Grand Master Soon Kil Jang

TaeKwonDo, Hap Ki Do, Ho Shin Sul, and Kum Do Instructor

•    OVER 50 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN TAE KWON DO, HAP KI DO, HO SHIN SUL, AND       KUM DO
•    8TH DAN BLACK BELT TAEKWONDO / 7TH DAN HAP KI DO
•    INTERNATIONAL REFEREE
•    1984 - RETIREE OF THE SOUTH KOREAN MILITARY SPECIAL FORCES
•    1985 - SOUTH KOREA POLICE (MARTIAL ARTS POLICE DIVISION)
•    1986 / 1988 - PART OF THE ASIAN AND SEOUL OLYMPIC GAMES ANTITERRORIST       SQUAD COUNCIL
•    FORMER COMMANDO INSTRUCTOR OF THE CHILEAN ARMY AND BOLIVIAN           POLICE
•    1993 - WORLD TKD CHAMPIONSHIP OFFICIAL (MADISON SQUARE GARDEN)
•    1995 - MANAGER OF THE NATIONAL KOREAN SPORTS UNIFICATION EVENT; NJ         STATE TAEKWONDO DIVISION HEAD COACH
•    1998 - KBS NEWS SPECIAL INTERVIEW
•    2009 - WMBC TELEVISION BROADCAST SPECIAL INTERVIEW
•    2008 - 2010 - BOARD MEMBER. BOARD OF DIRECTORS - TAEKWONDO                           ASSOCIATION OF GREATER NEW YORK.
•    2010 - VICE PRESIDENT - TAEKWONDO ASSOCIATION OF GREATER NEW YORK.
•    2011 – KNN NEWS - SPECIAL INTERVIEW
•    2011 – MK-TV : SPECIAL INTERVIEW
•    2012 – KUKKIWON AWARD OF RECOGNITION – WORLD TKD HEADQUARTERS         PRESIDENT -“TAEKWONDO NIGHT”
•    2012 – “JERSEY CITY ‘LEGENDS’ - AWARD”- ‘EVERYTHING JERSEY CITY FESTIVAL’
•    2013 – MAYOR OF RIDGEFIELD –CITATION
•    2013 – TKC TV - GM SPECIAL INTERVIEW
•    2014- KBS America TV Special Interview on Grandmaster Jang

•    2014- “Grandmaster Jang Taekwondo Day” on The Korean New York Daily  

•    2014- “Grandmaster Jang Taekwondo Day” on TKD NEWS

•    2014- KoaLife Magazine 6 page spread of Grandmaster Jang

•    2014- Jersey City City Hall proclaims “Jang Star Taekwondo Day/GrandMaster Jang Taekwondo Day”- Jang Star TKD School students demonstrate infront of Jersey City City Hall.

•    2014- Grandmaster Jang Chairman of Taekwondo Association of The Greater New York

•    2015- Grandmaster Jang Chairman of Taekwondo Association of The Greater New York

  • 2016 - Grandmaster Jang TV Interview with “KBN” Network
  • 2016- Grandmaster Jang Interview on Radio AM1660
  • 2016- Grandmaster Jang Newspaper Interview “The Korean Times”
  • 2016- Grandmaster Jang Newspaper Interview “The Korea Daily
  • 2016- Grandmaster Jang Newspaper Interview “NY Ilbo” 

Awards, Events, & School History

  • 2017- 26 students have achieved their goals in becoming black belts. - Jang Star Headquarters- Black Belt Test/ Ceremony- Jersey City and Riverdale Branch. 

  • 2017- Jang Star Taekwondo School celebrates its 27th Anniversary.

  • 2016- Jang Star Taekwondo School celebrates it's 26th Anniversary & Supports the Fight Against Cancer and Homeless Shelter. The event was located in Felician University with 2,000 guests in attendance.

