Bachelor of Arts in Taekwondo Program

The Taekwondo Department at Underwood University offers a four-year Bachelor’s degree program requiring the completion of 120 credit hours. Taekwondo, which originated in Korea, is now one of the most widely recognized martial arts globally and is also an official Olympic sport. It harmoniously combines traditional and modern elements, making it a unique discipline.

Through our Taekwondo program, students will not only master the techniques of Taekwondo but also gain comprehensive theoretical knowledge. This knowledge will equip them to pursue various professional avenues such as Taekwondo athletes, instructors, sports administrators, and sports marketing professionals. Our program is designed to develop the skills necessary for success in these diverse fields.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the Bachelor of Arts in Taekwondo Program are to help students to:

    1. Mastery of Taekwondo Techniques: Guide students in systematically learning Taekwondo from basic to advanced techniques and applying them effectively in practice.
    2. Mental Discipline and Character Development: Foster self-discipline and character formation based on the philosophy and spirit of Taekwondo, helping students develop proper leadership skills.
    3. Cultivation of Global Leaders: Develop a global mindset in students, preparing them to excel on the international stage while understanding and respecting diverse cultural backgrounds.
    4. Academic Research and Advancement: Encourage academic research related to Taekwondo and cultivate knowledge and skills that contribute to both academia and the industry.
    5. Social Responsibility and Service: Instill a sense of social responsibility through Taekwondo, promoting community service activities that positively impact local and global communities.


Program Requirements
University Core Courses 4 Credits
General Education Courses 32 Credits
General Departmental Elective Courses 12 Credits
Taekwondo Major Core Courses 48 Credits
Taekwondo Major Elective Courses 24 Credits
Total   120  Credits


Instructors of Program 

Underwood’s taekwondo courses are taught by Master YongKuk Jung, Master Chris Kim and Master Young Mi Youn.

Prof. YongKuk Jung

Director, Department of Taekwondo

  • 6th-degree black belt certified by Kukkiwon – World Taekwondo Headquarters
  • Certified Taekwondo Coach and Referee – World Taekwondo Federation.
  • Mississippi State Taekwondo Association Team Head Coach 2008 – 2015
  • Alabama State Taekwondo Association Team Head Coach 2000 – 2003
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach – Texas Rangers Baseball Organization 2004
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach – University of South Alabama 2001 – 2003
  • Master’s Degree in Sports Science – University of South Alabama 2003
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Taekwondo – Yong-In University 2000.


Master Kim is a Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters-certified 9th degree black belt, and is a World Taekwondo Federation-certified International Taekwondo referee. He was a member of the US National Taekwondo Team from 1979 to 1982, and Olympic Training Center coach for the US National Team from 1989-1992. He also served as Olympic Training Center coach for the US Jr. Olympic Taekwondo Team from 1985-1987, and as International Advisor to the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters from 2008-2014. He is the owner of the World Class Taekwondo dojang in Suwanee, GA.


Master Youn is a Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters-certified 8th degree black belt. She is a World Taekwondo certified international Master Instructor and International Referee, Vice-chair of Kukkiwon International Relations bureau, and a member of the WTF Women’s Committee and of the Kukkiwon International Advisory Committee. She is a Grand Master at the World Class Taekwondo dojang in Suwanee, GA.