Taekwon-Do: Origins of the Art: Bok Man Kim's Historic Photospective (1955-2015), Supreme Master Kim's fourth book, reflects upon the history of Taekwon-Do through Grandmaster Kim’s personal photo collection spanning nearly 60 years, especially the art’s earliest and most pivotal events. Supreme Master Kim, one of the most influential and important pioneers of military Taekwon-Do, began his martial arts training in 1941 when he was 7 years old. By 1950, he had joined the Korean Army and in early 1955 was transferred to General Choi Hong Hi’s division before the new Korean art was named. He was a member of the first Taekwon-Do demonstration team to perform outside of Korea in Taiwan and Vietnam in 1959, and helped Gen. Choi develop 15 of the Ch’ang Hon tuls and provided input on as many as four more. Master Kim also helped Gen. Choi develop the techniques and write the first English textbook, Gen. Choi’s Taekwon-Do: The Art of Self-Defence, published in 1965. Master Kim was a founding member of the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) in March 1966, and every country where he demonstrated and set up Taekwon-Do organizations became founding nations. Master Kim lead the historic first ITF International Demonstration Team in 1967. In 1978, he sponsored the 3rd Asian Taekwon-Do Championships in Hong Kong at the request of Un Yong Kim and the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). Ten years later, Taekwondo would become a demonstration sport in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. For more than 60 years, Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man has been practicing, developing, teaching and promoting Taekwon-Do.
Master Kim teaches at Complete Martial Arts in Roseland, New Jersey.
"Winning a Beverly Hills International Book Award came as a big surprise," said Supreme Master Kim Bok-Man. "Master Swope did a very good job editing my book. He had many good ideas to make the book better. My history has never been told so completely or in such a novel way before," he added.
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