  • 2016- 60 students have achieved their goals in becoming black belts – Jang Star Headquarters – TriBranch Black Belt Test/Ceremony – Jersey City, Riverdale & Ridgefield, NJ Branches.

  • 2016- Jang Star Taekwondo School Receives Proclamation Award Celebrating 26th Anniversary & Supporting The Fight Against Cancer From Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III

  • 2016- Jang Star Taekwondo School Receives Proclamation Award Celebrating 26th Anniversary & Supporting The Fight Against Cancer From Bergen County Clerk John S. Hogan

  • 2016- Jang Star Taekwondo School Receives Proclamation Award Celebrating 26th Anniversary & Supporting The Fight Against Cancer From Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino

  • 2016- Jang Star Taekwondo School Receives Proclamation Award Celebrating 26th Anniversary & Supporting The Fight Against Cancer From Mayor of Ridgefield Anthony R. Suarez

  • 2015- 39 Black Belt Promotion Test- 1 Master- 2 Instructors – Jang Star Headquarters – TriBranch Black Belt Test/Ceremony – Jersey City, Riverdale & Ridgefield, NJ Branches

  • 2015- Asian Culture Festival Demonstration- Jersey City, Riverdale & Union City Dojang

  • 2015- Jang Star’s Demonstration Team demonstrates for Buckingham Nursing Home

  • 2015- 25th Silver Anniversary Demonstration- Ukrainian Community Center

  • 2014- Jang Star SWAT Team special guests for special event in Brooklyn, NY. 

  • 2014- 24th Anniversary- All 4 branches of Jang Star TKD School Martial Arts Expo- 2,000 people attending

  • 2014- Jang Star’s Demonstration Team demonstrates for Buckingham Nursing Home

  • 2012 – 22nd Anniversary “Fight Against Cancer” Martial Arts Expo – Felician College – Lodi, NJ

  • 2012 – 23 1st Dan Black Belts & 2 2nd Dan Black Belts – Jang Star Headquarters – Tri-Branch Black Belt Test/Ceremony – Jersey City, Riverdale & Ridgefield, NJ Branches

  • 2012 – St. Francis Church Festival Demo - Broadway/Manhattan, NY

  • 2012 – Demonstration –“Everything Jersey City Festival”

  • 2012 – 4 Masters Receive Award of Recognition – Kukkiwon/WTF – “Taekwondo Night”

  • 2012 – 1 Master & 2 Instructors – Award of Recognition – Taekwondo Association of Greater New York

  • 2011 – Jang Star Martial Arts Show – Ukrainian Community Center

  • 2011 – ‘Everything Jersey City’ Festival – Jang Star Demonstration

  • 2011 – Master Ceremony – 3 Jang Star Taekwondo Student-Masters: Master Robert Kim, Master Edward Licerio & Master Richard Bobiles

  • 2010 – 1st Jang Star ‘Master Ceremony’: 1st Student-Masters of Jang Star Taekwondo School: Master Luis Flores & Master David Farag

  • 2010 - State of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg - Letter of Commendation

  • 2010 - City of New York Governor David Paterson - Letter of Commendation

  • 2010 - City of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg - Letter of Commendation

  • 2010 - Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise - Letter of Commendation

  • 2010 - South Hackensack Police Chief Michael Frew - Award of Recognition

  • 2010 - Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney - Award of Appreciation

  • 2010 - Bergen County Sheriff Leo McGuire - Award of Excellence & Letter of Commendation

  • 2010 - Christ Hospital - Award of Appreciation

  • 2010 - Holy Name Medical Center President Michael Maron - Letter of Commendation

  • 2010 - Holy Name Medical Center - Award of Recognition

  • 2010 - "Distinguished Martial Arts School Award" - University of Bridgeport

  • 2010 - "Jang Star 20th Anniversary & Fight Against Cancer" - Felecian College - Lodi, NJ

  • 2010 - "Everything Jersey City Festival"

