|Chief Master Donald (Jong Chul) Kimm 7th Dan|
Master Jong Chul Kimm holds a 7th Dan Black Belt in the Korean Martial Art of Han Mu Do, an Art founded and formulated by his father, Grandmaster He-Young Kimm, 9th Dan. Master Kimm was born the first son in his family. According to Korean tradition the art of craft of the father is passed down to the first born son. Therefore, it is no surprise that Jong Chul Kimm spent the majority of his life in or around martial arts.
His journey started when he was about four years old. He used to imitate the movements and actions of his father and students, wearing a uniform made by his grandmother, who lived in Korea. He readily admits that at this age he had no knowledge or understanding of what he was really doing. Nevertheless it was interesting and enjoyable for him. Also at the time, his father was studying at Southeast Missouri State University as well as teaching Judo, Hapkido, and Taekwondo. When Master Kimm was about six his family moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where his father still resides and teaches today. It was at this age that he started to grade through the belt ranks. He also started competing in tournaments in the pee-wee division. He remembers the pain Buy Levitra he felt when he lost his first match. However, this disappointment was soon replaced with a felling of joy upon winning his second competition. He continued competing throughout his youth. Eventually, at age eleven, he was promoted to Black Belt.
As well as competing he performed and partnered with his father many times for demonstrations. He remembers that as he got older they became more realistic and physical in their demonstrations, which greatly impressed the spectators. He also had the opportunity to watch and perform alongside many other masters, such as Masters He Il Cho and Pu Gill Gwon, who greatly impressed him. As well as working and training, he was able to assist his father in the publishing of books on the arts of Hapkido, Kuk Sool, and Han Mu Do. Master Jong Chul Kimm had a training and education in martial arts that would be the dream of many. As a man who respects his seniors and juniors alike, Master Kimm, like his father, has an open mind to all arts. He talks about his father’s accomplishments with great pride. As far as his own future is concerned, he has a wealth of experience, knowledge and talent that he can pass on to Han Mu Do instructors and students everywhere. He also hopes to promote Han Mu Do more, as he its foundations are now more secure and can now take the next step up.