KH Kim Taekwondo

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Grandmaster Ki Hong Kim

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Grandmaster Ki Hong Kim is an active 9th Dan with the Kukkiwon, and licensed Grandmaster Instructor with the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). His achievements span from being the 1971 International Asian Kickboxing Champion and  Taekwondo Champion in his youth, to becoming an international leader of Taekwondo today.

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.

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.

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 Taekwondo programs.

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.  He was the U.S. Team Leader for the 2015 World Taekwondo Championships in Russia and the 14th World Cup Lyon in France.

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. Today, Grandmaster Kim is also the Founder and Secretary General of the World Taekwondo Masters Union (WTMU).  The WTMU is dedicated to delivery of Kukkiwon programs to the United States.  He has brought Special Rank Testing, Kukkiwon Instructors Courses, and most recently, the Kukkiwon Examiners Course to the U.S. Master Instructors.  These courses and the credentials available from successful completion of the courses help build a strong foundation for the Kukkiwon in America.

Grandmaster Kim had dedicated his life to ensuring the Kukkiwon and Taekwondo is advanced in America and around the World.  But like most Taekwondo Masters, he also has to balance his leadership responsibilities with his own school in Chicago and his wonderful wife and children.

Grandmaster Kim’s KH Kim Taekwondo School in Chicago, Illinois, attracts the best of the best.  Top Taekwondo Masters, instructors, and competitors from around the World (Korea, China, India, The Philippines and Romania) seek to train under his guidance, and as a result, he can be found traveling the World.  People are attracted to be a part of KH Kim Taekwondo so that they may learn from and instruct under Grandmaster Kim. At his school, you will find a strong group of adult and children black belts who have been with Grandmaster Kim for years. You will also find 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 of Taekwondo.

Grandmaster Kim believes in delivering a culturally rich, high quality Kukkiwon-based Taekwondo program at his schools.  He believes that it is a combination of caring, experience and expertise that has made the KH Kim Taekwondo School one of the largest Taekwondo facilities in the nation, with students who are champions on the state and national levels.

The UWTA is proud to have Grandmaster KH Kim as a Director of the Board of the UWTA. With his vast experience and wealth of knowledge of Taekwondo, he is dedicated to helping the UWTA achieve its continued goals in providing the members the finest Taekwondo Journey available today.

Grandmaster Ki Hong Kim’s Taekwondo Resume:

