Grandmaster Bong Yul Shin
Grandmaster Bong Yul Shin is considered to be one of the Founding Father's of Taekwondo in America. He is respected nationally and world-wide as a leading martial arts authority. Grandmaster Shin is one of the highest-ranking martial arts instructors certified by the World Taekwondo Federation.
As a 2-time Korean National Champion, Grandmaster Shin came to America and began teaching martial arts in 1960. He established the first Moo Do Kwan school for Taekwondo and other martial arts in 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri, which is still in full operation. Grandmaster Shin received a Bachelors of Arts degree from the prestigious Korean Yudo College, now known as Yong In University, the only Martials Arts University in the world. He also holds a Master's Degree in Physical Education and retired from the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri as a Professor of Physical Education. He has worked for Anheuser-Busch in corporate security and self-defense training for executives. Grandmaster Shin celebrates well over 45 years of excellence in martial arts instruction in America.
Grandmaster Shin holds a 9th degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, Judo and Hapkido. He has authored and co-written many articles and books, including the best-seller "TAE KWON DO FORMS: Complete & Official Forms of The World Tae Kwon Do Federation." In addition to directing instruction at his national martial art schools spanning from California to Florida, Grandmaster Shin hosts a variety of national martial arts seminars. He has consistently sponsored and hosted Taekwondo tournaments in Missouri twice a year, including the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Judo Championships and the former United States Taekwondo Union (USTU) 1986 Junior Olympic National Championships.
Grandmaster Shin is the Founder of the National Gateway Moo Do Kwan Association. He serves on the Board of KYHA as a Technical Advisor for Korea. Grandmaster Shin also serves as the Missouri State Representative to the World Organization of Mixed Martial Arts (WOMA). He is also a Founding Member of the International Council on Martial Arts Education (ICMAE), which was established in 1978 by high-ranking martial arts educators for the "development and promotion of martial arts education and to build a spirit of friendship and cooperation among all martial artists."
Serving as a former Representative to the Korean Olympic Board for several decades, Grandmaster Shin helped select members for the Olympic Judo team, and is currently assisting with selection criteria for the Korean Olympic Taekwondo Team. Grandmaster Shin has held many prestigious titles and garnered numerous awards, including being inducted into the Missouri Athletic Club Hall of Fame, for his many achievements in martial arts.
It is a great privilege to have Grandmaster Shin as our Honorary Director and liaison to Kukkiwon, Headquarters of the World Taekwondo Federation.