Young Il Kong

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Young Il Kong
Born1943 (age 76–77)
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada, USA
Teacher(s)Choi Hong Hi, Nam Tae Hi
Rank9th dan taekwondo (ITF)

Young Il Kong (born 1943) is a South Korean master of taekwondo and one of the twelve original masters of taekwondo of the Korea Taekwon-Do Association.[1][2][3] He holds the rank of 9th dan.[4][5][6] Following a career in the South Korean military, he emigrated to the United States of America in the late 1960s.

Early life[edit]

Kong was born in 1943 in Korea, during the period of Japanese occupation.[4] He began training in martial arts in 1952, starting with Shotokan karate.[4] In 1958, he moved to Won Joo.[4] Kong won a scholarship to study at Kyung Hee University, and while in its Physical Education College, was required to train in judo.[4] From 1963–1967, he served in the South Korean army, attaining the rank of Sergeant.[4][5][6] Kong trained in taekwondo under Choi Hong Hi and Nam Tae Hi.[4] Through the late 1960s and 1970s, Kong was a key member of the taekwondo demonstration teams that accompanied H. H. Choi around the world.[7]

United States[edit]

Kong moved to the United States of America just before or in 1968.[8] He and his younger brother, Young Bo Kong, founded the Young Brothers Taekwondo Associates in 1968,[8] which is now located in Houston,[9][10] Las Vegas, and Pittsburgh. In an interview, Y. B. Kong said that he arrived in the United States in 1972.[11] In 1973, Kong held the rank of 7th dan.[12] Kong has another brother, Young Joon Kong, who also competed and was involved in teaching taekwondo,[13] but retired and became a golfer.[14]

Kong was promoted to the rank of 9th dan in 1997 by H. H. Choi in Poland.[5][6] He has two sons, Andy and Douglas,[4] and appears on Chang Keun Choi's list of taekwondo pioneers.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Choi, H. H. (1972): Taekwon-Do: The Korean art of self-defence. Mississauga: International Taekwon-Do Federation.
  2. ^ Park, S. H. (1993): "About the author." In H. H. Choi: Taekwon-Do: The Korean art of self-defence, 3rd ed. (Vol. 1, pp. 241–274). Mississauga: International Taekwon-Do Federation.
  3. ^ A tribute to the original masters (c. 2007). Retrieved on 13 June 2007; link has expired, as at 1 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Anslow, S. (2004): An interview with Grand Master Kong Young Il, IX degree Retrieved on 8 January 2010.
  5. ^ a b c World Taekwon-Do Alliance: Grand Master Kong Retrieved on 22 February 2009.
  6. ^ a b c Pioneers of Taekwon-Do: Grand Master Kong Young Il Retrieved on 13 January 2010.
  7. ^ Cox, S. (c. 2004): The history of Taekwon-Do and its founder Retrieved on 3 February 2010.
  8. ^ a b Young Brothers Tae Kwon-Do Institute: History Retrieved on 29 January 2010.
  9. ^ Retrieved 16 April 2014
  10. ^ Retrieved 16 April 2014
  11. ^ Barcousky, L. (2005): Master of self: Grand master says Tae Kwon Do reaches beyond physical skill Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (10 April 2005). Retrieved on 29 January 2010.
  12. ^ International Taekwon-Do Association Slovenia: ITF history Retrieved on 3 February 2010.
  13. ^ Wilson, T. (2001): World's fastest kicker Black Belt (April 2001). Retrieved on 31 January 2010.
  14. ^ Wilson, T. L. (2001): The Kong Family Tae Kwon Do Times (July 2001). Retrieved on 31 January 2010.
  15. ^ Choi, C. K. (2007): Tae Kwon Do Pioneers Retrieved on 15 March 2008.