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.
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 has been the subject of numerous articles in newspapers and magazines, as well as television interviews. He has been featured on the cover of the international Tae Kwon Do magazine, Tae Kwon Do Times. He has also produced eight martial arts video tapes, which have been distributed nationally. In addition, Grand Master Dong has written several books on Tae Kwon Do, Progressive Sparring and Sparring Structure. His most recent book explores the philosophy of martial arts in the form of a novella entitled, "Where Is My Black Belt?"
In November, 1999, Grand Master Dong competed in the ôGrand MasterÆs King of the World Martial Arts Tournamentö held in Korea. Grand Master Dong took the title of the first ôKing of the World Speed Breaking Grand Master Championö in the competition.
Grand Master Dong continues to seek ways to improve his own knowledge in order to benefit his students and other martial artists. He recently completed a MasterÆs Degree in Physical Education. His thesis on the benefits of low abdomen power breathing is available for download from the Home Page.
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.