From starving war orphan to international leader, the fascinating journey of Taekwondo Grandmaster Won Chik Park is well on its way to publication!

I just finished a major revision to the life story of Taekwondo Grandmaster Won Chik Park that put it into what my agent and an interested publisher agreed was a more publishable length. In going back through this amazing story line by line, paragraph by paragraph and chapter by chapter, I was again struck with the awe that first compelled me to write this story.

Literally running for his life from invading communist troops as the Korean War began, then living on the streets as a refugee, then finding resourceful ways to keep himself and his sister from starving, the gold standard of heroism is first revealed in this ten year old boy, and it continued to emerge as the grand adventure of this remarkable life unfolded. As an immigrant, as a parent of first generation Korean American children, as a leader and cultural icon, and as one of the top ranked Taekwondo Grandmasters in the world, the story of Won Chik Park is his true account of a heroic life he never imagined — and still can’t quite believe.

I have no doubt that Grandmaster Park’s story is special and could serve as inspiration and hope to anyone facing daunting if not seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their own lives. What I wonder, though, is how many other heroes are there out there whose stories never get told? How many owners of remarkable lives would say, just as Grandmaster Park did in our first interview, that his story wasn’t really that interesting — and that he just did what he had to do, went through the doors that opened to him, and followed his heart and desire to do the right thing no matter what happened. Isn’t that what a hero does? As writers, isn’t that we must do to get these stories out to others who could benefit from their example? What kind of hero stories does the world need more of?

Grandmaster Won Chik Park News


  1. Frank Roth says:

    I was fortunate enough to become friends with Grand Master Park when he taught Tae Kwon Do at TCU over the 4 years I attended.

    I’ve only gone back a few times to say hi but if you happen to chat with him let him know I’m so pleased he continues to do well in life and business as a tremendous leader a great person.

    I’ll need to buy this story and read it … never got history of his life just glimpses.

    Frank Roth

  2. Michael Amyx says:

    Mrs. Kaitcer,

    It was very nice to meet you in person at the Taekwondo Nationals in Orlando Florida. I am one of the senior black belts that was present to support our competing team and found your book during the event. I purchased the above referenced book and was curious to see if the version I purchased was the revised version? I have read the book and it is indeed a very powerful story and found it not only inspirational but heart touching as well. Not only was it captivating, it was one of the most enjoyable I have read in some time. It’s very unique to not want to rush through the story and enjoy the journey as it unfolds. TRULY a must-read for anyone interested in martial arts!

  3. Amar Murthy says:

    An inspiring book that tells the story well. A valuable lesson that kindness, however small, can make a significant difference in the world. An easy read.

  4. james cowan says:

    i studied under mr. park in detroit mi. in 74 before we moved away. he was a stern but fair instructor. in my 46 yrs he is one of the 5 most respectable people i have met in my life.

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