What to Know About the Legend in Training

What to Know About the Legend in Training

For those of you who have had the privilege of meeting ATA’s Presiding Grand Master Nominee, you know that G.K. Lee is humble, smart, strong, funny…and one amazingly talented martial artist!   To watch him test for 9th Degree was a true moment in Songahm history and one that inspired an awestruck generation of future practitioners.

But the story of how Grand Master G.K. Lee got to this place in his martial arts journey is just as admirable and interesting as the Presiding Nominee himself.  On the 9th of each month leading up to his inauguration, we will share information, videos, training tips and inside scoop on what it’s like to prepare to become the presiding leader of one of the largest martial arts organizations in the world.


Here are NINE fun, fast facts about Presiding Grand Master Nominee G.K. Lee!



Grand Master G.K. Lee was born in 1957 in Daegu City, South Korea.




A martial arts enthusiast from a young age, G.K. Lee started martial arts training in 2nd Grade and received his first black belt at 12 years old in Tang Soo Do.




Known for his introduction of Protech to the traditional Songahm curriculum, the first seminar Grand Master G.K. Lee taught in Protech was Joint Locks in Pittsburgh, Penn.




When asked what his favorite weapon is, he confidently said the side kick (Clever!). But, he said he also enjoys training with the double edge sword.




Grand Master G.K. Lee served in the Korean Army from 1978 to 1981 where he taught Taekwondo.




When he’s not doing Taekwondo, Grand Master G.K. Lee enjoys shooting trap, fishing, and spending time outdoors.




His go-to favorite board break is a speed break- the jump spin heel kick!




Grand Master G.K. Lee is a family man with two children, ages 13 and 10. He actually just got back from a family vacation on a Disney Cruise.  (We heard that he was caught chatting with a famous Mouse about our upcoming Fall Nationals tournament!)




So, what advice does the Presiding Grand Master Nominee have for ATA Martial Arts students? “Train twice a week no matter what!  Create a habit of training constantly.  Then, these habits will become a way of life.”


Look for more on Grand Master G.K. Lee each month and follow his journey in our Newsroom and on social media.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2019 ATA Worlds where G.K. Lee will become ATA’s 4th Presiding Grand Master and ATA will celebrate 50 years of martial arts excellence!   You won’t want to miss this “Golden” opportunity!


Author:  Jenny Wolff