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About Us

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

The masters of Pure Taekwondo are high-level Kukkiwon certified black belts. These masters are fully trained in the arts of Taekwondo, Judo an Self-Defense that spans a legacy of over 120 years. Each master is well established in each of discipline to the highest caliber.

Pure Taekwondo is committed to building a school with strong fundamentals in traditional martial arts while delivering the highest quality of martial arts training and world-class instruction that is unprecedented in the area.


Pure Taekwondo is committed to the development of its students while bettering the community.

Meet The Masters

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Grandmaster Carlo

7th Degree Black Belt

Grandmaster Carlo started his Taekwondo journey with 9th Degree Black Belt - Grandmaster Kim in 1980. After achieving his black belt at an early age, Master Carlo would dedicate his life to the perfection of Taekwondo and martials.

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Master Adam

5th Degree Black Belt

Master Adam started his Taekwondo training with Grandmaster Kim at age 5. He trained rigorously and competed heavily at the state and national levels. He earned a 3rd degree black belt by the age of 12, becoming the youngest 3rd degree black belt in our school's history.

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Master Paul Singh, Ph.D

6th Degree Black Belt

Ratinder Paul Singh Ahuja, Ph.D. leads ShieldX and its mission as its central pivot point, drawing from a career as a successful serial entrepreneur and corporate leader, bringing with him his unique blend of business acumen, industry network, and deep technical knowledge.

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Master Yakov

5th Degree Black Belt

In the early 1970's Master Yakov began his martial arts journey in several disciplines such as Kung-fu, Kenpo Karate, Shotokan and Judo. After having achieved a black belt in several disciplines he started his path to seek out Taekwondo.


Our Origins

Pure Taekwondo was founded with passing the knowledge we learned from our very own Grandmaster Kim


Grandmaster Kim

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

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 Head Coach 1988
USA Taekwondo Olympic Coach 1991

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.