Senior Master Keith Finch 8th Dan

Senior Master Keith Finch started his Taekwon-Do training studying the ITF system in 1986, under the tutelage of Master Rhee Ki Ha. Sadly his instructor left and joined a new association called the United Kingdom Taekwon-Do Federation, which later came under the UK ITF umbrella, with the approval of General Choi Hong Hi. In 1995, Mr Keith Finch left ITF Taekwon-Do as a 3rd Dan and joined with Master Juin Manahai 8th Dan from Jidokwa Taekwon-Do, as a part of the Malaysian Jidokwan Taekwon-Do Association. Master Manahai trained in Taekwon-Do with the late Grandmaster Henry S Cho, when he was in his homeland of Malaysia in the 1970’s.

Through this, Master Keith Finch’s interest in Hapkido was born, another Korean self defence system, when he met Grandmaster Sung Soo Lee 9th Dan in 1996. In that year, he moved under the tutelage of Grandmaster Sung Soo Lee, where he became a part of the International Jidokwan Taekwon-Do Foundation (IJTF) in 1996. Grandmaster Sung Soo Lee has maintained a very close relationship with Master Keith Finch, both in a professional capacity as well as cultivating a friendship that will last a lifetime. On May 11th 2000, Master Keith Finch became Headmaster Instructor of the United Kingdom Jidokwan Taekwon-Do Association (UKJTA).

In 2012, he joined the Jun Tong Taekwon-Do Federation (JTF) under the leadership of Grandmaster Robert Dunn 9th Dan from the USA. The JTF train in the Chang Hon style of patterns, which were formalized by Gen Choi Hong Hi, Captain Nam Tae Hi and many of the high ranking Korean Masters of the 60’s and 70’s, which are now known as the ITF style patterns.

Master Keith Finch became European Jun Tong Taekwon-Do Federation Director under Grandmaster Robert Dunn in 2014.