Grandmaster Yang was born Feb. 10, 1942 in a small village in Korea. He began studying sword at a young age and switched to what later became known as Tae Kwon Do. He earned his Black Belt under Master Chong Gil Hong in 1952. He served on the Presidential Bodyguard Staff of Korean President Park. As a college student in Korea, he studied law.
On May 3, 1970, Choon Mo Yang arrived in Columbus, Ohio with $1.50 in his pocket. Choon Mo had a vision of planting a seed of Tae Kwon Do here. He started by teaching and living at the downtown Columbus YMCA. He eventually established a number of Do Jangs (practice studios) in various parts of town, including the East Town Street location, two on Cleveland Ave., West Broad St. As his fame grew, was invited to teach at the Ohio University Creative Arts Program, Westerville Public Schools, several branch YMCAs all over the city. Through his Black Belt Instructors, he was responsible for classes at the Worthington Community center, The Arlington Community, the Grandview Senior Center, center, the Continental Athletic Club, Harrisburg Community center as well as many YMCA including, Northland, Eldon Ward, Powell, Hilliard, Pickerington, Groveport and The Valley View YMCA just to name a few. Today, he has numerous classes currently at over a dozen locations.
Grand Master Yang has conducted hundreds of outdoor training camps, every month of the Year, Hoover Dam assemblies, parades and countless demonstrations, breaking thousands of boards, participated in numerous community events such as the Columbus Art Festival, Health fairs, the Columbus Asian Festival and marched in the Hilltop Parade, the 4th of July Lincolns Village Parade, and Westerville Parade and the Memorial Day Parade at Grandview.
Grand Master Yang received many awards for Best Participation in the Parade.. He has appeared in Black Belt Magazine twice in 1981 and 1986, the National ADD Association Newsletter in 1994 and Traditional TKD magazine in 2000. In 1999 an Award winning Documentary entitled the Master in the Mountain was finished and shown at the World Premiere in Columbus OH, later playing on education Television, reaching an estimated quarter million viewers.
Grand Master Yang has received awards, certificates, and recognitions from State Governors, U.S. Congressmen, Columbus Mayors, and numerous dignitaries. He has been show on television many times, on news shows, films of parades and various demonstrations. His picture and numerous newsstories have appeared in the Ohio State University Lantern, the Columbus Dispatch, the Westside Messenger, the North West News, the Arlington News, the US Asian, and others. With more classes, bigger enrollment, and 45 years of history, the estimate now would be a total of at least 40,000 students, touched by his hand, and probably more.
Though many students study, attaining the rank of Black Belt is extremely difficult and of all these students only a few hundred have become 1st Degree Black Belts or higher. He automatically became a Grand Master when he promoted his first students to the rank of Master. He has since promoted one of his students to the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt, three of his students to the rank of 6th Degree Black Belt, and several to the first Master rank of 5th Degree Black Belt.
Grand Master Choon Mo Yang, our honored teacher continues to be extremely active, continuing to hold year round out door camps, teach classes, adding new students, giving public demonstrations, leading parades. He is the longest continually teaching Tae Kwon Do Master in central Ohio and his students are proud to follow his leadership.