On May 1st, 2013 the City of IB Declared “Pan-Am Tae Kwon Do Academy Day. Today it is still making a difference in people’s lives!
Apr 30, 2015 09:13PM
● By Paul Spear
May 1st, 2013 is the day that Mayor Janney and the City of Imperial Beach declared “Pan-Am Tae Kwon Do Academy Day” for its long term contribution to Imperial Beach. Today it is still making a difference in people’s lives! Teaching dicpline for the mind and body is just a part of Tae Kwon Do.
The Pan-Am Academy is a Tae Kwon Do Academy run by a Ninth Degree Black Belt Grand Master who has studied Tae Kwon Do for over 55 years. This humble, patient and gentle teacher is Grand Master Kim. His students range in age from 3 years (his youngest ever) to adults, this includes Law Enforcement, Military and Politicians
Master Kim has taug t at the Academy located at 730 Hwy. 75 for over 15 years and for 10 years prior to this at the old mall in Imperial Beach. Some of his former students now have their children and grandchildren being taught by Master Kim. The classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4-7 PM for different age groups, lasting an hour each class. Tuesday and Thursday are private lessons and for beginners.
Tuition is very reasonable and some of the benefits of Master Kim's teachings are Respect, Confidence, Humility and Martial Arts training. His students do better in school and excel in life.
Our community has benefited greatly for 25 years from Master Kim's teachings and the children absolutely adore him!
To drop by the Academy and watch the practice or view the collage of student pictures and awards that are displayed makes for a rewarding trip. If you get a chance, ask Master Kim about the 150 year old sword he practices with, that is a story in its own. If you're lucky enough to come when he's practicing with this sword you will be in awe.
Credit for story and picture go to Sherri Simmons.
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