The Chosun Taekwondo Academy, founded in 1997 by Master Doug Cook, a senior student of Grandmaster Richard Chun, 9th Dan Black Belt, is a holistically-oriented, martial arts institute based on traditional Asian principles and authentic Korean martial arts doctrine. Literally translated, the term “Chosun”, an ancient name for Korea, can be defined as “land of the morning calm.”
It is the mission of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy to provide authentic martial arts instruction to adults, teens and children at an affordable price in a safe and encouraging environment. In keeping with this policy, Chosun students are taught fundamental drills and exercises targeted at self-defense, increasing flexibility and physical fitness. Additionally, students are exposed to methods of cultivating Ki , or internal energy, used to amplify technique and to promote a greater sense of well being. Meditation is employed as a vehicle to clear the mind of stray thoughts prior to training, enhance focus, and cultivate concentration. These pedagogical concepts compound to support taekwondo as a martial way or a path to enlightenment rather than merely a sport.
Qualified Black Belt instructors adhere to a stringent curriculum. Promotion from one rank to the next is predicated on proficiency in an escalating series of basic strikes, kicks, stances, one-step sparring, self-defense techniques, poomsae, combination drills, and board breaking, intended to demonstrate raw power. Students are also encouraged to learn Korean terminology coupled with the underlying philosophy that supports traditional taekwondo. There is nothing haphazard about the Chosun program; students know exactly what is expected of them in order to achieve advancement. Everything is clearly written out on Belt Requirement Forms to avoid confusion and presented to the student to be included in a training journal that they are required to maintain throughout their membership.
The Chosun Taekwondo Academy is unique in the fact that our students are not required to sign annual contracts in order to secure membership as a great many practitioners of competing schools and health centers are required to do. Moreover, classes are unlimited so students can attend as often as their schedule and ability permits. Classes vary between those exclusive to children, mixed classes largely attended by children and adults, and classes dedicated to teen/adult students only. Sunrise classes allow early-risers to begin their day with a period of mediation and vigorous drills leaving them revitalized.
The Chosun Taekwondo Academy is a professional, full-time operation open from 5:30am till 9:00pm on most days. Aside from its primary mission as an institute of the Korean martial arts, the Chosun Taekwondo Academy also offers an ongoing program in Hatha Yoga, taught by qualified, adult instructors.
Grandmaster Doug Cook holds a 7th Dan Black Belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo and is certified by the Kukkiwon. He is president/CEO of the United States Taekwondo Association, a national organization founded in 1980 by Grandmaster Richard Chun, and a six-time gold medalist having frequently participated in the New York State Championships and the New York State Governor’s Cup Competitions. He was a senior student of the late Grandmaster Richard Chun, 9th dan, for twenty-five years. Grandmaster Cook has trained in Korea on multiple occasions and currently administers training and cultural tours to the homeland of taekwondo. He holds a D3 status as a US Referee and has received high honors from Korea in the form of a “Letter of Appreciation” signed by World Taekwondo Federation past-president, Dr. Un Yong Kim.
In 2003 Grandmaster Cook was awarded the Medal of Special Recognition from the Moo Duk Kwan in Seoul, South Korea. In 2004, while attending a training camp in Korea, Grandmaster Cook received a Special Citation from the Korean government for forging a stronger relationship between Korea and the United States through the martial arts.
A six-page interview featuring Grandmaster Cook appeared in TaeKwonDo Times focusing on taekwondo philosophy and his views on the role the martial arts will play in the twenty-first century. In June 2006, he was inducted into the Budo International Martial Arts Hall of Fame as “Taekwondo Master of the Year”. In 2007, Grandmaster Cook was invited on several occasions to speak as a guest lecturer at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, the only institution of higher learning in the country to offer a major in the martial arts.
Grandmaster Cook was recently listed in Black Belt magazine as one of the Top Twenty masters of the Korean martial arts in America. In 2009 he was invited to speak at the prestigious Korea Society in New York City. Grandmaster Cook appeared twice on the cover of Totally TaeKwonDo magazine, with one issue featuring an eight-page in-depth interview. He was inducted into the TaeKwonDo Times 2011 Hall of Fame as “Writer of the Year”. Also in 2011, at a ceremony honoring Grandmaster Richard Chun, he was again awarded a Special Recognition Award from the Moo Duk Kwan in Korea. In the same year, Grandmaster Cook received a Special Citation from the Ambassador of South Korea at the nation’s embassy in Washington, DC, in recognition of his editorial contributions to taekwondo and was interviewed by ABC-affiliate, Univision regarding the Olympics. In 2013 he was inducted into the Legends of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Taekwondo Master of the Year.
Grandmaster Cook is credited with the creation of the Chosun Women’s Self-Defense Course. He has also provided training for the US Army National Guard/42nd Division prior to military operations and has instructed agents from the Department of Homeland Security, the New York Police Department and the Bronx County Sheriff’s Department. Grandmaster Cook was called upon to demonstrate taekwondo as part of a three-man team at the annual Oriental World of Self-Defense held in New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. There, he and the team were cheered on by martial arts legends such as Richard Chun, Henry Cho and Chuck Norris.
Because he is a traditionalist, Grandmaster Cook places great emphasis on the underlying philosophical principles and self-defense strategies surrounding taekwondo. He demonstrates this belief by infusing meditation, Ki exercises, a strong attention to basics, and the practice of the classical forms, or poomsae, in his instructional methodology.
Aside from continuing his martial arts education under senior grandmasters, Grandmaster Cook owns and operates the Chosun Taekwondo Academy located in Warwick, New York – an institute specializing in traditional martial arts instruction and Ki, or internal energy, development. Grandmaster Doug Cook currently shares his knowledge of taekwondo through a series of articles he has written for TaeKwonDo Times, Black Belt, Totally TaeKwonDo and the United States Taekwondo Association Journal, as well as various other martial arts publications. For the past twenty-five years he has written monthly columns for TaeKwonDo Times and Totally TaeKwonDo magazines.
Grandmaster Cook is the author of four best-selling books focusing on taekwondo entitled, Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior, Traditional Taekwondo – Core Techniques, History, and Philosophy, a finalist in ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award, Taekwondo – A Path to Excellence, released in 2009, a USA Book Award finalist, and Taekwondo Black Belt Poomsae: Original Koryo & Koryo, authored in partnership with Grandmaster Richard Chun. All editions are published by YMAA of Boston and are available online and at booksellers worldwide. Grandmaster Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at www.chosuntkd.com and is available for seminars, workshops, book signings and lectures.
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Grandmaster Chong Soo Hong
Grandmaster Richard Chun
Master Doug Cook
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