Articles & Blog

God, I am not worthy!

In the recent days, I have been confronted with the realities of existence and once again forced me to look critically into the meaning of life and death. It has been resting heavily on my heart and for the last week there has been something weighing me down, slowly as I step, wearily as I […]

The Four Loves

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up […]

Discover Your True Path

This is something I prepared for a podcast I did for Elite Marketing Pro, April 2016. You can listen to it here: Hope you enjoy 🙂 Discover Your True Path (Audio Recording) I have been teaching now for over 35 years and have taught tens of thousands of people all over the world. In the […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Be courageous and open your heart so that love finds you. And, when it does, prove you’re worthy by giving up everything! Finally and most important, trust in God and surrender to Love… Happy Valentine’s. My last words… “We can fall in love with what we want, but we can’t fall in love with who […]

Can you be strong yet not courageous?

Strength and Courage: It takes strength to be certain, It takes courage to have doubts. It takes strength to fit in, It takes courage to stand out. It takes strength to share a friend’s pain, It takes courage to feel your own pain. It takes strength to hide your own pain, It takes courage to […]

Harmony = Grandmother

Hello Everyone; First, Happy New Year of the Sheep! Suppose to be the year of luck & fortune. I wish you all the very best in the new Year. I have been absent for a while and thought I would restart my blogging by sharing with you my eulogy for my grandmother at her funeral […]

A Dedication to My Hwa Rang Do Sons & Daughters.

Sigh… Oh how time has flown. It has already been 17 years since I first opened this school and with the help of my loyal pupil converted it from a tattered, left for dead Tae Kwon Do school, to a beautiful majestic space where my students and family can call it their second home. It […]

Grandmaster Taejoon Lee End of 2010 Message

There is much to be thankful this past year, as we have successfully celebrated our Golden Anniversary and accomplished the goals we have set for ourselves. The uniformity and standardization of art has given clear identity to our group, empowering all of us with pride and unity. Our Internet presence is stronger than ever through […]

The Karate Kid Re-make Banking on America’s Ignorance

“Man should not follow money. Money should follow man” – Supreme Grandmaster Dr. Joo Bang Lee, Hwa Rang Do Founder . I have had the privilege of being able to travel to many countries throughout the globe. Each country I have been to all had the similar martial arts history. Judo was first introduced along […]

Year of the Tiger – Grandmaster Taejoon Lee’s New Year’s Message

Hope everyone had a nice holiday break, rekindling familial bonds and sharing the joys of love and friendship. For those of you who followed my 2009, Year of the Ox, New Year’s Message of hard work indicative of the ox, you should now be in good shape to spring into action.  Just working hard at […]

Grandmaster Taejoon Lee’s 8th Dan Speech

Newly promoted, Grandmaster Taejoon Lee delivers his speech at his Hwa Rang Do 8th Dan Ceremony & Banquet. On May 23rd, 2009 in front of over 100 friends, family and students, Taejoon Lee was promoted to 8th Dan Black Sash Grandmaster and given the title of Kuk Sa Nim. During his speech, Grandmaster Taejoon Lee […]

The Hwa Rang Do Angola Experiment – In Angola’s “City of Trash”

If you were to do a Google search for “Lixeira, Luanda” you won’t find much. The only helpful search result is a picture on  This picture shows a child, sifting through a garbage dump, which in reality, tells you everything you need to know – this is Lixeira. Lixeira is a city within the […]

Warrior’s Path – Unafraid of Change

Unafraid of Change As many of you are aware, we have made some changes to our programs and curriculum here at the West Coast Hwa Rang Do Academy. For over 10 years, we have maintained the same programs, curriculums, pricing and methods of instruction.  It has worked well for us, but I felt that it […]

Reprimanding the Soul

Reprimanding the Soul One of my favorite spiritual writings comes from the Lebanese poet, philosopher, and artist Kahlil Gibran. In his poem, “Seven Reprimands,” he teaches us of strong human virtues through self examination. This is congruent with our warrior’s path, since a warrior is defined as a strong human being who is unafraid of […]

Seeking Truth

  Seeking Truth “Keep the faith and be true to yourself, never relying on others or chance to determine your life. Choose and once you have decided, then stick to it to the end. And, when you do – after you have ceased to exist, you will have created “Truth.”” As I was browsing through […]

Warrior’s Path – Walking with Death

The Warrior’s Path Walking with Death “I guess it comes down to a simple choice really – get busy living or get busy dying.” The Shawshank Redemption Grandmaster Taejoon Lee faces off against Jokyo Simon Lee I had a student come to me and ask for a private lesson to show him how to execute […]

Giving Thanks

This is the inventory of thanksgiving which I chose for the message I delivered to my students on Thanksgiving of 2008. Things I am thankful for – Thanksgiving as an Umyangian: I thank God for giving me ‘this’ life with all of it’s twists and turns, ebb and flow, joys and sorrows. I thank my […]

No Excuses!

Please do not disregard.  No matter what, please bear it and read to the end. Supreme Grandmaster Dr. Joo Bang Lee delivering a flying spin kick from squatting position over 10ft. in the air (1965 Seoul, Korea) When I first opened our school in 1994, we gave the choice of choosing Tae Soo Do or […]

Inside the Black Sash Conference 2009

During our annual Hwa Rang do Black Sash Conference (held this year from July 24 through August 1st, 2009), Black Sashes (1st Dan & Above) from across the globe, gather at the West Coast Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA USA for rigorous training of the mind, body and spirit, led by founder Dr. Joo Bang […]

End-Dependancy (Five Stones)

Each month the Teuk Gong Team (TGT), our instructors and assistant instructors, gather for dinner to share ideas and develop greater bonds. In February, Antonio Goodwin hosted the dinner at his home in Ladera Heights. The adults were in the living room, conversing about our school and students, while the juniors ranging from 7years old […]