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Grandmaster Kim

Grandmaster Kwan Pil Kim has dedicated his life to the study and practice of martial arts. His lifelong pursuit continues with the establishment of his own martial arts studios, where he and his staff are dedicated to educating their students to strive towards excellence in martial arts and in every aspect of their lives. 

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Grandmaster Kwan Pil Kim is a 7th degree black belt in Taekwondo and a 7th degree in Hapkido. He is a National Taekwondo Champion and received 1st place in 1992 and 1993. In 2008 and 2012, he received the Presidential Sports Award. He is the founder of the Woori Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy schools, and we are very happy to have him as the father of the Woori Family and our Martial Arts guiding example!


In 2012, Master Kim received his very own personalized license plate from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, to honor his community and youth education efforts. He is also a proud recipient of a special commendation resolution from the Cook County Board of Commissioners for his philosophical efforts.


Master Kim is not only dedicated to our Martial Arts schools, but also to building our communities. Under his guidance, Woori Academy has participated in parades, school events, festivals, fairs, fundraising events, and so much more. One of Grandmaster Kim’s proudest accomplishments is the organization of "Kick for the Cure," an annual fundraiser created especially for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude is a world leader in understanding, treating, and defeating childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Over the last 12 years, Woori has been able to donate over $152,000 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through our fundraising efforts.

Grandmaster Kim’s Qualifications and Certifications:

7th Degree Taekwondo

7th Degree Hapkido

Graduated from Myungji University with a major in Taekwondo

Certificate of Qualification as Taekwondo Master from Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Headquarters

Certificate of Qualification as Hapkido Master from Korea Hapki Martial Arts

Awarded a Certificate of Coaching License from the Minister of Cultural and Athletic Affairs

Awarded a Certificate of Teacher’s License from the President of Myungji University

National Taekwondo Championship - 1st Place (‘92, ‘93)


Grandmaster Kim Honored by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White

To Headmaster Kim: "For your efforts in educating youth..."




Northeast School students complete martial arts program with Grandmaster Kwanpil Kim

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White shown here; honored by Woori Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy at this past year’s Kick for the Cure for his tireless and faithful commitment.

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