Grand Master I.K. Kim was the founder and President of the I.K. Kim Ja Be Ryu Tae Kwon Do Organization and a 9th degree black belt.
Grand Master Kim was also President of the World Martial Arts Federation and an internationally-known authority on martial arts.
Grand Master Kim studied law and received his criminal law degree from Korea University.
Grand Master Kim was born in Korea and started training in Tae Kwon Do at the age of 7. After earning his law degree, he travelled to the United States where he studied Economics and History at University of Cincinnati. In 1967, he started the I.K. Kim Tae Kwon Do Centers.
Grand Master Kim studied under Grand Master Byung-Jik Ro who studied under Grand Master Gichin Funakoshi.
Ja Be Ryu is the style that has resulted from Grand Master Kim's over 60 years experience.
Grand Master Kim has entrusted the continuation of his Organization and his Legacy to the Kim Family and a select group of his Masters. This Team will ensure that the highest standards of instruction at each gym location continue and are maintained. This Team shares the same vision that Grand Master Kim had for his Organization and for his students. We are currently in our 52nd year of business.
Mrs. S. Kim/Kim FamilySenior Master J. MetznerSenior Master R. MetznerMaster S. EveslageMaster M. ZimmerMaster K. Marner