Jae Joon Kim (Grandmaster) was born August 15,1929 in Seoul, Korea, the son of a world champion sumo wrestler. He died January 9, 2007 at the age of 77. He began training directly with Grandmaster Hwang Kee in 1945 and in1947, earned his 1st Degree Black Belt. In 1952, he assisted in the formation of the Korean Tang Soo Do (Soo Bahk Do) Association. He served as a top master instructor from 1955 to 1959, and in 1961 was appointed Vice-President of the Association. At Grandmaster Hwang Kee's request, he brought Moo Duk Kwan to the United States and founded the Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Association in Detroit, Michigan. In 1969, Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim was awarded 8th Dan and appointed president of the US Chapter by Grandmaster Hwang Kee. In the 1970’s, Grandmaster Kim founded his own organization, the World Traditional Tang Soo Do Federation, (formerly the World Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation). He was inducted into the Tae Kwon Do Times Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Grandmasters Society Hall of Fame in 2006. The world’s martial art community considered Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim a Master’s Master.
American Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation
American Kwan Tang Soo Do traces its history back through the ages. The Martial Arts have been with us in one form or another starting with the caveman.
China is generally acknowledged as the birthplace of the formal Martial Arts. However, there are no written records dating back far enough to confirm the history. From China, the Martial Arts spread by various means to the rest of the world.
American Kwan Tang Soo Do, founded by Grand Master James Saffold, follows the principles learned from Honored Martial Artists, Hwang Kee and Jae Joon Kim, teaching the traditional style Tang Soo Do.
Grand Master James Saffold, tested and was promoted in March 2002, to 8th Dan by Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim. He started his training in the Martial Arts while in Vietnam in 1968. In 1969, he continued his study with Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim, in Detroit, Michigan, becoming Cho (1st) Dan in 1971, Dan # 14489.
Grand Master Saffold in addition to teaching the traditional forms (Hyung) of Korean Karate, has developed a series of forms Chu Mei Hyung designed to develop a higher state of balance and ability in black belt and master level members.
Grand Master Saffold was promoted to 9th Dan by the League of Grand Masters on March 13, 2010.
On Thursday, August 25, 2011, The World Moo Duk Kwan General Federation awarded the rank of 9th Degree Black Belt to Grand Master James Saffold, signed by YD Kim, Dan#2, and HS Choi, Dan #3.
To find out more, visit the AKTSD website.
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|AWARDS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS|
|1980 to 2000||Michigan Karate Circuit top competitor in Weapons, Forms & Sparring|
|1982,83,84||Karate Institute's competitor of the year|
|1993||Elected by the Michigan Karate Circuit Board of Directors as "Michigan's Most Outstanding Referee" for his honesty (integrity), sportsmanship|
|1990 to 2000||North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) Top Ten Competitor in Senior Sparring National Karate Circuit and fairness (impartiality).|
|1982 to 1985||For 3 years, Mr. Serrato trained under Terry Shipman and Kerry Roop ... Full Contact & Kick Boxing, with a record of 3 wins - 1 loss.|
|1984||Awarded Class "A" Official Certification by Don Quine of the Professional Karate Association (PKA)|
|1989||Awarded Class "A" Official Certification by Don Willis of the Professional Karate Commission (PKC)|
|1993||Awarded Class "A" Official Certification by the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA)|
|1983 to 1992||Produced "Martial Arts Today" for Comcast cable television. The show introduced the many styles of Martial Arts to the public, educated its audience about Martial Arts' true nature and dispelled any misconceptions about karate.|
|HALL OF FAME|
|2004||MSKC - In recognition of being one of the top karate instructors & referees in the open Michigan Sport Karate Circuit|
|2004||Detroit International Class of 2004 Hall Of Fame -in recognition of hard work, dedication and support to the martial arts community|
|2006||Huron Valley Karate 25th Anniversary - in recognition of 25 years of excellence in the martial arts|
|2007||United States Martial Artist Association Hall Of Fame -Golden Life Achievement for Tang Soo Do|
|2008||Yellow Tigers Karate Hall Of Fame|
|2008||World Council Of Martial Arts Hall Of Fame|
|2012||Legends of the Martial Arts Hall Of Fame|