The founder of Taekwondo defected to the North by Philip Gowman posted 28 Sep 20114 Jul 2012 updated 4 Jul 2012 in North Korea | Life & Leisure. < 1 minute readFancy! The Torygraph’s 2002 obituary of Choi Hong Hi manages to omit that the founder of Taekwondo died in, er, Pyongyang. http://tgr.ph/oTJPXq. Via Aidan Foster-Carter.