Master Doug Cook

6th Dan Head Master Instructor

Master Doug Cook holds a 6th Dan Black Belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo and is certified as a master instructor by the United States Taekwondo Association and in rank by the Kukkiwon. He is a six-time gold medalist having frequently participated in the New York State Championships and the New York State Governor’s Cup Competitions. Master Cook has trained in Korea and has administered seven 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 past World Taekwondo Federation president, Dr. Un Yong Kim. In 2003 Master 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, Master 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 Master Cook appeared in the May 2005 issue of 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, Master 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.

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Master 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 and will appear in Legacy, an upcoming television documentary centering on taekwondo. Master Cook recently appeared on the cover of Totally TaeKwonDo magazine, an issue that also featured 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, Master 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 2012 Olympics. In 2013 he was inducted into the Legends of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame as “Taekwondo Master of the Year” and was again interviewed and appeared on the cover of Totally TaeKwonDo magazine.

Master 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. Master 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, Master Cook places great emphasis on the underlying philosophical principles and self-defense strategies surrounding taekwondo. He demonstrates this belief by infusing meditation, breathing 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 the tutelage of world-renowned, 9th Dan Black Belt Grandmaster Richard Chun, Master 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. Master 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 fifteen years he has written a monthly column for TaeKwonDo Times called Traditions. Master 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 throughout the world. Master Cook can be reached at or at and is available for seminars, workshops, book signings and lectures.

Master Danielle Roche

5th Dan Master Instructor

I began my Taekwondo training in 1997 and was so impressed with the Chosun instructors and students that I joined immediately; I crossed the threshold of the dojang door and never looked back. In 2010 I traveled to Korea with my Master and it was an amazing and rewarding experience. Taekwondo is part of my life now and I enjoy all aspects of training. It is with great pride that I call myself a Chosun Instructor.

Master Terri Testa

4th Dan Master Instructor

Taekwondo is an integral component of my life.  Having originally joined 15 years ago with my husband and 3 children, Taekwondo has provided a unique bond that my children will pass along to their families as they progress into their adult lives.  The Chosun students are an extended family providing support and friendship as we all share common challenges and rewarding accomplishments.

Master Cheryl Crouchen

4th Dan Master Instructor

Training and instructing at Chosun is a gift.  The curriculum provides a comprehensive study of Traditional Taekwondo, bringing out one’s internal and external warrior. As director of The Chosun Leadership Team I am especially fortunate to be able to pass on Taekwondo tradition to an elite group of young, eager students who want to make “Taekwondo First”.  It is a privilege.

Master Arun Salgunan

4th Dan Master Instructor

I am a 3rd Dan Instructor in Taekwondo. I am Honored to be training under Master Doug Cook.  It is a privilege and an Honor to be a member of The Chosun Taekwondo Academy.  Master Cook exemplifies what it means to be an authentic traditional martial artist.  At the beginning os this year I was humbled in becoming a Chosun Instructor teaching Hae Dong Kumdo.  It is a pleasure to be working with Master Cook, Patty Cook, as well as the Chosun Instructors and students.

Master Lisa Ehrenreich

4th Dan Master Instructor

I have been training at the Chosun Taekwondo Academy since 2005. My training continues to enrich my life at every turn, physically, mentally and spiritually. I would have never thought that the Korean martial arts is in what I would find myself so passionately involved. I am so proud of this school and honored to have been given the opportunity to teach and share this passion with others.

Instructor Jake Garrett

3rd Dan Instructor

I began training at Chosun in March of 2008. Meeting the challenge of training and instructing through each stage of learning a traditional martial art is a demanding and fulfilling experience.

Instructor Pamela Pyke

3rd Dan Instructor

My passion for Taekwondo has led me to become an instructor at Chosun Taekwondo Academy. It is an honor to give the gift of Traditional Taekwondo to young people. Children thrive when they are taught discipline and respect through the active engagement of their minds and bodies. The pride I feel for my young students as they progress through the ranks is heartwarming indeed. Taekwondo is a never ending journey that has led me to the joy of teaching. I have found what seems impossible to do today, becomes possible tomorrow through patience, focus and effort.

