Martial arts master, wife, and mother Choon-Ok Jade Harmon leads a layered
and fascinating life. She is the highest-ranking female master in the Korean
martial art of Kuk Sool Won with a ninth-degree black belt.
Harmon grew up in a poor village in Korea. She began studying Kuk Sool Won
when she was fourteen, at a time when few women studied martial arts. As she
progressed in her rigorous training, she struggled against traditional Korean
gender roles, which dictated that women stop practicing martial arts once they
were married. Her desires to have a family and continue training led her to
Barry Harmon, whom she met while he was schooling in Kuk Sool Won in Korea. The
Grand Master of the dojang (formal training hall) arranged their
marriage, and the Harmons moved to the United States and opened Kuk Sool Won of
Clear Lake in Houston, Texas.
Harmon continues to run the dojang, teach classes in Kuk Sool Won, and take
care of her family. She has been interviewed by numerous publications, including
Tae Kwon Do Times; her local media; and Korean newspapers. Harmon lives
in Houston with her husband and two daughters.
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