“Name and reputation fade away, but credentials last a lifetime.” These are the words of Senior Grandmaster Edward B. Sell (deceased). He was the first person outside of Korea to ever test for 4th degree black belt master, and kept that title all the way to his 9th degree rank! The posthumous rank of 10th degree is only awarded to men and women of incredible skill, passion, and dedication to the martial arts. He is the only American registered with this posthumous honor. In truth, it is because of this great pioneer that Taekwondo in America is what it is today. Yet another first that he carries is to be the only non-Korean recognized in the Taekwondo park in Seoul, Korea, as a pioneer of the art and science of Taekwondo.
Grandmaster Brenda J. Sell, 9th degree black belt, our current association leader, carries her own firsts. She was the first woman to be certified as a referee. (first, even before the native Korean women training in Taekwondo!), as a female, she has led the way for women the world over in Taekwondo, smashing barriers along the way. Recently, she became only the 2nd female to ever achieve the rank of 9th degree black belt, and the first non-Korean to do so.
To say that our credentialing organization is top notch would be an understatement. You can find out more about our organization by visiting the official United States Chung Do Kwan Association website. We encourage you to check out the wikipedia articles about Grandmaster Edward B. Sell, and Grandmaster Brenda J. Sell.
What does this mean for you? This means that you can know that the training you receive is top notch, and approved by pioneers and leaders within the Taekwondo world. It means that your rank certificates are nationally recognized, and through the USCDKA, you also have access to world titles such as the World Chung Do Kwan Association and the Kukkiwon.