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Member: Traditional Tae Kwon-Do Association
Oldest Collegiate Traditional Tae Kwon-Do Program in America
Celebrating 48 years on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa
Korean pronunciation: (Tᾱ Kwonʹ Dō)   Chung do Kwan spelling: (Tae Kwon-Do)
Instructed by: Jr. Grand Master Joseph Philip, 8th Dan -- First non-Asian KwanJangNim
Korean title: KwanJangNim (Head of Household/Grand Master) Korean title: SabBumNim (Instructor/Father)

Last Update -- September 15, 2017

Jr. Grand Master Joseph Philip, 8th Dan

The birth of the UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club came in the fall of 1969. Forty-eight 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 846 Distinguished Black Belts, including 2 Senior Masters, 17 Master Instructors, and 365 Junior Black Belts.

Following my discharge from the United States Marine Corps where I earned the rank of Sergeant in less than two years, and 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 43 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 48 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.

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My resume and career accomplishments...

1969 * Began Tae Kwon-Do training in Des Moines
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
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)
2013 *
First Collegiate Tae Kwon-Do program in America to produce 700 Black Belts
2017 * 43rd year instructing the UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club
2017 * Have produced 846 Distinguished Black Belts
2008 * including 2 Senior Masters, 17 Master Instructors
2008 * and 365 Junior Black Belts
2017 * 48 continuous years of guidance and tutelage under the internationally-respected
2008 * Grand Master Chae SunYi, 9th Dan

Other accomplishments...

* General Aviation Pilot since 1990
* Member of the Disabled American Veterans
* 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 --

Welcome to our website. Enjoy the learning experience.

Jr. Grand Master Joseph Philip, 8th Dan

My Credentials & Our Proud Heritage

There are more than 130
recognized Martial Art styles.
There is much diversity when comparing their philosophies and physical technique.

What is Traditional Korean Chung do Kwan Tae Kwon-Do?

The ancient Korean Art, Chung do Kwan Tae Kwon-Do, is based on the values of Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit. Not only is Tae Kwon-Do a valid means of self-defense, but it also increases coordination, sharpens alertness, strengthens the body, and develops respect for the self and others. The feeling of accomplishment gained by the student helps develop self-confidence, which is carried over into everyday life. Tae Kwon-Do can help the shy become more confident and outgoing, and can help curb hostility through its emphasis on respect and discipline.

Tae Kwon-Do, which is more than 2,500 years old, is an excellent cardiovascular developer. The aerobic exercise is ideal for weight loss, and control. Students experience muscular development and toning. Class workouts refresh the body, and are great for stress release. Flexibility, balance, and strength conditioning include stretching and yoga. Additionally, the training is just plain fun.

With a focus on Discipline, Courtesy and Respect, quality instruction is presented with an emphasis on the true philosophy of Tae Kwon-Do. As a way of life, Tae Kwon-Do is based on the ethical and moral standards by which we can live together in harmony. We seek to eliminate violence by deterring the strong from oppressing the weak through developing a power that must be based on humanity, justice, morality, wisdom and faith, thus helping to build a better and more peaceful world.

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