A Grand Accomplishment

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Grand Master Dong Won Kang has always been fearless. He arrived in Tulsa in 1971 at age 25 with just $50 he received from his mother inKorea. He soon began teaching taekwondo at a local YMCA. It was there that a student approached him, wanting to begin a fight. He approached violently, a distinct difference from the peaceful Kang, who says he uses his taekwondo skills purely for survival and physical fitness.

“He made himself a fool,” Kang says. “The other boys who watched me wanted to learn from me. … It’s the skill, not the size — how you believe inyourself.”

Thus launched Kang’s prolific teaching career,which began at a 1,000-square-foot studio at 3204 E. 11th St. thatopened in 1971 and has evolved into a new studio at 6005 S. Mingo Road,a Broken Arrow location and facilities in Sapulpa and Springdale, Ark.Kang has taught more than 5,000 black-belt athletes, trained an Olympicbronze medalist in the 1992 Barcelona games and was the head of theU.S. taekwondo team in the 1987 World Taekwondo Championship.

In recognition of his efforts to promote taekwondo worldwide, hiscontributions to teaching and his own athletic accomplishments, Kangreceived a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International TaekwondoHall of Fame in April.

Kang’s son, Bong, runs theBroken Arrow facility and has trained in taekwondo since age 3. He saysthe reality of being the son of a Grand Master set in when he watchedhis father accept the award.

“The (Taekwondo) Hall of Fame islike the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” he says. “It’s something veryincredible. It’s a huge accomplishment.”

Kang’s talents aren’t limited to taekwondo, however. He also owns Clary Fields Golf Course and is a PGA professional.

If this weren’t enough, Kang is a general contractor, building hisnewest taekwondo studio and overseeing the construction of improvementsto Clary Fields. He also continues to teach black-belt-level students,running rigorous survival-training boot camps.

Perhaps Kang’s most lasting legacy, though, can be seen in his sons. Son Sung is a former national champion and now teaches at the Tulsa taekwondo studio.

“I just really wanted to follow in my dad’s footsteps, try to giveback,” he says. “In martial arts, you can have much more influence thanany other teacher in school or a football coach. In martial arts, youhave to understand the basic principles of life.”

Honorary Team Captains Named for USA Taekwondo Team in London

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Colorado Springs, CO – USA Taekwondo is proud to announce the naming of five honorary team captains and co-captains for the 2012 USA Taekwondo Team. Individuals appointed to these honorary positions are as follows:

2012 USA Taekwondo Team Captain
Master Woo Sup Kim, Winton-Salem, N.C.

2012 USA Taekwondo Men’s Team Captain
Master Tae Kung (Kevin) Ha
, Atlanta, Ga.

2012 USA Taekwondo Team Co-Captain
Master Johnny Kang, Walnut Creek, Calif.

2012 USA Taekwondo Women’s Team Captain
Master Bong Kang, Tulsa, Okla.

2012 USA Taekwondo Team Co-Captain
Master Inseon Kim, Dallas, Tex.

As part of their appointment, the above individuals will be attending the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, from August 5-12 in support of the U.S. Taekwondo Team.

Each captain has contributed to the building of Taekwondo in the United States with consistent support of USA Taekwondo and the development of elite level athletes.

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Kang’s Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts School – Broken Arrow, OK

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If you happen to be interested in keeping in shape, self-defense and family entertainment, consider Tae Kwon Do as a perfect choice. Kang’s Tae Kwon Do in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma is the place to be if you are looking for all of this and so much more.

Selecting the right martial arts school to take lessons doesn’t have to be a chore. Martial Arts are an excellent way for your family to bond and work out while having fun. Martial Arts can provide many options and you should consider several things when you are ready to enroll.

You can find Kang’s Tae Kwon Do in Broken Arrow Oklahoma as a very special place to learn Tae Kwon Do. It provides character, discipline and respect along with a sense of tradition. Finding the right school for you and your family is simple with a visit to Kang’s Tae Kwon Do in Broken Arrow Oklahoma.

When looking for martial arts schools generally price and convenience are two things that are essential. Kang’s Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts provides both of these to fit the needs of the average family. Our classes are convenient and focused on family connections. Prices are affordable for signing up your spouse and children along with your membership. Many find it best to attend class at least once a week but we are reasonably priced enough to attend more often if you can find it in your schedule.

Uniforms and testing fees are some of the most reasonably priced in the area. If you are interested in competing at local or national levels in Tae Kwon Do, we can provide you an outlet to let your skills shine.
Dedication is important for any activity, sport or exercise. Making a commitment to our school is making a commitment to your family’s well being. Coming together each workout as a family brings unity as a family as well as building integrity, order and a sense of esteem for you and yours.

Sports are fun activities for children and Tae Kwon Do is no exception. Having fun with your children while providing them with character traits that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives is what Kang’s Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts is about.

What you are looking for in a martial arts school can be found at our facility. A sense of balance is provided along with pricing within your means and an ease that works with nearly any schedule. By keeping our focus on the characteristics we have established for our school we are able to meet the needs of all of our members. We are striving for excellence at all times which makes us exceptional for all.

Stop by and visit. Observe classes and enroll your family for one of the best experiences you can ever hope to have.