The Humble Beginnings
Born on a farm in a small village near Ulsan, South Korea, Grand Master Jung Woo-Jin's journey is a testament to the transformative power of martial arts. Before his arrival in the United States, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Han-Yang University.
Establishing a Legacy
In 1971, Jung Woo-Jin immigrated to the United States, carrying with him a deep passion for Tae Kwon Do. In 1973, he established Jung's Tae Kwon Do Academy, a pivotal moment that marked the beginning of a lifelong commitment to martial arts. Today, Jung's Tae Kwon Do Academy boasts more than forty affiliated branch schools, a testament to his dedication and leadership.
Beyond Martial Arts
Grand Master Jung's impact extends far beyond the world of martial arts. In 1980, he founded New Life Fitness World, a fitness enterprise that now operates seven facilities across Iowa and South Carolina. His entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to health and well-being have touched countless lives.
A Champion of Tae Kwon Do
In 1981, Grand Master Jung co-founded Tae Kwon Do Times magazine and established Tri-Mount Publication, Inc. His contributions to the martial arts community extended to sharing knowledge, insights, and stories through this influential publication.
The Five Tenets of Tae Kwon Do
Grand Master Jung emphasizes the importance of five fundamental tenets in Tae Kwon Do: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control, and Indomitable Spirit. These principles form the bedrock of his teachings and serve as a guiding compass for his students in both their martial arts practice and daily lives.
Respect is a core value instilled by Grand Master Jung in his students. He underscores the significance of demonstrating respect through actions, not mere words. In his dojang, students of all levels are encouraged to respect one another, fostering an environment of mutual respect and camaraderie.
Achievements and Milestones
Throughout his journey, Grand Master Jung has achieved numerous milestones and made significant contributions to the world of Tae Kwon Do:
1991: Formed a joint Tae Kwon Do demonstration team with athletes from North and South Korea.
2000: Hosted the first North Korean Tae Kwon Do Tour, bridging cultures through martial arts.
2006: Led a board-breaking ceremony with 60 participants from 12 countries at the Korean DMZ.
2007: North Korean Tae Kwon Do Demo Team performed in five major U.S. cities, marking a historic moment.
2015: Honored as a Taekwon-Do Celebrity by the International Tae Kwon Do Federation for his international contributions.
2017: Organized the first-ever joint demonstration with the ITF and WTF Taekwondo teams.
2019: Sponsored and funded a KBS documentary, "Taekwondo: Journey for Peace," highlighting efforts to bring North and U.S. Taekwondo communities together.
A Legacy of Unity
Grand Master Jung Woo-Jin's life is a testament to the unifying power of martial arts. His dedication to promoting respect, fostering unity between nations, and advancing the principles of Tae Kwon Do has left an indelible mark on the martial arts community. As a Taekwon-Do Celebrity, his legacy continues to inspire generations of martial artists.
Join the Celebration:
Experience the legacy of Grand Master Jung Woo-Jin and celebrate his enduring contributions to the world of martial arts at the upcoming 60th Anniversary Celebration honoring Dojunim Dr. He-Young Kimm's arrival in the United States. This historic event, hosted by the World Han Mu Do Association and the Hando Won, will feature a Black Belt Test, Seminar, and Banquet from November 3-5, 2023, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Don't miss this incredible opportunity. Secure your reservations today, including hotel and dinner reservations, by October 14, 2023.
For comprehensive event details and reservations, visit our dedicated event page. Join us in celebrating Grand Master Jung Woo-Jin and the vibrant martial arts community. It's an event of monumental significance!