About Master Ji
My name is Il Hwan Ji, Master of Taekwondo.
I always do my best no matter the challenges I face and have no fear of failure. I grew up in a very tight-knit family. Since I moved to the United States from Korea in 2008, they have supported and encouraged me to fulfill my dreams. It’s been hard not being able to see them and only talk by phone. I am very grateful for my family and strive to make them proud of me in everything I do. Their support gave me the courage to leave Korea and come to this country, which has given me the opportunity to pursue my dreams. Because of that, I’d like to give back to our community the same support that it has been given to me.
In Korea, I was an internationally recognized Taekwondo Master. I was five years old when I first started Taekwondo. Since then I have participated and won many National Championships and three International Championships. After high school graduation, I thought carefully about my future. At that time, I believed my best option for helping me achieve my goals was to enlist in the Republic of Korea Marine Corps. From the Marines, I learned responsibility, dedication and perseverance. I also learned what it means to be a leader from one of the best organizations in the world. I learned how to work in a team as well as work independently. Most of all, I learned what it means to be “a man of integrity”. I was appointed as a Taekwondo trainer for the Marines and participated on a demonstration team that taught Taekwondo to my comrades. Because of that experience, now I am dependable and dedicated to my profession.
Since I’ve dreamt of being the best, it was an easy decision to enroll in college. In college, with my bright and positive attitude, I knew I would meet friends from all over the world. I have an out-going personality which makes it easy for me to develop friendships. This multicultural experience, I believe, has given me the skills to do well in various settings and environments. In college I majored in Martial Arts. I received higher grades than anyone else in class; therefore my professor recommended me to go to the United States.
I feel my biggest strength is to think positively all the time. I am able to think of creative solutions for the problems I encounter. With this in mind, I can produce better results at work. Also, I am not afraid to learn new things as the only way to better oneself is through experience. You will find that I am easily approachable. I am a positive instructor with a good sense of humor. My strengths lie in my interpersonal skills and my persuasion skills in my ability to keep my students interested in learning. I possess an intuitive sense of people’s talents and have the ability to bring those talents out.