  • 2010 - Cliffside Park Elementary Presentation & Demonstration

  • 2010 - KRB Radio - Special Interview

  • 2010 - Master Ceremony - Grandmaster Jang presents 1st Time Master Degree to Master David Farag & Master Luis Flores

  • 2009 - East Coast Demonstration Team Competition - Participant and Award Winner

  • 2009 - Demonstration & Citation received from Jersey City Mayor and Police Department. "National Night Out"

  • 2009 - "Everything Jersey City Festival" Demonstration, Jersey City, NJ

  • 2009 - Fort Hamilton Army Base - Award of Appreciation

  • 2009 - Award - President of Taekwondo Association of Greater New York

  • 2009 - Seminar - University of Bridgeport

  • 2009 - Demonstration & Interview - WMBC Television Program

  • 2008 - Award from Hap Ki Do Federation President

  • 2008 - Citation from Taekwondo Ji Do Kwan President

  • 2008 - Asian Cultural Event and Award hosted by the FBI

  • 2008 - "Togetherness" Banquet and Celebration at the Sheraton Suites

  • 2008 - Citation from the World Tae Kwon Do Federation

  • 2008 - Demonstration and Award. Hosted by the Liberty Academy Charter School

  • 2008 - Demonstration and Awards. 4th Taekwondo Championships hosted by The taekwondo Association of Greater New York

  • 2008 - Demonstration & Citation received from Jersey City Mayor and Police Department. "National Night Out"

  • 2008 - "Everything Jersey City Festival" Demonstration, Jersey City, NJ

  • 2008 - Letter of Commendation from Kukkiwon World Taekwondo headquarter

  • 2007 - "Dr. Seuss Day" reading at PS #8 (Kindergarten)

  • 2007 - "Father's Day Celebration" Demonstration. Ukrainian Community Center Jersey City, NJ (500 Spectators)

  • 2007 - American Conference on Diversity Humanitarians Award

  • 2006 - "Father's Day Celebration" Demonstration. Pershing Field Ice Rink, Jersey City, NJ (600 Spectators)

  • 2006 - Corporate Seal Award City of Jersey City Office of Councilperson Steven Fulop

  • 2006 - Korean Thanksgiving Festival Concert NYC (Hosting 200,000 guests)

  • 2005 to 2009 - Annual Jersey City Police Association Neighborhood "Awareness" Outing Event

  • 2005 - Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Observance Award

  • 2005 - Proclamation of Appreciation from Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy

  • 2005 - "South Korean Independence" Demonstration. Prime Suites Hotel & Resort, Secaucus, NJ (1,200 Spectators)

  • 2005 - "South Korean Independence" Invitation & Demonstration XPL Demo Team

  • 2005 - Citation from the Martial Arts Institute of the University of Bridgeport Connecticut

  • 2004 - Certificate of Appreciation From Mayor L. Harvey Smith 'National Night Out"

  • 2004 - "Independence Day Celebration" Demonstration. Prime Suites Hotel & Resort, Secaucus, NJ (600 Spectators)

  • 2003 - "Centennial Celebration" 100 Years of Korean Immigration Celebration - Ukrainian Community Center, J.C. NJ

  • 2003 - "Centennial Celebration" - Letter of Recognition - Governor James E. McGreevey

  • 2003 - "Centennial Celebration" - Letter of Recognition - Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham

  • 2003 - "Centennial Celebration" - Letter of Recognition - Korean Cultural Service in NY - Director Yangwoo Park

  • 2003 - "Centennial Celebration" 100 Years of Korean Immigration Korean War Veterans Award

  • 2003 - PS #5 Middle School Award of Appreciation

  • 2003 - P.S. #5 Middle School After School Program

  • 2002 - Grandmaster Jang and Special Demo Team #1 Demonstration. Jersey City, NJ

  • 2001 - Jersey City Public Library Award

  • 2000 - "Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters News". Article

  • 2000 - "Slice of Heaven: Korean Festival" Pershing Field Park, Jersey City, NJ (1,500 Spectators)

  • 2000 - Live CBS Channel 2 News coverage

  • 1999/2007 - World Taekwondo Newspaper "The TaeKwonDo News"

  • 1999 - "Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters News". Article

  • 1999 - Certificate of Appreciation for Black History from the St. Francis Hospital and Saint Francis School of Nursing

  • 1999 - Citation from Taekwondo Ji Do Kwan President.

