Grand Master Hwang
Grand Master Hwang was born in Korea in 1954. He began his martial art training at the age of nine, and has since earned many degrees in several self-defense disciplines.
His training began with Tae Kwon Do in 1963, and then he moved on to boxing and kickboxing. In 1972 he received a 1st degree black belt in Hapkido from Doju Young Sul Choi, who is known as father of Hapkido. Grand Master Hwang is one of the few Hapkido teachers who had a chance to learn under Doju Young Sul Choi.
Grand Master Hwang has received many certificates in all aspects of martial arts over three decades of training and teaching. He has an 8th degree black belt in Hapkido and a 7th degree black belt in Kickboxing (Kwon Kyuk Do Style). He also has a 7th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a 6th degree black belt in Kendo. Grand Master Hwang was honored with a 7th degree black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi. He is also a Hwarang Sword Master as well as certified Sports Massage Therapist.
Grand Master Hwang is a well-celebrated martial artist and teacher. In 1982 he held the title of World Heavy Weight Kickboxing Champion at the World Amateur Kickboxing Tournament. He was also a judge at the 1991 World Martial Arts Championship held in Spain. Since 1994 he has been a physical instructor at the Young Nam University Hospital in Tae Gue, South Korea, teaching Yoga, Tai Chi, and Self-Defence classes. In 1993 he started teaching the SRT – Special Reaction Team – of the 728th Military Police Battalion. In 2001, Grand Master Hwang became a honorary professor at Dae Gue Science College and taught self-defense philosophy and history in the Police Academy department.
Grand Master Hwang has received many awards from different martial artists, associations, and from those who recognized his talent and dedication as a martial artist. In 2000, former president Bill Clinton bestowed the Sportsmanship Award to Grand Master Hwang, recognizing his dedication as an outstanding sportsman. In 2001, the US 20th Area Support Group awarded him the Good Neighbor award, also known as the Unsung Hero Award, an award given to only 5 people in the nation.
In 2005, Master Hwang won a gold medal on a World Cup Martial Art Competition held at Milano, Italy.
Currently Grand Master Hwang has gyms in Colorado and Tae Gue, South Korea that bear his name and style of teaching. Grand Master Hwang has years of experience and knowledge in many different styles of martial arts and is the inventor if Ki Moo Do, which uses a combination of different martial arts and Ki (Chi) – the body energy.