Myung Seok Seo
Pin # 1602
Grandmaster Myung Seok Seo was born
in August, 1943, in Gambong Ri, Goom Hwa Eub, Chul Won Kun, Kang Won
Do. In 1962, he graduated from Bo In High School in Seoul and
continued higher education at Dong Ah University in Pusan where he
graduated in 1966.
After College, Grandmaster Seo was
commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Korean Army and his first
assignment was to serve in the United Nations Army Ranger Force in
the Vietnam War.
In 1968, he was assigned as an
instructor to the Korean Combat Police, training special units for
combat missions. His extensive experience and knowledge in the
martial arts earned him a place in the Military Advisory Group in
Vietnam (MAGV) where he taught over 7,000 South Vietnamese military
In recognition for his services in
the Vietnam War, Grandmaster Seo received a citation for Honorable
Service and Teaching Excellence in Vietnam in 1970. A year later, he
was presented an Award of Commendation from Lieutenant General Vien
of the South Vietnamese Army. For his exemplary service and
dedication he was promoted to the rank of Captain that same year.
After his military service,
Grandmaster Seo moved to Miri Sarawak and worked as the Chief
Instructor for the East Malaysia Tang Soo Do Association for nearly
two years. Then, in March 1974, he became the Chief Instructor for
the Brunei Tang Soo Do Association in Brunei, off the coast of
Malaysia. Due to his prominent reputation, he became the personal
instructor to the royal family in Brunei. His career in Malaysia
concluded in August of that year, when Grand Master Won Kook Lee
invited him to teach Tang Soo Do in the United States. He moved to
America and for two months served as Chief Instructor for the
American Council on Karate Instruction, Inc. at Grandmaster Won Kook
Lee's Karate Studio. In October 1974, Grandmaster Seo opened his
first martial arts school,
Myung's Institute of Tang Soo Do, in Waldorf, Maryland.
Since then he has taught over 3,000
students in Southern Maryland alone and 25,000 students in 9
different countries. Kwan Jang Nim Seo's Dan credentials include 1st
through 5th certifications from Grandmaster Hwang Kee between 1954
and 1971, 6th Dan from Grandmaster Won Kook Lee in 1976, 7th Dan
from Grandmaster Hwang Hee in 1981 and his 8th Dan from Grandmaster
Kang Uk Lee in 1989.
He is also the author of "Traditional
Tang Soo Do - Volume 1" published in 1998.