Grand Master Jin Young Kim earned his 9th Degree Black Belt from the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters in South Korea. Before immigrating to the United States in 1982, he taught self-defense and hand-to-hand combat to the Korean Police Department and United States Army.
He traveled widely in the United States and abroad, including Mexico, China, and South Korea, as a featured Taekwondo exhibitor. In 1997, Master Kim shared the spotlight with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Columbus, Ohio Arnold Classic, in an exhibition with over 40,000 spectators.
In 1998, Master Kim was presented with the Oklahoma Human Rights Award by Governor Frank Keating. The Oklahoma Human Rights Commission recognized Master Kim as a mentor, humanitarian leader and father. On November 17, 2012, Grand Master Kim received a special invitation to give a lecture and demonstration at the Seoul Taekwondo Paradigm Seminar in South Korea. In 2013, he was featured as a headline self-defense demonstrator at the Seoul World Taekwondo Leaders Forum. The event was attended by over 200 top worldwide instructors from 50 countries. On December 31, 2013, Grand Master Kim received a Citation of Honor in recognition of his dedicated service and outstanding committment to the development of sport from Jin Ryong Yu, the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism in South Korea s. This is one of the highest honors that can be given any citzen of South Korea.
Master Kim has taught Taekwondo for over 45 years, and displays an exceptional talent for developing the mind, body, and spirit of his students.