Grandmaster Soon Ho Chang is the Executive Director of AFMAC, Inc. Nearly 50 years of martial arts training has distinguished him as one of the most respected martial artists of our time. He received his First Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do at the age of twelve, and his First Degree Black Belt in Judo at the age of sixteen. After the Korean War he was admitted to the prestigious “Korean Judo College”, a professional martial arts university. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, with distinction, in Physical Education. He graduated with Master Instructor degrees in: Jungol-Sa (Ancient Chiropractic Way), Judo, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, and Kendo (Sword).
Grandmaster Chang now holds numerous black belts, including 7th Dan Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Karate, 7th Dan Red and White Belt in Judo, and 8th Dan Black Belts in Kyuki Do (Korean Ninja) and Tang Soo Do. His teaching experience includes instructing at the Korean Judo College, the Seoul Central YMCA, Seoul City Police Academy, and the U. S. 8th Army Headquarters in Yong San, Korea. After traveling to Malaysia, he served as Chief Martial Arts Instructor to the Malaysian Armed Forces and Police Forces. Additionally, he held the position of Resident Chief Instructor at the Kuching Judo and Karate Association (now the Tang Soo Do Moo Do Kwon Headquarters).
Grandmaster Chang’s credentials in the U. S. include teaching positions at Lehigh University, Moravian College, and his own school, Zhang Sah, in Norristown, PA. Many of Grandmaster Chang’s students have competed successfully at the regional and national levels. The entire Chang family is involved in the martial arts. Grandmaster Chang’s wife, Sook-Hi, is a Black Belt. Their eldest son, Ho-Choong, was Captain of the Yale Karate Team. Their second son, Ho-Tae, founded the Penn Tae Kwon Do Club. Their youngest son, Ho-San, started a club at Princeton.
Grandmaster Chang is very closely involved with our program here at Family Martial Arts Center. He periodically reviews our techniques and the progress of our instructors and students to ensure a high level of quality in training. He personally judges all of the Black Belt tests at AFMAC. We are indeed fortunate to have the involvement of Grandmaster Chang in our program.