Grandmaster Ke Hyung No

The founder and chief instructor of No’s taekwondo is Grandmaster Ke-Hyung No who at the time of setting up the school was Australia’s most experienced Taekwondo instructor who was fortunate enough to be invited to pioneer the sport in Australia in 1965 due to a lack of skilled instructors in the country. 

Ke-Hyung was born in Korea and in his youth spent four years in full-time training at the Korean National Yudo College which has produced some of the finest martial artists of our time and is now known as Yong-In University. Every evening he undertook taekwondo training at the Korea Gymnasium Jido Kwan the home of many famous names in Korean taekwondo under grand-grandmaster Chong Woo Lee.

Ke Hyung being awarded at the 30th Anniversary of WTF

Ke Hyung being awarded at the 30th Anniversary of WTF

In 1965, he came to Australia at the invitation of the Australian Judo Federation to teach both judo and taekwondo, which at that time was known as ‘Korean karate’. He ran specialist courses for Australian instructors, grading them to higher ranks, and also trained many successful national and international contestants, becoming the most respected name in martial arts in the country. In 1970, he returned to Korea for a further 12 months training before opening his own school in Ringwood, Victoria, naming it Ke-Hyung No’s Martial Arts Centre. This moved to full-time premises the following year and was renamed No’s Martial Arts and Fitness Centre. In 1982, land was purchased in Croydon, Victoria and construction was undertaken for the first full-time purpose-built martial arts centre in the southern hemisphere, with an area exceeding 300 square metres. With the surge of interest in taekwondo this became known as No’s Taekwondo and it is estimated that some 7,500 students have been taught or graded by Ke Hyung No over the years.

Ke Hyung No and Dick Robinson 1967

Ke Hyung No and Dick Robinson 1967

Today Ke Hyung No simply enjoys concentrating on teaching Taekwondo at his club.

Ke-Hyung No was promoted to taekwondo 8th dan in 1988 and judo 7th dan in 1989. He remains active in the field of taekwondo and now runs classes after-hours at the Bayswater Primary School Gymnasium for children and adults.

Read more about Ke Hyung in the history of taekwondo in Australia.

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