WHO'S WHO

Grandmaster Kee S. Ha

FOUNDER

  • 9th Dan WTF Black Belt (03/98)
  • 57 Years TKD Experience

Grand Master Kee S. Ha is the founder of Kees Tae Kwon Do Canada. For almost 60 years, Grand Master Kee S. Ha has instilled in his students the values of honor, courage, thoughtfulness and the importance of honoring tradition. He has taught by example, the rewards to be achieved from dedicating oneself to a worthy goal. His hard work and dedication has resulted in the growth of Kees schools from Saskatoon to Vancouver, and has earned him the respect and reputation in the world as a genuine master of the art and philosophy of Taekwondo.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

True Taekwondo education must include not only physical techniques but also philosophical knowledge so that training results in a healthy body, mind, spirit and character.

EDUCATION & ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration
  • Former Korean TKD Association sub-committee member
  • Former Korean Amateur Sports Association staff member
  • Certified as a Master Instructor by Korean TKD Association at the first
    Master Instructor Course 1972
  • Certified WTF International Referee
  • Received a Citation Award in Recognition for Dedicated Service and Outstanding
    Contribution to the Development of Taekwondo from Dr. Kim, Un Young, President
    of the World Taekwondo Federation 1982
  • Demonstration performer at Hanmadang Championships—Korea, 1994
  • Received the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2006
  • Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Builder Category, 2007
  • Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Builder Category, 2009

CONTRIBUTIONS TO TAEKWONDO IN CANADA

  • A Founding Father of WTF-style Taekwondo in Western Canada
  • Founding Member of the Saskatchewan WTF Association
  • Hosted the 1987 Canadian National Championships
  • Former Vice-President of WTF Canada
  • Women’s Team Manager and Coach, World Championships—Korea, 1985
  • Team Canada Trainer, Pan Am Games—USA, 1987
  • Team Canada Women’s Manager, World Championships—Spain, 1987
  • Team Canada Manager, World Championships—Korea, 1989
  • Team Canada Head of Team, World Games—Germany, 1989
  • Team Canada Head of Team, World Championships—Greece, 1991
  • Team Canada Head of Team, World Championships—Edmonton, 1999
  • Team Canada Manager, Pan Am TKD Championships—Aruba, 2000
  • Hosted the 2006 Canadian Junior National Championships
  • Team Canada Head of Team, Commonwealth Championships—Australia, 2006
  • Team Canada Head of Team, World Junior Championships—Turkey, 2008

REWARDS AND INSPIRATION FOR TEACHING

Even after 57 years, my passion to learn and help others achieve their personal best and to continue to grow.

LANGUAGES

English and Korean

WORDS TO DESCRIBE

  • Innovative
  • Creative
  • Leader
  • Visionary
  • World Class
  • Caring
  • Involved
  • Imaginative
  • Dedicated
  • Inspirational
  • Intelligent
  • Kind
  • Generous
  • Curious
  • Remarkable
  • Knowledgeable

QUOTE

“Dream it. See it. Plan it. Do it.”

—Grand Master Kee S. Ha