Hong's USA Taekwondo
Hong's USA Taekwondo

Awards & Honors

Academic Appointments

 

1989 - 2006: Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac & Niles, MI. Adjunct Professor, Department of Physical Education 

Martial Arts Honors, Distinctions & Awards 

2008: University of Asian Martial Ars Studies, Arcanum, OH. Honorary Ph.D. in Martial Arts Philosophy and Martial Arts Science - Taekwondo 

2008: "Living Legend," US Martial Arts Hall of Fame 

2008: US Taekwondo Commissioner, US Olympic Committee 

2008: "Favorite Martial Arts School," Reader's Choice, South Bend Tribune 

2002: Excellent Coach & Trainer Award, Grand Master Yeon Hwan Park 

2002: "International Instructor of the Year," US Martial Arts Hall of Fame 

1999: Excellent Coach & Number One Trainer Award, US Olympic Committee 

1999: "Top 10 Martial Arts School in the US Award," World Martial Arts Research Foundation 

1997: International Taekwondo Referee of the Year, US Olympic Committee & World Taekwondo Federation 

1992: Invited Master, US Olympic Team Trial for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics 

1986: Midwest Bench Press Weight Lifting Champion (400 Lbs.), South Bend, IN 

1979 - 1980: Midwest Kickboxing Champion (20 Matches & 20 TKO's), Detroit, MI 

Teaching Honors 

2006: Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, Southwestern Michigan College 

Honorary Degrees Conferred 

2011 

Honorary 5th Dan/Degree Black Belt presented to Saint Joseph County Indiana (USA) Sheriff Michael D. Grzegorek. 

2007 

Honorary 5th Dan Black Belt presented to President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C World Taekwondo Habgido Gumdo Championship held at the University of Notre Dame. Notre Dame, IN 

Honorary 5th Dan Black Belt presented to US Congressman Tim Walberg, MI 7th District 

Honorary 5th Dan Black Belt presented to US Joe Donnelly, IN 2nd District 

Honorary 5th Dan Black Belt presented to US Congressman Tim Roemer, IN 3rd District 

2006 

Honorary 5th Dan Black Belt presented to St. Joseph County, IN Head Prosecutor Mike Dvorak 

Honorary 5th Dan Black Belt presented to Police Chief Ken Witkowski, Mishawaka Police Department. Mishawaka, IN 

1995 

Honorary 6th Dan Black Belt presented to Famous Boxer Muhammad Ali. Berrien Springs, MI 

Commendations, Citations, Certificates & Citizenship Awards 

2007 

Letter of Commendation, US Congressman Joe Donnelly, IN 2nd District 

Letter of Commendation, State Senator Randy Richardsville, MI 17th District 

Certification of Congressional Recognition: US Congressman Tim Walberg, MI 7th Congressional District 

Thank You Letter, President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 

Key to the City of Mishawaka, Mayor Jeff Rea, Mishawaka, IN 

Letter of Appreciation, US Congressman Joe Donnelly, IN 2nd District 

2006 

Honorary Prosecuting Attorney Certificate and Badge, Head Prosecutor Mike Dvorak, St. Joseph County, IN 

Letter of Commendation, President Woon Kyu Uhm, Kukkiwon President 

Citation, Police Chief Ken Witkowski, Mishawaka Police Department, Mishawaka, IN 

Letter of Appreciation, Mayor Jeffrey L. Rea. Mishawaka, IN 

Letter of Appreciation, US Congressman Chris Chocola, IN 2nd District 

Letter of Appreciation, Mayor Stephen Lueche, South Bend, IN 

Letter of Appreciation, Superintendant Paul E. whitesell, Indiana State police 

Letter of Appreciation, US Senator Evan Bayh, IN 

2005 

Letter of Appreciation, Congressman Hyun Seung No, South Korea 

2004 

Letter of Appreciation, Chief of Police Richard Hoff. Niles, MI 

2003 

Citation, President Koo Chean Seo, The Korea Taekwondo Association, Seoul, South Korea 

Letter of Commendation, Principle jang Soon Duck, Baeg Seuk Elementary School. Seoul, South Korea 

2002 

Presidential Sport Award for Hong's Taekwondo Academy, President George W. Bush 

Honorary Award, St. Jude Children Hospital, Memphis, TN 

Certificate of Appreciation, Mayor Daniel Eychleshymer and Chief of Police Fed Rogers, City of Niles. Niles, MI 

Letter of Appreciation, Brandywine Public Schools, Brandywine, MI 

2001 Letter of Appreciation, Congressman Tim Roemer, IN, 3rd District 

2000 

Presidential Sport Award for International Taekwondo Referee, President Bill Clinton 

1999 

Citation of Merit, President Dr. Un Yong Kim, World taekwondo Federation, Kukkiwon, South Korea 

Certification of Participation, Seoul Cup, Vice President Jong Woo Lee, World Taekwondo Federation. Seoul, South Korea 

Certification of Appreciation, Korean Open, Chung Cheong College, Chung Cheong Nam Do, South Korea 

Letter of Appreciation, Mayor Robert Beutter, Mishawaka, IN 

Letter of Appreciation, US President Bill Clinton 

Letter of Appreciation, Governer Frank O'Bannon, IN 

Letter of Appreciation, Governer Joseph E. Kernan, IN 

Decorate Plate, President Dae Jung Kim, South Korea 

1998 

Letter of Appreciation for supporting the D.A.R.E. Program, Chief of Police Fred Rogers, Niles Police Department. Niles, MI 

Letter of Appreciation for Supporting the D.A.R.E. Program, Governor John Engler, MI 

Letter of Appreciation, Mayor Dan Sutton, Bridgman, MI 

Letter of Appreciation for Supporting the D.A.R.E. Program, Chief of Police Fred Rogers, Niles Police Department, Niles, MI 

Letter of Appreciation, Mayor Daniel Eychleshymer. Niles, MI 

1997 

Citation of Merit, President Dr. Un Yong Kim, World Taekwondo Federation, Kukiwon, South Korea 

Letter of Commendation, US Congressman Fred Upton, MI 6th District 

Letter ofr Appreciation, President Pil Gon Rhee, Korea Taekwondo Association. Seoul, South Korea (recognized by the South Korean Government) 

Letter of Appreciation, Mayor Robert Beutter, Mishawaka, IN 

Letter of Appreciation, Mayor Stephen J. Luecke, South Bend, IN 

1996 

Letter of Apprecation, Mayor Robert Beutter, Mishawaka, IN 

Letter of Appreciation, Mayor Joseph E. Kernan, South Bend, IN 

1993 

Letter of Appreciation, Cordinator lesley Hog, Young Middle School, Mishawaka, IN 

1992 

Letter of Appreciation, Ms. Barbara Marin, Stanly Clark Elementary School. South Bend, IN 

1989 

Letter of Appreciation, Sueperintendant Dwight Steven, Ph.D., Stevens Point Area Public School District, Stevens Point, WI 

Letter of Appreciation, Mayor Elmo Gonzalez, Laporte, IN 

1987 

Letter of Commendation, Dr. Un Yong Kim, President of the Kukkiwon & Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, Seoul South Korea 

Recognition for Outstanding Community Service, Chief of Police Randy Lacy Clay, Nappannee Police Department, Nappanee, IN 
 

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