ABOUT GM. BOK MAN KIM
|Tae Kwon Do is considered one of the oldest martial arts in the world
estimated at over 2,000 years old. Tae Kwon Do
literally means the "art of hand and foot fighting." It is one of the fastest growing martial arts today, due in part to the efforts
of Bok Man Kim, a 10th Degree black belt who has pioneered the international development of traditional Tae Kwon Do.
Black Belt magazine once called him the "father" of Tae Kwon Do and he has been instructing for the past 53 years. Over
the course of his career he has taught and performed for presidents and royalty in Southeast Asia and Europe.
In 1941, at age 7, Bok Man
Kim was introduced to the ancient Korean foot-fighting techniques
of To-San, forerunner of
In 1950 Kim joined the army. During his army years he honed his fighting
skills. Rising to the rank of Sergeant Major he
In 1959 Kim visited Saigon at the invitation of the South Vietnamese government
to popularize and promote Tae Kwon Do
Kim retired from the army in 1962, after which he devoted his life entirely to Tae Kwon Do.
In 1963 he arrived in Malaysia with other high-ranking Korean instructors,
performing demonstrations throughout the
In the following years, 1966-1969, Kim based himself in Hong Kong and traveled
extensively throughout Asia and Europe.
In 1970 Kim went to the Philippines at the invitation of President Marcos.
After the first demonstration of Tae Kwon Do
In 1971 Kim returned to Hong Kong and in 1972 the First Hong Kong Tae Kwon
Do Tournament and demonstration was
In 1973 Kim went to Sarawak at the invitation of their government. After
successful demonstrations, he organized the
In 1975 Kim was again invited to Sarawak by the Governor for the Sarawak
Open Tae Kwon Do Championships.
In 1979 Kim was invited to the Fourth World Tae Kwon Do Championship in Munich.
From Munich he traveled
In 1990 Kim came to the United States and opened his first American school in St. Louis, Missouri.
In 1994 Kim then opened a school in Denver and later in Federal Heights.
Mr. Kim has written three books on the
Kim deserves the utmost admiration for his experience, skill and knowledge.
His students have the greatest respect for
In 2007 Grandmaster Kim Bok Man was inducted into the
Taekwondo Hall of Fame in
an historic ceremony along with
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