Grand Master Dragon Kim, Jin Young earned his 9th Degree Black Belt from the Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Headquarters in South Korea. Before immigrating to the United States in 1982, he taught self-defense and hand-to-hand combat to the Korean Police Department and United States Army. With over 45 years of experience teaching the art of Taekwondo, he displays an exceptional talent for developing the mind, body and spirit of Taekwondo students.
He travels widely in the United States and abroad as a featured Taekwondo educator and exhibitor. Grand Master Kim shared the spotlight with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 1997 Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio in an exhibition with over 40,000 spectators. In November 2012, Grand Master Kim received a special invitation to give a lecture and demonstration at the Seoul Taekwondo Paradigm Seminar. In July 2013, he was featured as a headline self-defense lecturer and demonstrator at the Seoul World Taekwondo Leaders Forum; the event was attended by over 200 top worldwide instructors from 50 countries.
In addition, Grand Master Kim has been a lecturer, demonstrator and judge at the Kukkiwon Taekwondo Days demonstration (September 2014), Chicago Kukkiwon International Taekwondo Master Course & Examiner for Poom/Dan Promotion (November 2015/2016), Atlanta Kukkiwon International Taekwondo Master Course & Examiner for Poom/Don Promotion (August 2016), and New Jersey Kukkiwon International Taekwondo Master Course & Examiner for Poom/Dan Promotion (November 2017).
Grand Master Kim's expertise has been recognized extensively throughout his career, earning him numerous awards and commendations from Taekwondo. He was presented with an award from the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission for his endeavors in promoting diversity in the state. In December 2013, he received a very notable Citation of Honor from Yu, Jin Ryong (Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism in South Korea), in recognition of his dedicated service and outstanding commitment to the development of the sport of Taekwondo.
9th Degree Grand Master
World Taekwondo Headquarters
Kukkiwon Advisory Committee
Moodukkwan Association 9th Degree
Moodukkwan Pan American Secretary General
World Taekwondo Master Union - President
Certified of 1st Class Taekwondo Master
Certified of 1st Class Taekwondo Judge
Certified of 1st Class Taekwondo Referee