Grandmaster Jong Kim

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Jong Chan Kim (J.C. Kim), at the age of 39 was a 7th Dan Black Belt and has been called one of the most valued instructors of the International Taekwon-Do Federation.  Born in 1935, Kim returned to his parent’s home country in Korea at the end of the Second World War.  With a childhood interest that encompassed all forms of athletic activity (boxing, wrestling, etc.) Kim first began to dabble in the martial arts after the Korean War (1954).  In 1957, his national duty led him to serve in the Korean army where he became involved in the establishment of a military school teaching Taekwon-Do. J.C. Kim felt that the growth potential of Taekwon-Do in the military was not something to be overlooked.  He, along with Maj. Park, began to invite other instructors to teach at the 7th Infantry Taekwon-Do School.  It was not until the introduction of the first military Taekwon-Do officer’s course that he began to achieve more serious practice.  From there, the martial arts made its way into the Korean Army. Soon after, J.C. Kim was crowned World Heavy-Weight Champion.

On March 22, 1966, the International Taekwon-Do Federation was founded and Kim became the committee coordinator.  This was swiftly followed by an appointment as the ITF’s first chief instructor.  From there it began his extensive teachings in Taekwon-Do in Korea, beginning with a special invitation issued by the Korean National Police Department.  Shortly after, the Minister of Defense asked J.C. Kim to give special instruction for Korea’s combined military services.  In 1966, Kim taught an ROTC course in Taekwon-Do at Seoul University.  In 1967, he officially organized the International Instructor’s Training Course, also in Seoul.  In April 1968, with an invitation from the Singapore Minister of Health and Welfare, Kim demonstrated his art so successfully that he was asked to provide an extensive course in Taekwon-Do by the Malaysian Taekwon-Do Association.  With a few thousand students under his tutelage, J.C. Kim later organized the first, second and third Malaysian Taekwon-Do Championships.  Later, he was also responsible for the First Asian Taekwon-Do Tournament, held in Hong Kong.  Enthused by the latter’s success, the Second Asian Taekwon-Do Tournament was marked with a guest appearance by the King and Prime Minister.

In 1970, J.C. Kim began to have second thoughts about a world tour and decided to visit his good friend C.K. Choi in Vancouver B.C. After spending several months there, Kim returned to Malaysia to discuss with his family and General Choi Hong Hi the possibilites of opening a school in Montreal Q.B.  After much deliberation and intensive searching for the ideal locations, Kim opened his first school in Montreal’s east end, and shortly after two additional schools, one on west end and one at downtown.

Finally, J.C. Kim decided to move to Vancouver, Canada in the early 1970’s.  He played a major role of solidifying Taekwondo to the status of mainstream martial arts.  He hosted the Inter-Continental Taekwondo Championships yearly and as well as the major Taekwondo Championships event held at the P.N.E. coliseum.  Jong Kim Martial Arts quickly expanded to eight schools in the GVRD. Currently, his two sons carry on the family legacy; one of whom is Master Eddie Kim.