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Grandmaster Jun Chong

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Grandmaster Jun Chong

9th dan black belt Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido

Jun Chong was born in South Korea and began learning Tae Kwon Do at the age of 8. Though innately shy, he eventually progressed to winning national and international competitions and knew early on that martial arts would be a very important part of his life. He immersed himself in various forms of styles including Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Judo, Aikido, and boxing.

As a perpetual learner, Grandmaster Chong has never stopped his training in Tae Kwon Do. He can be found teaching classes every day or advancing his expertise in Kendo, Iaido, Aikido, Escrima, and Jiu Jitsu.

Master Phillip Rhee

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Master Phillip Rhee

7th Degree Black Belt
Master Phillip Rhee and Grandmaster Jun Chong have been working together for years, not only teaching martial arts, but also producing action movies. Master Rhee has been an instructor since the Los Angeles studio was first open on Wilshire Boulevard in 1975. He is well known in the martial arts circuits as a competitor as well as an action movie star. He is best known for his series “Best of the Best” movies.

Yong Chong

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Yong Chong

3rd Degree Black Belt
Yong Chong is Grandmaster Chong’s son and has studied martial arts as far as he can remember. He has a third degree black belt in Taekwondo and Hapkido and has been teaching since 2006. In addition, Yong trains and competes in Brazilian Jiujitsu and is a talented breakdancer. Yong has been an instructor for the last twelve years for children and adults.

Christopher Tessitore

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Christopher Tessitore

Jonas Basom

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Jonas Basom

3rd Degree Black Belt
Jonas Basom is an original student from the Santa Monica branch and has been an instructor for more than twelve years. He is a stickler for detail and demands perfection from each of the students in his class using his skills as a former school teacher and administrator.

Daniel TCruz

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Daniel TCruz

Anne Monteclaro

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Anne Monteclaro