An Interview with Master Kim

Charmian Carl is a writer, editor and independent documentary producer living and working in Los Angeles. World Champion: At the age of five in Seoul, Korea, Grandmaster Charles Kim was a reluctant student of Tae Kwan Do. In his native country, young men were expected to start training very early and it was a highly demanding, almost militaristic regimen — not easy for such a young boy. While the training was rigorous, Master Kim keenly remembers when his passion ignited. It was when he entered his first tournament at the age of 13. From that moment on, he knew he would devote his life’s work to Martial Arts. In 1979, Master Kim represented the U.S. at the World Games in Korea and won the Gold Medal, making him Martial Arts World Champion. Teacher: For over 25 years, Master Kim has been a highly respected leader and teacher in the Martial Arts community of Southern California and has taught his unique form of Martial Arts to adults and children alike. He and his wife, Elizabeth, founded the Beverly Hills Martial Arts Center in 1990 and now have two studios on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood and Tumblekick Studios in Studio City. Perhaps the spark to Master Kim’s unique training style was his stringent introduction to Martial Arts as a boy. He says of his classes today, “Many of the games and...

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