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TranTrieuQuan

Tran Trieu Quan

Trần Triệu Quân (March 26, 1952 – January 12, 2010) was a Vietnamese-Canadian grandmaster of taekwondo and a professional engineer. He was president of one of the three International Taekwon-Do Federation groups (specifically, the one headquartered in Spain) from mid-2003 until his death. Trần held the rank of 9th dan black belt in taekwondo.

Trần was born on March 26, 1952, in Vietnam. He began his study of taekwondo when he was twelve years old. Trần attained black belt status by the age of 17, and was teaching taekwondo under his instructor, Kim Bong Sik. He emigrated to Canada in 1970, studying mechanical engineering at Laval University and establishing the first taekwondo schools in eastern Canada.

Trần was promoted to 7th dan on July 1, 1990, 8th dan on December 3, 2000, and 9th dan on December 22, 2008. He was appointed President the Spain-headquartered ITF organization on June 13, 2003.

Trần was in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on business (ironically, working on improving building standards to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes), and was staying in the Hôtel Montana when it collapsed in a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010. Upon Trần's disappearance, ITF Senior Vice-President and Grand Master Pablo Trajtenberg was named Acting President of the ITF group that Trần had led. Trần's remains were found and his death was confirmed on February 12, 2010.

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