Master Doug Cook holds a 6th Dan Black Belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo and is certified as an instructor and in rank by the United States Taekwondo Association and the Kukkiwon. After training in Korea on several occasions, he went on to become a six-time gold medalist in the New York State Championships and the New York State Governor’s Cup Competitions. He holds a D3 status as a U.S. Referee and has received high honors from Korea in the form of a “Letter of Appreciation” signed by World Taekwondo Federation president, Dr. Un Yong Kim. In 2003 Doug Cook was awarded the Medal of Special Recognition from the Moo Duk Kwan in Seoul, South Korea. In 2004, while attending a training camp in Korea, he received a Special Citation from the Korean government for forging a stronger relationship between Korea and the United States through the martial arts. A six-page interview appeared in the May 2005 issue of Tae Kwon Do Times focusing on taekwondo philosophy and his views on the role the martial arts will play in the twenty-first century. In June 2006, he was inducted into the Budo International Martial Arts Hall of Fame as “Taekwondo Master of the Year.” In 2007, Doug was invited on several occasions to speak as a guest lecturer at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, the only institution of higher learning in the country to offer a major in the martial arts. Doug Cook was recently listed in Black Belt Magazine as one of the “Top Twenty Masters of the Korean Martial Arts in America.” In 2009 he was invited to speak at the prestigious Korea Society in New York City and will appear in Legacy, an upcoming television documentary on taekwondo scheduled for release in 2010.
Doug Cook and his students are credited with the creation of the Chosun Women’s Self-Defense Course. He has also provided training for the U.S. Army National Guard/42d Division prior to military operations and currently instructs agents from the Department of Homeland Security, the New York Police Department, and the Bronx County Sheriff’s Department. Doug was called upon to demonstrate taekwondo as part of a three-man team at the annual Oriental World of Self-Defense held in New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. There, he and his team were cheered on by martial arts legends Richard Chun, Henry Cho, and Chuck Norris.
Because he is a traditionalist, Doug Cook places great emphasis on the underlying philosophical principles and self-defense strategies surrounding taekwondo. He demonstrates this belief by infusing practical meditation, breathing exercises, a strong attention to basics, and the practice of the classical forms, or poomsae, in his instructional methodology.
Aside from continuing his martial arts education under the tutelage of world-renowned, 9th Dan Black Belt Grandmaster Richard Chun, Doug owns and operates the Chosun Taekwondo Academy located in Warwick, New York, an institute specializing in traditional martial arts instruction and Ki, or internal energy, development. Doug currently shares his knowledge of taekwondo through a series of articles he has written for Tae Kwon Do Times, Black Belt Magazine, and the United States Taekwondo Association Journal, as well as various other martial arts publications. He also writes a monthly column for Tae Kwon Do Times entitled Traditions. In addition to this book, Taekwondo: A Path to Excellence, Doug Cook is the author of two best-selling books focusing on taekwondo entitled, Taekwondo: Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior and Traditional Taekwondo: Core Techniques, History, and Philosophy, a finalist in ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award. All editions are published by YMAA Publication Center, Inc., and are available online and at booksellers throughout the world. Master Doug Cook can be reached via email at email@example.com and is available for seminars, workshops, and lectures. His web address is www.chosuntkd.com
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