Grand Master Jun Chong


 

  • 9th dan black belt Tae Kwon Do
  • 9th dan Hapkido

 

Born in Korea in 1944, Jun Chong began his Tae Kwon Do training at the age of 6. His family immigrated to America years later, and as a black belt he began training and teaching in Hapkido with legendary Master Sea Oh Choi.  At age 24, Master Chong opened his first school in Rosemead, and 3 years later purchased a second school on Wilshire Blvd. from a good friend, Chuck Norris.  This school would later become Jun Chong Tae Kwon Do Headquarters.  By 1978, Black Belt Magazine voted Jun Chong “Instructor of the Year.”  Some of his students have included Phillip Rhee (Best of the Best), Simon Rhee (Race to Witch Mountain), Jay Leno, Sam Jones (Flash Gordon), Dr. Robert Rey (Dr. 90210), Mark Hicks (Rush Hour), David Alan Grier (In Living Color), and Bill “Superfoot” Wallace.  Grandmaster Jun Chong now holds a 9th degree black belt in Hapkido and Tae Kwon Do, a 7th degree in Goju-Ryu, and a 2nd degree in Kendo. His background includes Aikido, Karate, and even boxing. He continues to learn new styles of martial arts today like Jiu-Jitsu, Escrima, and Iaido, and is an expert in the use of numerous weapons.


 

Instructor Bios


James Goller

  • 4th dan Black belt Tae Kwon Do
  • 4th dan Black belt Hapkido
  • Blue belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • 2nd Kyu Aikido
  • 1st Kyu Kendo

James Goller began training Kempo Karate with the Ed Parker system at age 5 and Tae Kwon Do at age 15 with the legendary Master Hee Il Cho, receiving his brown belt at age 18. He has been training with Grandmaster Jun Chong since 1982 received his black belt in 1991. He has competed in numerous local and international tournaments, was featured in the LA Times and various martial arts magazines, and has studied numerous weapons including escrima and nunchuks and Kendo. As the owner of the Martial Arts Center, Master Goller’s teaching specialties are with children and those with special needs. His classes focus on the curriculum work while being fun and giving personalized attention to each student. He is a daily mountain bike rider, three time marathoner, has over 50 open water scuba dives, Iyengar and Chinese Yoga student, and a black diamond skiier. He is the father of Elsie and Stephen Goller.


Armen Safarian

  • 3rd dan Black belt Tae Kwon Do
  • 3rd dan Hapkido

Mr. Safarian trained at Jun Chong Tae Kwon Do for 6 years when he received his black belt in 1999. He fought on the black belt team who won gold in sparring at our local tournaments for 4 years before moving to Colorado. He taught martial arts for several years at an affiliated school before returning to Los Angeles early 2010. Students enjoy Mr. Safarian’s class because he brings out their “fire and spirit” while also providing a great workout and good sparring skills.


Greg Williams

  • 7th dan Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
  • 7th Hapkido

Greg Williams began Martial Arts training with Chuck Norris in 1972. When Grand Master Jun Chong took-over Master Norris’ Wilshire Tang Soo Do dojang Master Williams stayed and became first Jun Chong Tae Kwon Do Black-Belt in 1975 Currently a 7th Dan Black Belt, Grandmaster Williams has co taught the Saturday morning Black Belt Class since the mid 80's and teaches Tai chi at 7:30 Am at the Santa Monica Branch. He is the father of Master Mason and Shelby Williams, both accomplished Black Belts and instructors with Jun Chong Tae Kwon do. His motto is: No Fear is the Ultimate Joy!


Daniel Dvorsky

  • 5th dan Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
  • 5th dan Hapkido

Daniel Dvorsky began the study of Tae Kwon Do at age 15 in the East Bay under Jimmy C. Kim and later with Master Byong Yu. As an undergrad at USC, he studied on Master Chong Lee receiving his 1st degree Black Belt in May 1982. Master Dvorsky ran the USC TKD Club from 1980 to 1983, returning to LA in 1984 and began training and teaching with Grandmaster Jun Chong. Master Dvorsky's influences include Grandmaster B.H.Chong, Chong Lee, Phillip and Simon Rhee, Greg Williams, Dan Gibson, Ken Nagayama, Nick King, and many others before being acknowledged as 5th Degree Black Belt. Master Dvorsky has been teaching the Saturday morning Black belt class for over the mid 80's at Jun Chong Tae Kwon do and teaches and oversees the 7:30AM morning classes as well. Married with two great sons, Master Dvorsky is active in many activities including weight lifting, core training, surfing, trail running, snow boarding, and active yoga.


Dexter Parker

  • 4th dan black belt Tae Kwon Do
  • 4th dan Hapkido

Master Parker received his black belt in 1979 and has continued to teach, compete, and train since then. His martial arts knowledge includes his many years of Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido (4th dan), Escrima, Jeet Kun Do (level 2), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Iaido. He is best known for his killer workouts and powerful skills in sparring. Master Parker strives to reach the full potential of every student and ensure that every class challenging, fun, and a great workout.
Read more about his teaching philosophy and Expectations.


Phillip Herbst

  • 3rd dan Black Belt Tae Kwon Do
  • 3rd dan Hapkido

Phillip Herbst has Trained in the Jun Chong system for over 20 years and has competed in many tournaments fighting as an individual and a team leader. Mr. Herbst is an avid Surfer and trail runner with a love of nature and the outdoors. His classes emphasis training and conditioning which focuses on perfect kicking, balance and stamina. He has been teaching the 7:30 AM classes since 1996.


Spencer Groh

  • 1st dan Black belt Tae Kwon Do
  • Hapkido

Mr. Groh started training at the Martial Arts Center when we was just 7 years old. He received his black belt in 2006 and immediately became a teacher’s assistant for all children's classes because he works so well with kids. Mr. Groh believes in good fundamentals and basic techniques and knows that all students can benefit from the focus developed through martial arts.


Natasha Nemanim

  • 1st dan Black belt Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido

t was 4th grade when Ms. Nemanim started her first Tae Kwon Do class at the Martial Arts Center. She received her black belt in 2003 and shortly thereafter began teaching the children’s classes. Her favorite activity to teach is forms (“hyungs”) as she believes everything Tae Kwon Do is hidden in them. Her fondest memories of the Martial Arts Center has been when she was the captain of the Demo Team and being a competitor and referee at our annual tournaments.


Stephen Howison

  • 1st dan Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido
  • Black belt since 1994,
  • Teaching Since 2009.

Stephen Howison has trained with Jun Chong Martial Arts since he was in 1st grade at the Jun Chong Tae Kwon Do, North Hollywood branch. He comes from a family of black belts including his mother Diane, and his 2 sisters Heather and Caitlin. He was a member of the North Hollywood Demo team and has also trained in weapons including Escrima, Iaido, and various other weapons. He received his black belt in Taekwondo and Hapkido in 1994 and began teaching at the Wilshire school in 2009. Stephen is also involved in the military and trained in the Marine Corp Martial Arts Program.


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Joseph Melendez

 

First dan Black belt since 01/2017 Active in Hockey and Soccor leagues and a winner of multiple Gold medals in Tae Kwon Do