• Hard to put into words, it wasn't what I expected but I was pleasantly surprised. Once I started reading I couldn't stop and finished it in a few hours.

    S. Martinez "Sasa"
  • A must-read for anyone interested in martial arts, visionary leadership and leaving a lasting legacy.

    Sam Horn, author of global bestseller Tongue Fu!®
  • This is so much more than just a story of a martial arts grandmaster. It’s a role model for anyone looking to triumph in tough times. This is the book I wish I’d have had when I began my own entrepreneurial journey!

    Max Jaffe, CPA, CEO of Spending Solutions, Inc.
  • One of my favorite martial arts biographies. Although I have not had the pleasure of training with Grandmaster Park, I enjoyed his biography very much. I recommend it to everyone who asks about my martial arts book collection. A credit to Taekwondo for sure!

    Mike Swope
  • I currently study under Grandmaster Park and actually took from one of his students as a child over 20 years ago. I returned to taekwondo as an adult and just happened to be living in the same city where he has his dojang---it was fate! He gave me this book a few weeks before I began lessons again and I could NOT put it down. He is an amazing man with an amazing story--from hardships as a child refugee from North Korea to boldy pursuing the American Dream the story is like an epic movie. You're rooting for the hero and can't wait to see what happens next. The book flows like a novel and is entertaining for any reader, regardless of their interest in martial arts.

    Melanie Gibson
  • I had read a copy that I got from a friend.
Wanted to read it again so I ordered me
One. Excellent book.

    Mason Benton
  • I'm not usually one to read biographies as I find them often dry and boring. This book is an exception - a true narrative with suspense, heart-break, and triumph. Every Taekwondo student should read this as well as anyone who is interested in a riveting story of struggle and endurance. It is well-written and capable of holding even a reluctant reader's interest.

  • Having studied Taekwando many years ago under a student of Grandmaster Park, I was curious about the book. I found the story to be riveting. It is fascinating to look retrospectively at how someone can come from amazingly humble beginnings and ascend to the pinnacle of their craft. A very well written book. I highly recommend the book to anyone, but particularly to those have studied Taekwando.


Grandmaster: A Story of Struggle, Triumph and Taekwondo

Represented by New York Literary Agent Doris Michaels, DSM Literary Agency, Inc.

Bringing its readers an insightful personal glimpse into Korea’s exquisite culture and confusing political turmoil, Grandmaster: A Story of Struggle, Triumph, and Taekwondo explores key issues of character and culture. Through the life story of Ninth Degree Taekwondo Grandmaster Won Chik Park, this story educates as it inspires.

Transporting its readers to the inner circles of Korean life, Grandmaster plays against a backdrop of key events in international history. As the story of Won Chik Park unfolds, readers find themselves captivated by the indomitable spirit that triumphs in the face of challenge and transcends the typical coming-of-age, struggling immigrant morality tale. Instead, in the pages of Grandmaster, readers discover an unforgettable account of how getting up one more time — every time — can lead to unimaginable achievement and impact. In a world hungry for heroes, here’s one you won’t soon forget.

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