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LAKELAND - Edward B. Sell passed away February 5, 2014 at his home in Lakeland after a long battle with Leukemia. People all over the world were touched by his life.
Born in Wyandotte, Michigan, he moved to Lakeland in 1979 and was a member of Believers Fellowship Church. He and his beloved wife, Brenda J. Sell, were Internationally known as "The Sell Team."
Edward B. Sell was a pioneer of Taekwondo in America; the founder of the United States Chung Do Kwan Association (USCDKA) and the only non-oriental to be recognized by the World Tae Kwon Do Federation as a 9th Dan Black Belt with a World-Title of the highest ranked Tae Kwon Do practitioner in
the world outside Korea. Sr. Grandmaster Sell was a member of the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1967. For much of this time, he was stationed at Osan Air Base in Korea, where he began to study Tae Kwon Do. In 1963, he was the first American to compete in the 1st Taekwondo National Championship, Seoul, Korea. On August 18, 1967 he formed the U.S.
Chung Do Kwan Association. In 1969, he published America's first Tae Kwon Do training manual, Forces of Tae Kwon Do. He was a USA Team Coach (1973),
In 1974, he was certified as an International Referee at the 1st International Referee Course held at the Kukkiwon. He also served on the WTF Technical Committee (1975). He has been featured on the cover of the
Tae Kwon Do Times. In the fall of 2011, Sr. Grandmaster Sell was declared as an "American Living Legend" by the South Korean government and is
included in the Taekwondo Park, Seoul, South Korea. In 2013, he assumed the office of Jute Kwan' Jang, announced his semi-retirement and commissioned his wife, Grandmaster Brenda J. Sell 9th degree as Association Kwan' Jang.
Evangelistic Taekwondo Exhibitions, Inc, AKA The Sell Team, was created by Mr. & Mrs. Sell. It is an internationally recognized group of committed
athletes who desire to use their talents for the Lord in 1981. They were commissioned by the Pentagon to serve through the Chaplain Dept in the U.S. Military. They have demonstrated at West Point Military Academy and many other places all over the country. Above all, Sr. Grand Master was an evangelist that used his great passion for martial arts to spread the
gospel of grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Donations may be made on the website:
http://www.sellteam.org in his honor.
He was preceded in death by, Ray Sell (brother), Dorothy Freitag Donner (mother), Raymond Sell (father), Debbie Cimmurusti. (sister). Survivors include: His wife, Grandmaster Brenda J. Sell, 9th Degree Black Belt (Dan), Children: Ronald Sell, 7th Dan & wife Danielle, Robert Sell, 6th Dan, Birth Father, Edward Bogert, Siblings: Thomas & Carol Sell, Ron Sell,
Susan Sell, Eddie Bogert, Cindy Bogert, Brother-in-law Mark Begley, 7th Dan. Grandchildren: Madison, Jade, Kaiote, Tiegan, and Maddox, his U.S. Chung Do Kwan family and friends.
Visitation will be held in Lakeland Florida on Friday, February 14, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm at Victory Church 1401 Griffin Rd. Lakeland, FL 33810. A celebration service of Sr. Grandmaster Sell's life will be held Saturday, February 15th 11am at Victory Church. Interment will be held Tuesday, February 18th 11:00am at Florida National Cemetery 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513.
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Published in Ledger from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11, 2014
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