TAEKWONDO

TaeKwonDo

Affiliations

We believe an accredited rank matter. We believe the organizations with which we are affiliated are the most respected in the world. We are accredited by the World Tae Kwon Do Federation (Kukiwon), the World Tae Kwon Do Ji Do Kwan Federation (Korea), The U.S. Tae Kwon Do Grand Master Society, the Traditional Tae Kwon Do Ji Do Kwan, and the U.S Tae Kwon Do Ji Do Kwan Association. The rank you earn at True Balance Martial Arts will be recognized throughout the world. 

About Tae Kwon Do

Taekwondo is a “striking” martial art that originates from Korea. In Korean, Tae means “to strike or break with foot.” Kwon means “to strike or break with fist or hand.” Do means “way,” “method,” or “path.” Thus, taekwondo may be loosely translated as “the way of the hand and the foot.” We believe in balancing the Traditional (builds strength and discipline), Sport (builds reflexes), and Self-Defense (practical and effective) aspects of the art. We believe all three areas are equally important to becoming a well-rounded martial artist. 

How Students Progress

Students begin their training as a 10th Keup (white belt). Keup is a Korean term meaning color belt rank. As students advance, the Keup number descends as the belt grows darker. Every three months, we hold a Keup (color belt) test supervised by the President of the U.S Tae Kwon Do Ji Do Kwan Association, Grand Master Ho Yung Chung. With the instructors’ recommendation, students who attend class regularly and have a good understanding of the testing techniques will be eligible to test for advancement. There are no additional costs or fees for testing or certification, as all are covered with your tuition.

OUR INSTRUCTORS

Grand Master Ho Yung "Tiger" Chung
  • 1952: Began training – Ji Do Kwan
  • 1960: Kong Soo Do Heavy Weight Champion / Team Captain
  • Korean National Team Member
  • Head Instructor U.S. Army 202 Division (Inchon, Korea)
  • 1964: Kyung Kido Tae Kwon Do Association President
  • 1970: Founded Tiger Chung’s Tae Kwon Do (Inchon, Korea)
  • 1971: Relocated Tiger Chung’s Tae Kwon Do to Detroit, Michigan
  • 1973: Director of Team Canada to the World Tae Kwon Do Championship (Seoul, Korea)
  • 1981: World Record Holder – Breaking 17 two-inch cement blocks
  • Grand Master Instructor – U.S. Tae Kwon Do Union
  • Member of the Board of Directors – Michigan Tae Kwon Do Committee
  • Founder and President – U.S. Tae Kwon Do Ji Do Kwan Association
  • International Master Instructor
  • Studied under the founder of Hap Ki Do
  • Former President of Michigan Amateur Athletic Union – Tae Kwon Do
  • Executive Counsel Member – U.S. Tae Kwon Do Grand Master Society
  • 2010: Inducted into the Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 10th Dan Black Belt – Tae Kwon Do Ji Do Kwan (Korea) 
Master Sean Sweet
  • 1981:  Began training Tiger Chung’s Tae Kwon Do (Centerline, MI)
  • 1998 – 2001:  Instructor Tiger Chung’s Tae Kwon Do (Detroit, MI)
  • 2001 – 2006: Partner/Instructor Tiger Chung’s Tae Kwon Do (St. Clair Shores, MI)
  • 2006 – Present:  Founder/President/Head Instructor True Balance Martial Arts Academy (Sterling Heights, MI)
  • 2013:  Earned 7th Dan Black Belt
  • 2016:  U.S. Tae Kwon Do Ji Do Kwan Association Master of the Year award