Eternal GrandMaster Myung Hwan Kim
Eternal GrandMaster Myung H. Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea during the Korean War in 1944. He began learning Taekwondo from his Father when he was a young boy. His first love was the throwing art of judo. As a young man he competed heavily in Asia and emerged as All Asian Judo Champion. In 1962, Eternal GrandMaster Kim won the World Judo Championships and became South Korea’s first World Judo champion. Due to family crisis in 1964 he had to withdraw form the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. His strong dedication to his family took precedence over his personal goal of becoming an Olympic champion.
During the mid 1960’s, Eternal GrandMaster Kim began preparing for his Master’s Degree in the martial arts in order to be able to spread the art of Taekwondo under the direction of the World Taekwondo Federation, WTF. In 1970 Eternal GrandMaster Kim arrived in Fairview Park, Ohio and began Kim’s Martial Arts School. Eternal GrandMaster Kim continued to work and produce Black Belts up until his untimely death on May 22nd, 2000. His is survived by his wife Bernadette and his two sons, Joseph and John.
Eternal GrandMaster is missed to all but never forgotten.
- 8th Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo
- 8th Dan Black Belt in Hapkido
- 7th Dan Black Belt in Judo
- Doctor of Holistic Medicine
- Founder of Kim’s Martial Arts School
- Founder of the United Martial Arts Black Belt Association
- World Judo Champion