Kang Duk Won
Kang Duk Won was one of the original 9 kwans that eventually merged to create the Kukkiwon system. This Kwan was founded in the mid1950s by former students of the Central YMCA Kwon Bop Bu in Seoul, Korea. (Chang Moo Kwan). The two students of YMCA Kwon Bop Bu founder Byung In Yoon were Hong Jong-Pyo and Chul Hee Park. Today, Kang Duk Won still exists in Korea and its founder Chul Hee Park still teaches there and in the United States.
Great Grandmaster Byung In Yoon (1920 - 1983)
Mr. Yoon learned Chuan Fa in Manchuria, China in the 1930's. In 1937 he went to Japan to be educated at Nihon University. While at the University he participated in an exchange with Toyama Kanken where Mr. Yoon received rank in Shudokon. After World War II, Mr. Yoon taught Kwon Bup in the Centra YMCA in Seoul, Korea until the Korean War. It was during the Korean war that Mr. Yoon became a POW. He was unable to return to South Korea and remained in North Korea until his death in 1983.
Great Grandmaster Chul Hee Park (1933 - ) PHOTOS
As a youth Mr. Park became a student of Byung In Yoon in Korea in 1946. After Mr. Yoon disappeared during the Korean War, Mr. Park continued to teach Kwon Bup along with Jung Pyo Hong as part of the Changmookwan. About 1954, Mr. Park and Mr. Hong founded a new Kwan, which Mr. Park named Kang Duk Won (School of Virtue). Mr. Park continues to teach Kang Duk Won Kwon Bup to this day (2015.)
Important links in kang duk won history
MASTER YOON BYUNG's LEGACY: THE CHANG-MOO-KWAN & KANG-DUK-WON
Portions of The Modern History of TaeKwonDo, by Won Sik Kang and Kyong Myong Lee
A Modern History of Taekwondo
The Greats of Tae Kwon Do