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    Master Byong Yu

    Born in 1935, Master Byong Yu was raised in Korea and later moved to the United States in 1964. Overcoming physical disabilities, language barriers, racial prejudice, and homelessness, Master Yu (nicknamed “Lightning Bolt”) took the martial arts circuit by storm and eventually attained the highest rank of black belt (9th degree) from the World Tae Kwon Do Federation. He was inducted into the “World Professional Martial Arts Association’s Hall of Fame,” voted “Man of the Century,” and in 2001 received the prestigious “Martial Arts World Federation Lifetime Achievement Award.” Master Yu presently resides in the Los Angeles area, where, at the age of 67, he continues to teach martial arts at his school located inside the CBS Studio Center. His life story is currently being chronicled in a full-length feature film project entitled Monkey Man.

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