SUNBI MARTIAL ARTS

HISTORY OF HAN MU DO

Dr Kimm, born 1/17/40, began his martial arts training in Yudo and Bi Sool in 1953. By the time he had graduated from high school, he had captained the Yudo team and successfully led them to a national championship.  Later, as a cadet at the Korean Naval Academy, Dr. Kimm taught martial arts to the 8th U.S. Army stationed in Pusan, Korea.  It was there that the young marine was invited to further his education and teach martial arts at a small university in the midwest.  By the invitation of Dr. Mark Scully, President of S.E. Missouri State University, and with permission from his government, Dr. Kimm began teaching Hapkido, Yudo and Tae Kwon Do in the winter of 1963.  He spent six years there, spreading his art and attending classes.  Then having been awarded a Master's Degree in American History, Dr. Kimm moved on to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to further his education at Louisiana State University.

While at LSU, Dr. Kimm was visited by Grandmaster Myung Kwang-Shik and together they pledged to promote Hapkido throughout the southern United States.  In the mid 70's, he met Grandmaster In Hyuk Suh, the founder of Kuk Sool Won.  Impressed by the breadth of both mind and martial arts, Dr. Kimm joined Grandmaster Suh to help him promote Kuk Sool Won in America.  It was a collaboration that would last for almost fifteen years.  As the Secretary General of the World Kuk Sool Association, Dr. Kimm promoted a number of seminars in the U.S. and Mexico and was a co-director of the World Martial Arts Championships and Demonstrations in Pusan, Korea.  Dr. Kimm wrote and published Kuk Sool: Traditional Korean Martial Arts, an immense volume cataloging the martial art as Grandmaster Suh taught him.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER, DR. HE-YOUNG-KIMM
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