Tae Yun Kim

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Tae Yun Kim
Headshot Tae Yun Kim Headshot.jpg
BornSouth Korea
🏳️ NationalityKorean-born U.S. Citizen
Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim
💼 Occupation
Author, Chairman & CEO, Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, Teacher, Martial Artist
Publications, martial arts, business
Notable workSeven Steps to Inner Power, The Silent Master
🌐 Websitetaeyunkim.com

Tae Yun Kim (born 1946) is an entrepreneur, author, and martial arts teacher.[1] She was the first Korean woman to reach the level of Grandmaster in TaeKwonDo.[2][3]


Tae Yun Kim was born in South Korea on February 2, 1946.[4] In 1968, Kim came to the United States and in 1978, organized the first women's division in international TaeKwonDo competition at the Pre-World Games in Seoul, South Korea.[5] Under Kim's coaching, the United States women's team went on to win one gold, four silver, and three bronze medals. [5]

Martial arts[edit]

Kim has been practicing different forms of martial arts for over 60 years.[6]


Kim became the first Korean female to earn a black belt and Master rank and became the first female Grandmaster in the martial arts in over 5,000 years.[2] Kim was inducted into the Taekwondo Hall of Fame in 2009 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award.[7][6]

Jung SuWon[edit]

The martial art of Jung SuWon is a name of the martial art developed by Tae Yun Kim (which literally means "uniting body, mind, and spirit in total harmony") is said to be based on TangSooDo and TaeKwonDo.[8] "The whole purpose of jung suwon is so you can incorporate it into your life," said Kim.[5] Tae Yun Kim opened her own academy in 1985. Kim, referred to as "Great Grandmaster"[9] by her students, is the founder of the Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy, the only place in the country which teaches the Korean martial art of Jung SuWon.

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2002, Kim was named a Woman of the Year honoree by the California Legislative Women's Caucus[10][11] She received an honorary doctorate from Sook Myung Women’s University in South Korea in 2003.[12] She was honored with the 2015 CEDAW Award for her entrepreneurship and contributions to those in need.[13] She was also honored at a luncheon ceremony for her 2015 CEDAW Award for Entrepreneurship.[14]

In November 2017, Tae Yun Kim was awarded with two Stevie Awards[15]: the Gold Stevie Award for Women in Business for the “Best New Product of the Year—Business Products” category, and a Silver "Lifetime Achievement" award.[16] [17]

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Tae Yun Kim holding Stevie Lifetime Achievement Award

Books and other work[edit]

Kim has authored self-help and self-improvement books which are published in over 15 languages.[18] In addition to motivational/inspirational writing, she also has published books about the Jung SuWon discipline of martial arts.

  • The First Element: Secrets to Maximizing Your Energy (February, 1998) ISBN 978-0965695909 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within (May 1, 1994) ISBN 978-1880032411 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  • They Call Me Success (Korean)
  • Golden Key of the CEO (Chinese version of They Call Me Success)
  • Seven Steps to Inner Power (1st printing 1991, 2nd printing-September 30, 2011) ISBN 978-0931432705 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.

Kim is the CEO and Chairman of Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, a manufacturer of particle measurement instruments and real-time contamination monitoring systems.[19] She started the computer company after she saw an IBM commercial with Charlie Chaplin and a red rose.[20]

Kim founded the TYK Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers support for families affected by child abuse.[21]


  1. "High Heel Marketing Her Way Into Your Heart | The Santa Clara Weekly". The Santa Clara Weekly. 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Tae Yun Kim 1/3 Asian American Wonder Women GoldSea". goldsea.com. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  3. "Helping you discover the ki to life. (Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches how to harness the life force energy of ki) (Cover Story)". American Fitness. 1994-03-01.
  4. "Achievements & Accomplishments - Dr. Tae Yun Kim". Dr. Tae Yun Kim. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "SPORTS LEISURE; Kicking the Fear Out of Your Life". The New York Times. 1991-10-26. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Martial Arts Biography - Tae Yun Kim". www.usadojo.com. Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  7. "Pioneers Inducted at the Most Prestigious Ceremony in the History of Tae kwon do". www.lacancha.com. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  8. "Jung SuWon". Jung SuWon. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  9. "Jung SuWon". Jung SuWon. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  10. "Woman of the Year Honorees - Assembly" (PDF). California Legislative Women's Caucus. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  11. "Woman of the Year | California Legislative Women's Caucus". womenscaucus.legislature.ca.gov. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  12. "Achievements". Tae Yun Kim homepage. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  13. "FRIENDS of the Commission on the Status of Women - 2015 Awardees". www.friendscosw.org. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  14. "Benefactor Dr. Tae Yun Kim Receives Prestigious Award - KWMF". KWMF. 2015-10-27. Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  15. "Dr. Tae Yun Kim, Chairman & CEO, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, Wins Gold & Silver Awards – 14th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business". www.businesswire.com. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  16. "2017 Stevie Award Winners | Stevie Awards". stevieawards.com. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  17. "Dr. Tae Yun Kim, Chairman & CEO, Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, Wins Gold & Silver Awards – 14th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business". Retrieved 2017-12-15.
  18. "Jung SuWon". Jung SuWon. Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  19. About Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions
  20. "Dr. Tae Yun Kim - Silicon Valley Local Magazine". svlocalmag.com. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  21. "The TYK Foundation". www.tykfoundation.org. Retrieved 2017-12-15.

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