Brothers Young Il Kong and Young Bo Kong founded Young Brothers Taekwondo Associates in 1968 and opened the first schools in Pennsylvania. As their students learned and advanced, some of their higher ranking students eventually spread throughout the United States to open schools of their own. The Young Brothers, both 9th Degree Black Belts, studied Taekwondo in Korea and have trained in the martial art for over 50 years. Grandmaster Kong Il participated in a demonstration team lead by General Choi, the "father of Taekwondo," that traveled to 127 countries to introduce the world to Taekwondo more than thirty years ago. Grandmaster Kong Il also assisted General Choi with the design of the patterns we now study.
Grandmaster Young Il Kong, IX Dan
first-generation student of General Choi, Hong Hi, the Father of Taekwon-Do,
Grand Master Kong, Young Il's Taekwon-Do roots are in the Oh Do Kwan in
Won Joo, Korea. Today, fifty-four years later, Grand Master Kong, Young
Il teaches the martial art of Taekwon-Do with the same approaches and
rigor he learned from the Father of Taekwon-Do and perfected through continuous
practice of the art. Grand Master Kong, Young Il is steadfastly focused
on promoting Taekwon-Do and General Choi's legacy.
GM Kong Young Il lives in Las Vegas with his wife. His sons Andy and
Douglas live in Los Angeles.
Here are some highlights from the illustrious career of this Taekwon-Do
1952 - At age nine, with a child's curiosity, became a student
of Shotakan karate;
1962 - 1967 - Attended the Kyung Hee University Physical Education
College became All Star Captain of the university's Taekwon-Do team;
1963 - 1967 - Served in the Republic of Korea Army, attaining
the rank of Sergeant; Served as a Master Instructor of the Republic of
Korea Army with duties to enhance the instruction of other Taekwon-Do
instructors; With General Choi, Grand Master Nam, Tae Hi, and others,
co- developed several Taekwon-Do patterns; Became the first Master Instructor
to introduce the 8th U.S. Army in Korea to Taekwon-Do; Named Captain of
the competitive Taekwon-Do All Star Team of the Republic of Korea Army;
Became member of the original International Taekwon-Do
1973 - 1980 - As member of the International Taekwon-Do Federation
(ITF) Demonstration Team, and in the company of General Choi, visited
more than 127 countries as part of ambassadorship for Taekwon-Do; Immigrated
to the United States upon invitation from an American Soldier who was
his student of Taekwon-Do; Founded and operated numerous dojangs across
the United States
and Puerto Rico; Served as Master Instructor for the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) in Pennsylvania;
1994 - Became the 39th Inductee to the All-American Black Belt Hall
1997 - Promoted to 9th Degree Black Belt by General Choi, Hong
Hi in Poland.
2003 - Co-founded the International Ch'Ang-Hon Taekwon-Do Federation.
2006 - Assumed the role of President of the World Taekwon-Do Alliance.
Grandmaster Young Bo Kong, IX Dan
in 1953, Grandmaster Young Bo Kong, a 9th degree Black Belt, began his
Tae Kwon-Do training in Korea at age five. As a young man in the United
States he trained competitively under the instruction of his older brother,
Grandmaster Young Il Kong, and Grandmaster Park Bu Kwang. Both were legendary
fighters while living in Korea.
Using the superior techniques they taught, Grandmaster Young Bo Kong
won the Pan American Championship's Grand Champion in 1973. He then became
the first ITF middleweight champion in Montreal, Canada in 1974. At that
first ITF World Championship competition, he came in second place in the
pattern division and won another gold medal in breaking to become the
first overall ITF Grand Champion. Grandmaster Young Bo Kong also won the
North American Championship's Grand Champion in 1976.
Grandmaster Young Bo Kong's unique style was built upon unmatched speed
and the skillful strategy learned from his mentors. He was the fastest
kicker alive and is unrivaled in his ability to read his opponents intentions
and set them up for effective attacks.
Grandmaster Young Bo Kong is currently president of Young Brothers Institute
on the East Coast and continues to train students. As an instructor, he
has produced many champions including All American Champions, Olympic
Team members, National Champions, State Champions and many more. He actively
teaches and trains at his Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania dojang and has opened
nine other satellite schools in the area. Grandmaster Young Bo Kong has
been introducing the martial arts to children and adults for the past
34 years and has produced over 3000 black belts.
Grandmaster Young Bo Kong said he will continue to train the rest of
his life because it has become a part of him. He said, "It has given
me the confidence to do many things and the opportunity to meet many people
from different backgrounds who have inspired me greatly."