The best in the world grand masters and masters of Taekwondo selected Broken Arrow’s Master Bong Kang as one of three captains to lead the USA Olympic Taekwondo team next week at the 2012 London Olympics.
“It's a once in a lifetime experience,” said Master Bong Kang. “I can't even fathom, I mean it hasn't really sunk in really, deep, working with the team, and helping them to achieve their Olympic dream since they were kids.”
Master Kong’s job is to lead and support the team. He has been practicing Taekwondo for more than 30 years and has been coaching since he was 15-years-old. He is a 6th degree black belt.
He holds many National titles:
GOLD MEDAL 2010 U.S. Open, Las Vegas, Heavyweight Division
SILVER MEDAL 2010 U.S. Nationals, Orlando, FL, Heavyweight Division
SILVER MEDAL 2009 U.S. Open, Las Vegas, Heavyweight Division
SILVER MEDAL 2009 U.S. Nationals, Austin TX, Heavyweight Division
“How incredible to be selected as one of the three team captains for Team USA, it's a dream come true!” said Master Kang.
Master Kang’s father, Grand Master Dong Kang is a 9th degree black belt, he could only earn that title by traveling to his hometown in South Korea and competing there.
“It’s marvelous,” said Grand Master Kang. “I am very capable of producing champions so they chose my son to go to the Olympics.”
He has trained more than 100 national champions, both men and women. He also coached the 1992 Olympic Champion.
“I thank God and a big part of what Grand Master Kang has done here in the community,”
Grand Master Kang has been instructing in Tulsa for more than 40 years and 60 years total he has been teaching Taekwondo. His son, Master Kang, teaches in Broken Arrow.
Master Kang plans to bring back a USA gold medal.