- 9th Dan Olympic Taekwondo
- 9th Dan Traditional Tang Soo Do
- 9th Dan Korean Hap Ki Do
- President World TKD Moo Duk Gwan Association
- Pan Am Moo Duk Kwan Vice President
- State Olympic Tae Kwon Do President
- Korean National Police College TKD Professor
- Captain CID Korean Police; Uijonbbu, Camp Casey, Korea
- ROK Marines Special Forces TKD Close Combat Instructor
- Hon. Captain Denver Police Dept.
- Author WTF and Taekwondo Tang Soo Do Forms
Grandmaster Jung Kil Kim was born on February 23, 1936, in Seoul, Korea. At the Early age of 6 years. he began studying Taekwondo under Grandmaster Chang Yong Jung and 3 short years later, at the age of 9 years; Grandmaster Kim received Black Belt #123 From Moo Duk Kwan Grandmaster Hwang Kee. Grandmaster Kim studied Taekwondo along with the renowned world masters such as Grandmaster Chong Soo Hong (Vice-President World Taekwondo Federation and Kuk-Ki-Won) and Grandmaster Moo Yong Lee (President of The United States Taekwondo Union).
The nickname “Tiger” was earned in 1958 due to Grandmaster Kim’s aggressive fighting style. He attained the rank of Police Captain with the Korean National Police and was known across Korea as “Tiger Cop”. He also picked up the name “GoldenHead” for his uncanny ability to break objects with his head. Grandmaster Kim attended Don Kuk College where he majored in political science, graduating with a B.A. degree in 1961. During the 1960’s Grandmaster Kim served as a Taekwondo Instructor for the ROK Marine Academy, The Korean Police College, Kukkiwon Taekwondo Headquarters, and the U.S. Army 2nd Infantry Division C.I.O. Special Task Force (Korea). In 1969 Grandmaster Kim was invited to Hong Kong to instruct Bruce Lee in the art of breaking.
In 1971, he captured the Grand Champion title be defeating the best martial arts experts in the Far East, winning the An Asian Martial Arts Championship Tournament. This competition features the various law enforcement agencies of Asian countries and is recognized as the world’s “Super Bowl” of Martial Arts.
In 1976 Grandmaster Kim came to the United States and opened his first school in Denver, Colorado; just one year after receiving 8th Dan Grandmaster Certification by the Kukkiwon. In 1991, Grandmaster Kim’s dreams continued to grow as he renovated his school to a 12,000 sq. ft. facility with Olympic size boxing Ring and was awarded 9th Dan, International Grandmaster by the Korean Moo Duk Kwan Taekwondo Association.
That same year, at the personal request of Chuck Norris, movie star and founder of the “Kick Drugs out of America” charity, Grandmaster Kim attended a private reception in Beverly Hills, in celebration of Mr. Norris receiving his 8th Dan Black Belt.
Throughout the years, Grandmaster Kim’s involvement in the development and continued popularity of the martial arts community has continued to grow. In 2001, the Choong Chung Government and Choong Chung College of Korea asked that he coordinate their demonstration and tournament. This world famous event was attended by competitors from 34 nations.
His participation in events such as this can be directly connected to having the distinction of studying from the source of modem day Tang Soo Do and Taekwondo. Grandmaster Kim is presently one of the highest ranking Grandmasters in the world. As president of the World Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association, Grandmaster Kim has assured the growth and development of the most traditional form of both Tang Soo Do and Taekwondo in to the modern world.
Chronology of Grandmaster Tiger Kim
Feb. 23, Grandmaster Kim was born in Seoul Korea.
|1942||Father introduced him to Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do and Taekwondo at age 6.|
|1947||Awarded 1st Dan Black Belt # 123 by Grandmaster Hwang Kee.|
|1957||Attended Don Kuk College, Majoring in Political Science.|
|1958||Graduated Korean Special Marine course ROK.|
|1961||ROK Marines Special Forces Martial Arts Instructor.|
|1962||Asian Martial Arts Demonstration Team Member in Tokyo, Japan.|
|1963||Korean Police College Taekwondo Instructor|
|1966||Passed to FBI CIDC Korean Police Investigator|
|1967||Instructor at Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Headquarters|
|1969||Grandmaster Kim went to Hong Kong to teach Bruce Lee the art of breaking with the head.|
|1971||Grand Champion Sparring All Asian Games Championship. (Super bowl of martial arts)|
|1974||Captain Korean police CID, Uijongbu, Camp Casey Korea|
|1975||Awarded 8th Dan Black Belt, Master Instructor by Kukkiwon. (Taekwondo Headquarters)|
|1976||Came to USA and opened Tiger Kim’s Academy in Denver, Colorado|
|1984||Sponsored Denver’s first National Open Tournament at East High School|
|1985||Honorary Lieutenant, Denver Police Department by Chief Coogan|
|1986||Opened World Martial Arts Supply store Denver’s Only full line supplier|
|1987||Elected President of AAU Taekwondo Association|
|1988||Invited to Olympics in Seoul, Korea by Korean Government as Taekwondo Judge.|
Sponsored Pan Am Cup National Tournament at East High School.
Appointed Regional Director of the Pan American Moo Duk Kwan Association.
|1990||President of Korean People’s Colorado Taekwondo Association.|
Renovated Tiger Kim’s Academy 12,000sq, ft. facilities with Olympic boxing ring.
Awarded 9th Dan, International Grandmaster by Moo Duk Kwan Korean Taekwondo Association.
