History of the Oriental Moo-Do School

The Oriental Moo-Do School was founded by Grand Master Chan-Yong Kim in 1971 in Cerritos, California. The Oriental Moo-Do School teaches traditional Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Yudo. Over the years the School has expanded as some of the senior students have relocated to other locales within the state and country and have established new branches of the Oriental Moo-Do School. All branch schools are linked to the main school in Cerritos, California and come under the supervision of Grand Master Kim for testing and curriculum requirements. A brief profile of the school directors is provided below:

Grand Master Chan-Yong Kim; Cerritos, California

Grand Master Chan-Yong Kim holds a 9th degree black belt in Taekwondo, an 8th degree black belt in Yudo and a 6th degree black belt in Hapkido. After teaching Martial Arts to the 8th U.S. Army in Korea for 5 years, he traveled around the Pacific Rim to demonstrate and teach. He founded Taekwondo and Yudo schools in several countries, established the Australian Taekwondo Association, and coached the Australian Olympic Judo team before arriving in the United States in 1971.

Master Kim was the president of the California State Taekwondo Association from 1973 to 1991 and the Chairman of the World Taekwondo Federation’s International Referee Committee from 1989 to 1994. He served as a referee at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, as well as several World Games and a variety of international and national Taekwondo competitions. Master Kim currently teaches Taekwondo classes five days a week at the Oriental Moo-Do School in Cerritos, California, the school he founded 32 years ago. At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Master Kim served as the Taekwondo Competition Chairman.

Master Jimmy Kim; Laguna Niguel, California

Master Kim holds a 6th degree black belt from the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). He began his Taekwondo training at the age of two. Master Kim has competed in numerous international and national Taekwondo events, which culminated in his victory at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Korea winning the gold medal in the men’s heavyweight division for the United States. After graduating from the University of California at Berkley he went on to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractics. Master Kim, also known as Dr. Jimmy Kim, founded Jimmy Kim’s Taekwondo Center and the Laguna Niguel Chiropractic Clinic both in Laguna Niguel, California. Dr. Kim also serves as the medical advisor for the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association (NCTA).

Master Joseph Wolpert; Poway, California

Master Wolpert holds a 5th degree black belt in Taekwondo. He began studying Taekwondo in Saigon, South Vietnam in 1971. He has studied Shotokan Karate, Tang Soo Do, Moo Duk Kwan, Tai Chi, Aikido, Boxing, Jeet Kun Do, and San-Soo Kung Fu. He began studying under Grand Master Kim in Cerritos, California in 1978. He founded the Poway branch of the Oriental Moo-Do School in 1987. Master Wolpert is a two time silver medallist in State Championships and a United States National Referee. Master Wolpert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California State University Long Beach and an Associate of Arts degree in Computer Science from Mesa College in San Diego, California.

Master Wm. T. Alexander; Loveland, Colorado

Master Alexander holds a 5th degree black belt from the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), a 2nd degree black belt in Hapkido and a 1st degree black belt in Isshin Ryu. Master Alexander began studying Taekwondo in 1972 under Grand Master Kim in Cerritos, California. In 1976 Master Alexander joined the Marine Corps and during his career as an infantry officer trained hundreds of Marines in Taekwondo and other various Martial Arts from Korea to the Netherlands. Master Alexander has also studied Tang Soo Do, Kendo, and Iaido. Master Alexander is a National Instructor of Taekwondo, a certified Taekwondo Referee and the North Carolina State Champion for Poomse and Kyorugi. He founded the Colorado branch of the Oriental Moo-Do School in 1999. Master Alexander earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University at Dominguez Hills and a Master of Arts degree in Business Management from Central Michigan University.

On June 1st, 2007, Master Alexander passed away leaving a void not only in our school but in the worldwide Taekwondo community. His legacy lives on in his students who continue to train and now teach at OMSCO. 

Master Fred P. “Skip” Leonard; Escondido, California

Master Leonard holds a 4th degree black belt from the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) and a 1st degree black belt in Kenpo. Mr. Leonard began studying Martial Arts in 1956. He went on to earn a Black Belt in Kenpo and in 1988 began his study of Taekwondo at the Oriental Moo-Do School in Poway, CA. Mr. Leonard is a certified Tae Kwon Do referee and founded the Escondido, California branch of the Oriental Moo-Do School in 1993. Mr. Leonard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from the University of Southern California. Mr. Leonard joined the Navy in 1966 and over his distinguished and highly decorated 24-year career, served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam and flight instructor at Top Gun.