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Master Yong Taek Chung came to the United States and settled in the midwest in 1974. Though he brought with him an incredible lineage (an early student in the original Chung Do Kwan), he started his teaching in Kansas City with some very simple surroundings. He taught outdoors in a park. He used a borrowed room at Fort Leonard Wood for classes. Some of his students met with him in the fencing room at U.M.K.C. And, he held classes on the campus at the Kansas City Art Institute.  After a ChungsKarate2couple of years he opened a storefront at 514 West 75th Street. It was at that location that he remained for most of the rest of his teaching career. Towards the latter part, just before he retired, Master Chung opened a 2nd location in Overland Park, Kansas.


There were many students that came through his doors. Quite a few moved away and started Tae Kwon Do schools of their own and some are still teaching today. All who trained at Chung’s were indelibly marked for life with memories of that time. Dr. Stephen Cheek, Master Tracy Salamander, Regan Salamander, Jim Fuchs, Cliff Estes, Master Tom
Duncan, Dr. Steve Yingling, Owen Gann, Rebecca Ofisch, Melanie Willis, Steve Covey, Master Tom Goonan, Dave VanDyne, Greg Brant, Larry Jordan, Chuck McCann, Larry Sells, MasterChungsKarate4 Rudolph Muhammad, Master David DiBella, and Master David Blevins are just a few of the cast of characters. If you are reading this page and were a student of Master Chung please email us at info@bluewavestl.com so that we can include you here.


Classes were tough. The schedule was set in stone for years. Monday – Wednesday – Friday Kids class was at 4:30 p.m. Adult beginners was at 5:30 and Adult advanced at 6:30. There was also a Saturday class at 10:00 a.m. At one point, thanks to (and lead by) Tom Duncan we added Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 Adult advanced class to the schedule. And, for a while, Tracy Salamander lead a class on Sunday mornings that was pretty popular. One thing was for sure – when you came to class on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday you would see

ChungsKarate3Master Chung. He actually taught all of those classes. Some of the black belts assisted with the kids classes but Master Chung was always there and always taught. Basics, forms and sparring. Like clockwork every class. Basics, forms and sparring. Always demanding. Always tough. And so, so tiring! What became of it? Where are you today?