Mrs. Sunmi Park-Meng was born into a martial arts family on September 2th, 1968 in Seoul, Korea. She began her martial arts training with Taekwondo at five years old, training 5 days a week under Grand Master Kyung Jun Park, her father. Grand Master K.J. Park, at the time, was one of the few judges that conducted black belt promotional tests at the Kukkiwon, the world headquarters of TKD. He was also an official TKD international referee – one of the first generation of international referees.
She earned her 1st Poom (first degree junior black belt) at age 8, on October 17th, 1976 under the 55th black belt test to be held at the Kukkiwon. She took a short break in her training due to her family moving to the US in December 1976, and resumed training in early 1978 with Grand Master K.J. Park and her two older brothers who were 3rd Degree Black Belts at the time under Kukkiwon Certification. In addition to the martial arts, she modeled in the mid-80s, and started training models in 2005 – a skill she brought to Meng’s Martial Arts in teaching classes on social etiquette and protocol.
She was engaged to Grand Master Benny Meng in June 1992 and started training with him immediately after the engagement. Received her BA in Psychology in June 1993 from the University of Cincinnati. She was married in October of 1993 to Benny Meng, who is now a Grand Master of Hung Lung Sin Fu Faat Mun Paai and Shaolin Wing Chun, the founder of Meng’s Martial Arts International (started February 1987), and the founder and curator of the Ving Tsun Museum (started in 1993 – an idea shared from Grand Master Moy Yat to Grand Master Meng, then just a Master, on the eve of the wedding at 3am).
She began managing Meng’s Martial Arts in January 1994 and began serving as a committee member on the Ving Tsun Museum project. She traveled extensively with Grand Master Meng and committee members to assist in keeping a journey and to witness important events taking place. She had ample opportunity to meet and have fellowship with some of the living legends of the martial arts, from different parts of the world. She also assisted in hosting many once-in-a-lifetime type events.
In 1995, she began teaching at Meng’s Martial Arts and began coaching at local tournaments, state championships, and assisted with National Champions under the guidance of Grand Master Benny Meng. In May of 1999, she was qualified to skip rank and receive her Third Dan (3rd Degree) black belt through Kukkiwon Certification. She assists in teaching females at seminars around the world. In 2015, Mrs. Meng received her 4th Degree Black Belt after over 35 years of martial arts experience.
Since starting the manager of Meng’s Martial Arts, she has grown in responsibility, knowledge and skill to the point she’s working full-time and manages multiple areas of the HQ, as well as overseeing business relations among all branch schools, and running day-to-day operations and order fulfillment for the Ving Tsun Museum.
In 2002, she participated and completed the first of three levels of Krav Maga Instructor Training in the US HQ of Krav Maga in Los Angeles, CA.