Following the death of his father, Grandmaster Eung Gil Choi sponsored a Tae Kwon Do tournament to raise money to help cancer patients. That tradition has continued for a quarter of a century.
On Saturday at the Douglass Community Center in Leesburg, Choi’s event added another $14,000 to the $110,000 raised during the 24 previous events. Blue Ridge Hospice is the main beneficiary of the Kick Cancer Out of the World event.
While much was done to help cancer patients, many of the dignitaries in attendance came to honor the work of Grandmaster Choi.
A representative of the South Korean embassy announced that Choi had been awarded a medal of honor by the South Korean government. A representative of the U.S. TKD &MA Grandmaster Federation presented Choi with the award for best martial arts school for 2017, for his U.S. Taekwondo Martial Arts Academy in Leesburg. And the Kang Neung TKD Association presented Choi with an award of appreciation for his work with the tournament.
Also on hand was a representative of Loudoun County’s sister city, Gangneung, South Korea, which will host the Winter Olympics next year.
In addition to competitions between students from tae kwon do schools from around the region, a demonstration team from South Korea put on a high-flying board-breaking exhibition for the students and their parents.