Philip Hwang, (Master Phil), is the owner and head instructor at Master Taekwondo. Master Phil is a Kukkiwon-certified 3rd degree Black Belt. Kukkiwon is the overseeing authority of all Black Belts in the world, working with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF); it also oversees taekwondo in the Olympics.
In 1992, at the age of 8, Master Phil began training under Grand Master Santangelo who achieved the level of 8th Dan in taekwondo under the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF). The ITF is another highly respected global authority for taekwondo.
When Master Phil entered Middle School and then High School, his years of taekwondo training became invaluable as he participated in wrestling, track, and hockey.
Master Phil continued his taekwondo training post-high school, and in 2007, began training under Grand Master Shin who has achieved the level of 6th Dan in Taekwondo, certified by Kukkiwon; Grand Master Shin was also a distinguished member of the South Korean National Taekwondo Team that competed around the world.
While attending Temple University, Master Phil joined Temple’s Taekwondo Team. Upon graduating in 2008, he was invited by the University to become the team’s Assistant Coach. Because of his exceptional skill and his ability to positively influence and motivate the team, the University selected him to lead as the coach of the team. Master Phil served as the Head Coach of Temple University’s Taekwondo Team from 2010-2013.
In 2013, Master Phil began training under Grand Master Goh, a 9th Dan in Taekwondo, certified by Kukkiwon. Master Phil currently trains under Grand Master Goh.
AWARDS / ACHIEVEMENTS
(under Master Phil’s leadership)
4 USA Taekwondo National Championships / WTF sanctioned
10 State Medalists USA Taekwondo State Championships / WTF sanctioned
12 Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference (ECTC) Team Medals / WTF sanctioned
1 Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference (ECTC) TOP DIVISION TEAM TITLES / WTF sanctioned