Master Jae Ro Ahn

8th Degree Black Belt

Grand Master Jae Ro Ahn

Grand Master Jae Ro Ahn is a world-renowned and influential Taekwondo Master from Korea who has just recently moved to the United States. “Plainsboro is lucky to have such a prestigious Grand Master in NJ.” Fellow Taekwondo athletes are honored to have him so nearby. Future Head Master of the new Ahn’s Taekwondo in Plainsboro, GM Ahn holds a Kukkiwon Certified 8th Degree Black Belt and it is not surprising that he comes from a family of Taekwondo Grand Masters: an older brother who holds a 9th Degree Black Belt and a younger sister who holds a 7th degree black belt. With over 45 years of martial arts experience, he is an undoubted expert of Poomsae Forms. Having studied and analyzed the movements in such depth, GM Ahn knows Poomsae Forms inside and out, theoretically, intellectually as well as in its physical aspects. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kyung Hee University in Taekwondo (the best university in Korea that offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Taekwondo) and has a master’s degree from Korea National Sport University in Taekwondo Theory.


To further develop Taekwondo for the sport to stay relevant in the Olympics, GM Jae Ro Ahn was one of the few important personnel involved for the changes; he was one of the influential members who was responsible for the amendments that were made to the poomsae forms, a patterned series of offensive and defensive techniques performed against an imaginary opponent. Poomsae forms were being reformed and modified to keep up with the times and GM Jae Ro Ahn was one of the research teams that helped restructure the remodeled rules and regulations for the modern poomsae competitions.

From among many awards and recognitions, GM Jae Ro Ahn received the Presidential Award in 2016 from South Korea for the contributions and accomplishments he had made to the Taekwondo worlds. He was appointed as a national representative head coach and had all gold medalist winners in the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships of 2012 and 2013. In addition to all his achievements, GM Jae Ro Ahn also co-authored Taekwondo training books to help other Masters of Taekwondo, realizing that no enough books were available for the training for Taekwondo Masters.

The newest chapter for GM Jae Ro Ahn is his new organization, Hongik E-Hwa. Hongik E-Hwa is a Masters Research Center where GM Ahn has challenged himself to educate the best and established Taekwondo Masters for the purpose of passing along his ideals and knowledge of the authentic Taekwondo and to be able to execute the skills and technique with accuracy and precision.

Poomsae seminar invitations have taken GM Jae Ro Ahn all over the world including, Belgium, China, France, India, Iraq, Japan, Korea, and the United States. Having recently moved to the United States with his family, he is looking forward to meeting the new students of his newly opened school in Plainsboro while staying active internationally.


  • Taekwondo 8th Degree Black Belt
  • KyungheeUniversity : Bachelor’s Degree in TKD
  • Korea National Sports University: Master’s Degree (MBS) in Taekwondo Theory
  • Head coach of the Korea National poomsae team at the 8th World TKD Championship (2013)
  • Head coach of the Korea National poomsae team at the 2nd Asian TKD Championship (2012)
  • All-around Award, Korea Sports (2016)
  • 1st class Taekwondo Master Instructor License, Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters)
  • 3rd class promotion judges license, Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters)
  • 3rd class referee license, Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) HMD
  • Vice-Chairman of poomsae referee division, Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters)
  • Member of Adult Demonstration Team, Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters)
  • 3rd class Poomsae referee license, World Taekwondo Federation (WT)
  • 2nd class competition instructor license
  • Asia Taekwondo Federation public relations committee
  • Asia Taekwondo Federation Vice-Chairman of poomsae
  • Asia Taekwondo Federation Lecturer (new poomsae)
  • Korea Taekwondo Association instructor
  • International Martial Arts Competition Referee Chairman
  • President, International Hongik E-Hwa Headquarters (Masters of Research Association)

