Grandmaster Tom Crecelius, 9th Dan performing first movement of Edan form, Ship soo.

    Grandmaster Tom Crecelius began training in tae kwon do in March of 1972 when a school opened up in his small rural town of Milltown, IN.  This was just before being drafted into the U.S. Army during the end of the Vietnam war.  He trained to the rank of

green belt before being drafted and continued training for the next two years while stationed in Germany.  He continued under Mr. Vincent Newkirk in Milltown upon his return until he received his 1st degree black belt n 1977.  Shortly afterward Mr. Newkirk retired and not wanting to give up on his love for the martial arts,  opened his own school, Ohio Valley Tae Kwon Do School, in 1980.  He and his wife, Master Katie Crecelius, an 8th degree, have organized and officiated  TTCA tournaments, camps and testings over the past 34 years.  Upon Great-Grandmaster Choi's retirement in March of 2024, he appointed Grandmaster Crecelius as president of T.T.C.A.
     Grandmaster Crecelius has a strong vision for the future of TTCA and is excited to uphold the quality and integrity that TTCA has always been know for.

Record of Accomplishment in Tae Kwon Do

March 9, 1972   Began taking classes from instructor Mr. Vincent Newkirk
October 1, 1977  Chodan received - Mount Carmel, IL - Grandmaster D.S. Son (WTA)
May 2, 1984   Edan received - Madison, WI - Grandmaster D.S. Son (WTA)
September 2, 1990  Samdan received - Omaha, NE - Grandmaster D.S. Son (WTA)
September 18, 1994  Sadan received - Omaha, NE - Grandmaster D.S. Son (WTA)
October 6, 1996  Odan received - Louisville, KY - Great Grandmaster W.G. Lee (CDK) &
                                                                                   Master Y.S. Choi (TTCA)
June 21, 2004   Yuk dan received - Louisville, KY - Master Y.S. Choi, 8th Dan (TTCA)
October 4, 2008  Chil Dan received - Louisville, KY - Grandmaster Y.S. Choi, 9th (TTCA)
July 14, 2012   Pal Dan received - Louisville, KY - Grandmaster Y.S. Choi,and Woon Kyu Uhm (Kukkiwon)
January 20, 2022 Goo Dan received - Chicago, IL - Grandmaster Y.S. Choi (TTCA)

Grandmaster Crecelius served on the TTCA Board of Directors under Grandmaster Choi as TTCA  Coordinating Director from January 1, 1996 until Grandmaster Choi's retirement.  He has participated in over 80 WTA and TTCA tournaments where he has competed and also judged, refereed  and overseen rings.  He has attended 31 summer camps and two (2) seminars with Grandmaster H. M. Park and completed referee training seminars through WTA, TTCA and received a training certificate from Grandmaster H.M. Park and has received rank certifications from Kukkiwon and Chung Do Kwan.

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