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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.



Grandmaster RJ Botticello – UKMA President

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 Tae Kwon Do and 5th 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 Tae Kwon Do Federation for his dedication of the Martial Arts. He has held several seminars on the Martial Arts. 

Grandmaster 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.







Mr. Jay Gale - UKMA Vice President

 Assistant Instructor Gale holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a 1st Degree in Hapkido. He is an assistant instructor for juniors, adults and a Boot Camp Fitness /Cardio Kickboxing Instructor. 

He is a Certified Personal Trainor and brings his Boxing, and MMA experiences to all classes. He is also available for personal training.







Grandmaster Ron Poulin - UKMA Board Member

Grandmaster Poulin started his training in 1979. He holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do 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.







Lindsay Cockerham - UKMA Board Member

Lindsay is an Instructor for Boot Camp Fitness.  He background in dance and ballet brings a new level to our Boot Camp Fitness program.  She also hold a yellow belt in Hapkido.