John Chung is a member of the Black Belt Hall of Fame, ranked number one in the world since 1981 holding World Champion titles in both forms and fighting.

Chung has been teaching since 1972, and is currently head instructor at the John Chung Tae Kwon Do Institute in Virginia. Known for a high level of technical proficiency, Chung has mentored many students who have gone on to compete at a high level themselves.

Chung joined the FightBack event to help support the fight against COVID-19. In his live training session, he gave an all-levels warm up, plus a demonstration of techniques and forms, as well as an interview with Black Belt president Michael Dillard.

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