Instructor Nancy Garrett

3rd Dan Instructor

I began training at Chosun Taekwondo Academy in March 2008 as a white belt, and my journey through the color belt ranks was a great experience, full of challenge and reward. Now in my 5th year with Chosun, I find my greatest joy as an assistant instructor is working with new students to guide them in their training and encourage them to persevere.

Instructor Eleanor Pyke

3rd Dan Junior Instructor

I enjoy training in taekwondo at Chosun. I have learned courage through my taekwondo training. I also really enjoy teaching. I enjoy teaching because I love giving knowledge about taekwondo to other students and helping them with their poomsae. I look forward to continuing my training and teaching at the Chosun Taekwondo Academy.

Instructor Mary Sudul

2nd Dan Instructor

My entire taekwondo journey has taken place at Chosun Taekwondo Academy. Starting at white belt in February 2009, I progressed steadily through the color belt curriculum and was able to take the trip of a lifetime to the homeland of taekwondo, Korea, in the summer of 2010 as a red belt. I became an assistant instructor as a bodan in June 2011, earning my Chosun black belt the same year. I was promoted to Instructor this past January 2013. Master Doug Cook delivers a superior caliber of instruction and demands the same from his instructors, and it is for this reason that I am very proud to be a Chosun Instructor.

Instructor Kiki Rosner

2nd Dan  Instructor

Traditional Taekwondo teaches me that every day I train is a new day to earn my rank once more; a most humbling and honest experience, one I had never had before with such resonant simplicity. Our training is arduous and deeply rewarding. In addition to the invaluable physical skill and dexterity, my Taekwondo training at Chosun has given me a deep sense of being profoundly connected to something much greater than myself, as well as the gratitude that goes with that inner sense of strength, focus and connection. It is a privilege every day to be training as an assistant instructor at Chosun.

Instructor Elissa Maynard

2nd Dan Instructor

Training at Chosun is amazing.  Every time I enter the dojang at Chosun I feel like I am training with family.  The teachers and members at this school are welcoming and are always encouraging inside and outside of the training walls. I joined the teaching staff at Chosun in the summer of 2014 and I have grown so much as a martial artists since that time.  As a profession, I am a teacher of music and violin; having the opportunity to teach one more thing that I love is an amazing venture.  To be able to give back to others, the gift that was given to me, is a humbling and nobel experience that I am honored to have.

Instructor Timothy Leonard

2nd Dan Junior Instructor

Training in Taekwondo at Chosun has brought value to me because at Chosun I am being taught a true martial art. Another reason it brings value to me is because it gives me great perseverance when I’m doing my homework. It also gives me great self-control. Teaching is very important and exciting for me and makes me a better martial artist.

Instructor Ellie Hanson

2nd Dan Junior Instructor

Taekwondo has meant a lot to me. I have been in the Chosun program since I was very little. Since then, I have been taught important lessons like respect, responsibility, and how to defend myself in bad situations. I am glad that people like Master Cook have kept taekwondo alive by teaching the art to both adults and children. I feel that those who want to learn should be taught, and taught well, like I was by various instructors and assistant instructors. I cannot wait to keep learning, and continue teaching the art of taekwondo.

Assistant Instructor Dylan Parkinson

1st Dan Assistant Instructor

I have been training in taekwondo since I was eleven years old. I enjoy being an assistant instructor because I love value seeing students learn new techniques and succeed. Training in traditional Taekwondo at Chosun is mental as well as physical. I have learned to take the Five Tenets – Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable spirit – outside of the dojang and apply them at home and in school. Training has made me a better person in every way. As an Assistant Instructor, I want to transmit those virtues to the students I teach.

Assistant Instructor Stratos Colman

1st Dan Assistant Instructor

I chose to train and study at Chosun because of the dedication to the curriculum which follows and adheres to the traditional taekwondo path that the masters and grandmasters of the art have developed. We are fortunate to have a direct lineage and connection to the origins and roots of taekwondo. I recognize the value of this and how important it is in keeping this martial art pure and passing theses values to the individuals who have decided to pursue to study at Chosun under Master Cook.

Assistant Instructor Sean Parkinson

1st Dan Junior Assistant Instructor

I wanted to become an instructor to give other students the same excellent training I had when was a color belt. My instructors are always patient and encouraging with me and I try to be the same when I teach. Training in Taekwondo at Chosun has helped me build confidence and self esteem. It is a hard and journey, but it is worth it.