  • President and Founder, KH Kim Taekwondo (OATC)
  • President and Founder, World Taekwondo Training Center (WTTC)
  • Board Member, United World Taekwondo Association (UWTA)
  • Founder and Secretary General, World Taekwondo Masters Union (WTMU)
  • 2015 – present, Vice CEO, Taekwondo News, Seoul, Korea
  • 2011 – 2013, Director of International Affairs, American Athletic Union (AAU)
  • 2007 – 2014, Treasurer, United States Taekwondo Committee (USTC)
  • 2012, 9th Dan Grandmaster, Kukkiwon
  • 2011, Kukkiwon, World Taekwondo Headquarters, Advisory Member
  • Member, United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
  • 1st Class International Referee, World Taekwondo Federation, (WTF)
  • Licensed Grandmaster Instructor, United States Taekwondo Union (USTU)
  • 2002 – 2006 Chairman, Finance & Fundraising Committee, Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU)
  • 2000-2003 President, Illinois State Taekwondo Association (ISTA)
  • 2000-2004 Treasurer, United States Taekwondo Union (USTU)
  • 1996-2000 Referee Vice-Chairman, United States Taekwondo Union (USTU)
POSITION CHAMPIONSHIP LOCATION DATE
WTF Delegate WTF World Cup Taekwondo Team Championship Mexico City, Mexico 12/2015
WTF Delegate 2015 WTF Grand Prix Final Mexico City, Mexico 12/2015
Organizer Director Kukkiwon Poom/Dan Test Examiner Course Chicago, USA 11/2015
USAT Team Leader 2015 World Taekwondo Championship Chelyabinsk, Russia 5/2015
Seminar Director Kukkiwon Poomsae Seminars USA 3/2014
Judge Selector China TKD Assoc. Referee Seminar China 11/2013
PromotionTest Director Kukkiwon Special Promotion Tests USA 10/2013
Tournament Director US Open Hanmadang TKD Championship Chicago, USA 8/2011
Tournament Director US Open Hanmadang TKD Championship Chicago, USA 7/2010
Tournament Director US Open Hanmadang TKD Championship Chicago, USA 6/2009
USTC Officer World Hanmadang TKD Championship Los Angeles, USA 7/2008
Tournament Director IL TKD Governor’s Cup Championship Rolling Meadows, USA 8/2004
WTF Delegate 2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 8/2004
U.S. Team Official 16th(9th Women’s) World Championship Gamisch, Germany 9/2003
U.S. Team Official 2nd International Women’s Open Championship Gyeongju, Korea 8/2003
U.S. Team Official 22th Universiade Game Taekwondo Daegu, Korea 8/2003
U.S. Team Official 1st Inca International Championship Lima, Peru 2/2003
U.S. Team Official 15th World Championships Cheju, Korea 10/2001
U.S. Team Delegate Pan American Junior Olympics Santiago, Chile 9/2001
Member, Arbitration Board Central Cup Pan Am Games Republica Dominica 7/2001
U.S. Team Official 2nd Korea Open International Chunchon, Korea 6/2001
U.S. Team Official 15th World Cup Hochimihn City, Vietnam 5/2001
Referee 1st Women’s International Los Angeles, USA 7/2000
U.S. Team Leader 14th World Cup Lyon, France 4/2000
U.S. Team Delegate 2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 8/2000
Referee U.S. Olympic Team Qualifiers Colorado Springs, USA 1/2000
Referee Asian Regional Olympic Qualifiers Manila, Philippines 9/1999
Referee U.S. World Championship Team Trials Colorado Springs, USA 5/1999
Referee 6th Pan American Open Los Angeles, USA 8/1998
Referee 7th U.S. Open Orlando, USA 2/1998
Referee 5th U.S. Open Colorado Springs, USA 3/1996
Tournament Director 14th U.S. Junior Olympics Chicago, USA 7/1994
Referee 3rd U.S. Open Colorado Springs, USA 2/1994
Referee 11th World Championships New York, USA 8/1993
Referee 2nd U.S. Open Colorado Springs, USA 2/1992
Referee 8th Pan American Championships Colorado Springs, USA 12/1992
Referee 1st U.S. Open Colorado Springs, USA 2/1992
Co-Director 16th National Collegiates Chicago, USA 10/1990
POSITION
CHAMPIONSHIP
LOCATION
DATE
Director of International Affairs
Amateur Athletic Union
La Buena Vista, FL USA
9/2011
Secretary General
World Taekwondo Masters Union
Naperville, IL USA
8/2011
Tournament Director
US Open Hanmadang TKD Championship
Chicago, IL USA
8/2011
Tournament Director
US Open Hanmadang TKD Championship
Chicago, IL USA
7/2010
Tournament Director
US Open Hanmadang TKD Championship
Chicago, IL USA
6/2009
USTC Officer
World Hanmadang TKD Championship
Los Angeles, CA USA
7/2008
Tournament Director
IL TKD Governor’s Cup Championship
Rolling Meadows, IL USA
8/2004
WTF Delegate
2004 Olympic Games
Athens, Greece
8/2004
U.S. Team Official
16th(9th Women’s) World Championship
Gamisch, Germany
9/2003
U.S. Team Official
2nd International Women’s Open Championship
Gyeongju, Korea
8/2003
U.S. Team Official
22Th Universiade Game Taekwondo
Daegu, Korea
8/2003
U.S. Team Official
1st Inca International Championship
Lima, Peru
2/2003
U.S. Team Official
15th World Championships
Cheju, Korea
10/2001
U.S. Team Delegate
Pan American Junior Olympics
Santiago, Chile
9/2001
Member, Arbitration Board
Central Cup Pan Am Games
Republica Dominica
7/2001
U.S. Team Official
2nd Korea Open International
Chunchon, Korea
6/2001
U.S. Team Official
15th World Cup
Hochimihn City, Vietnam
5/2001
Referee
1st Women’s International
Los Angeles, California
7/2000
U.S. Team Leader
14th World Cup
Lyon, France
4/2000
U.S. Team Delegate
2000 Olympic Games
Sydney, Australia
8/2000
Referee
U.S. Olympic Team Qualifiers
Colorado Springs, Colorado
1/2000
Referee
Asian Regional Olympic Qualifiers
Manila, Philippines
9/1999
Referee
U.S. World Championship Team Trials
Colorado Springs, Colorado
5/1999
Referee
6th Pan American Open
Los Angeles, California
8/1998
Referee
7th U.S. Open
Orlando, Florida
2/1998
Referee
5th U.S. Open
Colorado Springs, Colorado
3/1996
Tournament Director
14th U.S. Junior Olympics
Chicago, Illinois
7/1994
Referee
3rd U.S. Open
Colorado Springs, Colorado
2/1994
Referee
11th World Championships
New York, New York
8/1993
Referee
2nd U.S. Open
Colorado Springs, Colorado
2/1992
Referee
8th Pan American Championships
Colorado Springs, Colorado
12/1992
Referee
1st U.S. Open
Colorado Springs, Colorado
2/1992
Co-Director
16th National Collegiates
Chicago, Illinois
10/1990