The Masters Rhee
World Master Rhee Chong Chul, one of the 12 Original Masters of Tae Kwon-Do, is known as the "Father of Australian Tae Kwon-Do" who introduced Tae Kwon-Do to Australia in the late 1960s. At different times in the 1970s, he was accompanied by his two brothers Master Rhee Chong Hyup and Master Rhee Chong Yoon.
Master Rhee Chong Hyup is a man of superlative technique in the art of Tae Kwon-Do. Also one of the original 12 Masters of Tae Kwon-Do he was instrumental in introducing the art to Malaysia and Singapore before moving to Melbourne Australia in 1970 to assist his brother, Master Rhee Chong Chul, to spread Tae Kwon-Do and to take charge of Rhee Tae Kwon-Do operations in Victoria.
Over more than 45 years, Master Rhee Chong Hyup has trained, encouraged and fostered students to develop themselves to the best of their abilities, with many becoming instructors in their own right.
"Tae Kwon-Do is more than a physical movement or a fighting skill. It is an Art - spiritual and mental. Students learn self control, perseverance and indomitable spirit. It builds mental discipline.
Of course there are physical exercises but there is just as much emphasis on mental harmony and self-confidence. Through hardship of training you get mental and spiritual achievement. Self control means discipline of the body. It also means not losing the temper." 1
Master Rhee Chong Yoon, the youngest of the three Masters Rhee, began his training in 1954 under Lieutenant Colonel Nam Tae Hi. He served for many years in the Korean military, teaching the Art to Special Forces personnel in Vietnam before retiring in 1975 and joining his brothers in Australia the following year.
Original Masters of Taekwon-Do is a group of twelve South Korean martial art masters assembled by the Korea Taekwon-Do Association (KTA) in the early 1960s to promote the newly established art of Tae Kwon-Do. In alphabetical order following Korean naming conventions, they are: Choi Chang Keun, Choi Kwang Jo, Han Cha Kyo, Kim Jong Chan, Kim Kwang Il, Kong Young Il, Park Jong Soo, Park Jung Tae, Park Sun Jae, Rhee Chong Chul, Rhee Chong Hyup, Rhee Ki Ha. 2
1. 'The Sun' newspaper. Friday June 27, 1980