Biography of Grandmaster Chong Sung Kim

Grandmaster, Dr. Chong Sung Kim, is recognized as one of the world’s foremost instructors and practitioners in the Korean martial art, Hapkido. Grandmaster Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea and has practiced Hapkido for nearly 60 years. He has attained the highly desired rank of Ninth Degree Black Belt in Hapkido and is widely known for his enthusiastic devotion to detail in his teaching. His teaching style incorporates an emphasis on timing and precision in the execution of Hapkido techniques. Grandmaster Kim is notably the founder of Jang Mu Won Hapkido, a unique variation of the traditional Korean martial art.

Grandmaster Kim began studying Hapkido when he was just a young man. He attended Seoul Technical High School and graduated from Hong Ig University, majoring in Political Science.

In Seoul, the name Chong S. Kim became famous among the citizenry as the epitome of Hapkido. He owned and operated a total of three schools, two of which were in the Yong San Ku District (the Sam Kag Ji branch and the Nam Young Dong branch) and a third which was located in Young Dong Po Ku District (the Bong Chun Dong branch).

Grandmaster Kim was part of a select group of twelve Hapkido practitioners who toured Asia, giving martial art demonstrations and instructional lessons in locations such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Vietnam. With an invitation and recommendation by the Korean C.I.A. he and his elite team of Hapkido masters provided specialized instruction in Hapkido techniques to both the United States Green Berets and C.I.A. personnel in South Vietnam.

Grandmaster Kim supplemented his extensive training in Hapkido by studying at Dong Ue Acupuncture School where he became proficient in acupuncture, joint manipulation and bone setting.

In 1973 he chose to bring his outstanding abilities to the United States of America. Grandmaster Kim owns and operates a school in Alhambra, California. There are four additional Jang Mu Won Hapkido schools located throughout Southern California.

In 2009, Grandmaster Kim completed one of his lifelong dreams, by compiling traditional Hapkido techniques of the Jang Mu Won Hapkido Association on DVD.


From Left:
Yong Jin Kim (Founder of Euljikwan)
Grandmaster Chong Sung Kim (Founder of Jang Mu Won Hapkido)
Bong Soo Han (Founder of International Hapkido Federation)
Yong Sul Choi (Founder of Hapkido)
Grandmaster Jongho Yum
Younghwan Kim

Top Left: Grandmaster Ji Han Jae
(Founder of Sin Moo Hapkido)
Middle Left: Grandmaster Chong Sung Kim
2nd Middle Left: Grandmaster Jae Nam Myung (World Hapkido Federation)
3rd Middle Left: Grandmaster Bong Soo Han
4th Middle Left: Yong Jin Kim
(Founder of Euljikwan)

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