Grandmaster Han Won Lee
Founder of Han Lee’s Taekwondo Academy in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch and Centennial, Colorado.
Han Lee’s Taekwondo Academy of Highlands Ranch has a compelling mission: we teach life skills to help you succeed. Our 20-year track record is living proof, with thousands of successful students across the Denver metro area.
Read on to learn more about this exceptional man, and about our schools here in South Metro Denver.
Han Lee’s Taekwondo Academy is a family oriented martial arts school where we are proud to develop exceptional attitudes through martial arts training. Our Martial Arts facilities in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock, and Centennial produce leaders throughout our community, with the confidence to succeed in any endeavor they choose.
We believe in mental skills as well as physical skills. Our Taekwondo students learn physical self-defense skills to gain the confidence not to fight by first relying on quick thinking and problem-solving. This style of teaching helps young people acquire important social skills that will naturally lead to healthier and more peaceful relationships.
The literal translation of the Korean word “TAE” means “to kick with the foot.” “KWON” implies “a hand or fist to block, punch, or strike,” and “DO” means a way or an art. Therefore, “TAEKWONDO” means “the art of kicking, blocking, and punching.” At the Han Lee Taekwondo Academy, we are committed to teaching our students much more than kicking and blocking. Here, students learn the life skills that will help them succeed in any endeavor.
One glance at Grandmaster Han Lee’s impressive Taekwondo track record is enough to make any student shake in his dobok. Yes, he is a formidable competitor, a savvy businessman, a seventh-degree black belt, and an Olympic medalist. Yet his warm and welcoming smile puts anyone at ease, and his passion and commitment to teaching are evident to anyone he meets.
Grandmaster Han Won Lee began studying Taekwondo at the age of 12 in Korea, then continued when his family moved to the United States in 1976. He studied under Grandmaster Joseph Lloyd and Great Grandmaster Chong, where his passion for teaching was first ignited. He was named Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1986. He placed bronze in Taekwondo at the Olympics in 1988, served as head coach for the U.S. Olympic team from 1993-2003, and in 1996, was named USA National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Today, Grandmaster Lee owns three Taekwondo schools in the Denver Metro area, where he puts more than 35 years of training to use in developing students of all ages.
Grandmaster Lee says, “To hear the parents tell me of their children’s transformation after learning Taekwondo, that is the most rewarding thing for me as a teacher.”
Grandmaster Lee’s dream is to help underprivileged children in low-income neighborhoods. He volunteers his time to teach TKD at schools in deprived areas. His next big goal is to open a TKD school in one of these underserved areas, where children can come in after school for tutoring and help with their homework, as well as to take TKD classes. He is currently moving forward and securing funding to make this dream a reality.
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Whether you’re interested in martial arts for your kids, or you’re an adult looking for a fun, enriching activity that brings you fitness and self-defense skills… Feel free to contact the location that’s nearest you. Each of our locations are filled with kind, caring staff members who will gladly answer all of your questions. If you live in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch or Centennial, we’d love to hear from you. Pick up the phone and call us now!
- Castle Rock Location
- Highlands Ranch Location
- Centennial Location