GrandMaster Ronald R. Suggs – Tribute

May 25, 2013
Grandmaster Suggs now holds 9th Dan Taekwondo & Hapkido, 6th Dan Judo
Below is a presentation commemorating GM Suggs 20th year as GM Witt's Master, this day.


February 28, 2012 Grandmaster Suggs was promoted to 9th Dan Taekwondo at Taekwondo Jidokwan, Korea.
May 2009 Grandmaster Ronald Ray Suggs was promoted to 8th Dan Taekwondo at Kukkiwon, Seoul Korea.
He was also presented with a Letter of Commendation from Kukkiwon for his contribution and dedication.

Speaking for all our members, Congratulations sir, an incredible accomplishment!
Thank you for your enduring leadership, devotion and support. - Master Witt ~ V.P. UTJF

Taekwondo Ji Do Kwan * United Hapkido Federation * Kodokan Judo
"Through the Martial Arts, we develop mental, spiritual, moral, physical and technical standards"
United Taekwondo Ji Do Kwan Federation United Hapkido Federation

G.M. Suggs Personal Instructors/Examiners

Hapkido Heuk Choo Kwan....Grandmaster Jin Jong Moon
Grandmaster Jin Bok Moon
Taekwondo Ji Do Kwan...... .Grandmaster Lee Chong Woo

United States of America
Taekwondo/Hapkido............GrandMaster Choi Tae Hong
Judo.........................................Mr. Alex McCormick

Island of Guam
Taekwondo/Tang Soo Do/Hapkido...Master Kim Jong Kyu

Judo....................Master Nigishi Sensei 6th Dan Kodokan
Master Baba Sensei 5th Dan Kodokan
Iado & Kendo......Master Tonasaki Sensei 5th Dan
Master Salo Sensei 5th Dan

Awards, and Posts of Distinction (Chronological)

Taught Martial Arts In Asia For Six Years

Stationed In Guam, Japan, and Korea
Team Head Coach 1981 U.S. Military Team 1st International FriendshipTournament
Budokan,Tokyo, Japan

Unarmed Self-Defense Instructor - Military Law Enforcement Personnel Asia

Taekwondo Instructor Naval Air Station Miramar, San Diego

Letter of Appreciation for meritorious service from Republic of Korea

Graduate U.S. Miltary Police School, Ft. McClellan, Alabama

California Regional Coordinator for The U S. Navy Taekwondo Union

Became Patron Life Member U.S.J.A.

Member Organizing Committee for the 13th United Stales National Taekwondo Championships and the United States Judo Association Junior Nationals

Appointed as President of American Hapkido Heuk Choo Kwan Association by Grandmaster Jin Bok Moon and Grandmaster Jin Jong Moon

Chairman of medical committee for the 13th United States National Taekwondo

Championships and the U.S.J.A. Junior Nationals

Letter of Appreciation from Korean Cultural Service

Hosted Korean Judo College National Hapkido Demonstration Team in San Diego

Referee for 15th United States National Taekwondo Championships

Chairman of medical committee for the 17th United States National Taekwondo

Selected as Taekwondo Chairman of the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States in Oregon and Southwest Washington

Received award from the Korea Taekwondo Ji Do Kwan for the development of Taekwondo in the United States

Further Points of Interest…

On the 5th of June 1988, Ronald R. Suggs was appointed 'Master' by the father of JiDoKwan, Supreme Grandmaster Lee Chong Woo.

The 4th of October 1993, the current President of JiDoKwan in Korea, Supreme Grandmaster Lee Sung Wan, awarded Grandmaster Suggs a prestigious 'Certificate of Merit' for "furthering the spirit of JiDoKwan in America".

January 2007 he was promoted to 8th Dan by the Taekwondo JiDoKwan in Korea making him one of the highest ranking non-Korean members of this body in the world.

He is considered by many to be the father of JiDoKwan in America.
In addition he is the founder of the American Taekwondo JiDoKwan Association.

Certified as an International referee by the World Taekwondo Federation he is also recognized as a registered 8th Dan Black Belt by the Kukkiwon, World Taekwondo Headquarters, Korea.

February 28, 2012 Grandmaster Suggs was promoted to 9th Dan Taekwondo at Taekwondo Jidokwan, Korea.