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Grand Master Se Yong Chang

Taekwondo History:

  • Grand Master Se Yong Chang started Taekwondo (which was originally termed "Tang Soo Do") in the Moo Duck Kwan Association in 1959.
  • After becoming an official Master Instructor, he opened his first school in Kyong Gi-Do, Hanam City, Korea in 1971.
  • From 1972-1975 Grand Master Chang was the Korean National Police Instructor while he served the Korean Army.
  • Immigrating to the United States in 1977, he opened his first school in Brunswick, MD in 1979.
  • In 1985 Grand Master Chang instructed the New Zealand Army in Te-Ka-Po, New Zealand.
  • Grand Master Chang was the Head Instructor of the 25th U. S. Army Division in 1983 and Head Instructor of the 8th U. S. Army in Korea, 1985.
  • While Serving the U. S. Army, he also established a Moo Duck Kwan Taekwondo school in Hawaii.
  • The U. S. Taekwondo Academy stands proud and strong ever since 1987 when its door’s opened under the founder Grand Master Se Yong Chang in Baltimore City.
  • Grand Master Chang has produced over 1,000 Black Belts and promoted over 100 Official WTF recognized Instructors who teaches his philosophy and teachings all over the State of Maryland and throughout the USA.
  • Grand Master Chang has produced over 5000 State Champions (both Juniors and Seniors), and over 1000 National Winners including numerous National Champions (both Juniors and Seniors)

Selected Special Activities for Taekwondo in Maryland and in the USA:

  • 1988-1990 Secretary General and 1991-1992 Vice President of the Maryland State Taekwondo Association of the USTU.
  • 1993-2006 President of the Maryland State Taekwondo Association of the USTU.
  • 1992 President of the Maryland State Moo Duck Kwan Association.
  • 1993 11th World Championship Advisor held in New York, USA.
  • 1993 Vice Chairman of the USTU National Training Committee.
  • 2002 U.S. National Team Manager for the 4th World Jr. Taekwondo Championships (Crete, Greece)
  • 2007-2010 President of the U.S. Taekwondo Scholarship Foundation

Accomplishments, Awards and Achievements:

  • 1985-1986 Recipient of Army Achievement Medal.
  • 1987 Recipient of Army Commendation Medal.
  • 1991 Recipient of Citizen Citation from Baltimore City, Maryland.
  • 1992-1998 Recipient of 7 Mayor Citations from Baltimore City, Maryland.
  • 1994, 1996, 1997 Recipient of 3 Governors Citations from the State of Maryland.
  • 1989, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1999 Recipient of 5 World Taekwondo Federation Citations.

Taekwondo Day Proclamation:
*Grand Master Chang has been the first and only individual who has put in great effort and long hours of dedication and devotion into the creation of these two (2) historical events.

  • 1994 Officially Created "Taekwondo Day" in Baltimore City by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.
    (This was recorded as the First to be created in the World)
  • 1996 Officially Created "Taekwondo Day" in the State of Maryland by Governor Paris Glendening.
    (This was recorded as the First State in the USA to create such an event)

VIPs Black Belt Recipients by Grand Master Chang:

  • 1992 Promoted Honorary Black Belt Edward Wourd, Police Commissioner of Baltimore City, Maryland.
  • 1993 Promoted Honorary Black Belt Kurt L. Schmoke, Mayor of Baltimore City, Maryland.
  • 1994 Promoted Honorary Black Belt Melvin Steinberg, Lt. Governor of Maryland.
  • 1996 Promoted Honorary Black Belt Governor Robert Erlich, when he was a United States Congressman.
  • 1996 Promoted Honorary Black Belt Stewart Simms, State Attorney for Baltimore City.