Sun Woo Park
Grandmaster S.W. Park has spent most of his life studying, teaching and promoting taekwondo. His experience includes self defense training, tournament sparring and officiating. He participates actively in organizations that influence taekwondo's development. His students regularly win honors at regional and national tournaments, and many have competed in events such as the Pan American Games and the U.S. Taekwondo Cup.
Grandmaster Park's taekwondo studies started when he was a young boy in Korea, and continued through his youth and his service in the South Korean military. The U.S. Eighth Army hired him to teach taekwondo to U.S. servicemen and their families based in South Korea from 1982 to 1984. In 1985, Grandmaster Park came to the New Hampshire Seacoast and founded Park's Taekwondo School.
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8th dan black belt
1985-present: Headmaster of S.W. Park's Taekwondo School
1995-present: Founder and advisor of the University of New Hampshire Taekwondo Club.
1987-Present: Director of the NH state and other open taekwondo championships, including the U.S. Cup and the President's Cup; referee and administrator of many other international taekwondo championships.
1986-present: President of the New Hampshire Taekwondo Association
1986-2004: Board of Governors, United States Taekwondo Union (predecessor of Taekwondo U.S.A)
2014: Commendation from U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte in the Congressional Record for 30 years of Park's Taekwondo School and community service.
2007: Letter of Commendation from the President of the Republic of Korea for distinguished efforts in the democratic and peaceful unification of Korea.
2008: Letter of Commendation from the Governor of New Hampshire for service to the American and Korean communities of New Hampshire, and to the Korean War Veterans.
2008: Letter of Commendation from the President of Kukkiwon (the world headquarters for taewondo) for the promotion of Tae Kwon Do in the United States and internationally.
2006-2007 and 2011-present: President of the Korean-American Society of New Hampshire, Inc., and currently acting as advisor to the organization
2005: Letter of Special Recognition from Portsmouth, N.H., Mayor Evelyn Sirrell
2004: Letter of Commendation from the President of the Republic of Korea for the promotion of tae kwon do throughout the U.S., and distinguished service to the American and Korean communities.
2002-Present: Vice-President of the Advisory Council on Democratic and Peaceful Unification of Korea
1998: Letter of Commendation from the Speaker of the Massachusetts House
1993: Presidential Sports Award from President Bill Clinton
1997-1999: Technical Advisor to the Massachusetts Governor's Alliance Against Drugs