Master Jae Ro Ahn

8th Degree Black Belt

Grand Master Jae Ro Ahn is Master Anna YS Ahn’s 2nd older brother.

He is a Kukkiwon Certified 8th Degree Black Belt holder. With over 45 years of martial arts experience, he is an expert not just in the physical aspect of Taekwondo, but in the theoretical and intellectual aspect as well. GM Jae Ro Ahn majored in Taekwondo and graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree from Kyung Hee University, the best university in Korea that offers bachelor and master degrees of Taekwondo, and his Master’s Degree in Taekwondo Theory was received from Korea National Sport University.

Taekwondo made its debut as a demonstration Olympic sport at the 1988 Seoul Games, and became an official medal sport at the 2000 Sydney Games.To stay relevant in the Olympics, Taekwondo had to change and evolve. GM Jae Ro Ahn was one of the important personnel involved for the changes to further develop taekwondo. He was one of the influential members who was responsible for the amendments that were made to the poomsae forms, a patterned series of offensive and defensive techniques performed against an imaginary opponent.

Poomsae forms were being reformed and modified to keep up with the times and GM Jae Ro Ahn was one of the research team that helped restructure the remodeled rules and regulations for the modern poomsae competitions.

From among many awards and recognitions, GM Jae Ro Ahn received the Presidential Award in 2016 for the contributions and accomplishments he has made to the taekwondo world. He was appointed as a national representative head coach and had all gold medalist winners in the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships of 2012 and 2013. In addition to all his achievements, GM Jae Ro Ahn also co-authored taekwondo training books to help other Masters of taekwondo, realizing that not enough books were available for the training for taekwondo Masters.

The newest chapter for GM Jae Ro Ahn is his new organization, Hongik E-Hwa. He has challenged himself to educate and train the crѐam de la crѐam taekwondo Masters and pass along his ideals and knowledge to go back to the origins of taekwondo and be able to perform poomsae forms with accuracy and precision.

Poomsae seminar invitations have taken GM Jae Ro Ahn all over the world including, Belgium, China, France, India, Iraq, Japan, Korea and the United States. He has recently moved to the United States with his family and is looking forward to setting up his new school in the near future while staying active internationally.


  • Taekwondo 8th Degree Black Belt
  • KyungheeUniversity : Bachelor’s Degree in TKD
  • Korea National Sports University: Master’s Degree (MBS) in Taekwondo Theory
  • Head coach of the Korea National poomsae team at the 8th World TKD Championship (2013)
  • Head coach of the Korea National poomsae team at the 2nd Asian TKD Championship (2012)
  • All-around Award, Korea Sports (2016)
  • 1st class Taekwondo Master Instructor License, Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters)
  • 3rd class promotion judges license, Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters)
  • 3rd class referee license, Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) HMD
  • Vice-Chairman of poomsae referee division, Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters)
  • Member of Adult Demonstration Team, Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters)
  • 3rd class Poomsae referee license, World Taekwondo Federation (WT)
  • 2nd class competition instructor license
  • Asia Taekwondo Federation public relations committee
  • Asia Taekwondo Federation Vice-Chairman of poomsae
  • Asia Taekwondo Federation Lecturer (new poomsae)
  • Korea Taekwondo Association instructor
  • International Martial Arts Competition Referee Chairman
  • President, International Hongik E-Hwa Headquarters (Masters of Research Association)

Poomsae and Breaking Awards and Commendations

  • 6thPoomsae Competition held in the honor of Woosuk University President, 1st place, masters team division (2009)
  • International best of the best team breaking competition, 2nd place (2008)
  • 4th Korea Open, International Poomsae Competition, 3rd place, Individual division (2008)
  • World TKD Hanmadang Competition, Official Poomsae 1st place, youth, masters, and women, team division (2007)
  • World TKD Hanmadang Competition, youth, masters and women div., 1st place, Creative Poomsae, 1st place, youth, masters, and women divisions (2006)
  • 5thChuncheon International TKD Open, Creative Poomsae, Masters team div., 1st place (2005)
  • 5thChuncheon International TKD Open, Official Poomsae, Masters team div., 1st place (2005)
  • 5thChuncheon International TKD Open, Official Poomsae, pairs division, 1st place (2005)
  • World TKD Hanmadang Competition, youth, Master, women, creative poomsae, 3rd place (2005)
  • World Taekwondo Hanmadang Competition, foot-breaking, 2nd place, Masters division (2005)

Demonstration Career

  • KTA President’s Cup Championship Opening Ceremony (2011)
  • Pune India Opening Ceremony (2011)
  • Masters of Iraq Entrance Ceremony (2009)
  • International Exchange & Cultural Promotion Institute (Korea& Australia), 2009


  • KTA Hand Techniques of Taekwondo for Actual Fighting (co-author)
  • KTA Basic Technology Teaching Method and Uses (co-author)
  • KTA Creative Coaching for Character Building (co-author)

Seminar, Instructor, Referee, Judge Experience/ Awards

  • PanAmKukkiwonHanmadang, International referee (LA 2017)
  • French TKD Athlete, Instructor (Korea 2017)
  • US National competition, International Referee (Detroit 2017)
  • KTA (Korea Taekwondo Association)Masters Instructor Training (2017)
  • KTA (Korea Taekwondo Association) Adult Activation Education (2017)
  • China Shenzhen Seminar (Putian&Baoan 2017)
  • Belgium Seminar (Sinai&La Miche 2017)
  • France Seminar (Montpellier, Annemasse& Paris 2017)
  • Asian Confederation (new poomsae) Seminar (2016)
  • US Seminar (NY, Chicago, NC& LA 2016)
  • US National Competition, referee (2016)
  • Belgium Seminar (Liege, Charleroi&Sinai 2016))
  • France Seminar (Montpellier, Par is& Aix-en-Provence 2016))
  • KTA (Korea Taekwondo Association) Expo Breaking Lecture (2015)
  • KTA (Korea Taekwondo Association)Permanent Education Leader Training (2015)
  • French Poomsae National athlete private instructor (Korea 2015)
  • France Montpellier Seminar (2015)
  • China Xiamen Poomsae Seminar (2015)
  • China Daquing 2ndPoomsae Seminar (2015)
  • China Daquing, 1stPoomsae Seminar (2014)
  • 8th WT (World Taekwondo Federation)Poomsae Championship, MVP Award (2013)
  • 8th WT (World Taekwondo Federation)Poomsae Championship Korea National athlete coach (Bali 2013)
  • 3rd Asian Youth Taekwondo championship, CheongJiHoe head coach (produced 5 national team member 2013)
  • France Poomsae Seminar, Instructor (2012)
  • The 2nd Asian Taekwondo Championship, National Team Head Coach (Vietnam) – everyone was a gold medal recipient (2012)
  • The 2nd Asian Taekwondo Championship, CheongJiHoe (produced 3 national team member 2012)
  • World Poomsae Championship, CheongJiHow Head Coach (Russia 2011)
  • World Poomsae Championship, Head coach of Cheongjihoe (produced 3 national team members 2011)
  • 1st France Poomsae Seminar, Instructor (2011)
  • Chinese Masters Poomsae Seminar, Instructor (2011)
  • Iraq Masters 2ndPoomsae Seminar, Instructor (2010)
  • Philippine National Poomsae Team coach (2007)