1945 - 2007


Grand Master Young Soo Do is the founder of Young Tae Kwon Do. He was a native of South Korea and began studying Tae Kwon Do as a young child, and as a 9th degree Black Belt was eligible to bear the title of Grand Master Instructor.

Grand Master Do served with the Korean Marine Corps during the Vietnam War as a member of the elite Blue Dragons. In addition to major combat duty, he taught Tae Kwon Do to American and Vietnamese soldiers. After the war, he returned to Korea as a Master Instructor in Tae Kwon Do and became a World Champion.

In 1976, Grand Master Do came to the United States and opened Young Tae Kwon Do Academy in North Miami, FL. He quickly gained recognition as one of the best TKD masters in the U.S. In his 30+ year career, he received numerous awards for his contributions to TKD, his commitment to improving his community, and for changing the lives of thousands of students.

NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus contributes a large portion of his success to Grand Master Do’s influence in his life, as stated in his book “A Shark Never Sleeps.”

His legacy and teachings continue at Young Tae Kwon Do.

Major Achievements:

  1. Tae Kwon Do World Champion 1969 - 1971

  2. Head Instructor for the Korean National Tae Kwon Do team

  3. United States Tae Kwon Do Union President 1985 - 1987

  4. Self Defense Instructor for the FBI and DEA

  5. Citation for outstanding contribution to the Art of Tae Kwon Do from the head of the World Tae Kwon Do Association (Ku Ki Won)

  6. Korean American Association National Vice President, Florida & Miami Chapter President

  7. Master Instructor in Kum Do and Ki Gong

  8. Over 500 civic awards from Federal, State, and City Governments

  9. Honorary North Miami Police Chief

Master Kirby with Grandmaster Young Soo Do

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Master Kirby with GM Richard Do

At left is a tribute to my instructor Grandmaster Young Soo Do nine years ago! GMYSD is the fire in our bellies as we continue this unbroken Legacy now with his Son GM Richard Do, and his family... here in Pennsylvania and around the globe.

Football MEGA AGENT Drew Rosenhaus talks about our instructor GM Young Soo Do during an interview with 60 Minutes.
See minute-mark 5:20

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