Grandmaster Bobby Kim is a legendary Taekwondo teacher and film star who lives in Colorado. Bobby Kim became a household name in the world of martial arts as a teacher and a film star over the past thirty years (1970’s into the 2000’s). Grandmaster Kim also occupied an unusual but indispensable role for the United States armed forces from 1964 to 1979.
Born in Seoul, South Korea in 1942, Grandmaster Kim began his service to the U.S. Military while in
college. Mr. Kim taught martial arts to American soldiers in Korea while finishing his college studies. He
worked with the U.S. Army’s Second Infantry Division as a Taekwondo instructor for troops stationed in
the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Shortly after graduating in 1969, he came to the United States and began
teaching the ways of Taekwondo to cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Mr. Kim
ended his tenure with the Air Force Academy in 1979 but continued to share his knowledge of the
Korean martial arts with pupils in his Colorado Taekwondo schools.
Shortly after becoming an American citizen, Bobby Kim began an illustrious film career and has been
credited in 19 movies as not only an actor but producer. Mr. Kim became a presence in action and
martial arts genre in both America and Korea during his film career. Bobby Kim shared the screen with
many great action stars during his career including Joe Lewis, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace.
Grandmaster Kim has served as a role model and community leader throughout his life. His unique service
to his adopted country is a testament to the American dream and we should all be proud to call him our
In 2013 Mr. Kim was recognized on the floor of the United States House of Representative for a lifetime
of achievement with the US military and on the big screen.