Taekwondo Hall of FameĀ® Ceremony 2013

GM Ki Chung Kim

Country : USA

INDUCTION TITLE: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Ki Chung Kim was born on June 22, 1941 in Nonsan, Korea and died on December 28, 1996 in Orange, New Jersey. After graduating from Nonsan Daegun High School, he earned a BA in English literature from Korea University.
Ki Chung Kim was one of the first Korean Taekwondo instructors to teach in the United States. Ki Chung Kim was a member of associations including the Korean Taekwondo Association, US Taekwondo Federation, and the World Taekwondo Federation,

Kim started Taekwondo schools in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Orange NJ, and West Orange, NJ. Ki Chung Kim also taught classes at Morris County Community College and Rutgers University.
In addition to being a gifted competitor and instructor, he is also remembered for his depth of philosophy. He required that his students read books such as The I Ching, Doctrine of the Mean, and the Art of War by Sun Tzu. He insisted that his students achieve at a high level in school. He would ask his students to read a book and then report it in the class.

Ki Chung Kim felt that the nature and philosophy of Taekwondo is misunderstood. Many people believe that karate and Taekwondo are methods of fighting, breaking bricks and yelling. Some martial arts participants regard Taekwondo as just another style of karate. At times, a few people felt that Taekwondo instructors are overly traditional. Ki Chung Kim emphasized the teaching a complete, comprehensive knowledge of Taekwondo. From this, students are able to develop the skills and techniques that are appropriate for their size and physical characteristics.

In 2013 he received the highest honor in Taekwondo when he was posthumously inducted into the Official Taekwondo Hall of FameĀ®.

(photograph above courtesy of GM Solomon Pavlou)