Tae Yun Kim is a Grand Master in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do. She is the first female to earn this title. Tae Yun Kim says every student needs a great instructor in order to succeed. She was trained by a family member who saw her potential to excel. In South Korea, where Tae Yun Kim was born, girls and women were not usually allowed to train in Tae Kwon Do.
Tae Yun Kim is the founder of Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy in Fremont, California. She knows exactly what she is looking for when adding a new instructor into the academy.
Tae Yun Kim says a good instructor is motivational. Tae Kwon Do instructors need to motivate shy students to be more self confident. They will be supportive and uplifting. Tae Yun Kim does not look for instructors who are intimidating. Students need to feel comfortable when they enter the class.
Tae Yun Kim always looks for instructors who show compassion and are caring. She wants instructors who believe in their students and who will be equally excited and proud of the small and big achievements.
Tae Kwon Do instructors have to be great role models for their students. Tae Yun Kim looks for instructors who lead by example.
A very important quality Tae Yun Kim looks for in her instructors is to be in great physical shape. Many use Tae Kwon Do as a form of physical fitness. They look to this martial art to help them get in shape, lose weight, or build muscle. It is important for an instructor to be in good physical shape, because this martial art requires a lot of movement.
Tae Yun Kim has achieved great success in Tae Kwon Do. She is an expert martial artist. In 2009, she was inducted into the official Tae Kwon Do Hall of Fame. Tae Yun Kim knows the qualities needed in a good Tae Kwon Do instructor because of her experience and success.