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Choi’s Tae Kwon Do has a long history and tradition. In 1968 Grand Master Dan Choi, along with several other instructors, came to California from Korea to introduce the then unknown martial art of Tae Kwon Do to the United States. Master Dan Choi became one of the first people to teach Tae Kwon Do in the Bay Area. In 1971 Grand Master Dan Choi opened Santa Clara Valley’s first Tae Kwon Do studio, Choi’s Institute of Tae Kwon Do.
Over the years, Choi’s Tae Kwon Do has produced many excellent Black Belts, some of whom have become national and World Cup Champions. Instructors at many Tae Kwon Do or martial arts schools in the Bay Area got their start under Grand Master Dan Choi or Grand Master Hyun Choi (Grand Master Dan Choi’s younger brother). For example, Ernie Reyes (Senior) and Tony Thompson, who were among Grand Master Dan Choi’s first black belts, went on to found West Coast Karate.