is Taekwondo, Makegeolli is Makegeolli!”
Master Chang 2003
Chang and the SANGROK Way.
Master Chang started learning Taekwondo
at the age of ten. His Master was Lee Jong-woo, who are now
vice president of the Kukkiwon. His first teaching job was while
he was in the military, where he was the Korean marines Taekwondo
instructor and member of their competition team. When he left
the military Master Chang opened SANGROK gym in 1979 with the
aim of spreading the practice and beliefs of Taekwondo to those
outside Korea. While working to achieve that aim Master Chang
has taught Taekwondo to students from many countries. He founded
Indian Taekwondo and many of his non Korean pupils have opened
there own gyms around the world. There are SANGROK gyms in England,
Norway, US, Israel, Germany and India.
Chang looks 32 and moves like he is 22!
He is married with family, who live in the academy as well.
He speaks extremely good English and is great company.
He likes to play football after training (just try and beat
and to drink makgeolli (traditional Korean turbid rice-wine).
He is a great man, loved by all his students.
The Meaning of SANGROK
'SANGROK' means an ever-green tree that is always growing and
represents a cycle of constant renewal and growth. Master Chang
lives the SANGROK way which contains all the traditional beliefs
of Taekwondo, such as respect and etiquette combined with a
belief that life is here to be enjoyed. The SANGROK way of Taekwondo
believes that promises must be kept and that all are welcome
to learn Taekwondo the SANGROK way. The SANGROK way believes
that Taekwondo will be with us throughout our lives and that
we should practice it accordingly. The SANGROK way of Taekwondo
offers not only the combination of high energy modern competitive
training and traditional style taegeuk poomsae, but also a chance
to learn firsthand about living the Taekwondo way.
World Taekwondo Academy is a very special place. It gives the
unique opportunity for learning directly from Master Chang in
Korea. The SANGROK academy is recommended by the Kukkiwon for
foreigners who want to come to Korea for Taekwondo training.
If you telephone the Kukkiwon and ask about Taekwondo training
in Seoul for foreign students, they will recommend SANGROK.
Those who come to SANGROK find that not only do they train extremely
hard but also they become quickly accepted in to the SANGROK
family. This gives the opportunity to experience Korean culture,
experience their way of life and take trips that would otherwise
be unavailable to other foreigners in Seoul.
Chang represents a life time of Taekwondo experience. He is
extremely good at taking any students, beginner or instructor
to the next level of their Taekwondo. The SANGROK way of Taekwondo
is Master Chang’s fluid, dynamic and unified styles of Taekwondo.
He has been developing and thinking about the best way to practice
Taekwondo over the past forty years putting him in a position
to answer any questions about why we do things the way we do
Chang understands well both the traditional style of Taekwondo
and the modern sties. Master Chang has helped students who have
learned the many different styles of Taekwondo in the world
today. Master Chang respects that students have learned differently
and because he has been teaching foreigners for so long, is
very good at showing them the next step in their Taekwondo.
amount of time that students spend in SANGROK varies hugely.
Some students come for periods of over a year, while others
come for only a couple of days or few weeks. But many instructors
come for a few weeks every year to learn new techniques. Taekwondo
teams are very welcome at SANGROK. Students looking to grade
in the Kukkiwon must stay for over six months as this is WTF