The Early Years
The journey of Grand Master Sergio Chávez-Moreno, a 9th Degree Black Belt and a renowned figure in the world of Taekwondo, began in 1969. It all started when he walked through the doors of a Karate school in the Historic Center of Mexico City. Under the guidance of Master Juan José Zamora and in a dojo owned by the legendary Judo Master Daniel F. Hernández, Sergio's martial arts journey took its first steps.
A Shift in Destiny
Sergio Chávez entered the world of Karate, but destiny had something else in store for him. In 1975, during a visit to the Kukkiwon along with his fellow Okinawa Karate Do Clubs, Sergio witnessed a Taekwondo demonstration by the official Taekwondo exhibition team. The experience was nothing short of electrifying. Sergio remembers, "I had never seen such a spectacular demonstration that covered basics, kicking, and many other aspects and that concluded with a shocking board-breaking demonstration of sturdy wood."
The Taekwondo Awakening
In the aftermath of this visit, Sergio Chávez's life was forever changed. He sought out the person in charge of Taekwondo and was introduced to Master Hong Chong Soo, Vice President of Kukkiwon and President of the Taekwondo Do Moo Duk Kwan Association of Korea. It was at this point that Sergio decided to embrace Taekwondo fully.
He said, "Master Hong Chong Soo soon connected me with Master Hee Deok Park, who became my mentor in Taekwondo. Master Park is nicknamed 'Eagle Park,' and so his school and my school bear the name of Eagle Park Taekwondo, based in Dallas, Texas." On August 4, 1976, Sergio inaugurated Eagle Park Taekwondo School in the City of Querétaro, establishing it as his headquarters. In August 1979, his first students took the black belt exam, and an exhibition featuring Masters Eagle Park and He Young Kimm followed.
A Living Encyclopedia of Taekwondo
With his illustrious career, Grand Master Sergio Chávez-Moreno has become a living encyclopedia of Taekwondo's history and worldwide development. He reached the pinnacle of achievement when he was promoted to the rank of 9th Dan Black Belt by Kukkiwon on December 17, 2019, making him the first teacher born in Mexico to attain that rank. He received recognition from the Government of the Republic of Korea for this remarkable accomplishment.
Sergio Chávez Moreno is also accredited as an International Referee of Tae Kwon Do "Class S" since 2005. His close friendship with Dr. He Young Kimm, the creator of Han Mu Do and a preeminent historian of Korean Martial Arts, further enriches his martial arts journey.
Honors and Recognitions
In recognition of his outstanding career and contributions to national Taekwondo, Senator Mauricio Kuri González and the Sports Institute of Querétaro, along with the State Taekwondo Association, honored Master Sergio Chávez-Moreno.
Grand Master Sergio Chávez-Moreno's journey through Taekwondo has been one of unwavering dedication and profound impact. His legacy continues to inspire practitioners around the world.
Join the Celebration
Experience the legacy of Grand Master Sergio Chávez-Moreno and celebrate his contributions to the world of martial arts at the upcoming 60th Anniversary Celebration honoring Dojunim Dr. He-Young Kimm's arrival in the United States. This historic event, hosted by the World Han Mu Do Association and the Hando Won, will feature a Black Belt Test, Seminar, and Banquet from November 3-5, 2023, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Don't miss this incredible opportunity. Secure your reservations today, including hotel and dinner reservations, by October 14, 2023.
For comprehensive event details and reservations, visit our dedicated event page. Join us in celebrating Grand Master Sergio Chávez-Moreno and the vibrant martial arts community. It's an event of monumental significance!