Grand Master Ki Chung Kim was a Taekwondo Champion and Instructor. Ki Chung Kim was one of the first Korean Taekwondo instructors to teach in the United States. He was a member of the Korean Taekwondo Association, US Taekwondo Federation, and the World Taekwondo Association.
Born on June 22, 1941 in Nonsan, Korea, Ki Chung Kim wanted to study Taekwondo at an early age. However, he felt that he was not strong enough so he spent a year building himself up by lifting weights and training in the basic movements of Taekwondo. It worked, he was collegiate champion in 1965 and the national Korean Middleweight Taekwondo champion in 1967.
Ki Chung Kim came to America in June 1968 and taught at the Cranford Judo and Karate Center with Yoshisada Yonezuka. He then started Taekwondo schools in Allentown PA, Orange NJ, and West Orange NJ. Ki Chung Kim also taught classes at Rutgers University and Morris County Community College. Ki Chung Kim has many noteworthy students that include Mark Williams, Keith Kelly, Herbert Perez, and Yusuf Bilal. Ki Chung Kim's brother, Jon Chung Kim won the 1970 Korea National Championship and currently teaches Taekwondo in Allentown, PA.
Starting his journey in the martial arts as a young boy, Jon Chung Kim went on to win Korean National Champion in 1970. Arriving in the United States in 1975, he reunited with his brother Ki Chung Kim who opened the school in Allentown five years earlier.
Continuing with his training while sharing his knowlege with others, Jon Chung Kim rose through the ranks to obtain the title of Grand Master. He holds an 8th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a 9th degree in Moo Duk Kwon, a 4th degree in Hop Ki Do, and a 1st degree in Judo.
Teaching the values of living a good life, Grand Master Kim leads by example. He serves as an elder in his church and has led yearly missionary trips to the Yucatan since 1997.
His accomplishments led to his recent induction into the US Naval Academy Hall of Fame in Annapolis, MD, not to mention the respect of the 10,000 or so students whose lives he has touched over the years.
Grand Master Pavlou has been training and teaching Tae Kwon Do for over 40 years. His status as a 8th degree Black Belt gives Master Pavlou a level of recognition that very few achieve. Master Pavlou has fought in over 500 competitive tournaments and trained hundreds of students from ages 3 to 99. Master Pavlou was awarded black belt status from the world renowned Grand Master Ki Chung Kim and became one of his top tournament winners.
Master Pavlou is a dedicated martial artist who sincerely enjoys teaching young people. In all his classes he emphasizes respect for others, personal growth and the value of education. Master Pavlou's classes also benefit from the teaching expertise of his instructors who combine over 100 years of experience as well as a variety of martial art disciplines.