Presiding Grand Master Nomination Announcement
Dear Songahm Instructors, Students, Family and Friends,
As you know, I recently announced that I will not seek a third term as your Presiding Grand Master. I have greatly appreciated the tremendous support from each of you and I know that you are eager to know who will be stepping in to this role as we move toward our 50th anniversary.
It is with distinguished pleasure I share with you that your Songahm Masters’ Council has nominated Grand Master G.K. Lee as the 4th Presiding Grand Master beginning at the 2019 Worlds! As a quintessential martial artist, it was a clear choice for the Council and one that we are confident is the best for ATA Martial Arts and the martial arts industry as a whole.
Beginning immediately, Grand Master G.K. Lee will start his year-long training to becoming the Presiding Grand Master. Just as my predecessors - Eternal Grand Master H.U. Lee, Grand Master Emeritus Soon Ho Lee - and I did, he will spend the year challenging his mind and body so that he can be the best representative to lead each of you. He will have a rigorous training regiment and will complete the traditional nine steps required for this honor. Then, his training will come to fruition at the 2019 World Expo just in time for ATA to celebrate 50 years of changing lives.
Grand Master G.K. Lee has an unmatched thirst for knowledge and is constantly on a course for self-improvement. But even more so, he is invariably searching for ways to improve the lives of his students. Grand Master G.K. Lee has performed countless hours of research and development for many of ATA’s programs. He is also the pioneer of our Protech systems and has been a driving force in its growth throughout the years. Though his career is highly decorated in accolades, one thing stands true, he is a strong but humble leader who will make this organization even better; even stronger.
So, I ask three things. First, I ask for your support of Grand Master G.K. Lee as this upcoming year will be one of the most thrilling, yet, trying in his life as a martial artist. Secondly, I ask that you join us at the 2018 Masters Ceremony when we formally announce the nomination of G.K. Lee as the next Presiding Grand Master. And lastly, I hope that you will be part of the 2019 World Expo when ATA celebrates its 50th anniversary and G.K. Lee is officially inaugurated as the 4th Presiding Grand Master in the Songahm Style of Taekwondo. It will truly be martial arts history and one each student will not want to miss.
I proudly congratulate you, Grand Master G.K. Lee. This is an exceptional time to be part of the ATA. I know we are marked for success as this torch is passed to an extraordinary, notable Songahm legend.
Here's a small glimpse of Grand Master GK Lee's highly revered career and history in the martial arts.
Grand Master In Ho Lee
Presiding Grand Master
9thDegree Black Belt