I began training taekwondo when I was 14 years old. I trained at Oriental Moo-Do School in Cerritos, CA under Grandmaster Chan-Yong Kim.
Jimmy, Grandmaster Chan-Yong Kim’s son, won the gold medal in taekwondo in the 1988 Olympics. I was in awe of that accomplishment then and I am still in awe of it today.
I was extremely dedicated and very active on the tournament team and had dreams of going to the Olympics as Jimmy did.
As I got older, I got distracted by other things and despite Grandmaster Kim’s urging to “dig one well” I pursued other interests and taekwondo fell by the wayside.
I continued to train in college after moving to Colorado and earned a black belt in a different system, however, I always wished I had finished what I started and earned my black belt with Grandmaster Kim, Jimmy, and the team.
In 2015 I decided to sign my kids up for taekwondo and there was only one place to go. Grandmaster Chan-Yong Kim was retired, but I soon discovered that Jimmy Kim had his own school in Laguna Niguel.
Master Jimmy Kim began training my little ones and urging me to get back into it as well. Having taught taekwondo in an afterschool program in Colorado, Master Kim encouraged me to pursue teaching. After some urging I signed up, starting over as a white belt and working my way up the ranks with the kids.
In February 2018, Master Kim opened a second location on the Tustin and Irvine border. Jimmy Kim’s Taekwondo at Lyceum Village was established and Master Kim asked me to help teach. I agreed and I have been having a lot of fun.
If you’re interested in training with us, I encourage you to check out the Jimmy Kim’s Taekwondo Center website and fill out a contact form. I hope to see you on the mat!