About

This Student Site

At Master Chong’s World Class Tae Kwon Do, we are committed to providing you with the best martial arts instruction and service possible. As part of that commitment, we have created this student website for you and your family to view our school news, download our class schedules and curriculum, and much more!

Please enjoy the site. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at any time.


Grandmaster Sun Chong

As one of the most successful Head Coaches of the US National Tae Kwon Do Team, Grandmaster Sun Chong has earned international recognition for his Tae Kwon Do skills and teaching methods.

Having completed his coaching career with distinction, Grandmaster Chong currently directs all his efforts to bringing the benefits of Tae Kwon Do to the local community.

  • U.S. National Team Head Coach
  • 1988 Pan-Am Championship – Peru
  • 1989 World Games III – Germany
  • 1992 Pan-Am Championships – USA
  • 1995 Pan-Am Games – Argentina
  • Instructor of National and International Champions
  • Over 40 Years Experience

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mmertensMaster Michael Mertens

Master Mertens serves as executive director of Master Chong’s World Class Tae Kwon Do Centers, Western New York’s largest martial arts school and one of the largest in the nation. Master Mertens is a frequent lecturer at martial arts seminars, helping to bring the World Class concept of Tae Kwon Do to martial arts schools throughout the country.

  • 6th dan Black Belt under Grandmaster Sun Ki Chong
  • former 3-time New York State Champion and national level competitor
  • former captain of the Cornell University Tae Kwon Do team
  • Staff Trainer for World Class Tae Kwon Do’s sixty instructors
  • BS degree from Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations, specializing in Organizational Behavior

Our Staff

Our staff knows the impact a good teacher can have on a student. At Master Chong’s Tae Kwon Do, our instructors are dedicated to helping all students achieve their best.

Team Amherst
Master Instructor: Master Choi
School Director: Master T.J. Eskew

Team East Amherst
Master Instructor: Master Moon
School Director: Master Jeremy Peters

Team Hamburg
Master Instructor: Master Dennis Polanski
School Director: Mr. Nick Chadwick

Team Lancaster
Master Instructor: Master Choi
School Director: Mr. Matthew Russo

Team Orchard Park
Master Instructor: Master Joe Villafranca
School Director: Mr. Damian Wheeler