Grandmaster Hwang Kwang Sung (황광성), K-9-1
Unified Taekwon-Do 정 통
Grandmaster Hwang was born in Taegu, Korea. At the age of eleven, he started his martial art training. After graduating with a degree in Political Science from Kyung Buk National University, he joined the Republic of Korea Army as a commissioned officer in 1964. He taught Taekwon-Do to the Korean Tiger Division, the Korean Army, US Army, US Marines, and Vietnamese Army. While in Vietnam, he received commendation medals from Korea and Vietnam. He retired from the ROK Army in 1971 as a Captain and Service Company Commander of the 26th Infantry Division which was also known as the Taekwon-Do Division.
In 1967, Grandmaster Hwang graduated from Korean Military International Certified Taekwon-Do School. In 1971, Grandmaster Hwang was invited to the US and first taught a credited course at Manchester Community Technical College. He opened his first Taekwon-Do school the following year. In 1974, Grandmaster Hwang graduated from the first International Taekwon-Do Federation Instructors Course and Umpires Course held by General Choi Hong Hi, Founder of Taekwon-Do, in Montreal Canada. In the 1980s he was taking private lessons from General Choi, after being promoted to seventh degree Master in Taekwon-Do. He also assisted General Choi in many seminars world wide. General Choi promoted him to ninth degree Black Belt (K-9-1) in 1997.
Grandmaster Hwang has served as Director of USA Junior Taekwon-Do team for every Junior World Championships since 1990. He also served as USA Taekwon-Do Team Director in 1989 and 1992. Simultaneously, Grandmaster Hwang served as Special Assistant to General Choi, Official Spokesman of the International Taekwon-Do Federation, Chairman of the ITF Promotion and Merger Committees and Secretary General of International Taekwon-Do Federation.
In his Taekwon-Do career, Grandmaster Hwang promoted 17 Hwang’s Schools of Taekwon-Do. Grandmaster Hwang has traveled to many countries to provide Taekwon-Do seminars including Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Scotland, Argentina, Italy, Australia, Greece, Jamaica, Aruba, Trinidad, Cuba, Uzbekistan, North Korea, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, South Korea, UK and Vietnam. He has also traveled countrywide, Alaska to Florida, California to Maine. Yearly, Grandmaster Hwang is heavily scheduled with seminars, including many in the USA and international sites including Argentina, Puerto Rico, UK, Dominican Republic, Canada and Venezuela, the newest member of Unified International Taekwon-Do Federation. Grandmaster Hwang has also been invited by the US Military to tour and lead ITF Taekwon-Do demonstration for the US troops in combat areas in the Middle East including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Kuwait.
Grandmaster Hwang lives in Connecticut. He is married with 6 children.