Authentic, original Taekwon-Do and Women's Self-Defense at the J. Douglas Williams YMCA located in beautiful Lake Mary, FL. Taekwon-Do classes are held weekly for children, teens and adults at affordable, family-friendly rates. Participants do not need to be Y-Members. No contracts. Click Here for Taekwon-Do, Click Here for Women's Self-Defense.
Instruction of our Taekwon-Do program is governed by the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF). The ITF is an organization founded on March 22, 1966, by General Choi Hong Hi (Korean: 최홍희) in Korea. The ITF was founded to promote and encourage the growth of the Korean martial art of Taekwon-Do. The ITF's main functions include coordinating and approving tournaments and seminars, setting standards for teaching (patterns, sparring, destruction), collaborating with affiliated member organizations, and providing member services in regards to rank and certifications. MONUMENTAL PROMOTIONS WITHIN ITF IN 1997! Choi promoted three men to 9th degree that year; Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha promoted July 1997, followed by Grand Master Chuck Sereff and Grand Master KS Hwang in December 1997. We are a charter school of Unified ITF, President, Grand Master Hwang.
Pictured here with her family, Sabum Golino has studied the art of traditional, world-class, ITF Taekwon-Do for over three decades. Throughout her years of insuperable dedication, she has managed the martial arts careers of hundreds of individuals. Sabum Golino is a second generation student/advanced instructor of the art with a long history dating back to the founding father of TKD. She is a 2x champion of the US Women's Taekwon-Do team, a Certified International Instructor and self-defense guru. Sabum Golino is the only ITF Taekwon-Do instructor representing not only the Longwood/Lake Mary area, but all of Seminole County. She studied since the age of 10 under the Taekwon-Do pioneers presented on this page.
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General Choi Hong Hi
Founding Father of Taekwondo
IX Degree Grand Master
Choi, a general in the Korean army, combined elements of Taekkyeon and Karate to develop a martial art that he called "Taekwon-Do" (TKD) (태권도; 跆拳道), which means "foot, hand, the way" or "the way of hand and foot" and it was so named on 11 April 1955. ITF TKD organizations credit Choi with starting the spread of TKD internationally by stationing Korean TKD instructors around the world, and have consistently claimed that ITF-style TKD is the only authentic style of TKD. Choi died of cancer on 15 June 2002 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Choi is listed in the Taekwondo Hall of Fame with various titles: "Father of Taekwon-Do," "Founder and First President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation," and "Founder of Oh Do Kwan.
Grand Master Hwang
President, Unified ITF
In 1974, Hwang graduated from the first International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) Instructors Course and Umpires Course hosted and taught by General Choi Hong Hi in Montreal, Canada. Hwang took students to train at General Choi's home in the early-mid 70's. He assisted General Choi in many seminars worldwide. Hwang simultaneously served as special assistant to General Choi, official spokesman of the ITF, chairman of the ITF promotion and merger committees, and Secretary General of the ITF. Hwang was one of only a handful of men promoted to 9th Dan by General Choi.
Today, Hwang leads the Unified International Taekwon-Do Federation (UITF) and continues to travel the globe spreading the art of TKD as it was meant to be taught by Choi to future generations. Hwang has been Golino's primary instructor since 2001.
Master Michael Bonfiglio was one of Ms. Golino's original instructors from approximately 1980 to 1989.
Today, Master Bonfiglio is a retired detective and continues to teach martial arts in New Haven County, CT.
Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha
Father of British Taekwondo
Rhee Ki Ha is a South Korean master of taekwondo who is widely recognized as the 'Father of British Taekwondo' for introducing this martial art to the United Kingdom since arriving in the 1960s, as well as the 'Father of Irish Taekwondo. He is one of the twelve original masters of taekwondo of the Korea Taekwon-Do Association. Following a career in the South Korean military, Rhee immigrated to the United Kingdom in 1967. He was a notable officer of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) during Choi Hong Hi's leadership.
Grand Master Sereff
In 1974, at the request of General Choi, Sereff helped form the United States Tae Kwon Do Federation (USTF). After a 60-year career, Sereff leaves the following message to his members:
"Promoting over 11,900 students to 1st Degree Black Belt has been an honor.
Teaching from every state in the United States to abroad in Australia, Japan, Scotland, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Vienna, and more has given me the insight to understand what the students need and want. My experiences with General Choi Hong Hi were priceless. They made me a better instructor and help me to fulfill my leadership role. I now look forward to watching the Black Belts step forward and continue my Legacy".