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AIMAA President/Founder

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Grandmaster Hee Il Cho:
75 Years of Action
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Grandmaster Hee Il Cho: 75 Years of Action

Updated: September 8, 2014

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Updated: August 20, 2012

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AIMAA Curriculum One Step Sparring and AIMAA Curriculum Self Defense
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Action International Martial Arts Association: Welcome to AIMAA


What's Happening in AIMAA:

Special Message

Message from Grandmaster Hee Il Cho to AIMAA
Letter from Grandmaster Hee Il Cho

"The most desperate and challenging of times always reveals the best and worst of humanity...Now is a time to reflect, meditate, and resolve internally – this is and always has been the foundation of our physical training."

--Read Letter from Grandmaster Hee Il Cho
March, 2020

Holiday Greetings

Happy New Year 2023-2024 from AIMAA HQ!
Grandmaster Hee Il Cho: 2023-2024 Holiday Greetings

AIMAA HQ Testing Schedule 2024

Seasonal Greetings from the President and Fournder of AIMAA.

"We look forward to ushering in this renewed energy and enthusiasm for a stronger and more collaborative future throughout AIMAA worldwide."

--Grandmaster Hee Il Cho January, 2024

International Black Belt Testing

AIMAA Black Belt Testing
Sunday, November 17, 2019

AIMAA's recent Masters testing and High Black testing:

Grand Master's:

  • Grand Master Philip Ameris, 9th Dan
  • Grand Master John Darcy, 8th Dan


  • Master Jeanne Ameris, 6th Dan
  • Master Doreen Kenny, 6th Dan
  • Master Aeneas O'Connor, 6th Dan
  • Master Karim Belgacem, 6th Dan

Congratulations to all testing for demonstrating outstanding effort and great achievement!

Hawaii Kai Christmas Parade

Grandmaster Hee Il Cho is Grand Marshal!
Hawaii Kai Christmas Parade

Honolulu honored Grandmaster Hee Il Cho this year with the title of honorary Grand Marshal of the 2016 Hawaii Kai Christmas Parade! Leading the parade, he was followed by AIMAA HQ students. This festive event was held on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

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Pioneer of the Year

Tae Kwon Do Times Magazine: Pioneer of the Year
Grandmaster Hee Il Cho: 2015 Pioneer of the Year

"A true martial artist, one who has given inspiration to thousands of students for countless years, is none other than Grandmaster Hee Il Cho.Grandmaster Cho has devoted his life to the philosophies of his art as well as enhancements in techniques for nearly 50 years."

"Grandmaster Hee Il Cho is undoubtedly one of the most important ambassadors in martial arts, and continues to bring about changes and ideas that help to improve the many aspects of the art."

--Taekwondo Times Magazine, January Issue, 2016

Countdown to 75 Years!

A Momentus Occasion is Celebrated at AIMAA HQ!

AIMAA members worldwide extended their congratulations and best wishes to AIMAA President and Founder, Grandmaster Hee Il Cho, as he turned 75 years old on October 13, 2015.

We wish him all the best in health, happiness and prosperity for many many years to come!

Warmest HAPPY BIRTHDAY from the worldwide AIMAA family!

Tournament Champions

Tournament Champions
October 4, 2015

In the school's first entry into a local tournament, 12 students represented Grandmaster Cho's School, competing in a Hawaiian Islands Tournament which featured many styles of martial artists, including Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Jiu-Jitsu and others. The school performance was outstanding, achieving numerous medals in both sparring and forms.

Mr. Honeycutt, 3rd Dan, took the Grand Champion overall trophy for forms.

Congratulations to all participants for an outstanding effort and a tremendous achievement!

AIMAA Boot Camp 2015

AIMAA Boot Camp 2015
A weekend of exciting and intense training, under the instructional guidance of Grand Master Philip Ameris, Mr. Jacob Cho and Mr. Dom Mazzotta.

The Action International Martial Arts Association, hosted by Grand Master Philip Ameris' Cho's Tae Kwon Do Center, was proud to present the 2015 AIMAA Boot Camp in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Friday the 12th of June through Sunday, the 14th of June.

Congratulations to all participants!

AIMAA Scotland Seminar

AIMAA Scotland Seminar
Congratulations to AIMAA Scotland for hosting two successful TKD seminars at Belgacem's School of Cho's Tae Kwon Do.

