About World Martial Arts

Grand Master Ko established World Martial Arts in 1982

Grand Master Ko has traveled all over the United States and many other countries in order to help needy people and for the purpose of making the world a better place to live through the benefits of true Martial Arts. He is internationally known and respected as an excellent technician of the arts, a top competitor, a talented instructor, and a deep philosopher. Grand Master Ko is an incarnation of Martial Arts excellence. His life and many accomplishments demonstrate a never-ending pursuit of perfection.


With well over forty years of experience as an instructor, Grand Master Ko has made it his life goal to combine Eastern and Western Styles of exercise to create the safest and most effective form of exercise for everyone, no matter what age or fitness level.

He is a 9th degree black belt under Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Federation, with deep knowledge of Taekwondo, as well as Hapkido and Tai Chi. He is also a Certified Personal Trainer, MMA Conditioning Specialist, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Performance and Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and holds a Master's Degree in Exercise Science, allowing him to utilize modern scientific findings to enhance our martial arts training.

Grand Master Ko's contributions to the world of Taekwondo have led to international recognition. He has served as the U.S. National Team Manager and Coach for the World Taekwondo Championships in 1991 (Athens, Greece) and 1995 (Osaka, Japan) and President George Bush commended him for contributions as Tournament Director of the 18th U.S. National Taekwondo Championships for the Selection of the U.S. National Olympic Taekwondo Team at the Hampton Coliseum in 1992. He is a former President of the Virginia State Taekwondo Association. Before coming to America, he was an instructor for the Republic of Korea (ROK) army and Captain Instructro of the Chun-Buk National University Taekwondo Championship Team.'

Work History

  • 1983-Present - President and Owner, World Martial Arts at Hampton Road, VA
  • 720 Blacks Belt produced and instructed two women, one man and 18 Junior National Champions and more than 500 students Va. State Champions
  • 1977-1980 - Instructor & Captain of Taekwondo Championship Team, Chun-buk National University in Korea
  • 1974-1977 - Instructor Republic of Korea (ROK) Army


  • 1977-1980 - B.S. Mining Engineer Chun-buk National University in Korea
  • 1996-2000 - B.A. Physical Management, Christopher Newport News University Newport News, VA
  • 2006-2007 - M.S. in Exercise Science, California University of Pennsylvania

    Adult Instructors

  • Sang Mee Ko - 5th Degree Black Belt
  • Marvin Bozarth - 5th Degree Black Belt
  • Roland Gilroy - 3rd Degree Black Belt
  • Wesley Miller - 3rd Degree Black Belt
  • Michael Cummings - 2nd Degree Black Belt