Grand Master Hwang, promoted to 9th Degree in 1997 by General Choi Hong Hi himself, has been a loyal and dedicated student of General Choi since meeting him in 1967. He has learned Taekwon-Do from the founder non-stop since then until The General's passing in 2002. Grand Master Hwang spent the last decade of the General's life literally by his side as his servant, his confidant and most importantly, as his loyal student. Given the continuous Taekwon-Do Career with the General in excess of 35 years, Grand Master Hwang is without a doubt a valued asset to the pool of knowledge and experience that completes the legacy of Taekwon-Do today. His knowledge of Modern Taekwon-Do as the General envisioned it is arguably unparalleled.
Grand Master Hwang fervently believes that Taekwon-Do as the General taught it should be preserved and the various ITF systems be unified once again. To that end, Grand Master Hwang has founded the Unified ITF to continue this legacy and everyone true to Taekwon-Do are invited to partake in this effort.
Grand Master Hwang has a long and decorated career in Taekwon-Do with General Choi Hong Hi. 1971 marked the year Grandmaster Hwang was invited to the US and first taught an accredited class at Manchester Community Technical College, and then one year later in 1972 he opened his first Taekwon-Do school. In 1974, Grandmaster Hwang graduated from the first International Taekwon-Do Federation Instructors course held by General Choi, Hong Hi in Montrï¿½al Canada. He also graduated from the ITF Umpires course. Grandmaster Hwang also happens to be one of three Grandmasters (9th Degree black belts) ever promoted by General Choi, Hong Hi. The others being Grandmaster Rhee Ki Ha of the UK, and Grandmaster Charles Sereff of the US.
Grandmaster Hwang has served as Director of the USA Junior Taekwon-Do team every Junior World Championships since 1990 and was the 1989 and 1992 USA Senior Taekwon-Do Team Director. Grandmaster Hwang served as special assistant to General Choi, was the Official Spokesman of the ITF, served as Chairman of the ITF Promotion and Merger Committees and additionally, as Secretary General of the ITF.
Grandmaster Hwang currently oversees many Instructors, Master Instructors, and Schools throughout the world. He travels and gives seminars in places such as Aruba, Australia, Canada, Greece, Italy, India, Ireland, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa and United Kingdom.