Grand Master Soon Man Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea and began studying Taekwondo at the age of 7. He is an International Master Instructor, International Referee and a certified 9th degree black belt from Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Federation's headquarters. He has published articles in the United States Taekwondo Union's USTC Taekwondo Journal. Master Lee is known for his wisdom, honesty, great sense of justice and his willingness to help anyone in need.
At the age of 23, Master Lee became a master instructor training students professionally. He served 3 years with the South Korean Marine Corps. He coached on the high school and college levels. He emigrated to the United States in 1982 and taught at Cabot College in California in 1983. The following year, he was a Northern California Taekwondo Team coach.
In 1985, Master Lee moved to Florida to open is first Tae Kwon Do school in the U.S.. He relocated to Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1989 and opened the U.S. Taekwondo Center where he is currently teaching. In 1991, he attended the 10th World Taekwondo Championships in Athens, Greece, as the U.S. Team Manager. In 1992, he was the U.S. Team Coach in the first International Taekwondo Games in Moscow. He was the U.S. Team's head coach at the 1992 Pan American Taekwondo Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He trained the U.S. Team in 1993 in the 11th World Taekwondo Championships in New York City's Madison Square Garden. Between 1992 and 1994, he served as president of the Virginia State Taekwondo Association. Master Lee was the head coach of the U.S. Team in the 1994 World Cup Taekwondo Championship, held in the Cayman Islands, British West Indies.