Bio for Mr. Michael Munyon
West/Grand Master Chang Young Sil/Senior Grand Master Hee Kwan Lee) and International TaeKwon-Do Federation (ITF) Tae Kwon Do (Master Robert
N.Wheatley). Also has minor introduction to Shorin-ji Kempo (Sensei Jon Fukashima), Jow-Gar (Sifu Sam Chan), Savate (French Kickboxing) from Captain
Rudy Umek, Air Force Security Forces Defensive Tactics (Which consists of ASP and O.C. certification) and Tactical Hand-Cuffing by the Nevada
P.O.S.T. for Correctional Officers. Mr. Munyon is originally from the state of Michigan. Additionally, Mr. Munyon A.K.A. MSgt Munyon is enlisted in the United
States Air Force where he is a member of the Air Force Security Forces. His plans are to retire from the Air Force and then teach martial arts full time in
Mr. Munyon has been in numerous newspapers in Kuwait, South Korea, Montana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, and California for his contributions to the
martial arts and his community. Also, Mr. Munyon has been in Sports Karate International Magazine (Issue #51 in 1995) and numerous issues of Tae Kwon
Do Times Magazine. The American Forces Radio/Television Network conducted a story on Mr. Munyon for all his work he has done for the military and for his
position as the Armed Forces Director for the United States International TaeKwon-Do Federation (US-ITF)
In 1996, Mr. Munyon received his rated Instructor and Umpire/Referee certification from the USA-Korean Karate Association. Was also selected to be the
Michigan State Representative for the USA-KKA in 1996-1997. Selected once again as the Nevada State Representative in 1998-1999. While stationed at
Kunsan Air Base in South Korea, Mr.Munyon was appointed by Master Robert Wheatley, President of the United States International Tae Kwon Do
Federation as the Armed Forces Director for the USITF. Due to his affiliation and training, Mr. Munyon can issue world-wide recognized rank through the
International Tae Kwon Do Federation. Mr. Munyon has also completed several; International Instructors Courses hosted by Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa,
President of the Do, General Choi Hong Hi.
In 2013 Mr. Munyon earned his 4th Degree Black Belt and Master Instructor title through Senior Grand Master Hee Kwan Lee and the Global HapKiDo
1988 Appointed as an Assistant Instructor at Wurtsmith AFB Pre-Teen Center, Oscoda, Michigan
1992 Appointed Assistant Instructor at Malmstrom AFB Youth Center, Great Falls, Montana
1995 Senior Instructor at the Jade Dragon Karate Academy, Great Falls, Montana
1996 USA-Korean Karate Association State Representative and Examiner for the State of Michigan
1997 USA-Korean Karate Association Chief Instructor/State Representative at the Munyon's TaeKwon Do Academy, Carson City, Nevada
1999 Chief Instructor Martin's TaeKwon Do Academy, Lompoc, California
2000 Senior Instructor at the Wheatley's TaeKwon Do Academy, Lompoc, California
2001 Started the first TaeKwon Do Academy at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kingdom of Kuwait during OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH
2002 Chief Instructor at the Munyon's TaeKwon Do Academy, Gunsan City, South Korea, Kunsan Air Base
2003 Conducted numerous Ho Sin Sul workshops at Ali Al Salem Air Base during OPERATIONS ENDURING AND IRAQI FREEDOM
2003 to current Private lessons to numerous black belts on the Mississippi Gulf Coast
2004 Conducts the first ever TaeKwon-Do P.T. program at Keesler Air Force Base (Free of Charge) to members of the 81 Training Wing.
2004 Munyon's TaeKwon Do Academy, Keesler AFB, MS
2004 Appointed Keesler Air Force Base Security Forces Defensive Tactics Instructor
2005 Conducted Rifle Fighting Seminars, Keesler AFB, MS
2007 Operated the Ali Base Korean Martial Arts program, Muscle Beach Gym, Iraq
2008 Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Women's Self Defense Seminar, Keesler AFB.
2009 Trained United States Strategic Command Elite Guard personnel in Self Defense Tactics
July 2009 to 2011, MSgt Munyon trained Security Forces Members in Krav Maga twice per week.
Nov 2009, Mr. Munyon teaches HapKiDo at Mid West Taekwon-Do in Omaha, Nebraska on Tuesday nights until 2010.
2011 Kandahar Airfield (Mr. Munyon taught at the Army Community Center establishing Munyon's Korean Martial Arts Academy Afghanistan)
2012-2013 Trained members of the 51st Security Forces Squadron Defensive Tactics and Self Defense techniques while assigned to the Security Forces
TaeKwon Do Black Belt Rank Dates:
First Degree Black Belt was awarded to Mr. Munyon in the spring of 1988 at Hoffman Moo Duk Kwan Institutes.
Second Degree Black Belt was awarded to Mr. Munyon on 26 May 1994 From the Hae San Martial Arts Association (Black Belt ID number AP6580)
Third Degree Black Belt was awarded to Mr. Munyon on 3 August 1996 by the USA-Korean Karate Association (MT0896TO1BB-JDKA)
Fourth Degree Black Belt was awarded to Mr. Munyon on 19 May 2000 by the USTF/ITF (A-4-369).
