Eastern Spirit Western Dreams by Woo-Jin Jung
Step into the extraordinary life of Grand Master Woo-jin Jung, a legendary figure in the world of Taekwondo. In his remarkable memoir, “Eastern Spirit Western Dreams,” he shares a captivating journey of resilience, determination, and triumph over adversity.
On December 31, 1971, a young Woo-jin Jung arrived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with only $35 to his name. It was a foreign land, both bewildering and challenging, but he saw it as an opportunity for growth. Despite the hardships he faced, Woo-jin’s unwavering spirit and unyielding commitment fueled his determination to succeed.
As a penniless immigrant, Woo-jin took on various odd jobs, including working as a pump man at a gas station, just to make ends meet. The days were long, the nights were hungry, but amidst the struggles, his passion for Taekwondo burned bright. With his dreams in mind, he persevered, embracing the challenges that lay before him.
Woo-jin’s journey was not without obstacles. Language barriers, unfamiliar laws, and a lack of resources posed significant challenges. But he tackled them head-on, learning and adapting as he built his first Taekwondo school in a small, rough Iowa neighborhood. Despite the odds, he found support and friendship from unexpected places, forging bonds that transcended cultural boundaries.
With humble beginnings, Woo-jin’s school faced limitations, such as having only one bathroom and inadequate facilities. Yet, his students understood his circumstances and stood by him, united in their pursuit of Taekwondo excellence. As word spread about his school, more and more students flocked to learn from this master who had triumphed against all odds.
Through his memoir, Woo-jin Jung reflects on his challenging journey, sharing heartfelt anecdotes and powerful lessons learned along the way. From facing gangs in his neighborhood to performing daring demonstrations to promote Taekwondo, his experiences are woven together into a tapestry of courage, determination, and a deep love for the martial art that defined his life.
Today, Grand Master Woo-jin Jung stands as one of the most successful Taekwondo masters in the United States. He has established seven fitness clubs, owns multiple shopping malls, and operates a sprawling 36-acre Taekwondo training site in the majestic Rocky Mountains. His influence extends further as the publisher of the esteemed TaeKwonDo Times magazine.
Despite his achievements, Woo-jin remains grounded, never forgetting the struggles that shaped his journey. He continues to work tirelessly, picking up garbage and cleaning pools in his clubs, showcasing the values of humility and hard work that have been the bedrock of his success.
“Eastern Spirit Western Dreams” is not just a story of one man’s triumph over adversity, but also a testament to the power of resilience, passion, and the unbreakable bond between culture and personal growth. Woo-jin Jung’s memoir is an inspiring tale that transcends borders, encouraging readers to embrace their own dreams, overcome obstacles, and find the strength to pursue their passions.
Join Grand Master Woo-jin Jung on this extraordinary adventure, where East meets West, and dreams become reality. Discover the profound wisdom, cultural richness, and unyielding spirit that define the journey of a Taekwondo legend. “Eastern Spirit Western Dreams” will leave you inspired, empowered, and ready to embark on your own path of self-discovery and success.