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Grand Master Yong Soon Choi

7th Dan Black Belt, International Olympic Referee

Grand Master Choi

Grand Master Choi

Grand Master Yong Soon Choi was born in Seoul, South Korea, and immigrated to the United States in 1972. She started training in Tae Kwon Do in 1974. She is now a 7th degree WTF black belt with 40 years of teaching experience. Over the years Grand Master Yong Choi received much recognition nationally and internationally for her efforts in promoting and developing Taekwondo as a world sport, and for her dedication to preserving the traditional teachings of Taekwondo.  She was also selected as an official delegate to represent the United States in Tae Kwon Do at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.  Grand Master Yong Choi was elected to the California United Taekwondo Association (CUTA) Board in 2013.  As a CUTA Board member, she helped to establish technical and cultural exchange programs for Taekwondo Instructors, athletes and coaches with various International Taekwondo Organizations.

Grand Master Choi’s teaching philosophy is to keep the lessons traditional, simple, and age appropriate. She places a strong emphasis on Tae Kwon Do basics, so that students have a solid foundation on which to build and grow as martial artists.

  • World Taekwondo Federation 7th Degree Black Belt
  • United Taekwondo Association Vice President
  • California Unified Taekwondo Association Board Member
  • Certified International Referee (1999)
  • Delegate to represent USA at 2000 Summer Olympics
  • 40 years of Teaching Experience

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Master Instructor Kwangil Bae

7th Dan Black Belt

Grand Master Bae

Grand Master Bae

Master Kwangil Bae was born in Seoul, South Korea. Master Bae started studying Tae Kwon Do as a child. He attended Dan Kook University in Seoul, graduating with a BA degree in Physical Education with an emphasis on Tae Kwon Do. During all four years at Dan Kook University, Master Bae was a member of the school Tae Kwon Do team. He was also a member of the Korean National Demonstration Team, as well as an ROTC Tae Kwon Do training instructor. Master Bae was also a Korean Army Special Unit Tae Kwon Do instructor after graduation.

After immigrating to the United States, Master Bae was a resident Tae Kwon Do Instructor for the Urban Sports Cultural Center in New York City for five years. He was also a resident Tae Kwon Do Instructor for the Unified Korean School (also in New York City). During this time Master Bae performed in numerous Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, some of which have been shown on ESPN.

Master Bae’s teaching style places a strong emphasis on fighting and sparring techniques. He also stresses the need for physical conditioning and flexibility as a means to achieve better overall health.