OCA Statement on Passing of Jhoon Rhee, ‘Father of American Taekwondo’

1 May 2018
Contact: Thu Nguyen | Communications Associate
202.223.5500 | tnguyen@ocanational.org
Washington, DC – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates released the following statement in response to the passing of Jhoon Rhee, who was known as the ‘Father of American Taekwondo.’ OCA had honored the Grandmaster with the Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award at the 2008 OCA National Convention in Washington, DC.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of a figurehead in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Jhoon Rhee was not only a pioneer in popularizing taekwondo in the States, but was also the instructor to Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali, over 300 U.S. Senators and Representatives, and many more. He has contributed greatly to American culture and leaves a legacy that will continue be an important landmark in AAPI history and culture in the United States for generations. 
We are honored to have known Jhoon Rhee, and will commemorate his legacy by upholding his personal values and beliefs in our advocacy work. We send our warmest condolences to his family and friends. 
OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).