Grandmaster Il Hoi Kim

Grand Master Il Hoi Kim

A Message From Our Grandmaster

Through many hours of training, anybody can learn the skillful art of physical techniques, philosophical understanding of life, and the ability to overcome difficulties in everyday life. It is very important for children and young adults to experience Tae Kwon Do because they learn mutual respect, cooperation, self-confidence, and self-control. Tae Kwon Do emphasizes both mental and physical discipline. The training will help you to build a new personality and a new body. I urge you and your children to take this opportunity to learn Tae Kwon Do. It will entirely change your outlook on life.

Grandmaster Kim’s Biography

Grand Master Il Hoi Kim began his study of Tae Kwon Do in Seoul, Korea at the age of thirteen. He attained the rank of Black Belt at fifteen, and then began his serious preparation for a lifelong desire to learn and teach others about this unique art.  Grand Master Kim currently holds the rank of Eighth Degree Black Belt in the World Tae Kwon Do Federation. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.



Master Kim’s Achievements:

  • First Degree Black Belt, 1956
  • Region Champion (Bang Ku Dae Ryun), Seoul, Korea in 1958
  • Member of Tae Kwon Do demonstration team in 1962
  • Instructed Junior Class in Headquarters, Moo Duk Kwan, 1965
  • Korean Army Instructor, 1966-67
  • Headquarters of Korean Military Advisory Group, Instructed 1967
  • Instructed in Headquarters, Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan, 1968-71
  • Technical Advisor in Seoul, Moo Duk Kwan, 1971
  • Instructed in Washington, D. C., 1971-1973
  • Coach of the U.S. National Team for the first World Tae Kwon Do Championship in Seoul, Korea, May 1973
  • Tae Kwon Do Instructor for the Lower Dauphin High School in 1976
  • Assistant Director of the Third World Tae Kwon Do Championship in Chicago, September 1977
  • Champion in numerous tournaments in his early years
  • Appreciation Award, from Pennsylvania Governor, 1983
  • Letter of Citation, World Tae Kwon Do Federation, 1987
  • Named Martial Artist of the Year, 1989
  • Appreciation Award, from Pennsylvania Senator, 1989
  • Letter of Citation, World Tae Kwon Do Federation, 1995
  • Citation, from Pennsylvania Governor, 2004
  • Citation, from Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 2004
  • Certification of Commendation, from Pennsylvania Senator, 2004
  • Letter of Congratulation, from Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner, 2004
  • Proclamation, Dauphin County Commissioners, honoring Kim Studio’s Celebration of 33 years of continuous Martial Art instruction, 2007
  • Letter of Commendation, World Tae Kwon Do Federation, April 2008
  • Received numerous citations and letters of appreciation from the World Tae Kwon Do Federation and Headquarters of Moo Duk Kwan
  • Letter of Appointment, International Advisory Committee from World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters Sept. 2008
  • Letter of Commendation from the President of the Kukkiwon, World Tae Kwon Do Federation February, 3 2014
  • Certificate of Special Recognition from United States Senator Patrick Toomey February 21, 2014
  • Letter of Recognition from Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett February 21, 2014
  • Letter of Recognition from United States Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. February 21, 2014
  • Citation of Recognition from The House of Representatives of Pennsylvania, Ronald S. Marsico and Speaker of the House Samuel H. Smith. February 21, 2014
  • Included in the Pennsylvania Icons exhibit in the Pennsylvania State Museum November, 2015
  • Instructed at Kim Studio of Tae Kwon Do from February 1974 to the present.