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Get to Know Us

What is the history of Black Belt USA?

Black Belt USA is actually the 3rd Tae Kwon Do studio that Master Kang has opened and owns. He opened his first studio in 1994 under the studio name, Ka Dong Tae Kwon Do Academy, in the Kyonggi-Do province of South Korea. After a few years and with over 200 students, Master Kang would open his second academy, Korea Tae Kwon Do Academy, in 2002. During his earlier years, he toured the States’ largest cities for a month as part of the Blue Dragon Tae Kwon Do Demo Team. He always envisioned himself in America teaching Tae Kwon Do and in 2004 he was able to make his visions into a reality.

He and Julia Kang, his wife, made the move to San Diego in 2004 to open up a third Tae Kwon Do Studio, Black Belt USA. And since 2004, Black Belt USA has been a thriving Tae Kwon Do studio, winning many awards and accolades from Tournament Wins and awards for Best Instructor and School.

What is the purpose of your organization? (Master Kang & Julia Kang)

Our purpose is to promote the Tae Kwon Do philosophy as we, Master Kang and I, have come to understand it. Of course, Tae Kwon Do is a physical sport and we do promote physical health, but we believe mental health is just as important, if not more. Respect is a large part of Master Kang’s Tae Kwon Do. Without Respect, Tae Kwon Do becomes nothing more than a tool for violence. And so we believe in fostering this idea of Respect in each of our students. Students are taught to show basic levels of respect such as bowing to the Master and Flags. It’s with these small seeds that we plant within the minds of our students that we hope they grow to be respected people. Along with our idea of Respect also comes the mental aspect of Confidence. Confidence is having faith in your abilities. As basic as this concept seems, a lot of young adults lack this mental aspect. We hope that in our studio, they are able to really develop this within themselves. A great way we help improve confidence in our students is through Board Breaking. After each Belt test, each student must break a board using a specific technique. A lot of the students are very nervous for this part of testing. They begin to doubt themselves and become over-anxious. But once they see the board, execute their technique, and find it broken in two, there is a surge of confidence and this amazing belief of, “I did it! I didn’t think I could but I did!” Essentially, the goal of Black Belt USA as an organization is to help our students become respectful and confident individuals who are not afraid of any challenge that lies ahead of them.

What do you enjoy most about teaching Tae Kwon Do? (Master Kang)

One of the things I do enjoy the most is watching a student’s growth from White to Black Belt. Everyone is unique and has his/her own individual path to growth. It’s just always very interesting to see human growth from the start, whether you are 4 years old or 40 years old. We’ve seen a lot of problem children come in and leave our studio with an in depth knowledge of Respect and Confidence within themselves that wasn’t there before Tae Kwon Do. It’s this idea of continual growth that is awe-inspiring.

Thoughts on your leadership role. (Master Kang)

Ever since I started Tae Kwon Do when I was 10 years old, I dreamt of becoming a Tae Kwon Do Master. And more than that, I wanted to be a Tae Kwon Do Master in America. I knew in order to become a great Master in a foreign land I would need to be a strong leader. My actions and choices needed to speak louder than my words. I have found this to be a successful method; to lead by example.

Share your thoughts on working with your family. (Julia Kang)

During the earlier days, especially when we moved our studio to America, it was difficult working with family. From morning to night, Master Kang and I are together and work together everyday. For the both of us it was difficult at first, but we managed to work through our problems and became better because of it. Now after many years and watching the increasing growth of Black Belt USA, we’ve found our groove and work seamlessly together. Our kids also work here at the studio with us. When they were just babies, it was really great to have a job where I could constantly keep an eye on my kids, help them with their homework, and be there as a mother for them. As they grew older, they took on more responsibilities such as teaching students and classes. From their experiences gathered from being a part of Black Belt USA, they’ve grown comfortable with leadership positions and are always ready to help out whenever help is needed.