Susan and I were just talking about what a truly special and amazing event that your belt testing nights are. The blend of authority and love that you exude to those kids is just amazing. It is not a show, but backed up by your true spirit, as evidenced by you knowing each and every child by name. You never let a kid quit on a board, but just ask for more cheering. In the process, confidence is delivered. The event is inspiring to adults, as well as entertaining…there are very funny moments. It is enriching to the students, and I believe that the testing night is just a very rare occurrence in Ohio or in any state. It is just a reflection of who you are as a person, Master Kim, and we are thankful to be a part of it.

- Vince and Susan Thomson


David M. Askinas
USA Taekwondo

Joe Kim is one of the most outstanding persons I have met in Taekwondo. He has demonstrated high proficiency in teaching both Olympic sparring and traditional martial arts such as poomse and board breaking. His skills have been recognized not only in the field of taekwondo but also as a consultant to NFL and major university football programs. USA Taekwondo is honored to have Joe Kim as a member club owner and coach. He continues to be a valuable member of our organization and an outstanding role model for the sport of taekwondo.

Kim's Martial Arts has been one of the best decisions we have made for our daughters! Master Kim runs a first class facility! He brings first hand experience with a warm personality greeting each and every student! He has hired quality instructors that are very knowledgeable! They take a sincere interest in our daughters and brings out their personality's within! Kim's Martial Arts has impacted our daughters physically, emotionally, and a sound discipline within Grace and Anna! They look forward to going to Taekwondo class each and every time! Master Kim and his instructors have shaped the lives of Grace and Anna in such a positive way! The biggest impact we have seen in our daughters is the fact that their confidence and discipline has impacted other aspects of their lives~school, home, and other sports! We are very happy that we made the decision to enroll our daughters at Kim's Martial Arts!

- Bill and Trina Powers

Grandmaster Joseph E. Kim is one of the best instructors in this country if not in the world. He is a leading Master in the Martial Arts industry. He is thoughtful, articulate and expert in Taekwondo in knowledge and teaching principles. I have known Grandmaster Kim for over 25 years and he is a person of moral character and most importantly he is respected by his peers.

GrandMaster Han Won Lee
U.S Olympic Taekwondo Coach
U.S. Olympic Team Athlete
Han Lee's U.S. Taekwondo Center


Carter started training with Master Kim in September 1999 and within a few months I had to start as well. There is no way you can just sit and watch without "catching the bug" yourself. I have seen tremendous growth and maturity in my Son during his time at Kim’s Martial Arts. I have also seen both physical and mental improvement in myself since I started training. I know we are both better people for having trained under Master Kim.

The fact that Carter "waited" for me and we were able to earn our 1st degree black belts at the same time was icing on the cake. We have since also earned our 2nd degree black belts together. Our time spent on our training has strengthened the normal father-son bond and given us an extra connection for the rest of our lives. Kim’s Martial Arts School is truly a family place for us in every sense of the word.

- Brian Cruse

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