Grand Master Scott McNeely
As a fifteen-year old student of Taekwon-Do, Scott McNeely began his Taekwon-Do career in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Today, with a thirty-three- year teaching career that is ongoing, Grand Master Scott McNeely enjoys status as one of the highest ranked, active practitioners of Taekwon-Do who does not have a Korean heritage. His communication skills, charisma, and commitment to the martial art are unprecedented and are a source of continuing inspiration to his students and the living pioneers of Taekwon-Do.
Some highlights of Grand Master McNeely's career include the following:
1972 - Earned 1st Degree Black Belt
1973 - Began teaching in Benton, Arkansas
1975 - Founded the first Taekwon-Do training school in Fort Smith, Arkansas
1981 - Assumed the role of Regional Chief of Instructor for the American Taekwon-Do Federation as a 4th Degree Black Belt.
1983 - Assumed the role of Vice-President, United States Taekwon-Do Federation
1986 - Began training with Grand Master Cho, Pung Que
1986 - In Houston, Texas, trained with the Founder of Taekwon-Do, General Choi Hong Hi
1986 - Inducted into the International Karate Hall of Fame with Bill "Super Foot" Wallace
1987 - Coached and led the first USTF Team to compete internationally at the 5th ITF World Championships in Athens, Greece.
1990 - Assumed the role of President of the United States Taekwon-Do Federation
1990 - Co-founded the Global Taekwon-Do Federation
1990 - Began training with Grand Master Park Jung Tae in Toronto, Canada
1990 - Developed the USTF Instructor Training Manuals.
1994 - Assumed the role of Secretary General of the Global Taekwon-Do Federation
1994 - Demonstrated at the GTF World Championships in Serdinia, Italy, unveiling a new pattern designed by Grand Master Park.
1994 - Along Grand Master Park, served as GTF ambassador throughout Europe and North America.
1994 - Tested under Grand Master Park Jung Tae for 7th Degree Black Belt in Toronto, Canada.
1994 - Led a training excursion comprising fifty-one black belts to Yong In University in Seoul, South Korea to train with the gold medal Olympic Fighting Team
2002 - Tested under Grand Master Park Jung Tae for 8th Degree Black Belt in Hot Springs, Arkansas during the USTF Grand Nationals.
2002 - Formed the World Taekwon-Do Alliance after the death of Grand Master Park Jung Tae.
2003 - Moved the USTF Headquarters to Plano, Texas and met Hoss Rafaty who soon became Chief Advisor to the USTF.
2004 - Assumed the role of USTF Chairman.
2004 - Assumed the role of President, Legacy Unity Vision Films, LLC, an entity founded by Hoss Rafaty to produce a feature length documentary on Taekwon-Do
2005 - Met and began training with Grand Master Kong Young Il.
2005 - Assumed the role of Vice-President, International Chang Hon Taekwon-Do Federation.
2006 - Tested for 9th Degree Black Belt before the Pioneers of Taekwon-Do in Las Vegas, Nevada during the First WTA Tournament.
2006 - Assumed the role of Executive Vice-President of the newly organized World Taekwon-Do Alliance.
2006 - Impact Martial Arts, a school owned and operated by Grand Master McNeely, was voted the Best Martial Arts School in Plano, Texas by the Plano Insider, a local newspaper