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PRACTICAL 
TAEKWONDO

Founder

Supreme Grand Master

Kim, Bok Man

1934 - 2021

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ABOUT KIM, BOK MAN

Kim, Bok Man was the last surviving member of the original pioneers who first developed Taekwondo, long before the existence of the KTA, ITF, WTF or Kukkiwon.  He was a legendary exponent who has often been referred to a the 'Technical Founder' of Taekwondo as well as a renowned unarmed Combat instructor in the South Korean Special Forces who fought during the Korean war.

During his lifetime he continued to refine techniques for both their practicality and health benefits incorporating unarmed and armed disciplines and was unique in that he continued to include the weapons training that was part of original Taekwondo.

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Taekwondo Pioneer and
Martial Arts Movie Star

When he was just seven years of age, Grand Master Kim's family sent him to learn Martial Arts and self-defence from a local Buddhist priest who began teaching him 'Taekkyun' a centuries old Korean Martial Art.  He had to undergo rigorous physical conditioning and was required to perform lots of jumping exercises, which later earned him the reputation as; 'The man who could defy gravity', such was his skill at jumping kicks.

During the Korean war he enlisted in the Army and very soon began teaching unarmed combat to other soldiers who were going into battle.  He incorporated knife, bayonet and other weapons into the training and fought hand-to-hand with enemy soldiers.  He eventually rose to the rank of Master Sgt and was invited to a demonstration being given by a Chung Do Kwan Korean Karate Gym.  After the demonstration he was asked to show his skills to Chung Do Kwan President Song, Duk Son and General Choi, Hong Hi who were so impressed that he was immediately transferred to General Choi's division to teach Martial Arts and self-defence and help General Choi develop a modern Korean Martial Art that would become 'Taekwondo'.

Grand Master Kim always maintained that Martial Arts should be both practical and include weapons and unarmed techniques and became the world's first Taekwondo Ambassador and the first person ever to be sent abroad as a named professional Taekwondo instructor.

 
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TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS

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Grand Master Iles was Kim, Bok Man's longest serving student for over forty years having studied under him in the Far East and Europe and is President of the World Practical Taekwondo Academy (UK)

Grand Master Mark Iles

9th Dan President

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Grand Master Davies is a former European Vice-President appointed by Supreme Grand Master Kim, Bok Man and, together with GM Iles, is one of the first three people ever promoted to 9th Dan by Supreme Grand Master Kim

9th Dan General Secretary

Grand Master Andy Davies

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Grand Master McGoldrick has both trained and graded under Kim, Bok Man for the last two decades of his career in the practice of original and Practical Taekwondo skills as taught by Supreme Grand Master Kim

Grand Master Dave McGoldrick

9th Dan Chairman

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We believe that the Practical Taekwondo syllabus can be an excellent addition to your Taekwondo curriculum. All seminars, courses and grading tests will be based on GM Kim's authentic and original methods.

 

We are looking for like minded Taekwondo teachers who are interested in helping us to achieve our goal of preserving the legacy of Grand Master Kim, Bok Man.

CONTACT US

Tel: 07598505299  | E-Mail: blackbeltacademy@hotmail.co.uk

GENERAL SECRETARY

 

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