About Grandmaster C.S. Kim

Taken from the International Tang Soo Do Federation Website

About Grandmaster Chun Sik Kim

Choong Jae Nim Master Chun Sik Kim began his training in Tang Soo Do when he was 8 years old in Busan, South Korea.  After much determination and under Grandmaster Young Suk’s tutelage, he earned his black belt two years later.  Knowing he wanted to dedicate his life to spreading the teachings of this authentic martial art, Choong Jae Nim Master Chun Sik Kim began teaching Tang Soo Do in Songtan City, South Korea and at the Osan Air Force Base, South Korea in 1967.  During this time, he received several invitations from various instructors, including Supreme Grandmaster Hwang Ki, to come to the United States to help spread the traditions of Tang Soo Do.  In May 1972, Choong Jae Nim Master Chun Sik Kim immigrated to New Jersey under the sponsorship of Grandmaster Shin, also an instructor at the Osan Air Force Base.  After relocating to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Choong Jae Nim Master Chun Sik Kim formed the International Tang Soo Do Federation™ to continue his goal of spreading the authentic Tang Soo Do teachings he learned when he was a child.

  • Over twenty covers and features in National and International publications
  • Korean Team Captain, 5th Asian Karate Tournament – Malaysia, 1969
  • Korean Heavyweight Champion, 1st World Karate Championships – Japan, 1970
  • Head Instructor of U.S. servicemen at the Osan Military Base in South Korea
  • U.S. Team Coach, 1980
  • All American Hall of Fame, 1988
  • President and Founder of the International Tang Soo Do Federation™
  • Black Belt Magazine Man of the Year Hall of Fame, 1995
  • Author of “Authentic Tang Soo Do,” 1988
  • Produced extensive authentic Tang Soo Do tutorials
American Air Force

American Air Force Demonstration Team 1967

Grand Opening of First School

Grand Opening of First School, Songtan City, Korea, 1967

1st World Championship Japan

1st World Championship, Japan (Korean National Airport)

Black Belt Promotion Korea

Black Belt Promotion

Supreme Grand Master Hwang Kee & Grandmaster Chun Sik Kim in Korea

Malaysia Championship Victory 1969

Malaysia Championship Victory 1969

Supreme Grand Master Hwang Ki and

Supreme Grandmaster Hwang Kee & Grandmaster Chun Sik Kim 1971

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Grandmaster Chun Sik Kim performs a board break. (Notice the holders are standing on CHAIRS!)

Grand Master C. S. Kim, left middle

Grandmaster C.S. Kim (far left, middle row) & Supreme Grandmaster Hwang Kee (center)

Osan Air Force Base 1965

Osan Air Force Base 1965

With student at Osan Air Force Base

With student at Osan Air Force Base

Promotion Test 1867 Korea

Promotion Test, Korea 1967