  • 1999 - KTV Radio Seoul Award of Recognition

  • 1998 - Seoul, Korea. Gangsu Count. Award of High Prestige

  • 1998 - Korean Cultural Parade on Broadway - Manhattan NYC

  • 1998 - Certificate of Appreciation from the Hudson County Sheriff's Office

  • 1998 - Distinguished Services Award from the President of the World Taekwondo Federation Award

  • 1998 - 1999 - St. Anne's Church Certificate of Appreciation

  • 1998 - World Taekwondo Newspaper. "Taekwondo Times" Article

  • 1998 - "Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters News". Article

  • 1997 - "Slice of Heaven: Korean Festival" Pershing Field Park, Jersey City, NJ (3,000 Spectators)

  • 1997 - Certificate of Appreciation from The Korean National Tae Kwon Do Demonstration Team

  • 1997 - Certificate of Appreciation from NJ Correctional Facility Warden Ralph Green

  • 1997 - Certificate of Appreciation from the NJ International Bulk Mail Center

  • 1997 - Award of Appreciation from the Policeman's Benevolent Association

  • 1997 - The Korean American Press Club Award

  • 1997 - Bergen County Police Department Award of Recognition

  • 1996 - Certification of Appreciation from the Office of the Mayor

  • 1996 - Letter of Commendation from Kukkiwon President

  • 1996 - South Korean Demonstration Team Korean Eagles Invitation and Demonstration; Jersey City, NJ

  • 1995 - 1996 Letter of Commendation from The World Tae Kwon Do Association President

  • 1994 - Certificate of Achievement and Recognition from the Stephen's Institute of Technology

  • 1994 - Diploma of Outstanding Achievement from Mayor Jerome Petti

  • 1993 - "Autumn Festival" Demonstration; Bowers St., Jersey City, NJ

  • 1993 - Citation from Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler

  • 1993 - Tournament Citation from Mayor Anthony E. Russo of Union New Jersey

  • 1993 - US Open Taekwondo Championships

  • 1992 - Demonstration Team #1 and Grandmaster Jang; Demonstration. Jersey City, NJ

  • 1991 - Grandmaster Jang opens Jang Star Taekwondo School

  • 1990 - Grandmaster Jang moves to United States of America and begins to teach Martial Arts.

  • 1987/90 - Grandmaster Jang teaches Taekwondo in South America

Media:

  • CBS Channel 2 News

  • KBS News

  • MTV-K

  • The Jersey Journal

  • The Korea Times

  • The Korean Daily News

  • New Lifestyle Magazine

  • KTV-17

  • Radio Seoul 1660

  • Brother Latino Magazine

  • Cambio Newspaper

  • El Especialito Newspaper

  • El Universal Newspaper

  • MKTV-76

  • Channel 20


Foundations:

  • United States Army Garrison - Fort Hamilton

  • The Martial Arts Institute of the University of Bridgeport Connecticut

  • Jersey City Soccer Association

  • Washington Park Little League Association

  • American Conference on Diversity


References:

  • Mayor Bret Schundler

  • Mayor Anthony E. Russo

  • Mayor Jerome Petti

  • Mayor Glenn D. Cunningham

  • Mayor L. Harvey Smith

  • Mayor Rudy Guliani

  • Mayor Jerramiah Healy

  • Governor George Pataki

  • Governor James E. McGreevey

  • The Bergen County Police Dept.

  • The Hudson County Sheriff's Dept.

  • The Jersey City Police Dept.