Grandmaster & Founder
February 20, 1957 — February 21, 2015
Grandmaster Dong Jin Kim was born in Pusan, South Korea. Kim had over 48 years of experience in martial arts. At a young age, Kim began training in Tang Soo Do, Hapkido, and Kendo. He was also master in the Japanese art of Jujutsu.
From 1976 through 1984, Kim instructed Kendo in Pusan at the City Prison, Pusan Police Department, and at the De-Wan-Kwan Kumdo School and continued his studies in Kendo under Grand Master Do Hoo Moon. At this time, Kim also received a degree in Physical Education from the College of Physical Education at the Incheon National College. In 1985, Kim moved to Japan. Kim continued his studies in Kendo at the Tokyo Shudokan Kendo School. At this time he also began training in Japanese Jujutsu at the Japan Jujutsu Tokyo School.
In 1988, Kim moved to Fiji. From 1989 through 2000, Kim served in the Fiji Military Forces where he reached the rank of Major. During this time he founded the Fiji Hapkido Association and the Fiji Kendo Association. Kim also conducted combative and defensive tactics training for various law enforcement and military agencies including the Fiji Prison Service, the Fiji Intelligence Service, the protection detail for the President of Fiji, the Fiji Police Academy, and the Fiji Military Forces. At this time Kim received the honorary title of Captain from the Pohnpei Police Department in Micronesia.
In 2000, Kim moved to the United States where he began training various law enforcement and military agencies and units. Organizations included: the Salt Lake City Police Department SWAT Team, the Salt Lake County Sheriffs Office, Davis County Sheriffs Office and the U.S. Army 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne). In 2006 Kim worked with the Ronald Reagan Washington National airport police, U.S. Coast Guard(Headquarters), U.S. Army Military Police (CID) - Protective Services Battalion, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Secret Service. In addition to training military and law enforcement agencies, Kim also established training programs for the University of Maryland, American University, and the University of Utah. As a result, for his work with law enforcement, Grand Master Kim was awarded the rank of honorary colonel by The Salt Lake City Police Department in 2004.
In 2008, Kim partnered with the National Defense University to create their Combative and Defensive Tactics course.
In 2010, Kim founded Shudokan Hapkido International and Shudokan Kendo jujutsu USA located in Washington, D.C. Kim currently serves as the organizations' president.
In 2012, a Combatives and Defensive Tactics course was developed by Kim for the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently delivered in the House Staff Fitness Center. Also in 2012, Kim established a training program for the Bureau of Labor Statistics Fitness Center.
In 2013, Kim became the combat jujutsu instructor at the United States Department of Energy Fitness Center.
In 2014, Kim became the combat jujutsu instructor at the United States Justice Department Fitness Center.
In 2014, Kim became the official JTR Jujutsu instructor at United States State Department.
In 2014, Kim established JTR Jujutsu International located in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and president.
In 2014, Kim became a member of Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (DNBK) 大日本武徳会 (lit. "Greater Japan Martial Virtue Society")
List of Grandmaster Kim's martial arts styles, dan levels, and accomplishments.
9th Dan Blackbelt and Master certification, as certified by Korea Kido Association
8th Dan Blackbelt, as certified by Japan Jigo Tensin-Ryu Jujutsu Seibukan Association 8th Dan/Hanshi posthumously, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (DNBK)
5th Dan Blackbelt, International Tang Soo Do Federation
8th Dan Blackbelt, as certified by Japan Jigo Tensin-Ryu Jujutsu Seibukan Association 7th Dan and Kyoshi Title, as certified by Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (DNBK)
Instructor Course Certificate with the National Defense University
Master training in Cane, Stick, Knife, Sword, Staff & Pistol