About Dr. Kwon


Certifications:

  • 1997: 9th Dan Black Belt, Hapkido (Internationally Certified)
  • 1991: 9th Dan Black Belt, Taekwondo (Kukkiwon Certified)
  • 1977: Certified International Master Instructor (Kukkiwon, WTF Certified)
  • 1977: Certified International Referee (WTF Certified)
  • Graduated Young Nam University
  • Finished graduate school–Young Nam University

Founder:

  • 1998: International Martial Arts Education Program
  • 1995: World Traditional Hapkido Alliance
  • 1995: World Koryo Gumdo Association
  • 1992: World Taekwondo Council
  • 1989: United States National Taekwondo Federation

USTU Team Manager, Head, and Delegate:

  • 1990: USTU Team Head – 2nd World University Championship, Spain
  • 1986: USTU Delegate for US Olympic Committee Meeting in New York, NY
  • 1986: USTU Team Head – 1st World Cup Championship, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1986: USTU Team Head – 1st World University Championship, Berkeley, California
  • 1986: USTU Team Manager – Olympic Sports Festival, Houston, Texas
  • 1985: USTU Delegate for WTF Meeting in Seoul, Korea
  • 1985: USTU Team Manager – US Olympic Sports Festival, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1985: USTU Team Manager – 1st Taekwondo Demonstration Team, Republic of China
  • 1985: USTU Team Head – World Games Championship, London, England
  • 1985: USTU Delegate – US Olympic Committee Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO
  • 1983: USTU Team Manager – 4th Pan Am Championship in Suriname, S. A.
  • 1983: USTU Team Manager – 6th World Taekwondo Championship, Denmark
  • 1983: USTU Delegate for WTF Meeting in Denmark

Host:

  • 2006: Chairman of Pan Am International Taekwondo Championship
  • 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001: Sponsored Annual M.A. Education Program Trip to Korea
  • 1989, 1990, 2000, 2001: Educational Trip to Korea
  • 1995: Host To Korean President Young Sam Kim, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1993: ’94, ’97, ’98, ’99, ’02, ’03, ’04, ’07 USNTF Nationals
  • 1992: Demonstration from Hodori Taekwondo Team, Illinois
  • 1992: Demonstration from Yong In University TKD Team, Illinois
  • 1992: 16th US National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships, Harper College, Illinois
  • 1990: USTU 2nd Regional Instructor Symposium, Illinois
  • 1990: Exhibition Games with Kyung Hee University Team and US National Collegiate Team
  • 1988: Demonstration Games between Korean Olympic team and USTU Olympic Team Competitors, Illinois
  • 1985: 10th National Collegiate Championship, Harper College, Illinois
  • 1985: 5th USTU National Junior Olympic Championships, Triton College, River Grove, Illinois
  • 1984: 10th USTU/AAU National TKD Championships, Triton College, Illinois

Conducted:

  • 1992: Korean Day, 700 Taekwondoists Parade, Chicago, Illinois
  • 1986: AAU/USA Junior Olympic Taekwondo Championship in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1985: The 3rd International Referees’s Refresher Course
  • 1981: Instructor Refresher Course Conducted by Kukkiwon

Appointments:

  • 2008: Member of International Advisory, Kukkiwon
  • 2003: Advisor to the World Taekwondo Federation
  • 1998-2002: Chairman of Sport for all Committees in WTF
  • 1999: Special Assistant to WTF President/IOC VP, Un Yong Kim
  • 1993-1997: Chairman of Junior Committee in WTF
  • 1995: Citizenship Advisory Council for City of Chicago, by Mayor Richard M. Daley
  • 1994: Member of Promotion Committee for TKD Olympic Status
  • 1993: Chairman of Korean-American Association Board of Directors
  • 1989-1992: Regional Coordinator of Education Committee of USTU
  • 1992: Secretary General of WTF World Taekwondo Master Games Committee
  • 1991: Auditor, Pan Am Taekwondo Union
  • 1988: Coordinator to USTU Olympic Team at Seoul Olympics
  • 1987: Technical Assistance Director, Pan Am Games, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1987: Member of Technical Committee in WTF

Elected:

  • 1995-1997: President of Korean-American Association in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1985-1997: Chairman of Junior Committee in USTU
  • 1992-1996: President of Midwest Taekwondo Federation
  • 1984-1992: President of Illinois Taekwondo Association
  • 1984-1992: President of the Illinois State TKD Association USTU
  • 1985-1989: USTU National Vice President

Presented Honorary Black Belts To:

  • Illinois Governor: Rod Blagojevich, 2005
  • Sports Director of Dominican Republic: Cesar Cedeno
  • Mayor of Chicago, Illinois: Richard M. Daley, 1992
  • Illinois Governor: Jim Edgar, 1994
  • Mayor of St. Louis, MO: Clarence Harmon
  • Mayor of Euclid, OH: David M. Lynch
  • Mayor of Cagvas, PR: William Marin
  • Wardman of Chicago, IL: Richard Mell
  • Recreation Secretary of Bayamon, PR: Lourdes Colon Morales
  • Mayor of Lincoln, Illinois: Joan L. Ritter, 1999
  • Mayor of Bayamon, PR: Ramon Luis Rivera
  • Superintendent of Police Chicago, IL: Matt Rodriguez
  • Illinois Governor: George Ryan, 1998
  • Lord Provost of Scotland: Margaret Smith

Personal Awards:

  • 2008: Special award from Korean government
  • 2006: Received the “Boastful Taekwondo People award” Awarded by the Kukkiwon
  • 2004: Leadership award from Kukkiwon
  • 2000: Given the Key to the City of Lincoln, Illinois
  • 1998: Given the Key to the City of St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1998: May 8-9, Honored by Mayor of St. Louis, MO, during “Taekwondo Days”
  • 1998: TAEKWONDO TIMES Cover Master
  • 1992: Honored by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley for Exceptional Contributions of Leadership and Citizenship Provided to the City of Chicago
  • 1992: Honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Pacific Western University
  • 1981: Awarded Best Instructor in USA by Korean Government