Tournament Director Greeting
It is my pleasure to invite you to the International Taekwondo Festival 2017. I extend a warm greeting to returning participants and a special welcome to those attending for the first time. I would also like to give my great appreciation to the Masters, Referees and Coaches who are devoting their time and energy to support and increase the popularity of Taekwondo in the USA.
In 1994, I began my first championship as the World Taekwondo Festival in Los Angeles and throughout 24 years the championship has evolved from the World Taekwondo Festival, the LA Open Championship, Young In Cheon Invitational and now is the International Taekwondo Festival. Each year the tournament has become more successful than previous years past, and now we are an International tournament with over 5,000 attendees. The purpose of the Festival is to give our youth the opportunity to achieve their goals and develop a winning attitude in life. We provide a beautiful outdoor venue, safe and fair matches, and a festive atmosphere.
Our 1st place winner Sr. Division will receive the Grandmaster Chun Il Sup Cup. Jr. Division winner will receive the Grandmaster Hyuk Jong Kim (who is my original grandmaster) Cup. Grandmaster Chun Il Sup is a pioneer for Taekwondo; he brought changes to tradition kyoroogi incorporating new techniques and creating the very first chest protector. In the history of Taekwondo, Grandmaster Chun Il Sup’s students grew into legendary Taekwondo figures. We would like to honor him for his dedication and contribution by presenting our winners with this special award. Young In Cheon Taekwondo Spirit Award will be awarded to one male and female athlete who showcases a passion for Taekwondo, humility in their hearts and lives by the tenants of Taekwondo.
The International Taekwondo Festival success would not be possible without the generous support from the Ministry of Culture Sports and Tourism Korea, Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles, Korea Tourism Organization Los Angeles, World Taekwondo Federation and USA Taekwondo.
The International Taekwondo Festival is a place where athletes can come to Compete, Appreciate, and Celebrate Taekwondo at its Finest!
I look forward to seeing you all at the International Taekwondo Festival 2017!
Grandmaster Young In Cheon
2000 Olympic USA Team Head Coach