Grand Master Joseph Philip, 9th Dan
Celebrating over 50 years in the Art
In 1985, he became the first African-American to become a Tae Kwon-Do Master.
From 1976 to 1990, he was the first African-American to serve as Chairman and Chief Instructor of the Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota Region of the American Chung do Kwan Tae Kwon-Do Association (ACTA). During his tenure, he was responsible for supervising 18 Instructors and presiding as Chief Testing Judge for more than 15,000 students, including 3,000 Black Belts.
In 1999, he was a guest Judge at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for Regional Tae Kwon-Do competition in preparation for the 2000 Sydney Games.
In 2002, he became the first African-American promoted to 7th Dan, making him the ranking Traditional Tae Kwon-Do Black Belt in America, and in 2010, he became the first African-American promoted to 8th Dan.
He has developed 682 Distinguished Black Belts, including 3 Senior Masters, 20 Master Instructors, and 368 Junior Black Belts.
His students range in age from an 85 year old Catholic nun, to 5 year olds learning the values of Discipline, Courtesy, and Respect. They range in skill from agile students capable of flying 20 feet laterally to devastate a target to those capable of breaking five boards. They range in athletic ability from those who enjoy burning up to 2000 calories per class, to those who need crutches or wheel chairs for mobility.
He has volunteered his expertise and has been the Chief Instructor of the UNI Tae Kwon-Do Club for more than 40 years.
In 2007, Grand Masters worldwide, honored him with the title “KwanJangNim”, a distinction reserved only for those who are a Grand Master.
In 2019, he was recognized by his peers as a 9th Dan, the highest rank achievable in Tae Kwon-Do, carrying with it the title of Grand Master.
In February of 2023, Grand Master Philip passed away after a long struggle with cancer. He leaves behind him a legacy of excellence in martial arts instruction.
Master Jerel Krueger, 6th Dan
Chief Instructor, Des Moines Traditional Tae Kwon-Do, Drake Tae Kwon-Do Club
Master Krueger became a student of Grandmaster Philip at the UNI Tae Kwon-Do club in 1999.
After graduation in 2002, Mr. Krueger became the Faculty Advisor for the UNI Tae Kwon-Do club and Assistant Instructor. From 2003-2004, he also served as the Head Instructor for the UNI Tae Kwon-Do program at the River Plaza Athletic Club in Waterloo, IA.
In 2009, he was appointed the Head Instructor for Des Moines Traditional Tae Kwon-Do. In 2010, the Drake Tae Kwon-Do club was formed by founding members Victoria-Lee Moy, Rei Wirsig, Mr. Andrew Shawd, and Jodi Dobinsky with Mr. Krueger as the head Instructor.
In December 2016, Mr. Krueger was elevated to the rank of 5th Dan, receiving the title of Master Instructor. In December of 2020, Mr. Krueger was elevated to the rank of 6th Dan.
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