2014 KMAM-HOF LIVING LEGEND INDUCTEEChong LeeGrand Master Lee Chong (Lee Jong Soo) was born on April 19, 1938 in Korea, the only son of a family of four children. Against the wishes of his father, a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Judo, he started to learn Taekwondo with Grand Master Lee Chong Woo, a 10th dan. In order to keep his secret, he bent to his father’s will and studied Judo as well, first at home and then officially at the age 12 in a doajng. He eventually obtained his red belt and would undoubtedly have carried on with Judo had his father not discovered his secret.After four years of training and two failed exams, Lee Chong earned his black belt in Taekwondo. In spite of this success, he still could not bring himself to face his father with this fait accompli. His father learned the truth accidentally, when Chong was obliged to bring his uniform home to wash it. The harsh reprimand was a small price to pay to see the pride shining from his father’s eyes. At that time, very few people earned their black belt at such a young age. Subsequently, his father accepted that he abandon Judo and focus his efforts entirely on Taekwondo.GM Lee Chong introduced Tae Kwon Do for the first time in Canada in 1964GM Lee Chong taught over 300.000 students throughout CanadaGM Lee Chong was promoted to 9th dahn at the Kukkiwon promotion test in 1994GM Lee Chong was selected as Canadian National Coach for 40 yearsGM Lee Chong attended competitions in more than 40 countries and coached his athletes to win more than 200 Gold Medals in Canadian National Championships, 8 Gold Medals at the Pan-Am games, and 4 Gold Medals in World TKD games.GM Lee received Best Coaching Award from WTF in 1996.GM Lee received Best Coaching Award from LCSMC in 1999GM Lee received Longest Time Coaching Award from WTFGM Lee received Best Coaching Award from Canadian Olympic Committee in 2003GM Lee was inducted in the World Hall Of Fame as Canadian Pioneer in 2009GM Lee was inducted in the Newfoundland/Labrador Life Time Hall Of Fame in 2009GM Lee was inducted in the Canadian Black Belt Hall Of Fame Pioneer in 2010GM Lee was recognized as “Builder” from Tae Kwon Do CanadaGM Lee was inducted in the 2014 KMA Masters Hall Of Fame as a Living LegendGM Lee, at the 2014 KMAM HOF, was presented with a letters of commendation from Prime Minister, the Right Honorable Stephen Harper, and the Canadian Olympic Committee.