AMPLIFIER: TAEJOON LEE
Master Taejoon Lee is one of the world's finest martial artists, in a style that spans an unusually broad skill-set of striking, kicking, joint locking, throwing, grappling, and wielding weapons. His speed, precision, power, and encyclopedic knowledge of body mechanics converge into a beautiful yet lethal blur of movement. Not surprisingly, his talents have been recognized by industry press, which has featured him in nearly two dozen articles including two covers of BLACK BELT magazine (the world's leading martial arts journal). He has trained many members of the Elite U.S. Military & Law Enforcement, and has performed celebrated demonstrations in the United States, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.
In addition to being a warrior, Master Lee is a teacher. Born into the dojang (academy), he received his Black Belt at the tender age of seven, and since that time, he has been training students in Hwa Rang Do. Notwithstanding his youth, he operated clubs and schools during middle school and high school, as well as at various Southern California universities while he earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy at the University of Southern California. In 1994, he opened his current dojang as the West Coast Headquarters of the World Hwa Rang Do Association (WHRDA), in West Los Angeles, California.
To understand what Master Lee teaches, it is important to recognize that Hwa Rang Do's purpose is not to manufacture unruly brawlers brimming with ego. Instead, the goal is to guide individuals to achieve physical, mental, and spiritual balance that allows their full potential to flourish, in the service of humankind. Accordingly, when Master Lee is teaching physical technique, he is simultaneously delving into the emotional and psychological. Without wasting words, Master Lee guides his students through a trying physical journey that leads to spiritual self-knowledge, about one's fears and how to conquer them.