Tazewell Tae Kwon Do
Tazewell Tae Kwon Do was started in Tazewell, Virginia around 2005 by Grandmaster Roy Richmond. It is the sister dojo to Bluefield, West Virginia-based, Richmond Tae Kwon Do.
Grandmaster Roy Richmond who began his study of martial arts while living in Tazewell, Virginia, where he was born and raised, began teaching Tae Kwon Do in Tazewell in the 1980’s. In 1991, he expanded his reach to Bluefield, Virginia with a dojo at 609 Virginia Avenue which he later moved to 405 Bland St., Bluefield, West Virginia. His dojo shared space with his photography business, Richmond Photography & Video.
In 2005, he created Oh Do Kwon Tae Kwon Do commonly known as Tazewell Tae Kwon Do, Team Oh Do Kwon, and Tazewell Tae Kwon Do “Dawg” Pound and when the Town of Tazewell Recreation Department requested that he work with their program which he did until his death in 2010.
Students of Tazewell Tae Kwon Do not only learn the traditional Korean art form of Tae Kwon Do but also learn Brazilian Jiu Jitzu, Akido, and other martial art forms.
His business interests were left to his estate until his eldest daughter, Keshia Richmond, became the sole owner to continue the forty decade legacy. Since 2011, Tazewell Tae Kwon Do has presented the 2020 Grandmaster Roy Richmond Legacy Tournament, now in its ninth year.