Sparring Class Returns to the Main School

Sparring Classes return to the Main School starting June 18th, 2022.  Students interested in participating are NOT required to make a class reservation beforehand.  The training will be led by Junior Master Alex Stadler, 4th Dan.

Please note:  Students ARE required to wear a mask while in class!

When: Starting Saturday, June 18th, 2022 from 11:00am – 12:30pm
Where: Kim’s Academy Main School
1617 South Longfellow
Wichita, KS 67207
Cost: Free
Eligibility: All Kim’s Academy Belt Ranks
Sparring Gear Please bring your own sparring gear.
COVID Notes: Masks are required at all times.

 

Board Holding Training

As students progress to black belt, one of your responsibilities is to hold boards at belt tests and in class. KABBA is offering this workshop to help students learn and improve their board holding skills. This class is targeted to those students who haven’t yet had a lot of practice or don’t yet feel comfortable holding boards, but who are willing to hold boards for others at tests or class. Newly promoted black belts are encouraged to attend so that you can hold boards at upcoming tests.

The training will be led by Master Alicia Looney, 6th Dan.  Download a flyer for the event here.

When: Saturday, June 25th, 2022 from 1pm – 2:30pm
Where: Kim’s Academy Main School
1617 South Longfellow
Wichita, KS 67207
Cost: Free
Eligibility: All Kim’s Academy Red Belts and Black Belts
Registration: Online only; limited to 20 total attendees.  Click here to register.
COVID Notes: Masks are required at all times.

Improve Your Poomsae – 01/29/22

This training will provide insights and techniques to help improve your poomsae performance.  Whether you want to improve for competition, demonstrations, or testing; this training is for you. The training is appropriate for all red belt and black belt levels, including advanced students and masters. The training helps strengthen fundamental understanding of poomsae techniques and concepts and provides participants with tools to continue improvement after the course.

The training will be led by Master Caroline Inay-Park, WT International Poomsae Referee.

When: January 29th, 2022 from 11:15am – 1:15pm
Where: Kim’s Academy Main School
1617 South Longfellow
Wichita, KS 67207
Cost: Free to KABBA members. $5 to Non-Members (Fee to be collected at the door.)
Eligibility: All Kim’s Academy Red Belts and Black Belts
Registration: Online only; limited to 20 total attendees.  Click here to register.
COVID Notes: Masks are required at all times.

Join KABBA Now

BLACK BELTS!

Kim’s Academy Black Belt Association (KABBA) relies on membership dues to support our mission, and we need your help to continue to promote Tae Kwon Do and Kim’s Academy. By paying annual dues, you can provide a foundation for the continued education of Kim’s Academy students.

KABBA was formed to support Kim’s Academy of Tae Kwon Do by educating members and Kim’s Academy students in the skills of Tae Kwon Do and to promote Tae Kwon Do. Kim’s Academy students benefit from the support of KABBA as we provide financial and logistical support for belt tests, picnics, Christmas banquet, tournaments, and special events throughout the year.

All Kim’s Academy Black Belts are eligible to become members of KABBA. KABBA members are invited to attend special black belt-only training events throughout the year. As a member, you will also be able to take an active role in directing the future of Kim’s Academy by voting on KABBA initiatives and officer elections.

More information about KABBA can be found at https://www.kimsacademy.com/kabba/.

KABBA dues for 2022 are $20 per person, payable to KABBA. To pay your dues, please fill out this form and you can drop it with your check in the KABBA can at the main school or mail to:

KABBA c/o KABBA Vice President
1617 S. Longfellow
Wichita, KS 67207

You can also use the PayPal link below to pay your dues online

If you would like more information about the Kim’s Academy Black Belt Association, please email KABBA.Board@gmail.com or talk to one of our officers listed on the KABBA page.

Wichita Wagonmasters Chili Cookoff and Demo – 09/25/21

Attention all Kim’s Academy Students!

