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History of Colorado Taekwondo Institute

The mission of the CTI is, "To encourage world-class leadership through educational excellence and Moo Sul Kwan martial arts traditions." 

The CTI was founded by Grandmaster James M. Sautel on October 1, 1983.  Today, the Colorado Taekwondo Institute has CTI Campus locations in Green Mountain, Westminster, Littleton, Golden, Conifer and Craig.  

CTI Programs are also at some of the top public and private schools in the Denver area, schools like; Red Rocks Elementary, Westridge Elementary, Montessori Peaks Academy, Our Lady of Fatima School, Bell Middle School and West Woods Elementary. 

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taekwondo kid at tournament

CTI Tournament competitions began in 1984, and during the summer of 1985, the first Moo Sul Kwan Summer Expo was held.  The Expo was set up for all belt levels and ages of MSK students and instructors.  The MSK Expo has been held in Winter Park, Vail, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Colorado Springs and other wonderful places.  Based on Great Grandmaster Lee H. Park’s annual AMASEA National Convention, the Summer Expo provides the added touch of the Colorado outdoors.  Special Expo guest instructors have included Grandmaster David LeGrand, Grandmaster Charles Hildebrand, Great Grandmaster Bong Yul Shin, Master Bill Jones, Master Doug Johnson and many others.

In 1996, the 1st MSK Black Belt Symposium was held in Winter Park, Colorado.  The Black Belt Symposium takes place each year in the fall and is dedicated to the training of MSK instructors and leaders.  The 25th MSK Black Belt Symposium is in October, 2020.

Other Major Events

martial arts kids at Taekwondo Camp

In 1998, the first Camp MSK took place at Snow Mountain Ranch, just outside of Granby, Colorado. Ever since then, Camp MSK, which takes place in June, has been a fantastic six-day training playground  for students and instructors alike.

The CTI Black Belt Team World Tour began with a trip to a competition in Russia (1993).  Since then, the CTI Black Belt Team has visited, trained, competed and demonstrated in South Korea (2001), Ireland (2004), Mexico (2006), New Zealand (2007), Germany / Austria (2011), South Korea / Jeju Island (2014), and Sweden / Norway in 2017.

Other dynamic annual events the CTI sponsors has sponsored each year are: the CTI Super Bowl, the CTI All-City Championships, the Lee H. Park Team Championships and the Denver Martial Arts Championships. There are also CTI Masters Seminars given throughout the year on subjects ranging from free-sparring, poomse, and judging technique to breaking and self-defense.

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