|Founder: Dr. Kimm - High School Years|
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Since there were no matched in Bi Sool, Dr. Kimm entered and won many high school Yudo matches. His most memorable team wins were the Seoul National High School Yudo Championships for three years. Dr. Kimm received the Outstanding Technical Award from Kim Sung-kon, President of the Korea Yudo Association and founder go Sang Young Groups at the 1958 National Spring High School Yudo Championships.
Dr. Kimm learned Tang Soo Do for the first time from his friend, Lee Jong sung, who was also a member of the Koo Woo Hwe. Lee taught Dr. Kimm basic forms, Pyung An Hyungs, and three step sparring while Dr. Kimm taught him the gentle form of Yudo. Dr. Kimm and Lee learned each others strengths and weaknesses. Lee did not want to stand at close distances which allowed Dr. Kimm to block and grab, followed with by a throw. Dr. Kimm did not like standing at close distances which allowed Lee to kick and retreat before Dr. Kimm could grab or block. This was a great experience for Dr. Kimm to begin his comparison of the different styles of martial arts.
Each day that Dr. Kimm trained, he gained tremendous stamina and endurance for what he knew he must do. As the training got harder and harder, Dr. Kimm made up his mind that he would become proficient in the arts that he was training and was able to endure the bone aching requirements as he was studying under various masters. Almost everyday Dr. Kimm dragged his tired legs along the ground all the way home from the dojang because he had not yet perfected throwing, kicking, and punching. Yet in spite of it all, he never failed to get up early each morning to climb the mountain before sunrise in order to perform his ki training. Dr. Kimm believed that the secret to getting up early each morning was a strong mentality which controlled the physical body. When he awoke in the mornings, regardless of his physical condition, he smiled first then on the count of one, he would sit up; on the count of two, he would stand up; and on the count of three, he would walk around the room. He still uses this practice today and has no problem getting up early.
Around this time, Dr. Kimm met two people who would later influence his life: Park Lee-hyun who later became Chairman of the Board of Examiners of the American Hapkido Association and a professor at Southeast Missouri State University and Park Hyun-ja who later became his wife. Park lee-hyun was slightly taller than Dr. Kimm and sat behind Dr. Kimm in high school (In Korean schools, the seating arrangement was determined by the height of the students.). The two of them became very close friends and studied together as well as practiced martial arts together. Park Lee-hyun's father was a business partner of Park Hyun-ja's father. On October 10, 1957, following his high school team's victory at the Seoul High School Yudo Championship at Seoul Stadium, Par Lee-hyun introduced Dr. Kimm to Park Hyun-ja.
Before graduating from high school, Dr. Kimm told Park Lee-hyun of his plan to revenge his father. Without hesitation, Park asked to join him, saying that together they would have very little difficulty. Dr. Kimm accepted his offer but was not sure of the proper time. Dr. Kimm's mother began to worry more about her son's future than about revenge. In the years that passed, Dr. Kimm's father had gotten well and his business had begun to recover. As a gesture of both family groups, Dr. Kimm's aunt's sister married into the Kwon family, adopted one of the four Kwon brothers as her son which made Dr. Kimm a distant relative of the Kwons.
Dr. Kimm's parents urged him to go to college and forget about the ugly incident of the past. Dr. Kimm asked himself if he could actually forget. He had learned that in order to do great work or to become a great man, three things were required: intelligence which spurred the correct decisions, endurance which is essential in preparation, and determination which meant that you should carry out every task without hesitation. In his case, Dr. Kimm felt that he had been hesitating too long.
Dr. Kimm lay awake many nights thinking about his role, his commitments and his integrity. What should he do? Revenge his father's honor or forget as his parents now wished he would do? What about tradition? What about his duty as the oldest son? Was he just a coward? Did he really know what he should decide? Maybe it was not a question of determination after all. Dr. Kimm chose to postpone any decision for four more years until he graduated from college.