Traditional Chung do Kwan Tae Kwon-Do, Inc.

Celebrating a Proud Tradition Since 1969



KwanJangNim

The University of Northern Iowa is acclaimed internationally for its teachers, and the UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club strives to reflect the values of great teaching in all of its programs. It is my experience that students who actively participate in Tae Kwon-Do training, have a higher graduation rate. I believe there is a direct correlation between participation in the Tae Kwon-Do Club's activities and one's discipline to perform well in academic classes, which reflects well upon the values I instill as an instructor. I can truly say, I have enjoyed every one of my 44 years at this fine University.

My students range in age from an 85 year old Catholic Nun, to 5 year olds learning the values of Discipline, Courtesy, and Respect. They range in skill from agile students capable of flying 20 feet laterally to devastate a target, to those capable of breaking 5 boards. They range in athletic ability from those who enjoy burning up to 2000 calories per class, to those who need crutches or wheel chairs for mobility. My students also include an Ordained Priest who earned his 2nd Dan during his undergraduate studies. He is now Pastor of two Catholic Parishes. Tae Kwon-Do truly is for everyone, and it's a fun way to exercise.  My 52 years of experience has enabled me to tailor the 2500 year old Korean Art form to fit the needs of anyone. My adult Black Belts are re-certified annually, and thus, remain qualified to officiate in national competition. Many of my students have gone on to become lifelong students of Tae Kwon-Do, integrating its physical and mental training into their daily lives well beyond graduation from college.

Since my advancement to 9th Dan in 2020, I have proudly served as the most senior non Asian Traditional Tae Kwon-Do Black Belt in the world. I am humbled by the wisdom of the Korean Grand Masters, and honored by the trust they have placed in me.

My resume and career accomplishments...

1969 * Began Tae Kwon-Do training in Des Moines
1969 * To Present -- Have consistently placed 1st in National Form Competition
1976 * First American to earn
Instructor Certification
1985 * First French Creole (African American) to become a Tae Kwon-Do Master
1985 * Received Certification as an International Judge and Referee (Tournament Official)
1985 * Served as ACTA Chairman and Chief Instructor to more than 15,000 students
1985 * including 3,000 Black Belts in Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota (1985 to 1990)
1988 * Presided as Chief Judge for ACTA Promotional Testings (1988 to 1990)
1999 * Served as a Judge at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs
2007 * First non-Asian respected as KwanJangNim (Head of Household)
2008 * (three years before promotion to 8th Dan)
2010 * First non-Asian Promoted to 8th Dan, (Jr. Grand Master)
2010 * As per "TTA" procedures, non Asians promoted to the 8th Dan, are referred to the
2010 * apprentice title, "Jr. Grand Master" for approximately 9 years, then are recognized
2010 * with the journey title "Grand Master"
2013 *
First Collegiate Tae Kwon-Do program in America to produce 700 Black Belts
2017 * Instructor of the UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club from 1976 to 2017
2019 * Advanced to the journey title "Grand Master"
2020 * Fulfilled collaboration for 9th Dan recognition
2021 * Have produced 955 Distinguished Black Belts
2008 * including a Grand Master, 6 Senior Masters, 26 Master Instructors,
2008 * and 423 Junior Black Belts

Other accomplishments...

General Aviation Pilot since 1990
* Member of the Disabled American Veterans (100% Service Connected)
* CPR and First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross
* Member, Board of Directors Conestoga Council of Girl Scouts
* Member, Board of Directors Black Hawk-Grundy Mental Health Center
* Member, Black Hawk County Economic Development Board
* Commandant, Black Hawk Detachment of the Marine Corps League
* Proud Gold Sponsor of UNI's Relay for Life 2005 -- 2015
* Recipient of the Iowa Governor's 
Golden Dome Award for Excellence in 2008
* Recipient of the 
International Association of Workforce Professionals'
* individual and group awards for working with FEMA and the
* Waterloo Natural Disaster Relief Team after the EF5 Parkersburg tornado in 2008
* Proud Contributor to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 2015 --

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