Literally means “heaven” or “universal” and represents an all-encompassing or complete pattern for daily life.


Means “health” or “wellness” and represents mental, physical and spiritual health through discipline and proper exercise.


“Tae” stands for jumping or flying, to kick or smash with the foot. “Kwon” denotes the fist, chiefly to punch or destroy with the hand or fist. “Do” means path or way of an advanced spiritual life for the improvement of oneself, honoring past saints and sages. Thus, Taekwondo encourages the moral development of the individual through noble martial activity.

Developed by Taekwondo Legend Kim Bok-Man

Chun Kuhn Taekwondo is a traditional martial art developed by Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man, the most influential pioneer of Taekwon-Do. Supreme Master Kim’s martial arts training began in 1941 when he was just 7 years old. In 1955, Supreme Master Kim joined Gen. Choi Hong-Hi to develop Taekwon-Do for the Korean Army. He helped Gen. Choi develop military Taekwon-Do for the next 13 years. Chun Kuhn Taekwondo represents Supreme Master Kim’s continuous development of Taekwondo since its founding. Although Supreme Master Kim turned turned 87 in 2021, he continued to teach seminars across the United States and around the world until his death.

Chun Kuhn Taekwondo, also called Chun Kuhn Do, is a complete martial art which encompasses all areas of self-defense based on traditional Taekwon-Do, which Supreme Master Kim helped develop, teach and document in the Korean military during the 1950s and 60s. Unlike other formal styles of the art, however, Chun Kuhn Taekwondo also teaches grappling, throwing and the use of traditional weapons.

In December 2018, Supreme Master Kim named Grandmaster Brad Shipp, Technical Director of the Federation and his protege of more than 30 years, to the organization’s presidency.

Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2021. He was the last surviving founding pioneer of Taekwon-Do in the ROK Army, present when General Choi Hong-Hi and Captain Nam Tae-Hi first proposed the name “Tae Kwon Do.”

We invite you to join us as we honor Supreme Master Kim’s life’s work: continue to teach and make Taekwondo the most practical, complete and effective martial art in the world.

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