About Us

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Grandmaster Mountain Kim, the President and founder of Mountain Kim Martial Arts, was one of the first people to start a Tae Kwon Do school in the metropolitan area.A former Taekwondo and Judo Team Leader and graduate of Hanyang University, Korea, with BA in Physical Education, Grandmaster Mountain Kim, has many accomplishments including: 8th Degree Taekwondo; Chun Buk korea State Champion Taekwondo 1964 and 1965; Korean National Champion Taekwondo 1968 (twice) and 1969; World Medalist Jud; 8th Degree Judo; Master Hapkido; President Haidong Gumdo Association Delaware, Maryland and Virginia Region; and Vice President Virginia State Taekwondo Union.

Our Mission

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Our mission at Mountain Kim is simple: to make a positive impact on our local community.We accomplish this in three ways. First, by using the martial arts as a vehicle for personal development. We help our members improve physically and mentally.

Second, by developing our students into strong leaders on the mat, which in turn creates strong leaders in the community.

Third, by partnering with local organizations to help give back.

Through these three steps we are able to accomplish our mission.

Our History

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Grandmaster Mountain Kim, a Korean Taekwondo and Judo champion, came to America in the early 1970’s in search of a better life. He had two objectives. He wanted to own his own business and he wanted to help people. Since he was an expert martial artist – a martial arts school was the perfect fit.In 1973, he opened the first Mountain Kim Martial Arts school in the basement of a tiny building in Falls Church, VA. That tiny school helped fuel the explosive growth of martial arts (particularly Taekwondo) around the D.C. Metropolitan area.

Dr. He-Young Kimm, author of a book titled “Taekwondo History”, interviewed Mountain Kim on his role in the spread of Taekwondo.Read More About Grandmaster

How Does Mountain Kim Martial Arts Give Back?

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Our mission at Mountain Kim is simple: to make a positive impact on our local community.Mountain Kim Martial Arts gives back to the community in many ways. Many of our locations hold free anti-bullying and women’s’ self defense clinics to help empower members in our local community. Some work directly with their local elementary schools and raise thousands of dollars that go right back to the elementary schools. Others donate gift certificates and packages to local fundraisers.
If you have an idea please reach out, we’re happy to help.

Are You A Good Fit For The Mountain Kim Team?

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We are always looking for talented individuals to join our team. If you’re just looking for a job, we won’t be a good fit. We only work with superstars, and if you have what it takes we’ll know. We value honesty, integrity, drive, discipline, and a commitment to giving our members an absolute amazing customer experience.Do you have what it takes? Drop us a line and let us know. For location specific inquiries please contact that location individually. For generic inquiries please use the contact form on this page.

Kid's Martial Arts

Kid's Martial Arts

After School Program

After School Program

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Adult Martial Arts

Adult Martial Arts

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How Can You Reach Us?

For a specific location, visit our “Locations” page and contact that school directly.
For generic inquiries please fill contact form.