Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man

Supreme Master Bok Man Kim’s martial journey has been like no other. It began in 1941 when he was just seven. He taught hand-to-hand combat to fellow soldiers during the Korean War before joining General Choi Hong-Hi to develop, teach and demonstrate the newly-named Korean martial art of Taekwon-do. Gen. Choi relied upon Supreme Master Kim to help develop and prepare the first English textbook about Taekwon-do, published in 1965. In 1966, Supreme Master Kim developed the first Korean weapons patterns for Taekwondo — the Silla Knife and Silla Pole patterns. Supreme Master Kim has since developed a complete system of empty-hand and weapons patterns for Chun Kuhn Taekwondo (Chun Kuhn Do). He continues to teach around the world today.

Taekwon-do Pioneer & Legend
Supreme Master Bok Man Kim

Many of these images are selected from Supreme Master Bok Man Kim’s latest award-winning book, Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim’s Historic Photospective (1955-2015)Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art spans Supreme Master Kim’s career with Taekwon-Do, from 1955-2015. Photos in the book include the earliest photograph of Supreme Master Kim taken at a Taekwon-Do class graduation in 1956; demonstrations throughout Southeast Asia; the commemmorative photograph taken on the day General Choi Hong Hi founded the International Taekwon-Do Federation, the world’s first international Taekwon-do organization; scenes from two motion pictures filmed in Hong Kong; seminars in France, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Appearing in the photographs are noted historical figures of Taekwon-Do, including General Choi Hong Hi, Nam Tae Hi, Han Cha Kyo, Woo Jae Lim, Rhee Ki Ha and others.

This small sample of photos from the book, Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art, are posted on this web site for informational purposes only.* The photos and captions may not be copied or reposted without express permission from Bok Man Kim and/or the World Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Federation. All rights are reserved.


Supreme Master Kim Bok Man appeared in two full-length films in 1974: The Big Showdown (also titled The Kung Fu Massacre) and Only the Brave Stands (also known as Challenge of the Dragon and Long Hu Tan).


A cable news outlet produced a video of Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man’s return to Malaysia in October 2015. | Click here or click the photo to watch the video.



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