– The History and Founders
The History and Founders of Young Brothers Taekwondo:
The HistoryBrothers Young Il Kong and Young Bo Kong founded Young Brothers Taekwondo Associaties in 1968 and opened the first schools in Pennsylvania. As their students learned and advanced, some of their higher ranking students eventually spread throughout the United States to open schools of their own. The Young Brothers, both 9th Degree Black Belts, studied Taekwondo in Korea and have trained in the martial art for over 50 years. Grandmaster Kong Il participated in a demonstration team lead by General Choi, the “father of Taekwondo,” that traveled to 127 countries to introduce the world to Taekwondo more than thirty years ago. Grandmaster Kong Il also assisted General Choi with the design of the patterns we now study.
Young Brothers Taekwondo in Houston is proud to continue this rich heritage and strives to spread the benefits of Taekwondo to the rest of the world today.
Grandmaster Young Il Kong, IX DanGrand Master Kong, Young Il was the Tae Kwon Do All Star Team Captain at
Kyung Hee University, S. KOREA in 1963. He was in the Republic of Korea Army from 1964 to 1968 where he was again the Tae Kwon Do All Star Team Captain. During those years, he was also the first Master Instructor to Introduce Tae Kwon Do Martial Art to the 8th US Army in Korea.
During 1973 to 1980, Grand Master Kong travelled around the world with General Choi Hong Hi (Founder of Tae Kwon Do), as a selected member of an International Tae Kown Do demonstration team. He visited 127 countries performing demonstrations to introduce Tae Kwon Do Martial Art to the world. After each demonstration there was an open invitation/challenge to the public to fight any demonstration team member. Grand Master Kong fought martial artists of all kinds in 127 countries and never lost a fight.
Throughout 1980 to 2004, Grand Master Kong opened TKD Dojangs from East Coast to West Coast of USA as well as Puerto Rico and taught TKD Martial Art to thousands of practitioners. Quite a few of his students became champions around the world. One noteworthy highlight was his being Master Instructor for the USA government agency, the FBI.
- 1994 – Became the 39th Inductee to the All-American Black Belt Hall of Fame
- 1997 – Promoted to 9th Degree by General Choi, Hong Hi in Poland
- 2006 – Assumed the role of President of the World Taekwondo Alliancer
Grandmaster Young Bo Kong, IX DanBorn in 1953, Grandmaster Young Bo Kong, a 9th degree Black Belt, began his Tae Kwon-Do training in Korea at age five. As a young man in the United States he trained competitively under the instruction of his older brother, Grandmaster Young Il Kong, and Grandmaster Park Bu Kwang. Both were legendary fighters while living in Korea.
Using the superior techniques they taught, Grandmaster Young Bo Kong won the Pan American Championship’s Grand Champion in 1973. He then became the first ITF middleweight champion in Montreal, Canada in 1974. At that first ITF World Championship competition, he came in second place in the pattern division and won another gold medal in breaking to become the first overall ITF Grand Champion. Grandmaster Young Bo Kong also won the North American Championship’s Grand Champion in 1976.
Grandmaster Young Bo Kong’s unique style was built upon unmatched speed and the skillful strategy learned from his mentors. He was the fastest kicker alive and is unrivaled in his ability to read his opponents intentions and set them up for effective attacks.
Grandmaster Young Bo Kong is currently president of Young Brothers Institute on the East Coast and continues to train students. As an instructor, he has produced many champions including All American Champions, Olympic Team members, National Champions, State Champions and many more. He actively teaches and trains at his Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania dojang and has opened nine other satellite schools in the area. Grandmaster Young Bo Kong has been introducing the martial arts to children and adults for the past 34 years and has produced over 3000 black belts.
Grandmaster Young Bo Kong said he will continue to train the rest of his life because it has become a part of him. He said, “It has given me the confidence to do many things and the opportunity to meet many people from different backgrounds who have inspired me greatly.”
Master Mark Giambi began training in Taekwondo in 1972 under the instruction of Master Young Bo Kong in Wilmington, Delaware. He earned his black belt in 1974 and has been teaching ever since. He opened his first school in 1982.
Master Giambi also enjoyed a successful tournament career for several years; winning the Texas State Championships six (6) times.
In addition to his satellite programs throughout the Houston area, Master Giambi is an active member of the Amateur Athletic Union (A.A.U.) Taekwondo.
He won the David G. Rivenes Award in 1995 for Oustanding Leadership and Service in the sport of Taekwondo.
He earned his 7th degree on February 23, 2002.
April 1973 – Began training at age 11
May 1975 – Promoted to 1st Dan
December 1977 – Promoted to 2nd Dan
January 1982 – Promoted to 3rd Dan
December 1985 – Promoted to 4th Dan
October 1988 – Promoted to 5th Dan
June 1993 – Promoted to 6th Dan
February 2002 – Promoted to 7th Dan
1975 – Began teaching Taekwondo
1982 – Opened first school in Bear Creek area, Houston
1988 – Opened second school in West University
1992 – Began satellite program at The Houstonian
1993 – Began satellite program at Beth Yeshurun School
1994 – Began satellite program at Schlenker School
1995 – Opened third school in Champions area
2002 – Opened fourth school in Cypress, Texas
2004 – Opened first Apex Taekwondo, Houston
2006 – Opened second Apex Taekwondo, Houston
*Produced approximately 2000 Black Belts
Amateur Athletic Union – Taekwondo:
Official’s Satus – A level
Started A.A.U. Gulf Association in 1991
Chairman, Gulf Association from 1991 to 1997
Appointed Chief National Referee of Taekwondo Program 1993
Chief National Referee – 1993 to 1998
Executive Committee Member – 1998 to present
Tournament Director, 1995 A.A.U. Taekwondo Nationals
Appointed Region 9 Director of Taekwondo 1998 to present
Appointed Director of Dan Certification Program for Taekwondo 2006