I have been practicing Taekwondo since I was 3 years old. My mother had enrolled me in at a local Dojang in Korea after my involvement in numerous fights with other children. My parents still say that they would never thought that I would have fallen in such love with Taekwondo. Their intent was to somehow dissipate my energy during Taekwondo class instead of fist fights. I can’t think of my first encounter with the sport and martial art, but I know that it has always been a pivotal part of my life. I have had the opportunity to travel to more than 10 countries for competitions and training camps, where I made many lifelong friends and mentors. I learned that my thirst for success becomes truly insatiable as the caliber of competition increases.

"This thirst fuels me too endure any kind of physical or emotional pain to train to put on the ultimate performance in the ring."

On one hand, I wish to put on a great show in the ring and impress the spectators- which would contribute to the advancement and appeal of Taekwondo in the US. On the other hand, I wish to emulate my previous performance by fighting the perfect fight against a formidable opponent. Any amateur’s athletes dream is to do what they love for a living. My dream is to train, fight, travel, and teach Taekwondo for a living. I am truly honored for NRGMatrix to graciously offer support for athletes who have to burden themselves with insurmountable expenses to travel to international competitions. My goal is to become a World Champion in either Welterweight or Heavyweight category. I won’t stop until I reach this goal, and I won’t stop even when I do!  

  • 2015
    • Pan American Games – Bronze
    • Pan American Games Team Trial – 1st (USA Team)
    • US Team Trials – 1st (USA Team)
  • 2014
    • USAT Nationals – Gold
    • US Team Trials – Silver
    • Mexico Open - Silver
    • Korea Open - Gold
    • Canada Open – Silver
  • 2013
    • 2013 California State Championships – Gold

Phillip Yun

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