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This profile was last updated on 8/19/07  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Michigan General Manager
    International Tae Kwon Do Association
  • Founder and President
    International Tae Kwon Do Association

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    International Taekwondo Association
  • Member
    Green Berets


  • Ph.D.
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Web References
TAEKWONDO TAE KWON DO, 19 Aug 2007 [cached]
International Tae Kwon Do Association - James S. Benko, ITF Style
International TaeKwon-Do Association (World Headquarters) [cached]
James S. Benko, Ph.D. Founder and President of the International Tae Kwon Do Association
The International TaeKwon-Do Association was founded on July 9, 1974 by Grand Master James S. Benko, Ph.D. (see biography) and his late-wife, Edna (Dieu Thi Vu).Grand Master Benko has been studying the Korean martial arts since 1959, providing ITA members with guidance from over 40 years experience.The ITA was established to preserve and perpetuate the study of the Art of Tae Kwon Do without "martial arts politics".
New products, services, and information will be added to this web site on a regular basis.This will provide those interested in the Korean martial arts with a continuous source of accurate and authoritative information.
Robert Giorgio's School of Taekwon-Do, 15 April 2001 [cached]
International Tae Kwon Do Association - Michigan GM James S. Benko
GM James.J.Kim's Tae Kwon Do College - Houston , TX.Golden Gate University TaeKwonDoHauth's Taekwondo Center Home PageHan's Tae Kwon Do - Master Han Min Kyo.Hawkeye Tae Kwon Do - Neat logoInternational Tae Kwon Do Academy - Marblehead MAJackson's Taesong Dojang - Taekwondo & Moo Duk Kwan
A guy into the Korean martial ..., 11 Feb 2002 [cached]
A guy into the Korean martial art James Benko ¡Å 'Taekwondo? Isn't it similar to Karate?' ¡Å Taekwondo Warriors from the country of Windmills
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A guy into the Korean martial art James Benko ¡Å 'Taekwondo? Isn't it similar to Karate?' ¡Å Taekwondo Warriors from the country of Windmills
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A guy into the Korean martial art James Benko
James S. Benko holds Taekwondo 9 dan, Hapkido 9 dan and Shimsoodo 9 dan.He knows about Korean martial arts better than any other Korean.
Since he started Taekwondo in 1959 from Grand master Lee, Ki-Joon, one of the US Taekwondo pioneers, he has been training Korean martial arts such as Taekwondo or Hapkido for 42 years.He has devoted his life to Korean martial arts' growth.
James fought in Vietnam War as a member of Green Berets, American Special Forces during his service.
In Vietnam, he taught Korean martial arts to soldiers and cops of USA and Vietnam, and also he taught Green Berets members how to survive.
Further, as a Green Berets member, he taught Vietnamese people how to use arms, how to protect their villages, and how to fight bare-handed.These have become the foundation on which he stood tall as a grand master.
Without two guys he met in Vietnam, Vietnam would be only passing memory in his life.
The two guys were Grandmaster Yang, Hee and Kim, Won-Su."They changed my life," James said.As such, the meeting with the two was so special to James.
Grand master Kim, Won-Su was a co-worker of Choi, Yong-Sul, Hapkido founder, taught James Hapkido and Korean swordmanship.
James got to know Bobinam, a Vietnamese martial art.Bobinam is composed of circling hands and other hand techniques, and is similar to Chinese martial arts, and also it contains powerful kicks similar to those of Taekwondo.
James Benko kept learning from other masters like Yang, Hee, Kim, Won-Su, Ko, Jae-Duk, and Kim, Yong.
After Vietnam War, he returned to USA.At this moment, there was no organization for Korean martial artists.And this poor reality never improved even a couple of years after he came back to USA.
In between, He founded ITA (International Taekwondo Association) together with his wife Edna on July 9, 1974.
James Benko talked about its purpose of his association, "It's founded to protect Non-political martial arts and Taekwondo."His association spread around the world very quickly.
"Taekwondo changes people's personality such as respect, honesty, self-achievement.But you need hard training first," he explained his way of training."Physical strength is only a small part of a martial art.It should be in balance with mental training."
He's always been studying new training methods for Taekwondo learners and teachers, and been traveling around USA and Asia to open 'Korean Martial arts Seminar and Camp.'
He has such a huge amount of knowledge about Korean martial arts as to write total 24 books on Korean martial arts.
Kobudo and Weapons Arts, 3 Oct 2001 [cached]
International Tae Kwon Do Association James S. Benko, kobudo the Korean way
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