Kangdukwon has lost another stalwart martial artist in Kent Bole.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Grand Master Kent Bole of Eastgate Martial Arts Club of Cincinnati and long-time student associate, friend and advisor to Kangdukwon Grand Master Hwa Chong, whose example and teachings had a profound influence on Kent’s life and career. Kent was a highly respected and talented martial artist who dedicated his life to the art of Taekwondo.
Kent began his journey in Taekwondo as a young man in 1966 training under the renowned Monty Bechtel and quickly fell in love with the discipline and physical challenge of the sport. He trained tirelessly under the guidance of his teachers, earning his black belt and becoming a prominent member of the Eastgate Martial Arts Club, ultimately rising to ninth Dan.
Kent was not only a skilled martial artist but also a gifted teacher who inspired and mentored countless students over the years. He was known for his patient, kind, and supportive teaching style and was loved by all who learned from him. He had a unique ability to bring out the best in his students, helping them to achieve their full potential both in and out of the dojang.
In addition to his martial arts achievements, Kent was also a dedicated community leader and volunteer. He was a role model to many and a passionate advocate for youth development, using Taekwondo as a tool to build confidence, discipline, and respect in the young people he worked with.
Kent Bole will be remembered as a true master of Taekwondo and a deeply caring and compassionate individual. He was a stalwart advocate of Kangdukwon taekwondo values who worked tirelessly to promote the work of the World Kangdukwon Federation. His friendship with Great Grandmaster Hwa Chong was a testament to his dedication to the art and his commitment to his students. He will be missed by all who knew him, but his spirit and teachings will continue to inspire future generations of martial artists.