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Instructor Bios

“The class has helped my son with his ability to focus, follow instruction, and be more confident. In fact, now he is sometimes used as a class model for proper form. I was so inspired, I signed up for class too!"
-Tammy McCrary, Student, Mother and Personal Manager (Entertainment)

> Grandmaster Jun Chong
Grandmaster Jun Chong

9th dan black belt Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido

 

Jun Chong was born in South Korea and began learning Tae Kwon Do at the age of 8. Though innately shy, he eventually progressed to winning national and international competitions and knew early on that martial arts would be a very important part of his life. He immersed himself in various forms of styles including Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Judo, Aikido, and boxing.
As a perpetual learner, Grandmaster Chong has never stopped his training in Tae Kwon Do. He can be found teaching classes every day or advancing his expertise in Kendo, Iaido, Aikido, Escrima, and Jiu Jitsu.
> Master Phillip Rhee

Phillip Rhee

6th dan Tae Kwon Do, 3rd dan Hapkido,

1st dan Kendo
Black belt since the early 1970's
Teaching Since: 1976

 

Master Phillip Rhee began martial arts at the age of 4. Raised in San Francisco, he and his brother Simon both trained with Master Mark Choi, brother of Master Seo Choi, who was Jun Chong and Bruce Lee’s Master in Hapkido.
An instant bond was made between Master Jun Chong and the Rhee brothers when they traveled to Los Angeles to help teach classes at his new school. It was in Los Angeles that Master Rhee got into filmmaking by being an extra in Master Jun Chong’s earlier films. Since then, he has gone on to become a film actor, director, writer, and producer and is responsible for creating the “Best of the Best” film franchise. Through his many successes, he has still stayed committed to teaching at Jun Chong Tae Kwon Do and considers Master Jun Chong as his martial arts master, mentor and big brother.
Read more about his teaching Philosophy and Expectations here.
> Master Mason Williams
Master Mason Williams

4th dan Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido
Black belt since 1985,
Teaching Since: 1990

 

Mason Williams began studying at the age of 5 after being introduced to the art by his father, Master Greg Williams. Mason achieved his black belt at the age of 10 and decided that martial arts would be an integral part of his life from then on. He began teaching classes at the age of 15 and in college was a nationally ranked fighter for the University of California, Berkeley Tae Kwon Do team. After graduating, Mason returned and became Chief Instructor at the Wilshire Studio. In 2007, Mason achieved the mastery level of 4th dan and is thankful to be a part of Grandmaster Chong's legacy as he teaches the system that has made him who he is.
Read more about his teaching Philosophy and Expectations here.
> Mrs. Ada Chong
Mrs. Ada Chong

3rd dan Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido
Black Belt since 1993,
Teacher since 2000

 

Mrs. Chong has been involved in the martial arts for many years. Her original style was Tang Soo Do with Chuck Norris but received her black belt through Jun Chong Tae Kwon Do. She has since written articles for martial arts magazines and co-wrote a book on sparring with her husband, Grandmaster Jun Chong. Outside of martial arts, Ada is an Interpreter and Translator in Spanish (her native language) and an OSCHA consultant and trainer. She is also an expert knitter and gourmet chef; if you’re early enough to a Belt Ceremony you might be lucky to taste one of her homemade cookies and cakes!
Read more about her teaching Philosophy and Expectations here.
> Mr. Jonas Basom
Jonas Basom

3rd dan black belt Tae Kwon Do

 

Bio coming soon!

> Mr. Armen Safarian
Armen Safarian

2nd dan Black belt Tae Kwon Do/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.
> Mr. Yong Chong
Yong Chong

2nd dan Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido
Black belt since 2003,
Teaching since 2008

 

As Grandmaster Jun Chong's only son, Yong began training at 4 years old and achieved his black belt by 14. His martial arts knowledge includes Capoeira, Wu Shu, Jiu-Jitsu, Kendo, and various weapons like nunchuks and the bo staff, but his biggest passion is breakdancing (besides Tae Kwon Do of course!). Yong attends Pasadena City College and promotes his breakdancing crew in jams and competitions all over California. Check out his videos on YouTube, keywords "Zombie Hunterz."
Read more about his teaching Philosophy and Expectations here.
> Mr. Stephen Howison
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.
Read more about his teaching Philosophy and Expectations here.