Wichita Wagonmasters Chili Cookoff and Demo – 10/01/22

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, October 1st, 2022.  Chili tasting starts at Noon.  This is the 35th 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:
  • 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 located near the corner of St. Francis and Douglas.  Bring a water bottle, shoes, belt, and wear you dobak.

If you have any questions please contact Mr. McKinney by phone or text at  316-641-3010, by email at  kickutkd@gmail.com.  You can find information on following CDC guidelines 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. http://www.kimsacademy.com/tournament-training-videos/

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. http://www.kimsacademy.com/tournament-training-videos/  

Spinning Kick Clinic – September 14, 2019

Attention Kim’s Academy Students!

Senior Master Steve Hilburn is offering a clinic designed to learn and refine one of the more powerful kicks in Taekwondo – the spinning kick.

When:  Saturday, September 14th, 2019 from 1:00 – 2:30pm
Location:  Kim’s Academy Main School, located at 1617 S. Longfellow in Wichita, KS
Entry Fee: One non-perishable Food Bank donation (i.e. canned good or boxed dinner item)

This clinic is designed to introduce the three basic spin kick techniques to students or offer the opportunity to refine and polish these techniques for the advanced rank students that have not recently invested the effort to ensure their spinning techniques are crisp, powerful, and effective.  A flier for the event can be downloaded here.

NOTE: Instructors are strongly encouraged to attend, monitor, and coach their students during and after the clinic.

If you have any questions please email kabba.board@gmail.com.


Self-Defense Class – How to Teach

Attention Kim’s Academy Black Belts!

Sr. Master Diana Hilburn is organizing a “train the trainer” class to promote the teaching of self-defense.

When:  Saturday, March 30th, 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00pm
Location:  Kim’s Academy Main School, located at 1617 S. Longfellow in Wichita, KS
Instructors: Grand Master Kim and a guest instructor

This event is open to all Kim’s Academy Black Belt students and any Red/Black tips that recently pre-tested for Danbo.  Grand Master Kim will begin the training and then turn it over to Bruce Morton.  Bruce has taught Self Defense to the Wichita Police academy and the State academy for over 30 years.  He is the only instructor in Wichita authorized to teach women at the Rape Crisis center.  Whether you have never taught self-defense, or teach it on a frequent basis, you are encouraged to attend.  KABBA has self-defense as a key initiative to help grow the school.  We need more instructors capable of teaching self defense classes.  We will also having a drawing to give away three Self Defense books at the end of class.  Each participate will be given a “free” raffle ticket to be eligible for the drawing.  There is no cost for this class or the raffle ticket.  You must be present at the end of the class to be eligible to win one of the books.    The three book titles are “Gift of Fear” by Gavin De Becker, “Left of Bang” by Patrick Van Horne and Jason Riley, and “When Violence is the Answer” by Tim Larkin.  Mr. Morton strongly recommends all three to anyone planning or currently teaching self defense courses.

This is a great opportunity to learn from someone that has been recognized across the state for his Self Defense training!  If you have any questions please email kabba.board@gmail.com.


Website Redesign!

After several months of work, we are proud to introduce a redesign of the Kim’s Academy website!  Improvements include:

  • Completely replacing the old website (which was static HTML-based) with a solution that uses WordPress as the underlying foundation.  For those non-technical, this is Good Thing and should allow us to make future updates with less effort in the future.
  • Utilizing a Responsive template.  This means the website will automatically adjust the content you see to fit the laptop, tablet, or smartphone device you are viewing it on.
  • Improvements to each Kim’s Academy location page
    • A Google Map view.
    • Clearer presentation of schedules.
  • An experimental “Schedule Finder” feature.  With this feature you can look at a summary view of schedules from all Kim’s Academy locations and filter on specific class types, days, times, or locations.  For example, let’s say you’re interested in attending a Kim’s Academy class but only have Tuesday’s and Thursday’s opened.  With the Schedule Finder you can filter on these two days and see what class locations and times fit your request!
  • News and Announcements posted to the website will provide Google Map views and event information you can add to your calendars with one simple click.
  • A Search feature (look for the magnifying glass icon to the right of the main menu bar), allowing you to quickly find content on the website.
  • An easier way for us to add social links to popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and SnapChat.  Kim’s Academy Instructors – if you have any social links you’d like to add to your location please let us know!

There are still a few minor “fit and finish” items to complete, but overall we think you’ll enjoy the experience!  If you have any feedback or comments, feel free to send them to webmaster@kimsacademy.com.


Senior Master Robert Stankey, 6th Dan