KABBA is once again sponsoring Mr. Scott McKinney into this year’s Wichita Wagonmasters Chili Cookoff, being held on Saturday, September 25th, 2021.  Set up, decorating, and cooking prep will begin around 6:00am, with serving of the chili starting at Noon.  This is the 34th year for the event and in years past has drawn between 8,000 and 10,000 people.  Students can help in one of several ways:
  • Work with Mr. McKinney to cook the chili and serve it once the taste testing starts.
  • Help with design, set up and decoration of the booth (and win the Best Booth prize!)
  • Generate excitement for spectators walking by the booth with a cheering section, promoting Kim’s Academy and showing your enthusiasm for Taekwondo (please wear your dobak for this).  If permitted we will also have a “mini-demo” in the section.

Remember, participation in demos and events is part of your progression in rank!  If you can participate please arrive by 10:15am.  Look for the Kim’s Academy flag at the booth on St. Francis, just north of Douglas (the approximate address of the booth location is 111 North St. Francis).  Bring a water bottle, shoes, belt, and wear you dobak.  Click here to for a brochure with more details.

If you have any questions please contact Mr. McKinney by phone or text at  316-641-3010, by email at  kickutkd@gmail.com, or the Facebook event posted at the Kim’s Academy Facebook page.  You can find information on following CDC guidelines here.

 

Summer Poomsae Competition

Attention all Kim’s Academy students!
 
We know many of you have recently returned to your TKD classes after a long hiatus away, and are looking forward to seeing your TKD friends from other schools and participating in events. Today, Kim’s Academy Black Belt Association is excited to announce a Summer Poomsae Competition!
 
When: July 17th, 2021 from 11:00am – 3:00pm (Your assigned time will be emailed after registration.)
Where: Kim’s Academy Main School
1617 South Longfellow
Wichita, KS 67207
Cost: $5 Entry Fee Per Competitor
Eligibility: All Belt Ranks and Ages
Registration for the event is now closed.  If you have any questions please review the Frequently Asked Questions below or contact KABBA at kabba.board@gmail.com.
 
To download or view the flyer, click here.
 
For tips on what Judges will be looking for during the competition, click here.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

How are the competitor’s bracketed?
Bracketing depends on the total number of competitors that have signed up.
 
What time does my competitor need to be at the event?
All competitors will be given a time slot to attend.  This information will be sent via email several days before the event. To ensure you receive the information, please make sure you provide a valid email address during registration.
 
Are you still following COVID-19 protocols/restrictions? 
Masks are currently required at the Main School.  COVID protocols will be assessed prior to the tournament date and the requirements will be included in the competitor email listing your time slot.
 
Why are you only allowing online registration? 
This is to allow advanced scheduling so that we can maintain small groups inside the dojang at all times.
 
I might test between now and the tournament.  What belt rank should I choose?
Register using the belt rank you will be on July 17. If you are not sure, you can wait until after the June belt test to register for the tournament.
 

Status of Branch School Openings

Main School Restrictions

Regular Main School classes are for students enrolled at the Main School only. Please follow these restrictions when attending class.

  1. Class size limited to 12 people.
  2. No observers. Parents please wait outside the building.
  3. No changing facilities. Please arrive in your dobak. Locker Room is for restroom use only.
  4. Bring your own water bottle.

There will be an online sign-up for students who wish to attend Black Belt Class and Saturday Family Class. You MUST sign up in advance to attend these classes. Sparring Class will not resume at this time.

Black Belt Class : Sign Up Here

Family Class : Sign Up Here

For those students attending a branch school, you should watch for communication from the branch.  Since many of the branch schools are located in “host” facilities, such as churches and the YMCA, they will be required to adhere to the requirements of those locations. Some of these locations may not open classes immediately. Please contact your branch school for detailed information on health/distancing requirements to attend class. A list of known branch statuses is listed below.

Branch School Status

Branch School Status
Ascension Lutheran Church Classes have resumed.
Acrobatic Academy Classes have resumed.
Andover YMCA Classes have resumed.
Bel Aire Rec Center Classes have resumed.
Cheney Rec Center Classes have resumed.
Derby Rec Center – Oaklawn Classes have resumed.
El Dorado YMCA Classes have not resumed.  Please check class schedule page for updates.
Evergreen Rec Center Masks should be worn when in the halls or office, but are optional in class.
Goddard United Methodist Church Classes have resumed.
Great Bend Classes have resumed for 7p-8p class only.
Hoisington Classes have resumed.
Newton Rec Center Classes begin June 1st and only Monday/Wednesday 6pm-7pm will be offered until further notice.  Class size is limited to 10 students and will need to check-in at the front desk.  Additionally, students will only be able to pay single class drop-in fee until further notice.
North YMCA Classes have resumed.
Northwest Wichita (Believer’s) Classes have resumed.
South YMCA Classes have resumed.
Other YMCA Facilities Not Listed Here Classes have not resumed.