Poomsae and Breaking Awards and Commendations

  • 6thPoomsae Competition held in the honor of Woosuk University President, 1st place, masters team division (2009)
  • International best of the best team breaking competition, 2nd place (2008)
  • 4th Korea Open, International Poomsae Competition, 3rd place, Individual division (2008)
  • World TKD Hanmadang Competition, Official Poomsae 1st place, youth, masters, and women, team division (2007)
  • World TKD Hanmadang Competition, youth, masters and women div., 1st place, Creative Poomsae, 1st place, youth, masters, and women divisions (2006)
  • 5thChuncheon International TKD Open, Creative Poomsae, Masters team div., 1st place (2005)
  • 5thChuncheon International TKD Open, Official Poomsae, Masters team div., 1st place (2005)
  • 5thChuncheon International TKD Open, Official Poomsae, pairs division, 1st place (2005)
  • World TKD Hanmadang Competition, youth, Master, women, creative poomsae, 3rd place (2005)
  • World Taekwondo Hanmadang Competition, foot-breaking, 2nd place, Masters division (2005)

Demonstration Career

  • KTA President’s Cup Championship Opening Ceremony (2011)
  • Pune India Opening Ceremony (2011)
  • Masters of Iraq Entrance Ceremony (2009)
  • International Exchange & Cultural Promotion Institute (Korea& Australia), 2009


  • KTA Hand Techniques of Taekwondo for Actual Fighting (co-author)
  • KTA Basic Technology Teaching Method and Uses (co-author)
  • KTA Creative Coaching for Character Building (co-author)

Seminar, Instructor, Referee, Judge Experience/ Awards

  • PanAmKukkiwonHanmadang, International referee (LA 2017)
  • French TKD Athlete, Instructor (Korea 2017)
  • US National competition, International Referee (Detroit 2017)
  • KTA (Korea Taekwondo Association)Masters Instructor Training (2017)
  • KTA (Korea Taekwondo Association) Adult Activation Education (2017)
  • China Shenzhen Seminar (Putian&Baoan 2017)
  • Belgium Seminar (Sinai&La Miche 2017)
  • France Seminar (Montpellier, Annemasse& Paris 2017)
  • Asian Confederation (new poomsae) Seminar (2016)
  • US Seminar (NY, Chicago, NC& LA 2016)
  • US National Competition, referee (2016)
  • Belgium Seminar (Liege, Charleroi&Sinai 2016))
  • France Seminar (Montpellier, Par is& Aix-en-Provence 2016))
  • KTA (Korea Taekwondo Association) Expo Breaking Lecture (2015)
  • KTA (Korea Taekwondo Association)Permanent Education Leader Training (2015)
  • French Poomsae National athlete private instructor (Korea 2015)
  • France Montpellier Seminar (2015)
  • China Xiamen Poomsae Seminar (2015)
  • China Daquing 2ndPoomsae Seminar (2015)
  • China Daquing, 1stPoomsae Seminar (2014)
  • 8th WT (World Taekwondo Federation)Poomsae Championship, MVP Award (2013)
  • 8th WT (World Taekwondo Federation)Poomsae Championship Korea National athlete coach (Bali 2013)
  • 3rd Asian Youth Taekwondo championship, CheongJiHoe head coach (produced 5 national team member 2013)
  • France Poomsae Seminar, Instructor (2012)
  • The 2nd Asian Taekwondo Championship, National Team Head Coach (Vietnam) – everyone was a gold medal recipient (2012)
  • The 2nd Asian Taekwondo Championship, CheongJiHoe (produced 3 national team member 2012)
  • World Poomsae Championship, CheongJiHow Head Coach (Russia 2011)
  • World Poomsae Championship, Head coach of Cheongjihoe (produced 3 national team members 2011)
  • 1st France Poomsae Seminar, Instructor (2011)
  • Chinese Masters Poomsae Seminar, Instructor (2011)
  • Iraq Masters 2ndPoomsae Seminar, Instructor (2010)
  • Philippine National Poomsae Team coach (2007)