Mission and History

Our mission is to help you achieve Success in your life, through discipline. We emphasize and encourage our students to stay and follow the right path. The right path is understanding, honoring and respecting the self, hence, elevating oneself beyond the realm of superficial charactarism. We teach the Three essential elements in order to stay on the right path.

We offer program for all ages:
 

  • After School Program
  • Little Tigers Program (Ages 4-5)
  • Tae Kwon Do for Adults
  • Tae Kwon Do for Teens
  • Tai Chi & Ki Gong

 

1946: Chang-Moo-Kwan. Yoon Byung In, who taught Moo Do with Chun Sang Sup in the Choson Yun Moo Kwan, founded the Chang Moo Kwan (development of martial arts training hall) in 1946 at the YMCA in Jong Ro, Seoul. The Chang Moo Kwan was represented with a symbol of two dragons.

Yoon spent his childhood in Manchuria and learned Jooanpa, a Chinese martial art (more commonly known as, Chuan-fa). In the 1940’s just before Independence Day, he went to Japan to study abroad. While there, Yoon claims he studied karate under the direction of Kanken Toyama, founder of Shudokan karate, earned a 5th Dan, and was team captain at Nihon University.

After Korea’s independence, he returned to Korea became the physical education instructor at Kyung Sung Agricultural School and started teaching Moo-do with Chun Sang Sup in the Choson Yun Moo Kwan on September 1, 1946. Later in 1946, he opened the YMCA Kwon Bup Bu in nearby Jong Ro, Seoul, teaching what he called Kwon-bop (fist method).

Yoon had a good relationship with Choson Yun Moo Kwan’s Chun Sang Sup and once Chun and Yoon were called brothers because they trained so much together. Chun Sang Sup’s younger brother Chun Il Sup said: “YMCA Kwon Bup Bu’s Yoon Byung In and Lee Nam Suk trained with the Choson Yun Moo Kwan in the beginning, so I can say the Yun Moo Kwan and the YMCA Kwon Bup Bu were brother Kwans.”

Yoon Byung In was basically a traditional Moo Do man. His body was small, his behavior was blunt, and he did not know how to wear his clothes and shoes fashionably. He wore a pair of oversized US Army boots. His left little finger had been cut off so he wore pair of special white gloves, even in the summer.

He taught his martial art (Ju An Pa Kwon Bup) to his students according to their body sizes, so the students could learn martial arts that suited their body specialty. Before the Korean War, on June 24, 1949, the YMCA Kwon Bup Bu held a Yun Moo Demonstration. Park Chul Hee demonstrated the “Jak Do Kwon”, Park Ki Tae demonstrated “Bong Kwon” and Chung Do Kwan’s Son Duk Sung, Uhm Woon Kyu and Lee Yong Woo demonstrated “Chan Jo.”

YMCA Kwon-bup-bu practice sessions started at 4:30 PM. In the beginning more than 500 members were recruited, but after three months, only 180 members were remaining because of the severity of the training. Yoon may have had some training in Chinese Quan-fa (”fist method”), which he taught under its Korean name of kwon-bop, but it is more likely that he taught the Japanese style of Shudokan karate. The reason for this possible deception is that many of the members of the Korean YMCA had been members of the independence movement during the occupation, and certainly they would have insisted that no foreign art be taught at the gym. On Mar. 5, 1947, a second club was opened at in the Ministry of Communications office, and taught by Nam-Suk Lee.

When Yoon was listed as missing during the Korean War and later declared legally dead, Lee gained control of the kwan. Yoon’s surviving instructors built a central dojang in Seoul on Oct. 5, 1953, with Lee, Nam Suk elected as its second president and, from 1961 forward, he held several pivotal positions in the Korea Taekwondo Association, including vice president.Lee passed away in Southern California in late 2000. After Grand Master Lee’s passing away, Grand Master Yung Ho Jun, the student of Nam Suk Lee was elected as the successor and the president of the World Chang Moo Kwan Federation.

Currentyly Grand Master Jun is on the Advisory Commette of World Tae Kwon Do Federation.

He won the Life time Achievement award amongst all the Grandmasters in the World.