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Remembering A Friend

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that my instructor Grand Master John Tompkins, the President and Founder of the Phoenix Group has passed away in China with his wife, Aineur, by his side. Information on memorial services in the U.S. is pending at this time as his children finalize the arrangements. I will pass along the information when it becomes available to me.

Grand Master John Tompkins had an enormous passion for martial arts and Taekwon-Do in particular. He started as a young boy and stayed active in Taekwon-do throughout his life. He was respected and loved by many all over the world. One of his proudest moments was when ITF President Choi Jung Hwa promoted him to the rank of 9th degree black belt at the 2014 World Championships in Rome, Italy. His passion could be fiery at times, but it was his love and commitment to keeping Taekwon-do pure that drove him. He was a man who lived and died by his principles.


Master Suzn Crochet

Grand Master Tompkins was a great friend to YOM CHI and will be missed.

For more information about Grand Master Tompkins see our article here.

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