About Us

Master Kim's World Class Tae Kwon Do is the leading provider of martial arts instruction for children, adults, and families in Greenville, South Carolina.

Our Philosopy

At Master Kim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do we strive to give our students the highest quality martial arts instruction possible. We empower our students with valuable skills and life lessons they can use daily, and we contribute to a safe and peaceful community through various projects and out-reach missions.

Our Mission Statement

We are committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere of positive energy and respect in our dojang.

About Master Jun Kyu Kim

A native of Seoul, Korea, Master Kim began training in Tae Kwon Do at 5 years old. He competed extensively in Korea as a member of various elementary, middle and high school teams. He was highly successful as a competitor and held the title of national champion multiple times.

Upon graduating high school, Master Kim was accepted to Yong-In University. Established in 1953, Yong-In University is Korea’s premier school for Korean athletes. Its varying athletic programs have produced countless international competitors and Olympic team members in every sport.

At Yong-In, Master Kim was selected to be a member of the Korean Tigers Demonstration Team. The Tigers are an international touring performance group that provide Tae Kwon Do exhibitions for martial arts schools and events throughout the world. Master Kim traveled extensively with the Tiger Team and performed at major international Tae Kwon Do tournaments including the 1993 World Championships at Madison Square Garden and the 1994 U.S. Open at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

As an instructor, Master Kim has held the position of Head Master for the World Class Tae Kwon Do Centers in Buffalo, NY. Under the guidance of U.S. National Team Coach Grandmaster Sun Chong, Master Kim oversaw the development and design of curriculum and teaching plans for over 1300 active students. In 2000, Master Kim opened his own school where he has continued to refine his teaching techniques.

Master Kim is a highly dynamic demonstrator and teacher. His phenomenal level of skill and energy excite students for ever single class. With over 35 years of Tae Kwon Do experience, Master Kim is dedicated to helping every member of the school gain the maximum benefit from their training.

About Master Michelle Bartlett Kim

Master Michelle Kim began her Tae Kwon Do training under Grandmaster Sun Ki Chong in Syracuse, NY. After achieving Black Belt at 13 years old, she went on to become one of the top female Tae Kwon Do competitors in the United States. As part of the U.S. Tae Kwon Do team that traveled to Korea, she gained valuable experience on the culture and training of Tae Kwon Do.

Upon completing her competitive career, she was selected by Grandmaster Chong to serve as Head Instructor at the World Class Tae Kwon Do Headquarters school in Buffalo, NY. With over 19 years of professional teaching experience, Mrs. Kim brings tremendous enthusiasm, motivation, and skill to every student. Currently a 6th Degree Black Belt, Mrs. Kim continues to study and develop her Tae Kwon Do skills.

Our World Class Competitors....

Master Kim's World Class Tae Kwon Do sent eight competitors to the US Open. They earned 3 GOLD, 1 SILVER and 1 BRONZE (5 medals!!!): Ryan Cauthen, Cameron Tsai, Gabbie Gardziola, David Asbury, John McHaney, Jaden Baxter, Conner Caples and Sebastian Smith.

Team World Class, TWC, had two competitors competing for their first time at a US Open in the Forms competition:

Team World Class, TWC, sparring competitors included: Conner Caples , Jaden Baxter , Sebastian Smith, David Asbury , Gabboe Gardziola and John McHaney. All of them had great matches.

Our Location

GREENVILLE: 1258 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC 29607 • (864) 289-0201