About Kim's Academy

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Kim's Academy of Centerville is a family-oriented martial arts studio dedicated to the development of character and inner peace characterized by superb quality and economic viability. Our strength is generated from our commitment to our students, our people, our industry, and our communities.

We teach using positive reinforcement, focusing on student's strengths while at the same time coaching and teaching in a way that promotes learning and improvement. Our instructors are all highly trained and experienced, and completely abstain from "militaristic" teaching methods that can be sometimes found at other martial arts schools.

Along with the physical conditioning and training, we focus on teaching mental strength as well, and espouse values including: self-esteem, self-discipline, respect, obedience, responsibility, confidence, and a positive attitude. For more detailed information about the different types of classes we offer, view our Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

Our Instructors

Grandmaster Yong Woo Kim

Grandmaster Yong Woo Kim
8th Dan Black Belt, Taekwondo

Grandmaster Kim was born and raised in Korea, and moved to the United States in 1979. He began studying Taekwondo at the age of 13, and progressing quickly, earned his fourth dan black belt while serving as a Taekwondo instructor in the Korean army.

Once in the USA, he competed for several years in full-contact tournaments sponsored by the Professional Karate Association, and garnered many victories, usually knocking out his opponent in the first round. He became the Colorado State Welterweight Champion in 1981.

In 1980, he opened his first Taekwondo school in partnership, and in 1984, moved to Utah and launched the first dojang of his very own school, "Kim's Academy".

Grandmaster Kim is an eighth dan black belt, and has won numerous awards and tournaments. He is currently the state of Utah Taekwondo President. Even with his impressive track record, he says he receives the most satisfaction from seeing his own students progress and achieve, and go on to win awards of their own.

Master Burnett

Duane Burnett
3rd Dan Black Belt, Taekwondo

Mr. Burnett grew up in New York and then attended law school at the University of Utah. He married Jamie Kearl and they have six children (five married)and fifteen grandchildren. He is presently a practicing attorney and has been a coach and/or referee for many different sports over a forty year period. He began Taekwondo at age 53 and attained his 3rd Dan at age 59. He is frequently mistaken for Po, the Kung Fu Panda.

Master Williams

Brandon Williams
3rd Dan Black Belt, Taekwondo
1st Dan Black Belt, Haidong Gumdo
1st Dan Black Belt, Hapkido

Brandon Williams is 23 years old. He grew up in a military family and lived all over the United States and Europe. He started martial arts at the age of five, and moved to Utah when he was nine. When he was 15 his interest in martial arts really took off. He searched around for just the right studio to attend. After finding Kim's Academy and talking with Grand Master Kim he eagerly signed up. Brandon has competed in multiple tournaments and took first place in a Utah State championship. He is currently a full-time student at the University of Utah.

Master Kim

Michael Kim
4th Dan Black Belt, Taekwondo
1st Dan Black Belt, Hapkido

Michael Kim started studying Taekwondo when he was only 5 years old. 18 years later he still loves training hard and teaching both kids and adults how to improve their martial arts abilities. In addition to Taekwondo and Hapkido, Michael enjoys brazilian jujitsu, basketball, and long walks on the beach.