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Grand Master Kim

 

 

 

Grand Master Kim's Taekwondo College
2513 Victoria Ave.
Regina, SK
S4P 0T2
Canada

Phone: 306-522-5257
email: kimtkd@sasktel.net

 

Sung Ju Kim is best known for promoting Tae Kwon Do in Canada. Born in Korea, Kim took up Tae Kwon Do in his native country in his youth. By 1965, as a 4th degree black belt, Kim had won his first of 2 Korean National Bantamweight sparring titles. After earning his 6th degree black belt in 1972, Kim immigrated to Canada, settling in Regina. He opened Kim's Tae Kwon Do Academy in 1973, the first Tae Kwon Do school in Saskatchewan. Although Kim spoke very little English, he taught Tae Kwon Do techniques mainly by demonstration. Some of his students have gone on to open branch schools throughout Saskatchewan.

In 1981, Kim was a founding member of the Saskatchewan Tae Kwon Do Association. That same year Kim also became certified as an international referee and judge. Since 1982, Kim has been on the board of directors of WTF Canada. In 1985 he was on the organizing committee for the World Games in Seoul, Korea. Sung Ju Kim is the tournament director of the Western Canadian World Tae Kwon Do Federation (W.T.F.) Championships which is held annually. Kim was the tournament director for the first championship in 1980 in Regina. He has also served on the board of directors of WTF Canada from 1982 to the present.

Kim reached Level 3 National Coaching Certification in 1992, and in1993, he became the first Canadian to reach the 9th degree black belt from the WTF. Between 1979 and 1997, Kim was head of Team Saskatchewan at nine National Team trials.

He was also head of Team Saskatchewan at the National Junior Team trials. Kim has contributed to his community in many ways, earning awards and recognition for his work. In the 1990s, Kim taught Tae Kwon Do to Regina's inner city youth, and from 1994-96, was President of the Saskatchewan Korean Canadian Association. Kim was awarded the Regina Mayor's Community Volunteer Award for Sport in 1997, and in 1998 Kim was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, in the 'Builder' Category.

In 2010 Grand Master Kim was given a Honorary/Life Member with Taekwondo Canada.