Chief Master Phillip J. Wargo, 8th Degree Black Belt
Chief Master Instructor/Owner
Black Belt Classes. Legacy and Leadership Classes. Ultimate Body Shaping Course. Weapons Clinics. Situational Awareness. Building Security. Fitness Kickboxing, Performance Sparring, EZ Self-Defense For Adults and Children. Tai Chi, Many Other Specialty Classes.
Career Highlights and Innovation: Spanning more than 50 years of international martial arts leadership and experience; 27 years of active professional military service, and small business ownership and government contracting, Chief Master Phillip J. Wargo is a 8th Degree Black Belt with the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) and the designated ATA Ambassador of Government Affairs. He is an International Master Instructor and International Referee with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), and was the only United States of America official who participated in the 24th Olympic Games in Seoul Korea, and the 25th Olympic games in Barcelona, Spain as the U.S. representative on the WTF Evaluation Board. Chief Master Wargo is the only duel rated Master Instructor with the ATA and WTF in the United States.
Experience: Entered martial arts instruction in the early 1960's teaching MooDukKwan Taekwondo at Sigwards Sports Academy under Grand Master Richard Chun in New York City. As a member of the United States Army since 1965 he rose to rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his military career he taught Taekwondo and other martial arts to U.S. Army Special Forces, Ranger, Airborne, Infantry and Armor Units, including hundreds of U.S. allied officers from eight foreign countries. He has operated and established many Taekwondo schools at various military installations across the United States, Republic of Korea, Vietnam, and Europe. His first Taekwondo School was on a military base at the Young San post in Seoul, Korea in 1966. He started the first American Taekwondo Association School in Seoul, Korea in 1980 while assigned as the Commanding Officer of the elite Korean Service Corps. He also participated in many international tournaments during the 1970's and 1980's around the world.
In 1965 he won first place in Sparring at the first East Coast Championship and this accomplished earned him recognition in Black Belt Magazine. In 1966 he won the title of American Champion after competing in several tournaments in Seoul, Korea and the Demilitarized Zone. He also trained hundreds of Korean and Vietnamese soldiers during the 1960's and 1970's. He is credited with developing and implementing the World Taekwondo Federation tournament rules in the early 1980's.
In 1989, after completing a lengthy qualifications course and thesis on the martial art of Taekwondo, he was designated an International Master Instructor of the Art and Science of Taekwondo by the Federation. In 1984 he was certified as an International referee, and that same year, he was the only American to be selected to serve on the Taekwondo Evaluation Board of the WTF during the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul Korea and the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
He recently was the recipient of the American Taekwondo Associations’ International ATA Ambassador Award in 2014, and currently serves as an International Judge in the ATA. He has extensive martial arts, self-defense, and security management experience working with major Department of Defense (DoD) firms.
During the 1980's he was the U.S. Army's representative to the Congress of the United States responsible for anti-terrorism training given to members of both houses of the Congress prior to their departure on overseas visits. He was the Chief the U.S Army's Physical Training Study Group at Fort Benning, GA which developed the first major improvement in the U.S. Army's physical fitness training program and test known as the APRT in 1980. He is a graduate of the US Army’s Command and General Staff College and certified US Army War College. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management / Education from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from the University of Tampa, in Tampa Florida.
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