An 8th Degree Black Belt, Grand Master Robert Zang started Taekwon-Do training when he was 4 years old. He has over 35 years of experience and has been teaching for more than half that time. Along with achieving an 8th Degree Black Belt, he also is Kukkiwon certified. Grand Master Zang is a 9-time U.S. Open Grand Champion and has achieved many other titles over the years.
Some recent accomplishments include:
- 2009 National Karate Grand Champion
- 2009 All Korean Karate Grand Champion
- 2010 All American Champion
- 2010 National Karate Grand Champion
- 2012 All American Grand Champion
Though he has dozens of national and regional awards to his name, Grand Master Zang says, "My best reward is seeing the growth and success of my students not only in the do-jang but also in their personal lives".
Grand Master Zang established his school in July, 2009. He encourages all of his students to follow the tenets of Taekwon-Do in all facets of their lives.
Following are some photos of Grand Master Zang with some of the great legends of Taekwon-Do and some information about them.
General Choi Hong Hi, Founder of Taekwon-Do
General Choi Hong Hi was born on November 9th, 1918, in the Hwa Dae Myong Chun District of Korea.
At the age of twelve he started to study Taek Kyon, an ancient Korean method of fighting with the feet. Later, when he was studying in Japan, he met a Karate teacher who helped him earn his first degree Black Belt in less than two years. He then intensified his training, striving to earn his second degree. Around the same time, he started teaching.
Conscripted into the Japanese army during World War II, he was posted to Pyongyang where he was imprisoned. Wanting to maintain his good physical and mental health during his imprisonment, he practiced karate, alone at first, then by teaching it to the staff of the prison and the other prisoners.
Becoming an officer in the new Korean Army after the end of the war, he continued to teach his martial art to his soldiers as well as to American soldiers serving in Korea.
His beliefs and his vision of a different approach to teaching martial arts led General Choi to combine elements of Taek Kyon and Karate techniques to develop a modern martial art. He called it Tae Kwon Do, which means “the way of the feet and the hands”, and this name was officially adopted on April 11th, 1955.
In 1959, General Choi was named President of the Korean Taekwon-Do Association. Seven years later, on March 22nd,1966, he created the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF). As the Founder of Taekwon-Do and President of the ITF, he had the ability to share his art with students everywhere. Today, Taekwon-Do training is available around the world.
After a life dedicated to the development of Taekwon-Do, a modern martial art based on traditional values, philosophy, and training, General Choi, Founder of Taekwon-Do and President of the International Taekwon-Do Federation, died of cancer on June 15th, 2002, in the country of his birth.
Grand Master Jong Soo Park, Pioneer of Taekwon-Do
Grand Master Park was born in 1941 in Chung-Nam, Korea. He holds a 9th Dan black belt in Taekwon-Do. At the age of 14, and since then, he has been the instructor of the Police Training Centre of Chun Bok in Korea and of the famed Tiger Division of the Korean Army.
In 1964, he became Korean National Champion, and in 1965 he made a trip on request of the Korean Government, as a member of the Goodwill Mission for Taekwon-Do, demonstrating this art before the highest civil and military authorities of the countries they visited. In that same year, he was invited to Germany as the coach of the German Taekwon-Do Association.
In 1966, he left Germany to go to Holland where he founded the Netherlands Taekwon-Do Association. In the beginning of 1968, he left for Canada and now has his own schools in the Greater Toronto Area.
In November 1973, Grand Master Park made another world trip to promote Taekwon-Do in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Grand Master Park is known as one of the world’s greatest Taekwon-Do pioneers.
“You will enjoy being spiritually reached and fully confident,
regardless of sex, age, height or build.
Our training is uniquely oriental.”
— GRAND MASTER PARK
Grand Master Robert Maloney
Grand Master Robert "Bob" Maloney is the Founder and Head of the Catholic University of America Martial Arts Club, which is affiliated with The Simba Organization, founded by Grand Master Furman Marshall.
Grand Master Maloney has been a martial artist for nearly 45 years. He is the first and only 10th Dan martial artist to graduate from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctorate.
His instructors have included American hero and space shuttle astronaut Dr. Donald McNair, karate sports legend Mike Warren, Albert Cheeks and martial artist icon Grand Master Furman Marshall.
He was rated #1 to #3, regionally and nationally, in the Senior Fighting and/or Forms Division by PKL for nearly 20 years.
Grand Master Maloney has won many awards within the Simba Organization, some of which are:
- Icon Award
- Sampson Award
- Ultimate Martial Arts Love Award
- Elite Diamond Warrior of Honor Award
- Warrior of Honor Award
- Pioneer Award
What is Grand Master Maloney most proud of? " …bringing life to Senior fighting, assisting Dr. Ron McNair to become an astronaut; …and promoting to the rank of Black Belt men and women, who would become future doctors, lawyers, PhDs and scientists."
Grand Master Bruce W. Cummings
Grand Master Bruce Cummings has over 40 years of martial arts and boxing experience. He was awarded his First Degree black belt in taekwondo by General Choi Hong Hi, the founder and father of traditional taekwondo, President of the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF). He achieved his 8th Dan in taekwondo in 2015 and is also a master instructor of karate (American Karate Black Belt Association in Ju Jitsu) which he achieved in 1988. He was inducted into the Karate National Martial Arts Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 1989. Master Cummings was an AAU Junior Olympic coach, USTU National Junior Olympic Coach, and refereed for the US Karate Association, the US Taekwondo Association.
Grand Master Cummings was a pioneer in forming boxing and kickboxing events on the same card, which was unheard of in the 1980s and early 1990s. Among others, Grand Master Cummings trained Master Zang in kickboxing in the 1980s.
“Master Robert Zang is one of the youngest students I have ever trained. We went to hundreds of open tournaments all over the Eastern United States. Robert always won. Robert medaled twice in the Junior Olympics and in the Karate Junior Olympics. He was 10-0 in kickboxing. Master Zang was undefeated champion at the PKC, WKKA, SOMA, PKA. He also appeared in TKD TIMES magazine. You are very lucky if you have him as an instructor.”