Grand Master Vega ITF Union

GM Vega GM Vega

U.S. Citizen

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico

February 10, 1954

Education:  Catholic University of Ponce, Puerto Rico

  • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with minor in Physical Education and Spanish History (1984)
  • Masters Degree in Taekwon-do Martial Arts (2005)

Professional Experience

Taekwon-do Martial Arts Instructor in Puerto Rico, 1976-1987

Taekwon-do and Self Defense Master Instructor in the U.S. Navy, 1988-1991

Taekwon-do Martial Arts Master Instructor Norfolk, Virginia, 1991-2000

Taekwon-do and Self Defense Master Instructor Elizabeth City, NC, 2007-2012

Taekwon-do Martial Arts Instructor Elizabeth City, NC, 2006-2016

Elizabeth City State University North Carolina, 2007-2012.

  • Department of Physical Education – Instructor of Taekwon–do and Self-defense.

US Navy, December 1987 to November 1993

  • Assigned to Flight Line Division, supervised twenty-nine crew members. Responsibilities included training classes, retention strategies, evaluations, personnel administration, disciplinary actions and counseling sessions. Trained and certified Plane Captains, created task and progressive plans for the crew. Coached and trained crew on safety, corrosion control and security.

TAEKWON-DO

Began Martial Arts Kempo Karate in 1969

Began Taekwon-do in 1971 at the YMCA of Ponce

Instructor: Master Danny Ortiz/ S. Henry Cho Karate Institute (1971-1976)

(1st Dan 1975)

Instructor: GM Young IL Kong/ Young Brothers Taekwon-do (1977-1984)

(1st Dan 1977 I.T.F. – Examiner GM Young IL Kong

(2nd Dan 1979 I.T.F. – Examiner GM Young IL Kong

(3rd Dan 1981 I.T.F. – Examiner GM Park Jun Tae

(4th Dan 1984 I.T.F. – Examiner Master Shari Sheriff

Instructor: GM Suk Jung Kim/Kim Taekwon-do NY (1984-1987)

5th Dan 1987 – Examiner GM Suk Jung Kim (W.T.F.)

Instructor: GM Cha So Park/ Oriental Sports Academy DC (1987-1995)

6th Dan 1993 – Promoted by General Choi Hong Hi (During Military Service)

7th Dan 2005- Promoted by Master Phap Lu

8th Dan 2013- Promoted by Gran Master Hwang

9th Dan 2017-Promoted by Grand Master Jong Soo Park

Holds an Nine Degree Black in Taekwon-do ITF UNIONEight Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do with the U.I.T.F. (A-8-2), Seven Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-do with the I.T.F. (A-7-29), Fifth Degree Black Belt in Combat Hapkido, Fifth Degree black belt in World Taekwon-do Federation and 6th Degree Black Belt in Hosinsool/Mukido (Self Defense and Weapons).

GM Orlando Vega Taekwon-do Records

Taekwon-do Martial Arts Instructor in Ponce, Puerto Rico- 1976-1987

Taekwon-do and Self Defense Master Instructor in the U.S. Navy -1988-1991

Taekwon-do Martial Arts Master Instructor Norfolk, Virginia- 1991-2000

Taekwon-do and Self Defense Master Instructor Elizabeth City State University, NC-2006-2013

Taekwon-do Martial Arst Master Instructor in Elizabeth City, NC-2006-2017

Awards

  • 1976 Best competitor of the year presented by P.R. Karate Institute Ponce, PR
  • 1981 Best Athlete of Taekwon-do presented by the City Mayor of Ponce, PR
  • 1982 Best competitor of the year presented by Young Brothers Bayamón, PR
  • 2007 Instructor of the year presented by Panam TKD Council
  • 2009 Instructor of the year presented by Panam TKD Council
  • 2010 President of the United States TKD Council (U.S.A. –I.T.F. NGB)
  • 2013 Hall of Fame for the World Greatest Martial Arts Master
  • 2015 Pioneer of the Martial Arts on 70’s award in Puerto Rico
  • 2015 President of the International Taekwon-do Federation UNION in America
  • 2015 Chairman of the promotion committee International Taekwon-do Federation UNION
  • 2016 Vice-President of the International Taekwon-do Federation UNION

Competition Sparring Awards

  • 1974 International Karate Championship Guaynabo, PR (3rd Place Open Division)
  • 1975 Ponce Open Karate Championship Ponce, PR (1st Place H/Weight)
  • 1975 S. Henry Cho Karate Championship New York, NY (3rd
  • 1976 S. Henry Cho Karate Championship New York, NY (1st
  • 1977 International Young Brothers Championship Bayamón, PR (2nd Place L/Weight)
  • 1978 Caribbean Karate Championship Saint Croix, VI (1st Place H/Weight)
  • 1979 1st International Henry Cho TKD Championship San German, PR (1st Place H/W)
  • 1980 General Choi Cup, Suk Jung Kim TKD New York, NY (1st
  • 1981 2nd International Full Contact Championship, Venezuela (1st Place H/Weight)
  • 1981 1st International Richard Chung Championship, Ponce, PR (1st Place H/Weight)
  • 1981 2nd International Open championship, Buffalo NY, (1st Place H/Weight)
  • 1982 Intercontinental Cup Quebec Canada, (3rd Place M/Weight)
  • 1985 International TKD Championship Guatemala (3rd Place H/Weight)
  • 1987 US Navy Games TKD Championship (1st Place Middle Weight Sparing)

Military Awards

From 1987-1993 Master Vega served in the US Navy. Honorable discharge.

1991 First good conduct medal, Battle EP ribbon (3), National Defense service medal, Sea service deployment ribbon (2) Southwest Asia service medal, Humanitarian service medal, Joint meritorious Unit award, Navy unit commendation, Kuwait liberation ribbon, and Secretary of the Navy Letter of commendation.

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