Woo-jin

Jung

Woo-jin Jung

LIFE

On December 31, 1971, Grand Master Woo-jin Jung landed at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa airport in the United States. The ground was covered with a meter of snow. Both confused and awestruck, he thought, ‘This is the land for me to be challenged.’

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Korean
아리랑아리랑아라리요
아리랑 고개로 넘어간다.
나를 버리고 가시는 님은
십리도 못가서 발병난다.

Romanization
Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo…
Arirang gogaero neomeoganda.
Nareul beorigo gasineun nimeun
Simnido motgaseo balbbyeongnanda.

English
Arirang, Arirang, Arariyo…
Crossing over Arirang Pass.
The one who abandoned me
Shall not walk even 4 kilometers before their feet hurt.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1942
– Born in Ul-Ju-Gun, Kyng Sang Nam Do, South Korea
1970
– Earned a B.A. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Han-Yang University
1971
-Immigrated to the U.S.
1972
– Established the Tae Kwon Do Academy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1979
– Established New Life Fitness World fitness club
1981
– Established Tri-Mount Publication, Inc.
– First published the Tae Kwon Do Times
1982-9
– President of the Korean-American Society of Iowa
1985-88
– First U.S and Canadian Tae Kwon Do tour to Korea (Hosted by TKD Times)
1987
– Coordinated sister city founding between Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Ul-Ju Gun, South Korea
1991
– Formed joint Tae Kwon Do demo team, with athletes from North and South Korea, as well as the U.S.
1995
Eagle’s Nest (a Tae Kwon Do practice facility) opens at Colorado Springs
1998-01
– Member of NUAC (National Unification Advisory Council)
2000
– First North Korean Tae Kwon Do Tour (Hosted by TKD Times)
2001-Pres.
– Kyung-Hee University Honorary Professor
2005-Pres.
– Member of Kyung-Sang-Buk-Do, Korean Honorary Advisor
2006
– 2nd World TKD Festival Prayer for Unification — 60 participants from 12 countries performed board-breaking ceremony at the north side of the Korean DMZ (AP special news)
2007
– North Korean TKD Demo Team performs at Goodwill Tour (first time North Korean national anthem played in 5 major U.S. cities)
2008
– In response to Goodwill Tour, New York Philharmonic Orchestra plays American National Anthem for the first time in North Korea.
2009
– Established Woo-jin Jung Tree in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2010
– Kye-Myung University — Tae Kwon Do Department Special Professor
2011
– 2nd North Korean Tae Kwon Do Demo Team performs in 3 major eastern U.S. cities during Goodwill Tour
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PUBLICATIONS

1998

Free Style Sparring, a Tae Kwon Do book

2002

   세계가 우리를 기다린다 (Korean)

2003

   Eastern Spirit, Western Dreams, an autobiography

2004

– Revised edition of Eastern Spirit, Western Dreams

2008

Best Instructor + Best School = Best Life! (English)

2009

   가난과 고난은 인생의보약이다 (Korean)

최고의사범+최고의도장=Best Life! (Korean)

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AWARDS

1985

Honorary Korean Award, presented by Prime Minister

1986

– Iowa Minority Small Business Person of the Year, presented by the Small Business Administration

1990

Iowa Economic Development Award

2009

TKD Ambassador Award, presented by the U.S. Taekwondo Grandmaster Society

– Founding of Woojin Jun Tree Monument, dedicated by the City of Cedar Rapids)

2011

Multi-Ethnic Sport Hall of Fame, 2011 inductee for Tae Kwon Do

2012

Living Legend of Tae Kwon Do, presented at the Legends of Martial Arts Hall of Fame Awards

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FOUNDATIONS

1978

Jung’s Black Belt Foundation

1988

Woo Jin Scholarship, awarded to elementary and middle school students in Master Jung’s hometown of Ulsan, South Korea

2000

Grand Master Honorary Foundation

2005

Jung Family Charitable Foundation

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CURRENT ACTIVITIES

Jung’s Tae Kwon Do Academy, Inc. (45 branches in 4 states)

New Life Fitness World (7 clubs in 4 cities)

Point Aerie Ltd., LLC

Mountain Top Co. (Department Store, Office Building)

Tae Kwon Do Times (internationally-published magazine)

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