World Taekwondo Training Center and KH Kim Taekowndo founder Grandmaster Ki Hong Kim awarded the Honorable Secretary of State Jesse White with an Honorary 4th Dan Black Belt at the 10th KH Kim Taekwondo Tournament, November 4th, 2012, at the Glen Ellyn Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center. Secretary White and the Jesse White Tumblers, performed at the Opening Ceremony in honor of Grandmaster Kim's ultimate 9th Dan Black Belt Achievement. Over 1,500 people gathered to celebrate and commemorate the special event.
A strong advocate for children's education and character development, and a believer that Taekwondo can be used as a tool for social development, Grandmaster Kim works tirelessly to promote the martial art of Taekwondo. He plays a critical role in the advancement and globalization of Taekwondo and travels extensively in his commitment to promote its many benefits. He founded the World Taekwondo Training Center to facilitate his vision of helping shape a better future for Taekwondo families worldwide.
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Earlier this year, Grandmaster Kim travelled to the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters to finally test for the 9th Dan Black Belt, the highest ranking in Taekwondo, after almost a lifetime of exceptional service and dedication. Taekwondo is currently practiced in 220 countries, with over 70 million practitioners. The number of current active Grandmasters with the rank of a Taekwondo 9th Dan is only a handful of about 280 men and women.
Grandmaster Kim opened his school in Illinois in 1986. KH Kim Taekwondo is headquartered in Northbrook, IL, and currently offers classes in over 30 different locations in the Chicagoland area, offering the whole family a great way to work out together, stay physically and mentally fit, while learning the art of Taekwondo. The school is committed to teaching its students valuable life skills to succeed in their chosen endeavors and to build a strong foundation of discipline, respect, and indomitable spirit. Please visit www.khkimtkd.com to learn more and read what its students and parents are saying.