The Jim Young Photo Collection

Tang Su Do and Taekwondo in 1960s Michigan

U-M TKD Club founder Jim Young’s archival collection of martial arts photos

Jim Young sparring at a tournament in 1963
Tang Soo Do Club of Wyandotte, MI 1963
Detroit Tang Soo Do in1964
Jim Young demonstrates poomsae in 1961
Jim Young demonstrating side-kick at a demo in 1961
The Ann Arbor Observer ran a photo story about the University of Michigan Taekwondo Club in 1968. Here Jim Young parries a kick from Mark Olson of Milwaukee as French black belt Ed Beall looks on at center. The photo caption ran as “Karate, an oriental sport which requires long hours of practice and rigourous self-discipline, is rapidly gaining in popularity in Ann Arbor and across the nation. Shown here are members of the University of Michigan’s Tae Kwon Do(Karate) Club at a recent practice session.”
Left to right: Carl Stolberg spars with Dr. Ergun Ar as Jim Young, Patrick Harrigan, Jack Hoyt and and other U-M TKD Club members observe.
Jim Young demonstrates the form Nianchi.
Spring 1970 workshop in Muskegeon, MI featuring visiting Grandmaster Park Chull-hee (far left), Hwa Chong (far right) and a host of seniors and juniors.


Archives of the World Kang Duk Won Federation

Three classic Kang Duk Won pumsaes demonstrated by Dr. Seung-Won Chi, Director of the Taekwondo Kang Duk Won Hong-je Dojang, Seoul, Korea on November 7th 2015: (1) Balse; (2) Jang Kwon; and (3) Pal Gi Kwon.

Introducing Kangdukwon

Kangdukwon Kwan Jang Hwa Chong

In the annals of Taekwondo, among the original nine schools or kwans, Kang Duk Won (‘The House of Radiating Virtue’) is most associated with the Power of Virtue as the ultimate source of Peace, Justice, Balance, Prosperity and Happiness.

Today the world is sorely in need of all these, starting with Peace. Illustrious Kang Duk Won grand masters have demonstrated that enormous potential resides within us — potential that we can access at deeper and deeper levels as the principles of Taekwondo find application in daily life.

In recognition of this urgent need to revive these values of Kang Duk Won, the first act of Great Grandmaster Hwa Chong as newly appointed Kwan Jang or world head of Kang Duk Won, was to establish the World Kang Duk Won Federation with a mandate to propagate Kangdukwon standards, principles and techniques globally.

The first issue of Kang Duk Won, the official newsletter of the World Kang Duk Won Federation, is dedicated to the vision of Great Grandmaster Hwa Chong and his life long quest to unite Taekwondo theory with action. It is published both in Korean language to acknowledge Taekwondo’s roots in Korean culture and in English to reflect Taekwondo’s diverse adaptations to worldwide popularity, further underscoring our objective of realizing
the Unity of Theory and Action.