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”

  • 2018- Grandmaster Jang Newspaper Interview “The Korea Daily"

  • 2018- Grandmaster Jang Newspaper Interview “NY Ilbo”

  • 2018- Grandmaster Jang received Certificate of Appreciation from Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop for National Night Out Demonstration

  • 2018-Grandmaster Jang & Master Heesoo Interview on Radio AM1660

  • 2018-Grandmaster Jang Newspaper Interview “The Korea Times” Featured 2 times

  • 2018- Grandmaster Jang Newspaper Interview “The Korean New York Daily" Featured 3 times

  • 2018- Grandmaster Jang & Master Heesoo TV interview with KBN

  • 2018- United States Senator- Letter of Commendation

    2018- Hudson County Clerk- Letter of Commendation

    2018- Hudson County Freeholder- Letter of Commendation

    2018- Jersey City Ward E Councilman - Letter of Commendation

    2018- Jersey City Mayor- Letter of Commendation

    2018- Bergen County Executive- Letter of Commendation

    2018- Bergen County Sheriff- Letter of Commendation

    2018- Bergen County Clerk- Certificate of Recognition

    2018- Mayor of Ridgefield- Letter of Commendation

    2018- Wayne Councilman- Letter of Commendation

Awards, Events, & School History

  • 2018- Jang Star Taekwondo School celebrates it's 28th Anniversary and Supports the Fight Against Cancer by holding it's grand event in September at Felician University with an expectancy of about 2,000 guests.

  • 2018- United States Senator- Letter of Commendation

    2018- Hudson County Clerk- Letter of Commendation

    2018- Hudson County Freeholder- Letter of Commendation

    2018- Jersey City Ward E Councilman - Letter of Commendation

    2018- Jersey City Mayor- Letter of Commendation

    2018- Bergen County Executive- Letter of Commendation

    2018- Bergen County Sheriff- Letter of Commendation

    2018- Bergen County Clerk- Certificate of Recognition

    2018- Mayor of Ridgefield- Letter of Commendation

    2018- Wayne Councilman- Letter of Commendation

  • 2018- Grandmaster Jang & Master Heesoo TV interview with KBN

  • 2018-Grandmaster Jang & Master Heesoo Interview on Radio AM1660

  • 2018- Jang Star Taekwondo School demonstrates for the the National Night Out Event held in Persian Field Park supporting Jersey City police officers and Jersey City community

  • 2018- 2 Masters receive their 5th Dan Black Belt: Master Luis Flores and Master Edward Licerio.

  • 2018- 29 students have achieved their goals in becoming black belts. - Jang Star Headquarters- Black Belt Test/ Ceremony- Jersey City, Union City and Riverdale Branch. 

  • 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.