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Grandmaster Ki Hong Kim

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An effective and charismatic leader in the martial arts community with the highest credentials. A successful entrepreneur as founder and business owner of several martial arts schools and programs in the U.S. since 1979. Executive level management experience, holding both State and National offices. 30 years of hands-on teaching experience which began with the Korean Army Combat Police.

  • 8th Dan Grandmaster, World Taekwondo Federation, (WTF)
  • 1st Class International Referee, WTF
  • 2007- Present Treasurer, United States Taekwondo Committee (USTC)
  • 2000-2003 President, Illinois State Taekwondo Association (ISTA)
  • 2000-2004 Treasurer, United States Taekwondo Union (USTU)
  • Member, United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
  • President and Founder, K.H.Kim's Taekwondo
  • Licensed Grandmaster Instructor, USTU
  • Chairman, Finance & Fundraising Committee, Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU)
  • 1996-2000 Referee Vice Chairman, USTU

About Grandmaster Ki Hong Kim

If you are interested in bettering your mind and body, don’t you want to learn from someone who can provide the support, guidance, physical tools, knowledge and experience to get you there?

Just like many kids today, Grandmaster Kim’s mother urged him to study Taekwondo to boost his self-confidence and eliminate his fears. Through Taekwondo, Grandmaster Kim overcame his fears and developed the skills and self-confidence to succeed in life. Because he has never forgotten how his life was changed, he is on a personal mission to help build that same sense of self-confidence and future success in others.

Grandmaster Kim believes that anyone can use martial arts as a tool for growth. Meet him and you will realize that he has not only dedicated his life to Taekwondo, but that he cares deeply about the students, families and instructors. He believes everyone can succeed, and provides the encouragement to do so. Students from age three through senior citizens have benefited from the program. Everyone from state and national champion athletes, people suffering from asthma, learning disabilities, discipline problems, heart attacks and cancer have benefited from the various programs at KH Kim Taekwondo.

His early passion for Taekwondo led him to leave home and become an instructor for Master Byung Chun Oh. During this period, Master Kim exchanged his teaching skills and maintenance of the school for food, clothes and a place to sleep, for the privilege of studying with Master Ku and Master Young Woo Lee. As a young adult, his passion for learning led him to continue to build the depth and breadth of his knowledge of the martial arts, while his understanding of the practical nature of martial arts led Grandmaster Kim to teach a Korean Army special combat police squad how to prepare for hand-to-hand combat with North Korean infiltrators.

Young Grand Master Kim
If you are interested in advancing to the highest levels of the art of Taekwondo, doesn’t it make sense to study under someone who has experience and knowledge with international competitions to take you there?

Grand Master Kim with Students

As an 8TH Dan with the World Taekwondo Federation and a licensed Grandmaster Instructor for the United States Taekwondo Union, Grandmaster Kim’s achievements span from being the 1971 International Asian Kickboxing Champion and a Taekwondo champion in his youth to becoming an International leader of Taekwondo today.

Direct involvement with the Olympic Games is reserved for Taekwondo leaders with the greatest skills and dedication to the sport. Grandmaster Kim is one of an elite group certified to be a 1st Class international Olympic referee. From tournament director, to United States team leader, to international referee, Grandmaster Kim has been selected to lead and represent the United States in various capacities at international level competition. Grandmaster Kim knows what competition at the highest level is all about, and he knows what it takes to get you there.

In addition, having been Treasurer of the United States Taekwondo Committee and the President of the Illinois State Taekwondo Association, Grandmaster Kim is a leading figure in promoting and building Taekwondo in the United States.

How else does Grandmaster Kim’s experience benefit me, the average Taekwondo student?

The best are attracted to the best. Top Taekwondo Masters, instructors and competitors from around the world (Korea, The Philippines and Romania) are attracted to be a part of KH Kim Taekwondo so that they may learn from and instruct under Grandmaster Kim. You will find a strong group of adult and child black belts who have been with Grandmaster Kim for years. You will also find, however, many adult black belts who have chosen to switch from other schools to KH Kim Taekwondo because they can find the more advanced and sophisticated training needed to advance their progression in the art.

Because of the high quality of the instructing staff, you will learn from a Taekwondo school that understands excellence and passes it on to its students. This combination of caring, experience and expertise is the key to explaining why KH Kim Taekwondo has become one of the largest Taekwondo facilities in the nation with students who are champions on the state and national levels.

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Grand Master Kim with young students Grand Maste Kim Stretching
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Ki Hong Kim

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