02 September 2011

Information on Hwang Su-Il

Hwang Su-Il (6th Dan)

Master Hwang Su-il is one of the most famous Taekwon-Do practitioners, in part because of his involvement with the Tekken 3 fighting video game. The movements of the character Hwaorang (introduced in Tekken 3) were based on actual movements of Master Hwang, using motion capture technology. Since I posted about having met him back in 2009, many people in search of information on Master Hwang's Taekwon-Do school in Japan end up here. That original post on Master Hwang has proven to be the second most viewed entry on my blog. (The most viewed post is “What I Have Against Tournament Sparring – Part 2.”)

People landing at my blog in search of information on Master Hwang Su-Il are usually looking for information about his dojang in Japan. I asked a Japanese friend, Instructor Yuki Kaneko, to translate some useful information about Master Hwang Su-Il from Japanese into English for me, which he graciously did. I hope it is of value to some of you.

The name of Master Hwang's dojang is Taekwon-Do Hwarang Hwang Dojo. (Dojo is Japanese for the Korean dojang; roughly translated in English as gym or school.) Master Hwang's dojo has eleven branch schools; however, the main branch is the Taekwon-Do Nakano Dojo.


Kimura Building, 1st Floor,
1-6-6 Yamato-cho,
Nakano-ku, Tokyo,

It is near Nogata 1-Chome Koban (Police Station).

Contact details:

Telephone No. : +81-3-5327-4077
E-mail Address: suil_hwang [at] nifty.com
Homepage URL: http://tkd-hwangdojo.jp/ (Japanese only)

Training Time Schedule

Sunday: Senior /Adult (All Levels) 11:30AM-1:00PM
Monday: Senior / Adult (All levels) 8:00-9:30PM
Tuesday: Kids 5:00-6:00PM, Senior / Adult (All levels) 7:30-9:00PM
Wednesday: No class
Thursday: Senior / Adult (Beginners) 7:30-8:30PM, (Intermediate & Advanced) 9:00-10:00PM
Friday: Kids 5:00-6:00PM, Senior / Adult (Beginners & Intermediate) 7:30-8:30PM, Adult (Advanced) 9:00-10:00PM
Saturday: Senior / Adult (Advanced) 11:30AM-1:00PM, (Beginners) 1:00-2:30PM

Some Basic Information About Master Hwang Su-il

Master Hwang Su-il (6th Dan) was born on 31 July, 1970. He is a Japanese citizen, but of Korean ancestry. Apart from being the athlete on whom the Tekken character Hwaorang's movements are based, Master Hwang has a very successful career as a ITF Taekwon-Do competitor. In 1992 he was the Sparring World Champion during the ITF Taekwon-Do World Championships in the light weight division. At the next World Championships (1994) he obtained a bronze medal in the middle weight division. In 2000 he was the middle weight champion at the 1st Asian ITF Championships. In 2010 at the ITF World Veteran Championships, he won gold in both sparring (under 64kg) and patterns (6th Dan class). The ITF World Veteran Championships are for adults of forty years and older. During his career, Master Hwang has consistently proven to be one of the world's great Taekwon-Do players and through his example continues to be a role model for other Taekwon-Do practitioners around the world.

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