Academy Instructors

Grandmaster Chung

The certifying authority for White Tiger Tae Kwon Do is Grandmaster Joong S. Chung. Grandmaster began studying Tae Kwon Do at the age of 13, and has been teaching since 1968. He holds a ninth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and also holds a 9th degree black belt in Hapkido (A Korean Self-defense), and a 6th degree black belt in Judo (a throwing and grappling art from Japan). He is a world leader in Moo Duk Kwon style of Tae Kwon Do. This is a style that focuses mostly on using your body to produce the most strength possible. It is used mostly for self-defense and not tournament sparring, which uses much weaker kicks just to score points.

The Grandmaster’s background includes being the assistant to a three-star General in the Marines, Military Police Chief of Seoul, and a bodyguard for General William Westmoreland. With this type of background it is no wonder that Grandmaster Chung focuses mostly on the traditional self-defense aspect of the martial arts and not the competition. He even feels that in some ways competition training conflicts with the true meaning of Tae Kwon Do. He lists competition at the bottom of the list of beliefs – including courtesy, integrity, perseverance and self-control.

Grandmaster Thursh

Grandmaster Louis Thursh began studying martial arts at the age of 17. The first style he was introduced to was an eclectic style composed mainly of Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, and Jeet Kun Do. This style also had many weapon forms including sai, nunchakus, staff and sword. After many years he decided to focus and gain certified rank in a pure martial arts style and found the kicking techniques and combat strategies of Tae Kwon Do to be very appealing. Grandmaster began studying with various masters of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido in the early 80’s and has been practicing and progressing ever since.

Master Thursh has been teaching Tae Kwon Do for around 25 years, the last 20 of those years in his own academy. He currently holds a eighth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has a Masters level rank in Hapkido. Additionally he has a significant background in the Chinese art of Chin Na (the art of catching and locking) in the style promoted by Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming.

Grandmaster Thrush’s educational background includes an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and he is in his final year of completing work on a Bachelor of Legal Sciences Degree.

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