Remember
2018
2018 Memorial Sites | Flickr, Creative Commons

Jhoon Rhee Obituary

Jhoon Rhee (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Jhoon Rhee (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, the man known as the "father of American Taekwondo," has died at the age of 86.

His son, Chun Rhee, said his father died Monday after a long illness in hospice care in Arlington, Virginia, a suburb of the nation's capital.

Click to get weekly celebrity death news delivered to your inbox.

Jhoon Rhee was a 10th-degree black belt credited with spreading taekwondo in the United States, especially around the nation's capital, after emigrating from Korea in the 1950s. He opened his first taekwondo school in Washington, D.C., in 1962. By the 1980s, Rhee had 11 schools in the Washington area.

Rhee became friends with legendary martial artist and actor Bruce Lee and appeared in a 1973 movie titled "When Taekwondo Strikes."

Chun Rhee said funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.




Copyright © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Read Full Obituary for Jhoon Rhee

Guest Book Highlights

If you need help finding the right words, view our Suggested Entries
 

Other obituaries

Published online on May 1, 2018 courtesy of Dignity Memorial.
Jhoon Rhee passed away on April 30, 2018. Funeral Home Services for Jhoon are being provided by Murphy Funeral Homes of Arlington, VA. Read Obituary
Published online on May 1, 2018 courtesy of Dignity Memorial.
Jhoon Rhee passed away on April 30, 2018. Funeral Home Services for Jhoon are being provided by Murphy Funeral Homes of Falls Church, VA. Read Obituary
Published online on April 30, 2018 courtesy of Tributes.com
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee, the man known as the "father of American Taekwondo," has died at the age of 86. For full obituary from Legacy.com, click here . Read Obituary
Published online on May 2, 2018 courtesy of Tributes.com
Jhoon passed away in April 2018. Jhoon was a resident of Arlington, Pennsylvania at the time of passing. Read Obituary

Search Memorials

- ADVERTISEMENT -

About This Site: 2018 Memorials

This site includes obituaries and Guest Books from the Legacy.com network of newspaper and funeral home affiliates.

- ADVERTISEMENT -
- ADVERTISEMENT -