The Passing of a Legend - Grandmaster Kyu Ha Cho

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Imported From The Original Academy Blog 2011-2016
Re-Release 12 of 14 -- First Posted - October 1, 2014
"The Passing of a Legend - Grandmaster Kyu Ha Cho"

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Most of you know by now that my uncle recently passed.  He too was a Tae Kwon Do teacher... A grandmaster who clearly dedicated his life to his students.  This was evident as hundreds were in attendance to mourn his loss... generations of families whose lives he had the opportunity to touch and influence.  The moment was incredibly moving and the reality of it very familiar.  I grew up watching my father dedicate his own life to training and teaching.  Their generation, unique and special.  They came up under the founding father of modern day Tae Kwon Do, General Choi Hong Hi.  They are a generation of pioneers.  These men don't call in sick, they don't make excuses, they don't give up, and you won't catch them showing much of any emotion... They work hard, they're devoted and loyal, and they can always be found at their dojangs... ready and available to their students.  They lead by an example of actions.

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As I thought about the loss of a family member, I also thought about the loss of a person whose link to his immediate family and community was so valuable.  It reminded me of this quote:

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"It is said that what is called the "Spirit of an Age" is something to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissipates is due to the world's coming to an end. In the same way, a single year does not have just spring or summer. A single day, too, is the same. For this reason, although one would like to change today's world back to the spirit of one hundred years or more ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation." ~Yamamoto Tsunetomo

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Grandmaster Kyu Ha Cho, 08/06/1947 ~ 09/17/2014