My father’s friendship with a North Korean.
So, the title seems unbelievable at first, but trust me, its true.
My father had been friends with a fellow North Korean, named Choi Hon Hi, they were both friends for quite a long time, until Choi’s death in 2002.
Now, you may ask: Who is Choi Hon Hi?
Choi Hon Hi, was the founder of taekwondo, had been born in the North Hamyong Province of the DPRK, and died in Pyongyang in June, 2002.
My father began to get involved in taekwondo around the 1960’s, as he grew up, he began to get involved with the politics of the martial art, registering in the International Taekwondo Federation, formed in the mid-1960’s. As he climbed the ranks, Choi Hon Hi began to notice him, and they developed a friendship together, there was an incident involving Choi’s Son, who was exiled from the International Taekwondo Federation (I won’t get much into it), but according to some, it was because he yelled / cursed at a senior member of the ITF in front of those who were in a meeting.
In an interview, my father said a quote that was said by Choi Hon Hi in the early 2000’s. I don’t remember exactly what he said, but it went something like this.
“As a father, I forgive my son, but as members of the ITF (He is referring to the people in the ITF, not himself), you will never forgive him.”
As Choi Hon Hi aged on, he began to develop cancer, the last seminar he ever attended was in April 2002, 2 months before his death, before spending his last days in Pyongyang.
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