For information on branch schools not listed, please contact the branch directly.

Status on Kim’s Academy Reopening

COVID-19 Precautions: Updated May 29, 2020

Kim’s Academy of Taekwondo is committed to the health and safety of all students and instructors. In an effort to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and promote social distancing, Kim’s Academy will adhere to Governor Kelly’s reopening plan, Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.

Governor Kelly has announced that the state plan will move into modified Phase 2 on May 22, and the Kim’s Academy Main School will resume classes for students enrolled at the Main School on Tuesday, May 26. Because of the size of the dojong, Grandmaster Kim will need to limit class sizes, for now, to 12 students. Students enrolled and attending the Main School should call to confirm there is room in a class. 

There will be NO CLASSES at the main school on Memorial Day, May 25.

Parents will be asked to remain in their cars, to allow space for students.  The number of training pads available for class will be limited.  Each time a training pad (focus pads, body shields, wave master, etc) is used, it will be required to be cleaned before the next class. Cleaning of the facility will need to occur between classes to limit the spread of the virus.  If you do NOT feel well, please stay home, even if you think you just have a cold.  Grand Master Kim is in the vulnerable age group, as are many Kim’s Academy instructors. 

Students who wish to wear masks, gloves, or other protective equipment, may do so. Hand sanitizer will be available but you are welcome to bring your own. Please check any announcements from the Governor regarding Phase 2 restrictions. 

 

Main School Restrictions

Regular Main School classes are for students enrolled at the Main School only. Please follow these restrictions when attending class.

  1. Class size limited to 12 people.
  2. No observers. Parents please wait outside the building.
  3. No changing facilities. Please arrive in your dobak. Locker Room is for restroom use only.
  4. Bring your own water bottle.

There will be an online sign-up for students who wish to attend Black Belt Class and Saturday Family Class. You MUST sign up in advance to attend these classes. Sparring Class will not resume at this time.

Black Belt Class (begins May 27) Sign Up Here

Family Class (begins May 23) Sign Up Here

For those students attending a branch school, you should watch for communication from the branch.  Since many of the branch schools are located in “host” facilities, such as churches and the YMCA, they will be required to adhere to the requirements of those locations. Some of these locations may not open classes immediately. Please contact your branch school for detailed information on health/distancing requirements to attend class. A list of known branch statuses is listed below.

Branch School Status

Branch School Status
Ascension Lutheran Church Classes have resumed.
Acrobatic Academy Classes have resumed.
Bel Aire Rec Center Classes are being held via Zoom through May and will start in-person classes in June.
Derby Rec Center – Oaklawn Classes start June 18.
Newton Rec Center Classes begin June 1st and only Monday/Wednesday 6pm-7pm will be offered until further notice.  Class size is limited to 10 students and will need to check-in at the front desk.  Additionally, students will only be able to pay single class drop-in fee until further notice.  (Information updated 05/29/20 @11pm).
All YMCA Facilities Will open May 18 but will NOT reopen Taekwondo classes at this time.

For information on branch schools not listed, please contact the branch directly.

 

Class Health Guidelines

Each student and family should make their own decision on attending classes. For those choosing to attend classes, please follow these guidelines.

  1. Do not attend class if you are sick or exhibit any symptoms.
  2. Wash or sanitize your hands before and after class, and at any class breaks.
  3. Do not shake hands. Instead, bow to other students/instructors.
  4. Cover your mouth if you cough, using your elbow if possible. Leave class to wash your hands if you need to cover your mouth with your hand.
  5. Wash your dobak or workout clothes after each class.

 

Visit the CDC website for further recommendations.
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community

The details of the Ad Astra Plan can be found at https://covid.ks.gov/ad-astra-a-plan-to-reopen-kansas/.

We look forward to seeing you in class as soon as possible.