Sunday, May 3rd, AIMAA Scotland hosted their third, "Lady Dragon Seminar," with Zara L Phythian. AIMAA Scotland had more than 100 students attend the event - divided over two separate exciting seminars, one for children and one for adults.

Congratulations to all of the seminar participants and organizers!

74th Birthday

Happy Birthday! 2014
Celebrating Grandmaster Hee Il Cho's 74th Birthday!

How does Grandmaster Hee Il Cho celebrate his 74th birthday?

Unlike anyone else on earth!

74th Birthday Celebration
75 Years Art Contest

75 Years Art Contest
Art Contest for the celebration of 75 Years of Action for Grandmaster Hee Il Cho

Children and Panthers: Design artwork for Grandmaster Cho and submit it by email or mail to AIMAA HQ along with your name, age and AIMAA School/Instructor.

Winners will be selected in each age category and prizes will be awarded. Your artwork will be displayed on our site and may be used in our 75 Years celebration materials! Enter your drawings by July 31, 2015.

Thank you to all of the children who have submitted their lovely artwork so far and to everyone who is helping and participating!

AIMAA Summer Camp 2014 Orlando

AIMAA Summer Camp 2014
Reporting on the experiences from Orlando!

It was another outstanding Summer Camp with participants from many countries!

Thank you to everyone who helped and participated!

New Release!

Grandmaster Hee Il Cho: 75 Years of Action
Hard cover coffe table book. Size: 11.5" x 15"

Special Collector's Edition Commemorative Book

Available Now! 100 full-color pages with over 275 photos, beginning with the earliest photo ever taken of Grandmaster Cho, through to the present day. Stories and impressions by the Living Legend.

Written by Grandmaster Hee Il Cho

Train Anywhere, Anytime!
Grandmaster Hee Il Cho's Complete Video Collection

World's Most Comprehensive Collection of Martial Arts Videos Available for Download NOW!

All Platforms: IPad/IPhone/Google Nexus/Computer...

Video Clips

NEW! Grandmaster Hee Il Cho Video Clips
Grandmaster Cho Demonstrates Techniques

Video clips demonstrating techniques including: Jumping Back Spinning Heel Kick, Crescent Kick, Self Defense, One Step Sparring, Workout, Boxing, Breaking ...and More!

--November 11, 2012

Black Belt Mag

Black Belt Magazine: Man of the Year
Grandmaster Hee Il Cho: 2012 Man of the Year

"He built his organization, the Action International Martial Arts Association, in North and South America, as well as Europe. He organized tournaments, taught seminars, and produced 11 books and 70 DVDs. He now administer, either directly or indirectly, an estimated 4,000 students around the world."

"At age 71, Hee Il Cho is still going strong, teaching class six days a week in his Honolulu dojang. It's proof positive that he's dedicated his life to taekwondo—and precisely why Black Belt has named him its 2012 Man of the Year."

--Black Belt Magazine, August Issue, 2012

Koko Marina Shopping Center

Tae Kwon Do Classes: Grandmaster Hee Il Cho's School in Honolulu, Hawaii
AIMAA International Headquarters: Classes Taught by Grandmaster Hee Il Cho

We are located in the Koko Marina Shopping Center, our 8,000 sf center features two large padded mirrored training areas, a weight room, women's and men's dressing rooms, pro shop and offices. Tae Kwon Do is for all ages!

Introductory SPECIAL:
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7192 Kalanianaole Hwy., Suite C-200
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825 USA
Tel. (808) 396-8900

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Grandmaster Hee Il Cho Featured in Combat Magazine Front Cover
August, 2009
Also featured, "YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO COMPETE!" by Master John Kirkwood of AIMAA Scotland

Grandmaster Hee Il Cho Featured in Black Belt Magazine Front Cover
July, August, 2009
Large, multi-issue article, "Body as Weapon."

"Instructor of the Year": Grandmaster Hee Il Cho Featured in Tae Kwon Do Times Magazine
Jan, 2004
Instructor of the Year 2003

State of Tae Kwon Do: Training Tips From the World's Best Kicker
Jan, 2003
Grandmaster Hee Il Cho featured in Black Belt Magazine

70th Birthday

Grandmaster Hee Il Cho's 70th Birthday
70th Year Celebration Event!


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