Fifth Degree Black Belt was awarded to Mr. Munyon on 24 July 2004 by the USITF/ITF (USA-5-1016)
Sixth Degree Black Belt was awarded to Mr. Munyon on 23 October 2010 by the USITF/ITF (USA-6-1018)
Master Munyon trained in HapKiDo in Great Falls, MT from 1995-1996 at the Jade Dragon Karate Academy.
While stationed at Kunsan Air Base 2002-2003, Master Munyon trained under Grand Master Oh, 8th Dan in Kuk Sool HapKiDo
Upon returning from Korea Master Munyon continued his HapKiDo training under Grand Master J.R. West in Jackson, MS.
In 2012 to 2013 Master Munyon Trained under Grand Master Chang Young Sil at Osan Air Base.
While in Korea, Master Munyon teamed up with Senior Grand Master Hee Kwan Lee and joined the Global HapKiDo Association.
MSgt Munyon was a certified Krav Maga instructor for military and law enforcement personnel as of 13 July 2009.
2012 Feb 17 6th Annual Art of Taekwon-do Seminar
2011 Nov 12 Master Wheatley Specialty Seminar (All Star Taekwon-Do N.J.)
2007 Grand Master Rhee Ki Ha and Grand Master Hwang Kwang Sung seminar, Crestview, FL
2007 Master Robert N. Wheatley/Master Trevor Nicholls Master Class Seminar, Reno, NV
2006 Grand Master Hwang Fundamentals Seminar, Crestview, FL
2006 Master Robert N. Wheatley's US ITF Summer Camp, Reno, NV
2006 Master Class Seminar with Master Robert N. Wheatley and Master Trevor Nicholls, Norristown, PA
2006 Master Class with Grand Master Choi Jung Hwa, Pleasanton, CA
2005 Master Robert N. Wheatley's US ITF Summer Camp, Reno, NV
2005 International Instructor's Course / TaeKwon Do 50th Anniversary Celebration held in Atlantic City, NJ
2004 Master Robert N. Wheatley's US ITF Summer Camp, Reno, NV
2004 International Instructors Course held in Houston, TX
2004 Mike Morningstar Fundamental Training Seminar in NJ
2003 Master Wheatley Breaking Seminar in Lompoc, CA
2000 Master Choi Jung Hwa Reunion Seminar hosted by Master Wheatley
Other Event Include:
2012 United States Kido Federation Umpire/Referee Certification Course
2011 Five Elements Massage, Martial Arts and Oriental Health Intro to Shiatsu by Mrs. Michelle Helaney
2010 Midwest martial Arts League Instructor Training Clinic
2009 USKMAF 30th Annual Korean Martial Arts seminar, Jackon, MS
2009 Northern Virginia HapKiDo seminar, Fairfax, VA
2008 Dr. He Young Kimm, Founder of the Han Mu Do, Judo/Yudo/Yu Sool seminar
2007 USKMAF Annual Korean Martial Arts seminar, Jackson, MS
2007 Dr. He Young Kimm's Yudo/Judo seminar taught annually at G.M. J.R. West's dojang, Jackson, MS.
2006 Ground Fight Seminar, Jackson, MS
2006 Law Enforcement H2H Seminar, Jackson, MS
2006 USKMAF 24th International Seminar, Jackson, MS
2005 Dr. He Young Kimm/Grand Master West, Hapkido, Yudo and Judo Seminar
2004 Dr. He Young Kimm/Master West Hapkido, Yudo and Judo Seminar
2004 Master Troy Smith's Hapkido Seminar
2004 Master Jack Hogans Pressure Point Seminar
1996 USA-KKA Empire Course
1996 USA-KKA Instructors Course
1996 USA-KKA Business Seminar/School Charter
International TaeKwon Do Federation Headquarters (South Korea)
Global Hapkido Association
United States TaeKwon Do Federation
USA-Korean Karate Association
World Tang Soo Do Federation
Hae San Martial Arts Association
Montana Kenpo/Kung Fu Society
Kenpo 2000 Family
International HapKiDo Federation (GM Chang Young Sil)
Independent Freestyle TaeKwon Do Institutes
Current Instructors of Mr. Munyon:
HapKiDo: Senior Grand Master Hee Kwan Lee, Battle Creek, MI
Taekwon-Do: Mentored/Advisor: Master Peter Sanders/Master Zibby Kruk
Mr. Munyon has competed in numerous martial art tournaments all over Michigan, Montana, California and Mississippi and won literally dozens of
trophies and medals for his skills. During Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Mr. Munyon taught (free of charge) martial arts to the
troops at Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait, Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia and Ali Base, Iraq. Mr. Munyon received a letter of appreciation from the
Services Commander for all of his volunteer work and assisting the military to stay mentally and physically prepared for war. Mr. Munyon received the Military
Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for teaching martial arts to military members all over the U.S.A. and overseas. To qualify for this you must have a
minimum of 500 hours of volunteer work. Mr. Munyon exceeded that by twice the needed time. Hand selected as the 81 Security Forces Defensive Tactics
Instructor along with teaching members of the 81 Training Wing Rifle Fighting during their Pre-deployment training. Currently Mr.Munyon also authors articles
on a regular basis for Totally TKD Magazine. The board of Grand Masters and Masters of the Masters Hall of Fame inducted Mr. Munyon for his
contributions and longevity in the martial arts. While at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, Master Sergeant Munyon received recognition coin from the base commander
for his Women's Self Defense clinics. In 2013, Master Munyon competed and medaled in the Korea Moo Moo Kwan HapKiDo World Championships.