GRAND MASTER YOUNG IL KONG
IX DAN GRAND MASTER
Kong, Young Il was the Tae Kwon Do All Star Team Captain at Kyung Hee University, S. KOREA in 1963. He was in the Republic of Korea Army from 1964 to 1968 where he was again the Tae Kwon-Do All Star Team Captain. During those years, he was also the first Master Instructor to Introduce Tae Kwon Do Martial Art to the 8th US Army in Korea.
During 1973 to 1980, Grand Master Kong travelled around the world with General Choi Hong Hi (Founder of Tae Kwon-Do), as a selected member of an International Tae Kown-Do demonstration team. He visited 127 countries performing demonstrations to introduce Tae Kwon-Do Martial Art to the world. After each demonstration there was an open invitation/challenge to the public to fight any demonstration team member. Grand Master Kong fought martial artists of all kinds in 127 countries and never lost a fight.
Throughout 1980 to 2004, Grand Master Kong opened TKD Dojangs from East Coast to West Coast of USA as well as Puerto Rico and taught TKD Martial Art to thousands of practitioners. Quite a few of his students became champions around the world. One noteworthy highlight was his being Master Instructor for the USA government agency, the FBI.
- 1994 – Became the 39th Inductee to the All-American Black Belt Hall of Fame
- 1997 – Promoted to 9th Degree by General Choi, Hong Hi in Poland
- 2006 – Assumed the role of President of the World Taekwondo Alliancer