by Ruth Kaufhold
(Richmond, VA, USA)
Grandmaster Dong King of the World
Grand Master Seung Gyoo Dong has studied a variety of martial art forms since his childhood, gaining experience in Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu (praying mantis style), Kum-do and weaponry.
Grandmaster Dong’s Martial Arts Certifications:
•9th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
•9th Degree Black Belt in Kum Do
•9th Degree Black Belt in Ta Kyuk Do
•Masters Degree In Physical Education
•1st King of the World Master Champion
•Producer of 8 Martial Arts Videos
•Published author of several books
•Where Is My Black Belt
•Has trained more than 5000 black belts
•Has guided 16 students to the level of Master or 5th degree black belt
•Voted best school in Richmond, Virginia
•Recognized as favorite role model for children
Grand Master Dong is a pioneer of martial arts in this country. He achieved the title of Master in Korea in 1970, and in 1971, he came to the United States and began teaching in the Washington, D. C. area. He opened his first school in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in May of 1973, later moved to Charlottesville and in October, 1981, he established the headquarters branch in Richmond, Virginia, where it remains today. He now has 25 branch schools in the United States and Australia.
Grand Master Dong’s schools are some of the oldest and most prestigious in the USA. Although he is a world-renowned Grand Master, he still actively shares his knowledge with students at all levels and continues to offer personal instruction at his headquarters school in Richmond, Virginia. www.dongs.com
Over seven years ago, my husband and I restarted our martial arts training. We achieved our 1st Degree Black Belt in 2008 and I am 1 year away from achieving my 2nd Degree Black Belt. I enjoy training at the dojang with my fellow black belts. Our school focus is helping others in their training and "Kicking for Those Who Can't" by having an Annual Tournament for the Richmond Children's Hospital. We recently celebrated the school's 40th Anniversary.
Grandmaster Dong continues to teach and is very wise and enjoys sharing his knowledge. He is very concerned about all students and encourages all to succeed through basic principles. He continues to improve the system by continually refining and enhancing it as did the Martial Artists of the past. Our world demands alot from us today and we must continually seek and apply balance to our own life before we can help anyone else.
The branch of the school that I attend is located in Chesterfield, VA where Master Doug Taylor, Master Lewis Sutton IV, and Instructor Wayne Jones continue to share Grandmaster Dong's teachings and techniques in many disciplines of the Martial Arts. I enjoy this school because my job requires long periods of travel and they are always happy to help me continue my training without pressure or judgement. All my fellow black belts are constantly encouraging each other so we can help the lower belts succeed. The Martial Arts are important to me to keep my life in balance and to release all pressures in a constructive and positive environment.
Thank you for letting me share my school on this site.Linda's reply
What an incredible testament to your school! I am familiar with Grandmaster Dong and you are lucky to have found his dojang convenient for you and your husband to practice at. A good school can make all the difference in the longevity of your practice.
Your tournament for Richmond Children's Hospital is a wonderful way to give back. Its great to hear about the schools that are making a difference in the world outside the dojang. Keep up the good work.
Congratulations on your black belt journey Ruth. I look forward to you hearing from you again.
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