About World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Officers
The Masters and Grandmasters who lead the World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Federation as a single body assume responsibility to teach Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man’s martial art to students around the world, regardless of affiliations and boundaries. Just as Supreme Master Kim devoted his life to advance techniques of the martial art he helped found and develop during perhaps Korea’s darkest hours, Officers of the World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Federation maintain Supreme Master Kim’s legacy and continue to share Chun Kuhn Taekwondo worldwide.
Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man
Chun Kuhn Taekwondo was developed by Supreme Master Bok Man Kim, one of the pioneers of Taekwon-Do in the ROK (Republic of Korea) Army. As a Master Sergeant, Bok Man Kim helped General Hong Hi Choi (also known as Gen. Choi Hong Hi) develop many of the martial techniques of Taekwon-Do and 15 of the 24 Ch’ang Hon patterns, the first Korean patterns developed for Taekwon-Do, in Malaysia from 1963-1964. The Ch’ang Hon patterns remain the official patterns of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) more than 50 years later. Master Sergeant Bok Man Kim also served as an instructor of Taekwon-Do under General Choi’s command. During his military service, Bok Man Kim helped General Choi, often called the “Father” of Taekwondo and certainly the Principal Founder of the art, to update the ROK Army Field Manual and to write the book Taekwon-do: The Art of Self-Defence, the first book about Taekwondo in English, although Bok Man Kim asked General Choi to remove his name and photos of him from the book due to personal differences (a single photo of Supreme Master Kim, however, was overlooked). Chun Kuhn Taekwondo represents Supreme Master Kim’s continuous efforts to perfect the martial art he helped create and introduce to nations throughout southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, Sarawak, the Philippines and Hong Kong, during the 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s. Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man passed away in August 2021.
Grandmaster Brad Shipp
On 8 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.
Grandmaster Mike Swope
Grandmaster Mike Swope began his Taekwondo journey as a student of his older brother, Grandmaster Stan Swope (1956-2017), in Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do Taekwondo. In 2015, Grandmaster Mike Swope designed and published the first edition of Supreme Master Kim’s award-winning book, Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim’s Historic Photospective (1955-2015). He also provided the book’s introduction, based on personal interviews with Supreme Master Kim. Grandmaster Swope has been a regular contributor to Totally Tae Kwon Do, a premiere digital magazine published in the UK, and other magazines. Grandmaster Swope may be contacted at (316) 214-8695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Grandmaster Stan Swope served Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man and Chun Kuhn Taekwondo as Vice President of the Federation for several years until his death in 2017.)