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Master Myung Kyu Kang

Grandmaster Myung Kyu Kang

Early Years - in Asia

Master Myung Kyu Kang was born in a village on the plains of Manchuria (now called Shim Yang, China) in the early 1930s. Practically everyone practiced fighting arts (self defense)  and he started training with his grandfather - the village self defense leader - at age 3.
With the looming war his family moved to Seoul, Korea where he started his training under such famous masters as: Sam Yun Nam, Kye Yoon Lee, and Chang Young Chung. Master Kang also attended and holds a degree from the University of Korea Yudo College.
 In Korea he taught Tae Kwon Do at the Korean Air Force Academy for 8 years and taught special techniques to the Korean Air Force 23rd Intelligence School, a very elite special forces unit.
Master Kang  established many schools including the first Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do schools in  Seoul, In Chun City, Gin Hae City, and Sachun City. The largest was Young Don Po school in Seoul, the school attended by the 5 young masters sponsored by Master Kang to come to the United States in 1968.

Later Years - in United States

Officers of the 728th U.S. Armed Forces, where Master Kang was teaching, officially invited him to America and in 1964 he finally made the decision to come. Tae Kwon Do was under the jurisdiction of the education department of Korea, after getting approval he came over as a national athlete.
Initially coming to teach at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado his desire to study in America grew, after much research Master Kang moved to Sacramento, CA. Here he attended and taught at Calif. State University Sacramento, getting both a BA degree in physical education and a Masters degree in physiology. He retired from CSUS in 1999 after teaching 29 years as a professor of physical education focusing on Tae Kwon Do and Judo.
Master Kang was instrumental in getting Tae Kwon Do accepted into the Amateur Athletic Union.
His rank is 10th degree in Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do, one of only 3 living 10 degree Grand Masters. Master Kang has taught over 70,000 students and over 5,000 black belts.

Sang Hi1

In 1989 Master Kang became first foreigner invited to communist China to teach martial arts. He taught for six months as a liberal arts professor at Shanghai University teaching physical education and martial arts.

Sang Hi2Class at Shanghai University



Students at Shanghai University