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President/ Founder

9th Dan Kukkiwon

Grandmaster Ki Hong Kim is an active 9th Dan member/1st Class Master Certification/ 1st Class Poom/Dan Examiner of the Kukkiwon, World Taekwondo Headquarters.

His achievements span more than 50 years, from being a Taekwondo champion in his youth to an international leader of Taekwondo today.

He has been selected to lead and represent the United States in various capacities at international-level competitions and has had direct involvement with the Olympic Games as a 1st Class WT International Referee. He was the WT Representative for the 2016 Brazil Olympic Games and the 2004 Greece Olympic Games.


He recently served as the USA Taekwondo Team Leader for the 2015 World Taekwondo Championship.  He was 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.

In 2009, he organized the first annual U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang and was the Tournament Director for its first three years, spreading this grassroots movement in the United States. His most recent project 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, China, Africa, Middle East, Romania, Hungary, Philippines, Russia, and South America. In addition, he serves as the Kukkiwon Advisory Member and is the President/ Founder of WTMU, World Taekwondo Masters Union, the biggest single U.S. organization working for Kukkiwon.

  • Founder & President, World Taekwondo Masters Union (WTMU)

  • Founder & President, KH Kim Taekwondo 

  • 9th Dan Grandmaster, World Taekwondo Federation (WTF)

  • 1st Class International Referee, WTF

  • 1st Class International Master, Kukkiwon

  • 1st Class Poom/Dan Examiner, Kukkiwon

  • 2015 – present, Vice CEO, Taekwondo News, Seoul, Korea

  • 2011 – 2013, Director of International Affairs, American Athlete Union (AAU)

  • 2007- 2014, 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, Oriental Arts Training Center (OATC)

  • Licensed Grandmaster Instructor, USTU

  • Chairman, Finance & Fundraising Committee, Pan American Taekwondo Union (PATU)

  • 1996-2000 Referee Vice Chairman, USTU

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