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United Korean Martial Arts
United Korean Martial Arts

In Memoriam

GrandMaster Moo Yong Lee, 10th Dan


On February 21, 2017 Grand Master Moo Yong Lee was posthumously promoted to 10th Dan by the Kukkiwon.  On April 30, 2016 Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee was inducted into the USA Grandmasters Society Hall of Fame and was recognized as an Outstanding Leader.

On May 7, 2013, Grandmaster Lee was awarded the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award in Washington, DC.  This prestigious award honors those who have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports, or nutrition nationwide.

For well over 60 years, Grandmaster Lee has been well-known and highly regarded by the worldwide sports community. An early pioneer who helped to spread the Korean art of Taekwondo to the United States, he is one of only a handful of individuals who hold the highest rank of 9th degree Black Belt, and is recognized by fellow instructors worldwide as a man of impeccable integrity and dedication.

Grandmaster Lee championed the inclusion of Taekwondo as an Olympic sport and in the early ’80s played a formative role in the establishment of the United States Taekwondo Union which was later to become USA Taekwondo, the U.S. National Governing Body of Olympic Taekwondo. He served as president of the organization from 1985-1986.

A natural leader through his own example of total commitment and hard work, Grandmaster Lee—simply “Mr. Lee” to his long-time students - humbly considered himself to be a student of his beloved art, and continued until his passing to teach with kindness and humor at the school he founded in East Hartford, Connecticut in 1974. Over the course of his career, he has trained and certified more than 550 Black Belts, and it is a tribute to the effectiveness of his instruction that a great many of his students—now Masters and Grandmasters themselves—continued to train and learn with him for as long as he was able.


Instructors

Grandmaster RJ Botticello

Grandmaster Botticello has been studying Tae Kwon Do for almost 30 years. RJ started his training in 1986. He holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo and 4th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido.  He has dedicated his life to showing people how the Martial Arts can benefit all aspects of life. In 2007 he was flown to Korea and presented an award from the World TaeKwonDo Federation for his dedication of the Martial Arts. He has held several seminars on the Martial Arts. Master Botticello continues to live his dream of teaching Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido to all ages and giving back what he was taught in every way.    

Grandmaster Ron Poulin

Grandmaster Poulin started his training in 1979. He holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo and 2nd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido. He is an assistant instructor for the junior and adult classes.  He is an assistant instructor for the junior and adult classes.   

Sah Bum Nim Paul Reed

Sah Bum Nim Reed holds a 4th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido.  He is the head instructor for Hapkido and assists for all classes. His out of the box mentality and teaching is shown in every class. 

Mr. Jay Gale

 

Assistant Instructor Gale holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do and a Bodan in Hapkido.  He is an assistant instructor for juniors and adults and our Cage Fitness Instructor.  He brings several other training experiences to all his classes.

Mr. Justin Goritz

Assistant Instructor Goritz holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a Bodan in Hapkido.  He is an assistant instructor for juniors classes.  His dedication is shown in every class. 

Mr. Ed Dettore

Assistant Instructor Dettore holds a Green Belt in Tae Kwon Do and Blue Belt in Hapkido.  He is an Assistant Instructor for Cage Fitness. 

Ms. Lindsay Cockerham

Ms. Cockerham holds a Yellow Belt in Hapkido and is both an Assistant Instructor for Cage Fitness, and a great point of contact for the program! Reach out to her at 860-869-3635