About Master Hyong

Master Namsoo Hyong began studying Tae Kwon Do at the age of nine, when his elder brother, Nam Kwon Hyong, introduced him to their traditional family education. He continued this training until the age of 14, when Nam Kwon left Korea to study Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At this time Namsoo joined his high school Tae Kwon Do team, and soon after joined a local Academy, both of which focused primarily of Tae Kwon Do as a competative sport. Namsoo continued this training for 10 years, rising through the ranks of Korean national competitors.

In 1980, Namsoo joined his brother in the United States and took over the Academy Nam Kwon had established in Champaign, IL, as well as the Illini Tae Kwon Do club at the University of Illinios. From 1980-1984, both masters continued to participate in Tae Kwon Do competition through the Amateur Athletic Union.

In 1984 Master Hyong began to change his philosophy and teaching style toward Tae Kwon Do, transforming his practice from a competitive orientation into one of emphasizing individual self-improvement. He realized that competition was an inadequate means of achieving the ends of Martial Arts practice: physical, psychological and philisophical development. For a thorough discussion of this issue, see Master Hyong's article published in the April 1994 issue of Tae Kwon Do Times.

In 1990, Master Hyong established "Moo Do Tae Kwon Do", which translates as the "art" of Tae Kwon Do, as opposed to "sport." In 1993, Master Hyong was the first to write about and publicize Tae Kwon Do in this way, presenting a paper entitled "Tae Kwon Do at a Crossroads: Some Thoughts About its Future" at a conference held by Michigan State University entitled "Transfromation in the Korean Peninsula Toward the 21st Century: Peace, Unity, and Progress." Master Hyong is continuing to develop this new and uncharted territory in Martial Arts practice.