KH Kim Taekwondo

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Grandmaster Ki Hong Kim

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Grandmaster Ki Hong Kim is an active 9th Dan member of the Kukkiwon, World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), and a licensed Grandmaster Instructor by the United States Taekwondo Union. His achievements span more than 50 years, from being a Taekwondo champion in his youth, to an international leader of Taekwondo today.

Grandmaster KH Kim is the Founder of WTMU, World Taekwondo Masters Union, the biggest single U.S. organization working for Kukkiwon, and one of only two official Kukkiwon MOU companies in the United States recognized as a Special Member of the Kukkiwon Membership System.

He has had direct involvement with the Olympic Games and is a certified as a 1st Class International Olympic Referee. He has been selected to lead and represent the United States in various capacities at international-level competitions, starting as the Co-Director of the 16th National Collegiate in 1990, and as the Tournament Director for the 14th U.S. Junior Olympics in 1994 which had the largest in attendance, over 5,000 competitors on record. His duties also included serving as a U.S. Team Delegate for the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic and the 2001 Pan American Junior Olympics, as well as a WTF Delegate for the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic. In addition, he serves as the Kukkiwon Advisory Member and as the Director of International Affairs for the American Athletic Union (AAU).

He organized the first annual U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang in 2009 and was the Tournament Director for its first three years. It had been his responsibility to lead and spread this grassroots movement in the United States, focusing on the traditional martial art aspects of Taekwondo which supports the ideals embodied by the Kukkiwon, World Taekwondo Headquarters.

His most recent projects has been the promotion of the Kukkiwon Poomsae Seminars in the United States, the Kukkiwon Special Promotion Tests, and the Kukkiwon Masters License Certification Seminars. Grandmaster KH Kim travels worldwide to promote Taekwondo and helps lead Taekwondo organizations in Korea, India, Romania, Hungary, Philippines, Russia, and South America.

• President and Founder, KH Kim Taekwondo (OATC)
• President and Founder, World Taekwondo Training Center (WTTC)
• Founder and Secretary General, World Taekwondo Masters Union (WTMU)
• 2011 – Present, Director of International Affairs, American Athletic Union (AAU)
• 2007- Present, Treasurer, United States Taekwondo Committee (USTC)
• 9th Dan Grandmaster, World Taekwondo Federation, (WTF)
• 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)

 

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 as a child to eliminate his lack of self-confidence and fear. Taekwondo helped Grandmaster Kim to overcome those fears and develop the skills and self-confidence to succeed in life. Because he has never forgotten how Taekwondo has changed his life, he is on a personal mission to help build that same sense of self-confidence in others through Taekwondo.

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, family and instructors. He believes everyone can succeed and provides the encouragement to do so. Students from age four through senior citizens have benefited from the programs. 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 K.H.Kim’s 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. For example, as a student at a Jillson Buddhist temple, he learned various healing techniques and meditation as well as lessons from studying animals and nature. In contrast to his temple experience, 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.

What this all means is that you will learn at a school that values you and the growth of you as a whole person, not just the physical.

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?

As an 9TH 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, Philippines and Romania) are attracted to be a part of K.H.Kim’s 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 and years. You will also find, however, many adult black belts who have chosen to switch from other schools to K.H.Kim’s Taekwondo because they can find the more advanced and sophisticated training needed to advance their progression in the art of Taekwondo.

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 K.H.Kim’s Taekwondo has become one of the largest Taekwondo facilities in the nation with students who are champions on the state and national levels.

EXPERIENCE

POSITION EVENT/CHAMPIONSHIP LOCATION DATE
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, 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 2/1993
Referee 8th Pan American Championships Colorado Springs, Colorado 12/1992
Referee 1st U.S. Open Colorado Springs, Colorado 2/1992
Co-Director 16th National Collegiate Chicago, Illinois 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