Grand opening of new headquarters February 22, with special guests Grandmaster Moo Yung Lee
Aurora Mayor Paul Tauer, and Denver District Attorney Norm Early.
USTU State President Colorado State Taekwondo Association. Hosted Colorado State championships
CO State at East High School with largest record turnout of schools and students.
Delegate for Korean Taekwondo Association as USA Branch Representative .
Special Instructor for world famous Korean Tigers Demo Team. Taught special breaking and training techniques.
Delegate for 15 Moo Duk Kwan schools in Korea, stressing quality of character in martial arts education. Along
Recognized for two decades of martial arts excellence, and life changing impact on thousands of Denver area residents.
Founded Tiger Kim’s Rocky Mountain National Open: the first tournament to award beautiful, ornate, tempered steel swords for champion adult sparring as well as spirit and sportsmanship.
Awarded Meritrious Cornmcdndation from the Pan American Moo Duk Kwan Society
At the personal request of Chuck Norris, movie star and founder of “Kick Drugs Out of America” charity, attended a private reception in Beverly Hills, in celebration Mr. Norris receiving his 8th Dan Black Belt. Other notables attending included Lou Ferigno, Gary Shandling, Todashi Yumashita, Jeff Speakman, Bob Wall, and more.
Director, Pan American Moo Duk Kwan Strategic and Organizational Planning Committee.
Hosted Tiger Kim’s Rocky Mountain National Open in Denver, a popular tournament attended by competitors from all across the United States, and a qualifier for international caliber events.
Invited to a personal conference with Dr. Un Yong Kim, President of the World Taekwondo Federation, to discuss
First school in western region and only in Colorado to install the Ssaurabi Robotic Training Facility, where Grand- master Kim oversees a large Group of instructors, including senior instructors Sung Kim 7th Dan (son of Grandmaster Kim), Don Schultz 5th Dan, Stephen Bishop M.D. 5th Dan, Barry Karp 4th Dan, Greg Lester 4th Dan, John Craig 4th Dan, John Dalton 4th Dan, and many others. Tiger Kim’s Academy is the only school in Colorado to offer such a concentration of high-ranking instructors.Chronology of Grandmaster Jung Kil “Tiger” Kim.
|1999||Out of 180 original ROK Marines who are retired and reside in Colorado, Grandmaster Kim has been nominated as President of the Colorado Korean Association for year 2000. The Association has more than 30,000 members.|
Coordinator of Tournament and Demonstration sponsored by Choong Chun Do Government and Choong Chung College in Korea. This event was attended by competitors from 34 nations, and is world famous.
Hosted the 15th Annual America’s Cup Taekwondo Tournament at the Doubletree Hotel in Denver. This tournament is one of Colorado’s premier championships. Grandmaster Kim is main sponsor and President of this very popular tournament, and it had more than 700 people in attendance.
|2001||Awarded MVP from the Colorado Cup Committee|
|2002||President of the World Taekwondo Moo Duk Kwan Association Provided at request a demonstration at the Sushi, Saki, and Sumo event at The Fillmore in Denver. This was a fundraiser for women’s cancer research at University of Colorado Hospital, and was attended by more than 2,000 people. Tiger Kim’s academy was the only martial arts school invited to take part in this event. Children’s Hospital fundraiser martial arts demonstration at Fort Carson, Colorado: The Master’s Demo, to raise money for Children’s Hospital. This event was attended by many of the elite martial arts people in Colorado.|
Grandmaster Kim leading the largest demo team in attendance at Elitch Garden’s Six Flags Martial Arts Day Demo. TKA was the only school from Colorado to compete at the 21st North American Invitational TKD Championships.
TKA was the only school from Colorado to compete at the 22nd North American Invitational TKD Championships.
Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of fame.
Moo Gung Hwa Taekwondo Grandmaster Society inducted as only Grandmaster from Colorado.
Appointed as the USA/Korea Taekwondo Liaison by KNTO to help bond US and Korea relations 20 members of
Grandmaster Kim received his induction into the esteemed Alabama Col., by the Gov. of Alabama Mr. Bob Riley.
Awarded Mayor’s Appreciation Certificate of recognition from the Mayor of Los Angeles.
Presidential Physical Fitness Award and Medal presented by United States President G.W. Bush.
Recognized by Disney to do Partnership for Elite Championships for 2007.
|2007||Disney Sponsored America’s Cup Championship hosted by Grandmaster Tiger Kim, Denver’s largest Championship
to bring all styles of martial arts in one festival held at The National Western Complex.
Award of Excellence by the International Tang Soo Do Federation Moo Duk Kwan President Lee Kang UK.
Participation Award only school from Denver, Colorado at Hanmadang by Kukkiwon.
2nd year Disney Sponsored America’s Cup Championship hosted by Grandmaster Tiger Kim, Denver’s largest
|2009||Hosted Denver’s only true “Free Women’s self defense class” as Grandmaster Instructor with over 400 attendees.|
Hosted “Women’s self defense class” as Grandmaster Instructor, all proceeds donated to Breast Cancer Research.
Letter of Appointment from Kukkiwon on the Education Committee.
Hosted The First Free GLBT Self Defense Class benefits The Center For advancing GLBT.
"Grand Master "Tiger" Kim's Day" June 6th Proclamation by City of Denver Mayor Vital.
"Grand Master "Tiger" Kim Day" June 6th Proclamation by Colo. Governor Hickenlooper.