Message from the President

President Yong Chin Pak

Background and Education

Born June 7, 1948, Seoul, Korea
High School Diploma, SongDo High School, InChon, Korea 1967
Bachelor of Science, YongIn University (formerly Korean JuDo College), Seoul, Korea 1971
United States Citizenship conferred: March 1976

Teaching Experience

Sr. Lecturer of TaeKwonDo/Karate, Hapkido/Self-Defense, and Judo 1973-2013
Advisor and Instructor for Iowa State University Martial Arts Clubs 1973-2013
Coach, Iowa State University Taekwondo Judo Hapkido Team 1973-2013

Leadership Experience

President, Korean Student Association, YongIn University (formerly Korean Judo College) 1970 – 1971
President, National Collegiate TaeKwonDo Association 1986 – 2007
United States Collegiate Team Leader, Summer Universiade Games 2003
United States Collegiate Team Leader, FISU World University Taekwondo Championships  1986-2006


TaeKwonDo, 1981; 1997
Hapkido/Self-Defense, 1990; 1996
Co-editor, Indomitable Spirits, 2001


Hall of Fame (USA) 2015
City of Ames Proclamation: Yong Chin Pak Day 2000
Korean Secretary of Education, Citation and Appreciation 1999
State of Iowa, Governor’s Sport and Fitness Award 1998
City of Ames Proclamation: TaeKwonDo Week 1998
City of Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hall of Fame 1998
World TaeKwonDo Federation, Appreciation Citation 1997
National Collegiate TaeKwonDo Association, Coach of the Year 1997, 1985, 1982
Iowa State University Alumni Association, Faculty Citation 1993
Iowa State University, Outstanding Teacher Award 1983 World TaeKwonDo Federation, Appreciation Citation 1978
World TaeKwonDo Federation, Appreciation Citation 1977

Sr. Lecturer Yong Chin Pak

Yong Chin Pak is a member of the faculty in the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University and has been teaching the Martial Arts Program at Iowa State since 1973.

Since coming to the United States, Pak has received the NCTA Coach of the Year Award three times and numerous other awards for his dedication and service including over 40 articles in the Iowa State University Daily and 24 articles in the Ames Daily Tribune. Over the years, the City of Ames has celebrated ISU Martial Arts Day, Yong Chin Pak Day, and Taekwondo Week in honor of GrandMaster Pak.

  • Iowa State University 40th Year Martial Arts Club Celebration, March 3rd 2011
  • Iowa State University Dr. Martin Luther King Advance One Community Award, 2010
  • Iowa State University College of Human Sciences Lecturer/Clinician Adjunct Faculty Distinguished Service Award, Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology: to recognize exemplary service to students in teaching or supervision, 2007
  • Iowa State University Dr. Kathleen MacKay Adviser Hall of Fame, 2005
  • Iowa State University Sports Club Council Advisor of the Year Award, 1998
  • Iowa State University Dean of Students Office, Distinguished Service Award, 1994
  • Iowa State University Alumni Association, Faculty Citation, 1993
  • Iowa State University AMOCO Outstanding Teacher Award, 1983