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Martial Arts Training with Master Kim


Master Dong K. Kim is a naturalized citizen, immigrating from South Korea in the 1970’s. 

His experience spans over 35 years and includes all areas of martial arts training.  He was the Head Instructor at Jhoon Rhee Institute and later, in New York, served as Head Instructor for World Champion John Chung in the discipline of Tae Kwon Do.  He held the position of Chief Instructor for Yong Song Lee Hapmudo for 20 years, teaching the martial arts styles Hapkido, Aikido, Jujitsu, Judo and Weapons.   We are fortunate to have Master Kim’s extensive background as the foundation of our comprehensive and unique curriculum in martial arts at our school. 

Master Kim is an incredible source of support to his students and their families.  Multicultural, multiracial students of both genders and all ages interact in an atmosphere of respect, learning, and friendship.  It is clear early on, that when you walk through the front door, you are a part of Master Kim’s family.

The studio creed is "Defend Myself; Defend my Family; Defend my Community."  Master Kim’s martial arts training empowers students to embody this creed by pushing them beyond their comfort zones.  He sets boundaries and expects success as his students strive to meet physical, behavioral, and leadership goals.  With his encouragement and fierce determination, students mature with values such as accountability, equality, justice, integrity, and honesty. 

He gives students life-skills, not only in martial arts, but also time-management, demanding academic excellence and completion of obligatory home chores.   Students learn valuable social skills, such as how to resolve conflicts peacefully by restraint and good decision-making.  They gain a greater sense of purpose by goal-setting for positive future outcomes.


In his many years of teaching martial arts, Master Kim has helped his students overcome and improve such conditions as ADD/ADHD, asthma, eczema, chronic back pain, arthritis, depression, and addiction to cigarettes.   Families also benefit from his instruction.  Working together, they develop coping mechanisms for children with behavior challenges.  A shy child becomes a leader.  A rowdy child is able to sit quietly and reflect.  A distracted child learns to focus.  An awkward child gains strength and grace.  Parents learn to expect and celebrate the best from their children. Under Master Kim’s guidance, students learn to be good citizens. 

The studio supports the community by presenting martial arts demonstrations at Virginia Beach school events and city-wide festivals.   The students are given an opportunity to "pay it forward" by participating in the annual Kicks for Kids kick-a-thon which benefits the Children’s Hospital of The Kings’ Daughters in Norfolk. 

Throughout his career, Master Kim has endeavored to educate his students in the philosophies of martial arts by helping them to embrace the development of Body, Mind, and Spirit.  The students and their families love and admire him for his skill, knowledge, and undying dedication to the studio and their martial arts curriculum. His warmness; his willingness to share from personal experience; his conviction that each student  can succeed given the right motivation - have all earned him an exceptional level of respect from those associated with the studio family. 

Master Kim adheres to Aristotle’s statement "We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."







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