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About Us

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Pure Taekwondo was founded in 2004 in Santa Clara, CA as a freelance endeavor built on the foundation of indomitable determination.

Pure Taekwondo is the home of two Kukkiwon Certified 7th Dan Grandmasters and three Kukkiwon Certified 6th dan Masters. Our masters are fully trained and certified in the arts of Taekwondo, Judo and Self-Defense. The masters of Pure Taekwondo have a combined experience that spans a legacy of over 120 years. Each master are fully established in each discipline to the highest caliber.

Pure Taekwondo is committed to the development of its students while bettering the community it serves. Pure Taekwondo is a school built with strong fundamentals in traditional martial arts while delivering high quality instruction and world-class training unprecedented in the area.


Pure Taekwondo focuses on quality not quantity!

Our Origins

Pure Taekwondo was founded with the respect and knowledge we learned from our own Kwan Jang Nim; Grandmaster Kim


Grandmaster Kim

Kim's Taekwondo
Stanford Taekwondo (Original)
Stanford Taekwondo Open (Original)
The KTA Taekwondo Championship
Asian Amateur Athletics Club (President)

Kukkiwon Certified 9th Dan
Kukkiwon 1st Class International Referee
Kukkiwon International Dan Testing Committee Member
Kukkiwon Certified International Coach
Hapkido Federation Certified 10th Dan
Moo Duk Kwan Certified 11th Dan
USA Taekwondo National Level 3 Coach, 1990 - 2012

Grandmaster Kim

Grandmaster Kim started teaching Taekwondo in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 1970's and is one of the original founding fathers of Taekwondo in California.
Born on a small farm in Korea, he started to learn Hapkido and Taekwondo from his father at an early age.
At fiver years of age, Grandmaster Kim was enrolled into the Kyung Mu Kwan Hapkido Academy, the most prestigious martial arts school in Korea. Earning a 4th-degree black belt in Hapkido by the age of 18, Grandmaster Kim was enlisted into the Korean Military where he served for 9 years. While enlisted in the Korean Military, Grandmaster Kim would train in Military Taekwondo and earn a 5th-degree black belt. As a war hero of the Korean Civil War, Grandmaster Kim earned the Order of Merit; Korea's highest honor. With his accolades and martial arts ability, Grandmaster Kim was elected to train the Korean Military in combat self-defense. 

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