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     Choong Jae Nim Chun Sik Kim

President / Founder International Tang Soo Do Federation

Dan No 915


Master Chun Sik Kim is the President and Founder of the International Tang Soo Do Federation, and Author of Authentic Tang Soo Do. He is the inspiration and leader to many Master Instructors, hundreds of black belt students and thousands of colour belt students.


His tireless devotion to the practice and promotion of the traditional Korean martial art of Tang Soo Do has lead to him having a profound effect on the lives of those he has touched. This page is in his Honour.Master Chun Sik Kim started his Tang Soo Do training at the age of 8 years old. He trained for two to three hours every day under the expert instruction of GrandMaster Song Ki Kim. At the age of 10 he was awarded his black belt. Master Kim did not pass his black belt test at the first attempt. After failing the first test he trained hard and was successful at the second attempt.


This is a lesson that Master Kim has not forgotten and even today continues to advise students of this fact in an attempt to show them what can be achieved with hard work.


In 1963 Master Kim joined the Korean army and became head instructor at Osan Airforce base in Korea. It is here that he instructed both Korean and US military personnel, including the now famous Chuck Norris.


His next assignment lasted for four years at which he taught Tang Soo Do to the troops of the Korean Tiger division.


After this Master Kim was asked by the head of the US forces in Korea to resume teaching at Osan. These were followed by the following achievements:

  • 1967 Korean Army Tang Soo Do champion
  • 1968 Korean Army Tang Soo Do champion
  • 1969 leader of the Korean team at the fifth Asian Karate tournament in Malaysia
  • 1970 Undefeated heavyweight champion at the first World championships in Japan
In 1972 Master Kim was sent to the USA, by his Master, to spread the art of Tang Soo Do. He spent two years teaching in New Jersey, then re-located to Pittsburgh in 1974. Master Kim continues to live and teach in Pittsburgh today.

Master Kim's achievements continued at an astonishing pace:

  • 1975 he became a charter member of the US Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation
  • 1978  he was coach of the US team at the first Tang Soo Do World Championships in London
  • 1982 he was elected as Chairman of the US Tang Soo Do Federation
  • 1983 he founded the International Tang Soo Do Federation
  • 1988 he was inducted to the Martial Arts Hall of Fame

Master Kim has continued to work tirelessly to advance the teachings of Tang Soo Do. He has held a phenomenally successful annual Open tournament every year since 1974. He has appeared on the covers of Black Belt magazine, Karate Illustrated and Karate / Kung Fu Illustrated, on numerous occasions.


In 1998 Master Kim published his book Authentic Tang Soo Do, which has been hailed by many Master instructors as one of the most comprehensive texts ever written about the martial arts.


In the Black Belt magazine (Fall 1996 edition) Master Kim was elected "Man of the Year". In the published article he expressed his wish that all branches of Tang Soo Do could unite together. He stated that his goal is to see this happen.