is a native of South Korea, from the town of Mokpo in Jeollanamdo Province, Kang Dong Won, a 9th Degree Grand Master in TaeKwon-Do is a legend who paved his own path in life. He arrived in the U.S. with a degree in movie directing from Han Yang University in Korea and as a graduate of the International TaeKwon-Do Federation’s Instructor Trainees of 1967 under the direction of General Choi Hong Hi. With only two suitcases and $50 in his pocket, there was a world of both opportunity and significant adversity that awaited for a newly immigrated person arriving on U.S. soil.
With little fluency in english, D.W. Kang began teaching TaeKwon-Do in Tulsa in 1971. The people of Oklahoma had a mix of both friendly and rowdy country-style people that appealed to him and led him to stay in the area. In the area of Mokpo, South Korea during the 1950′s & 60′s, it was very much country style living with acres of farmland and hard working people, so due to this background, he felt very much at home with the people of Tulsa. The first location was at 11th & Harvard next door to the TU Hurricane Lounge. It was a hard, concrete floor and the class was taught mostly by imitation, but with intense, never before seen ‘martial art spirit’. At the time, people were influenced heavily from ‘Enter the Dragon’ and other martial art flix. As the year progressed, the people of Tulsa were soon awakened to the true power of TaeKwon-Do with demonstrations of sheer super-natural mental and physical will power. D.W. Kang broke ordinary stones and boulders with his bare hands and broke large stacks of bricks with edge of his heel. Demonstrations of fundamental TaeKwon-Do techniques such as the ‘knife-hand’, the ‘side kick’, and ‘fore fist punch’ were trade mark specialties of his demonstrations.
Master Bong Kang
A Chief Instructor at the Broken Arrow location, Master Kang is the second son of Grand Master D.W. Kang. He is a recent U.S. Open Heavyweight Gold Medalist and many time Oklahoma State Champion. He has a talent for inspiring others to do better and loves to travel out into the community spreading the message of TaeKwon-Do. He has raised the awareness of drugs at local elementary schools and has also taught the DVIS program for abused women. He is an active member of the local church as a ‘rhythm guitar player’ at Venue 68 / Asbury. He is also a member of Church on the Move and has enjoyed many relationships with his brothers in Christ at those locations. He is an active member of the community and is also a supporter in helping to manage the ‘wildlife population’.
Master Yong Kang
Yong is a recent graduate of Tulsa University as a music major and is the youngest of the three brothers. He is currently the enrollment director at Tulsa. He started learning TaeKwon-Do at the age of 7 and has years of experience in the dojang. The time on the floor has given him the opportunity to be a qualified instructor and natural leader. In his spare time, he enjoys having the ability to play Rachmaninoff and compose from time to time. He currently offers piano lessons as a part of the learning center program.
Mr. Dandridge is a member of the sparring team. In 2011, he was the most improved athlete and had the top performance at this years Hanmadang in Dallas. He has been assisting and teaching for 4 years and is a senior member of the CIT (Certified Instructors Training) Program. He is carries a 3.5 GPA at Union High School and is also a top performer on the Demonstration Team.