Born in Korea in 1944, Jun Chong began his Tae Kwon Do training at the age of 6. His family moved to Washington State several years later, and as a young black belt he began training in Hapkido with the legendary Master Sea Oh Choi.
At the age of 24, Grandmaster Chong opened his first martial arts school in Rosemead. Three years later, in 1972, he opened the Mid-Wilshire school. In 1978, Black Belt Magazine voted him “Instructor of the Year.” Grandmaster Chong holds a 9th degree black belt in Hapkido, and an 8th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, as well as a 7th Degree Black Belt in Goju-Ryu and a 2nd degree Black Belt in Kendo. He trains in Ju-Jitsu, Aikido, Kendo, Boxing, Escrima and is an expert in the use of numerous weapons.
Grandmaster Chong has had many starring movie roles including “Ninja Turf”, “Street Soldiers”, “Silent Assassins” and “Maximum Cage Fighting”. These roles have gained him worldwide popularity. Some of the famous students of Master Chong include: Phillip Rhee (“Best of the Best”), Simon Rhee, Jay Leno, Dr. Robert Rey (Dr. 90210), Lorenzo Lamas, Ian Thomas Griffith, and Sugar Ray Leonard.
The Jun Chong system is now taught in over 100 Do Jangs around the world thanks to the Instructional videos, Seminars, as well as the many Jun Chong black belts that have gone on to open studios of their own.
Master Chong is proud of his schools as well his international reputation as an instructor. His wife Ada and daughter Joanna are black belts, and their youngest children Kathy and Yong are eagerly following in their footsteps.