Grand Master Young Soo Do (1945-2007)
Grand Master Young Soo Do is the founder of Young Tae Kwon Do. He was a native of South Korea and began studying Tae Kwon Do as a young child, and as a 9th degree Black Belt was eligible to bear the title of Grand Master Instructor.
Grand Master Do served with the Korean Marine Corps during the Vietnam War as a member of the elite Blue Dragons. In addition to major combat duty, he taught Tae Kwon Do to American and Vietnamese soldiers. After the war, he returned to Korea as a Master Instructor in Tae Kwon Do and became a World Champion. In 1976, Grand Master Do came to the United States and opened Young Tae Kwon Do Academy in North Miami, FL. He quickly gained recognition as one of the best TKD masters in the U.S. In his 30+ year career, he received numerous awards for his contributions to TKD, his commitment to improving his community, and for changing the lives of thousands of students.
NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus contributes a large portion of his success to Grand Master Do’s influence in his life, as stated in his book “A Shark Never Sleeps.”
His legacy and teachings continue at Young Tae Kwon Do.
- Tae Kwon Do World Champion 1969 - 1971
- Head Instructor for the Korean National Tae Kwon Do team
- United States Tae Kwon Do Union President 1985 - 1987
- Self Defense Instructor for the FBI and DEA
- Citation for outstanding contribution to the Art of Tae Kwon Do from the head of the World Tae Kwon Do Association (Ku Ki Won)
- Korean American Association National Vice President, Florida & Miami Chapter President
- Master Instructor in Kum Do and Ki Gong
- Over 500 civic awards from Federal, State, and City Governments
- Honorary North Miami Police Chief
Master Kathy Do: Head Tae Kwon Do Instructor
Master Kathy Do is the daughter of Young Tae Kwon Do founder, Grand Master Young Soo Do and is a Kukkiwon Certified 6th Degree Master Instructor. She started her Tae Kwon Do training at the age of 3 and earned her black belt at 7 years old. Under her father’s tutelage, she began assisting him in classes, learning his methodology and educational philosophy while gaining valuable teaching experience.
Tae Kwon Do is a passion and way of life for Master Kathy, and after the passing of her father, she devoted her life to sharing the art of Tae Kwon Do and continuing his legacy. She has over 30 years of training experience, and over 20 years of teaching experience. She is a current and 4 time USA National Team Member, 3 time World Championship Medalist, 2 time US Open Champion, and 4 time National Champion in both individual and team categories.
In addition to her dedication to the martial arts, she is a classical violinist and a certified music educator. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business and a Master’s degree in Music Education from the University of Miami. In addition to teaching the Tae Kwon Do Program, she offers Private Violin and Music Lessons at YOUNG for children ages 4 and up.
RECENT Major Achievements:
- 2017 US OPEN: GOLD, SILVER
- 2016 10th TKD WORLD Championships (Lima, Peru): SILVER
- 2016 USA National Team Trials: GOLD
- 2016 PAN AM Championships: GOLD, SILVER
- 2015 USA National Team Trials: GOLD, GOLD
- 2015 USAT National Championships: GOLD, GOLD
- 2015 US OPEN: GOLD, GOLD
- 2014 9th TKD WORLD Championships (Aguascalientes, Mexico): BRONZE
- 2014 USA TKD National Championships: GOLD, SILVER
- 2014 US OPEN: SILVER
- 2013 8th TKD WORLD Championships (Bali, Indonesia) : BRONZE
- 2013 USA TKD National Championships: GOLD, SILVER
- 2013 US OPEN: GOLD
Thomas Merolla: General Manager
Thomas is Master Kathy's fiancee and YOUNG Mind + Body's General Manager. His expertise in Business and Management is the result of over 20 years of experience in the Hospitality Industry, where he has made a name for himself and garnered recognition from numerous local and National Publications, as well as representing Major Brands and establishments throughout the country. This expertise, coupled with his passion for fitness and wellness, his lifetime experience and accomplishments as an athlete, as well as his creative and attention to detail, makes him an invaluable part of the YOUNG team.
Thomas is a natural athlete who grew up playing and excelling in every major sport. In high school, he found a passion for wrestling, and became the ALL STATE Champion in only his second year in the sport. Since moving to South Florida and pursuing a career in Hospitality, he has maintained his passion for fitness and wellness in the gym and throughout his daily life.
Thomas manages our daily operations, finances, hiring, marketing and our overall creative vision as Young Tae Kwon Do evolves into YOUNG Mind + Body.
Nicole Medina: Lead Yoga Instructor
Nicole began her yoga journey in 2010 when she was 19 by practicing Surya Namaskara A and B every day for a year. Her intention with yoga began as a personal physical practice but as she continued with the practice she later realized it was much more.
In October 2014 she began practicing Ashtanga yoga, reigniting her curiosity for all things yoga. She enrolled in the JayaSeva teacher training, completing her 200 hour accreditation in February 2015. Nicole adopted not only the physical practice but also a change of diet and committing to practicing six days a week. Nicole is also certified in traditional Vedic Thai Massage. She has volunteered teaching yoga to kids and military personals. Her greatest aspiration is to help and guide others achieve their personal greatness with their practice. "I enjoy helping others in any way I can. As I deepened my practice I realized I wasn't alone in anything I did or experienced. There were moments of loneliness and hopelessness pursuing my dream but I realized this was my path and no one else could follow it with me. No one was living in my body, making my decisions and executing them. No matter what your path might be, go for it! Give it your all because what is the worst that can happen? Everything is an experience." Nicole Medina.