over at Amazon.
Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee appeared in one movie titled When Taekwondo Strikes. It was released in 1973 and features one of the most experienced martial arts casts of any movie. Also titled Sting of the Dragon Masters, you can find it on Amazon Prime video or on DVD if you hunt a bit.
Grand Master Rhee did send a copy of his book, which is an excellent companion to the principles he outlines in the interview. You can find new and used copies on Amazon and elsewhere.
A special thank you to Master Chun Rhee, Grandmaster Rhee’s son, for his help in arranging this interview.