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.

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, 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
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.

Spring Cleaning at the Main School

Needing volunteer hours?  Need some extra funds to help pay for an upcoming taekwondo competition?  Or do you just want to give back to Kim’s Academy?  Then KABBA has a great opportunity for you!  KABBA will be sponsoring Spring Cleaning (early) for Kim’s Academy-Main Branch during February and March. 

Below are the dates and times available to help clean the Dojang.  Any participant can earn volunteer hours, up to 4 hours.  Or, for students who are competing in USAT National or State Championships in 2020, scholarship opportunities are available for helping with cleaning, under the organizer’s supervision. Students will receive a $25 voucher, for each hour of cleaning completed, toward tournament fees and expenses, up to $100 (as funds allow, and depending on the number of students who sign up to work). 

After the approved State or National competition, students should submit copies of their receipts for tournament expenses, along with their earned vouchers to the KABBA treasurer.  The treasurer will then reimburse the student, up to the amount earned. 

Volunteers will report to Meridith Gierhart for cleaning assignments.  She will sign off on volunteer hours and distribute vouchers.  Volunteers under 10 years old must have a parent to help with their cleaning duties. 

Allowable expenses for scholarship redemption include:

  • Tournament entry fee
  • Hotel expenses
  • Fuel expenses
  • Airfare
  • Meals while traveling

Sign-up dates and times:

  • Saturday, February 1st: 1:00 – 3:00pm
  • Saturday, February 8th: 1:00 – 3:00 pm 
  • Saturday, March 7th: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

You do not have to be requesting volunteer hours or scholarship vouchers to help.  All volunteers are welcome!

Sign up easily using this link:

Board Holding and Breaking Workshop

One of the requirements for passing a belt test is to perform a break of one or more boards using a foot or hand technique.  A successful break relies on understanding the proper breaking techniques.  Equally important is understanding the proper techniques for holding the boards.  Kim’s Academy is offering a workshop to demonstrate these techniques.

When:  Saturday, February 29th, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:30pm
Location:  Kim’s Academy Main School, located at 1617 S. Longfellow in Wichita, KS
Cost: Free
Instructor:  Master Alicia Looney

This event is open to all Kim’s Academy students.  Instructors are encouraged to attend for the benefit of your students who may be attending and also to gain insight into helping students with board breaking in the future.  You can download a flier for the event here.

Black Belt Training Event – January 25th, 2020

Attention all Black Belts!

KABBA is pleased to announce the next training event that every Black Belt should find beneficial as they advance through Dan ranks.

When: Saturday, January 25th, at 11:00am – 04:00pm.
Where: Kim’s Academy Main School, 1617 South Longfellow

The cost is $5 (exact change only), but KABBA members get in free.  If you would to join KABBA, visit the KABBA page.  For questions or to reserve your spot, please RSVP to  You can also RSVP online using this link.  The following classes will be offered during the event:

Sparring Techniques – Master Ken Louis, 5th Dan Master Instructor
When is the right time to take a step back on the mat? When is the right time to try a back kick? If you don’t know, Master Louis will be sharing fundamentals of sparring and the most effective drills for instructors to help students practice footwork to move around the ring.

Korean Terminology – Grandmaster Joon Y. Kim, 9th Dan Grandmaster Instructor
Go beyond “charyiot “ and “joon-bi.” In this class, Grandmaster Kim will give an overview of Korean terms relating to taekwondo techniques.

Teaching Self-Defense – Sr. Master Dany Monares, 6th Dan Master Instructor
Not a Self-Defense skills class, but a chance to learn how to structure a class for the non martial arts person. Master Monares teaches.

Specialty Kicks – Mr. John Bozeki, 3rd Dan Instructor
Take your demo planning to the next level. Mr. Bozeki brings the “WOW” to this class that displays high-flying, super-rotating, viral video-making kicks. Along with teaching the techniques, the class will include direction to help instructors teach the moves to their students.

Running a test – Sr. Master Josh Mostowitz, 6th Dan Master Instructor
Do you know what the Masters up front want to see during a test? Curious about which techniques need to be ready when? Master Mostowitz will go over running a test, from basic to advanced techniques, and how to prepare students for a successful test experience.

You can download a flyer for the event here, and a summary of these classes is provided here.

Christmas Banquet 2019

Attention all Kim’s Academy Students!

It is that time of year again! The annual Kim’s Academy Christmas Banquet will be held on Saturday, December 14 at 6pm at Glenn Park Christian Church. The address is:

2757 South Glenn Avenue
Wichita, Kansas 67217

Black belts will provide turkey & ham – please note we are still looking for 4 more turkeys and 3 hams for the banquet.  If you would be willing to bring a turkey or ham, please let Sr. Master Kraig Seglem know by sending him an email to  The meat must be completely cooked and sliced; turkeys should be de-boned and sliced.

Everyone else is asked to bring a salad, side dish, or dessert. This is a great time to get together with our extended Kim’s Academy family. All Kim’s Academy students are welcome to attend and bring your family and friends. The flyer for the event can be downloaded here.

Friendship Tournament Corner Judge Training and Rules Review – Oct 27th

This training will be held on October 27th from 3:00 – 4:30pm.  All Black Belts are invited to attend! 
Master Caroline Park will hold a training session to review the sparring rules & corner judging for the Friendship Tournament.

Corner Judges will learn electronic trigger scoring and manual paper scoring. There will also be an opportunity for center referees to practice.

Videos to supplement this training are available online.

Friendship Tournament Referee and Judge Training – October 2nd

This training will be held at the end of black belt class on October 2nd from ~8:45 – 9:30pm.  All Black Belts are invited to attend! 

Master Caroline Park will hold a training session to review the sparring rules & referee hand signals for the Friendship Tournament.

This is a good opportunity for referees, judges, and coaches to learn the rules specific to our tournament, and there will be time for center referees to practice hand signals.

Videos to supplement this training are available online.  

Open Streets ICT Demos – 09/22/19

Kim’s Academy will once again be participating in Open Streets ICT, scheduled for September 22nd, 2019.  Open Streets ICT is a FREE community-building event that closes a usually busy street to traffic and opens it for biking, walking, running, dancing, yoga, and more!  All Wichitans are invited to join in the fun, and to stop at the local businesses, restaurants, street vendors, and the major activity hubs situated every mile along the route.

Kim’s Academy students will have several opportunities to get involved with demonstrations during the event:

  • 12:30p : Master Meinhardt will be holding Spirit Award practice in Delano at the roundabout.  The Spirit Award competition will occur at the Chili Cookoff being held on 09/28/19.
  • 1:30p : This demo will be performed by the Kim’s Academy Demo Team.  Students are encourage to show up and cheer them on!
  • 2:30p : This demo will be led by Master Hawkins at Clifton Square in College Hill.  It is open to all Kim’s Academy students.

If you have any questions please email