Edward B. Sell Taekwondo

Sr. Grandmaster Edward B. SellGrandmaster Edward B. Sell was the highest ranked non-oriental in Taekwondo. His credentials and reputation were world-renowned. Grandmaster Sell received the highest recognition, appointments, and degree of anyone outside of Korea. He had more than 35 years of experience in the study, training, researching, teaching, and performing of one of the World’s most effective forms of self defense (Taekwondo Chung Do Kwan).

Grandmaster Edward B. Sell was the founding President of one of the oldest Taekwondo Institutions in the world, the U. S. Chung Do Kwan Association (est. 1967). He offered credentials to Black Belts who wish to excel in the profession of teaching Taekwondo. Grandmaster Sell developed a unique Instructors Degree system to keep the retention of high-ranking black belts.

Grandmaster Edward B. Sell had more than 100 Master Black Belt students from 4th-7th Dan. He was known throughout the world for his impressive brick and concrete breaking techniques and high impact Taekwondo exhibitions.

He and his wife, Grandmaster Brenda J. Sell (7th Dan), established an international Christian Black Belt Demonstration Team, called The Sell Team. They received assignments through the U.S. Pentagon to perform at military installations throughout the world. They also performed in churches and public schools using Taekwondo to carry inspiring messages encouraging and motivating people of all ages to “be all they can be.”

Senior Grandmaster Edward B. Sell passed away on February 4, 2014. (Read More)

  • 1960-67 – Instructor in Policemen’s Combative Tactics.
  • 1963 – First American ever to be allowed to compete in a Korean National Championship
  • 1966 – First American to receive the Taekwondo Certificate of Merit from the Korea Taekwondo Association for outstanding contribution in the promotion of Taekwondo to the US Military.
  • 1966 – First American to receive a 4th Degree Black Belt, earning him the title of Highest Ranked Non-oriental in Taekwondo, (of which he still holds today.)
  • 1966 – First American to receive the Master Instructor’s diploma.
  • 1967 – Formed his own national association, the US Chung Do Kwan Association currently sanctioned by the World Taekwondo Federation.
  • 1969 – Developed the Instructors Degree certification system to motivate, properly train and certify American Taekwondo Instructors.
  • 1969 – He is the author of America’s first Taekwondo training manual.
  • 1972 – First American to be awarded the appointment to International Master by the W.T.F.
  • 1973 – He and his wife authored one of America’s best selling textbooks Forces of Taekwondo, currently in it’s 10th revised edition.
  • 1973 – He was the Coach of the US Team in the 1st World Taekwondo Championship, Korea.
  • 1973 – 1st World Taekwondo Championship his student, and brother Ray Sell took a bronze medal.
  • 1974 – First American to receive International Referee Certification.
  • 1976 – International Referee, 1st World Games-Seoul, Korea.
  • 1981 – Founder of The Sell Team, an International Christian Demonstration Team.
  • 1987 – 8th Degree Black Belt World Chung Do Kwan Association-Seoul, Korea.
  • 1988 – Public Relations Committee 1988 Olympics-Seoul, Korea.
  • 1988 – Featured on the cover of Taekwondo Times December Issue.
  • 1991 – 8th Degree Black Belt certified by the World Taekwondo Federation (Kukkiwon).
  • 1997 – Featured on the cover of Tae Kwon Do Times.
  • 1997 – 9th Degree Black Belt certified by the World Chung Do Kwan.
  • 2001 – 9th Degree Black Belt certified by the World Taekwondo Federation (Kukkiwon).

Sr. Grandmaster Edward B. Sell TKD Times CoverHe promoted more than 5,000 Black Belts in his career and his teaching principles qwere exposed to nearly 250,000 American students. He was also the Founding President of the following: US Chung Do Kwan Association, Korean Taekwondo Association of America, The Sell Team (International Christian Demonstration Team), Taekwondo Rangers, and the Christian Taekwondo University. His goal in life was to touch people’s lives, encouraging them to be strong in mind, body, and spirit and he reached his goal.

Senior Grandmaster Edward B. Sell passed away on February 4, 2014. (Read More)