Where did you grow up? How long have you lived in the area?
Tell us about your family.
Master Kim was born and grew up in Seoul (Capital), South Korea.
Master Kim has lived in the Cary, Apex area since 2007, when
he moved to the US.
Master Kim has a wife, Ms. Ahra, and two daughters, Lindsey
& Lena. The family enjoys fishing, hiking, and snowboarding.
Tell us about the events that led up to where you are now.
Master Kim started taekwondo since he was 7 years old because
he was a pretty introverted child so his mom enrolled him in a
local taekwondo school to build his confidence and have physical
activity. His Master found that Master Kim had talent for spar-
ring and he spent lots of time training. He practiced about 5 hours
a day starting at 10 years old until high school. Master Kim has a
Bachelor's Degree in Sports Medicine/Chiropractic & Taekwondo
as well as a Master’s Degree in Teachers Education from Yong In
University. Yong In University is the top university in the world for
Taekwondo Education. Master Kim has earned numerous awards
and achievements before coming to America. He was 4 years Korea
National Team Member, Samsung Pro Team Member from 2000-
2005 and 3 times World Championship Gold Medalist as well
as his biggest accomplishment, Asia Games (Olympic Games of
Asia) 2002 Gold Medalist.
What is Yong In and why did you start it?
Master Kim visited the U.S. with his school Demonstration
Team when he was 11 years old along with his Master and at
that time he decided his future would be in America. After
Master Kim retired from the Samsung Pro Team, he finally
came to USA to teach tkd and share his passion and start a new
life here with his wife. He started working at other schools for
3 years and finally opened his own school in Holly Springs in
2010 and Apex in 2014.
What is unique about Yong In?
Master Kim's life motto is "if unable, try until you are able to."
He strives to share his passion and experiences with his students
and see them grow. Master Kim has traveled all over the world
with the Pro Teams and is very highly recognized in the sport of
taekwondo. At Yong In we are dedicated to educating and train-
ing ourselves as well as our students in striving and reaching for
our highest individual goals of mental and physical health.
Given your business expertise and the nature of what you do,
what advice can you offer to the residents?
Yong In Martial Arts is an educational, family-oriented school
that enables virtually anyone to achieve a strong mind and body
enhanced by traditional values and morals.
What else we should know about you, your family, or your business?
Master Kim is a member of Apex Chamber of Commerce and Holly
Springs Chamber of Commerce. Master Kim and Yong In Instructors
often volunteer at several local school every year to help with Red Rib-
bon Week, Field Day, Anti Bully Campaigns, Hemi Kids Program...
Yong In is very proactive in giving back to the local community.
Contact information: http://www.tkd-yongin.com/
Yong In Martial Arts APEX
730 W Williams Street
Apex, NC 27502
Yong In Martial Arts HOLLY SPRINGS
304 Village Walk Drive
Holly Springs, NC 27540