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The birth of the UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club came in the fall of 1969. Forty-five years later, our Club is UNI's longest active Sport Club, and is nationally recognized as the oldest Collegiate Traditional Tae Kwon-Do program in America. Additionally, our program has produced 735 Distinguished Black Belts, including 11 Master Instructors, and 212 Junior Black Belts.
Following my discharge from the United States Marine Corps where I was decorated for valor in Viet Nam, I began my career in Des Moines in 1969. After intensive training in Topeka, Kansas under Grand Master ChaeSun Yi, my SabBumNim, I returned to Iowa in 1976 to become Chief Instructor of the UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club. I can truly say, I have enjoyed every one of my 40 years at this fine University. 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 our 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 our Club's activities and one's discipline to perform well in academic classes, which reflects well upon the values I instill as an instructor.
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. Tae Kwon-Do truly is for everyone, and it's a fun way to exercise. My 45 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 8th Dan in 2010, 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 Moines1985 * including 3,000 Black Belts in Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota (1985 to 1990)
1976 * First American to earn Instructor Certification
1985 * First 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
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/Jr. Grand Master)
2010 * First non-Asian Promoted to 8th Dan, (Jr. Grand Master)
2013 * Promoted my 700th Black Belt on April 20th
2014 * 40th year instructing the UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club
2014 * Have produced 735 Distinguished Black Belts
2008 * including 11 Master Instructors
2008 * and 212 Junior Black Belts
* General Aviation Pilot since 1990
* Member of the Disabled American Veterans
* Proud Gold Sponsor of UNI's Relay for Life since 2005
* 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
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