Warwick At a ceremony held Dec. 21 at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, D.C., Master Doug Cook, head instructor of the Chosun Taekwondo Academy in downtown Warwick, accepted an award for an editorial contribution to taekwondo from Duk Soo Han, Ambassador of the South Korea. At the urging of his instructor Grandmaster Richard Chun, Cook entered a national essay competition where he earned a first-place standing. Cook is a 6th degree black belt. In addition to many articles and monthly columns written for “TaeKwonDo Times” and “Totally TaeKwonDo” magazines, Cook has authored three best-selling books: “Taekwondo
Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Warrior,” “Traditional Taekwondo - Core Techniques, History and Philosophy” and “Taekwondo-A Path to Excellence,” all published by YMAA of Boston. A fourth book focusing on taekwondo poomsae, or formal exercises, written in conjunction with Chun, is scheduled for release in 2014. The Chosun Taekwondo Academy, located at 62 Main St. in Warwick, is a professional, full-time martial arts institute offering a variety of programs for adults and children of all ages. For further information call 845-986-2288, or visit its web site at www.chosuntkd.com.