Mr. Gary Tong
Gary Tong was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 1977. He first began training in ITF Taekwon-Do at
the age 11 in June 1989. He trained at the International Taekwon-Do Academy-ITA under instructor Mr.
Nelson Bernard Kirby 3rd Degree Black Belt (Now Master 7th Degree Black Belt-ICTF)
Gary Tong received his 1st Degree Black Belt in September 1993 and promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt
in 1996 at the International Taekwon-Do Academy-ITA graded by Master Low Koon Lin 7th Degree
Black Belt (Now Grandmaster 9th Degree Black Belt-ITF) the founder and chief instructor of
International Taekwon-Do Academy-ITA which is affiliated to International Taekwon-Do Federation-
In year 2000, Gary Tong joined the Super Taekwon-Do Academy which is affiliated to Malaysian Global
Taekwon-Do Federation-MGTF and trained under his second Taekwon-Do Instructor Mr. Rickie Low Ah
Kuan 6th Degree Black Belt then (Now Master 8th Degree Black Belt-MGTF) the founder and chief
instructor of Super Taekwon-Do.
He gained his 3rd Degree Black Belt in Super Taekwon-Do on 28th October 2001 graded by Chief
Instructor Mr Rickie Low Ah Kuan 6th Degree Black Belt and subsequently appointed as an assistant
instructor at the Super Taekwon-Do Academy.
Gary Tong first started assisting as a referee in the Taekwon-Do tournament at the 17th Traditional
Taekwon-Do Academy-TTA Championship in March 2004 and since then he continue to participate and
assist as a judge and referee in the academy, state and national Taekwon-Do championships.
In 18th July 2004, Gary Tong earned his 4th Degree Black Belt (# MGTF 3473) in Malaysian Global
Taekwon-Do Federation-MGTF promoted by the then Founder & President Grandmaster Dato Dr. Sabree
Salleh 9th Degree Black Belt-GTF.
Gary Tong founded the Great Taekwon-Do Academy-GTA in year 2005 to provide Taekwon-Do private
lessons and to assist others Taekwon-Do Practitioners regardless of any affiliations. He joined as an
affiliates & Voting member of the International Ch’ang-Hon Taekwon-Do Federation-ICTF in May 2007
and converted to 4th Dan Black Belt ICTF (#1112) by Master Joe Cariati 8th Dan Black Belt the ICTF
Executive President, membership and promotion committee chairman. Gary Tong was accepted as a
registered member of Taekwon-Do Pioneers group by Grandmaster Choi Chang Keun 9th Degree Black
Belt in September 2007 and since then Grandmaster C.K.Choi has became his Mentor and Adviser in
Taekwon-Do. Grandmaster C.K Choi is a Pioneer of Taekwon-Do, ITF Founding Member Instructor ,
World’s First Taekwon-Do Champion & Taekwon-Do Hall of Fame 2007. Tae Kwon Do Pioneers Group
has been formed to return the ITF style to its former status of the ‘world’s most popular and powerful
martial art’.The Tae Kwon Do Pioneers group's goal is to reunite ITF practitioners worldwide . The main
purposes of Taekwon-Do Pioneers Council is to assist & unite Taekwon-Do Practitioners regardless of
their current or past affiliations in the spirit of Taekwon-Do brotherhood. In order to achieve this lofty
goal, we must all be willing to put aside our political differences and assist one another for the future
benefit of Tae Kwon Do.
Gary Tong has also participated in the International Instructor & Referee courses and a few others
Taekwon-Do Seminars of ITF, GTF, ICTF , MGTF . He participated once in the Shotokan Karate
workshop in 2005 conducted by Kancho Kanazawa 10th Dan , founder of SKIF.
Gary Tong obtained his 5th Degree Black Belt (# MGTF 07249) in Malaysian Global Taekwon-Do
Federation-MGTF on 4th November 2007, Promoted by the Founder & Adviser of MGTF Grandmaster
Dato Dr. Sabree Salleh 9th Degree Black Belt GTF. In the same month he was appointed as a Sr.
Instructor in the Super Taekwon-Do Academy by chief Instructor Master Rickie Low Ah Kuan 7th
Degree Black Belt-GTF (Now 8th Degree Black Belt-MGTF) who is also the Treasurer General of MGTF.
Gary Tong also attained 5th Dan in International Ch’ang-Hon Taekwon-Do Federation-ICTF (#1383)
graded by the Sr. Adviser of ICTF and President of ICTF Malaysia Grandmaster Ally Teoh Cheng Hoe 9th
Degree Black Belt ICTF on 8th August 2008.He was also awarded 5th Dan in his Great Taekwon-Do
Academy-GTA (#GTA-5-1) promoted by GTA’s adviser Master Nelson Bernard Kirby 7th Degree Black
Belt-ICTF. Master Nelson is the Founder and Chief Instructor of the Visual Martial Arts Tae Kwon Do-
VMA and also the Vice President of ICTF Malaysia.
Gary Tong was appointed as a Technical and Umpire Committee Chairman of ICTF in Malaysia by
Master Joe Cariati 8th Degree Black Belt, President of the International Ch’ang-Hon Taekwon-Do
Federation –ICTF at the 1st ICTF Seminar in KL Malaysia on the 30th August 2008.
Gary Tong considers himself an independent Taekwon-Do Practitioner and non-exclusive with any one
Taekwon-Do organization. He is available to work with any organization that seeks his assistance in
Mr. Gary Tong Currently assist in the Super Taekwon-Do Academy at SK Bukit Damansara School-KL
every sat. as a Sr. Instructor there and also occassionally assist as an assistant Instructor at Visual
Martial Arts TKD Class at Syabas Club PJ on saturday afternoon.
Gary Tong's Taekwon-Do Mentor & Adviser:
- Grand Master Choi Chang Keun 9th Dan (Vancouver,Canada)-Tae Kwon Do Pioneers
Gary Tong's Taekwon-Do Master Instructors
- Master Rickie Low Ah Kuan 8th Dan MGTF 2000 to current(KL Malaysia)- Super Taekwon-Do
- Master Nelson Bernard Kirby 7th Dan ICTF 1989 to current (PJ Malaysia)- Visual Martial Arts TKD