Grand Master Saul M. Kim was born in Seoul, Korea in 1960. Grand Master Saul became a black belt at the age of 12. During his youth he was an active and successful tournament competitor. He competed in and won over 100 tournaments, compiling an impressive record of over 120 trophies and medals from 1971 through 1982. This included the Grand Championship in Sparring at Madison Square Garden in New York City, directed by Henry Cho in 1973. While living in Detroit, Michigan and training at the family dojang, he assisted his father, Grand Master Jae Joon Kim, in training Detroit Mayor Coleman Young’s body guard. He attended Henry Ford Community College and Eastern Michigan University under a full scholarship
receiving an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts.
Grand Master Saul M. Kim has taught Tang Soo Do karate to over 1000 gups and more than 200 black belts since 1975.
He was promoted to the rank of 8th Dan in 2005 by his father, Grand Master Jae Joon Kim.
Grand Master Saul Kim is currently a 10th Dan and teaches students in Brandon, Florida at Kim's Karate and Hap Ki Do Academy.
To honor his father and his family, Grand Master Saul M. Kim has committed himself to continue developing and expanding the World Traditional Tang Soo Do Federation across the United States and around the world.