FOUNDER OF CHAYON-RYU MARTIAL ARTS

Grandmaster Kim Soo
began his martial arts training as a child in Korea and was promoted to 1st-Degree Black Belt when he was 13. During high school, he
dedicated his life to spreading martial arts; and while in college, he founded Kwon Bop Martial Arts club at Han Kuk University of Foreign Studies. After graduating with a degree in Russian Language and Literature, Grandmaster Kim taught taekwondo club at the Animal Husbandry College of Keon-kuk University and founded the Korean Taekwon Academy in Seoul. He also taught the bodyguards of former Korean President Syng Man Rhee, members of the Korean Military Intelligence Agency, and personnel of the U. S. Armed Forces. The youngest 10th-degree Black Belt in the world, Grandmaster Kim began teaching at Rice University and the University of Houston in 1968.  Read more .....



CHAYON-RYU MARTIAL ARTS

Chayon-Ryu
 (Korean for "The Natural Way") was developed over many years by Grandmaster Kim Soo. It is based on the natural movements found within each of its parent styles - Chinese Chu'an Fa, Japanese Karate, Korean Taekwondo, Okinawa-Te, Judo/Jujitsu, and Hapkido/Aikido. Chayon-Ryu 
teaches natural body motion as the basis of all techniques in order to promote power, safety, health, and fitness. Within the practice, it incorporates an educational system of teaching: morality, purpose, humility, common sense, persistence, and patience. From this system, one becomes self confident a,d gains self esteem. With these components, one is able to fight the every day enemies, which are not external but internal such as stress, worry, insecurity, jealousy, impatience, defeat, and depression.  











HOUSTON MAYOR HONORS GRANDMASTER KIM SOO AND CHAYON-RYU


On Oct. 13, 2017, Mayor Sylvester Turner issued a proclamation declaring Grandmaster Kim Soo Day. Grand
master Kim has received mayoral proclamations from six different Houston mayors over the years for his contributions to the community. He has many students who have been with him for decades. Since he first opened his business in 1968, he has taught thousands of students and promoted over 600 of them to black belt. Read more ---



GRANDMASTER HONORED BY TEXAS SENATE

On May 24, 2013, Grandmaster Kim Soo received a Texas Senate res
olution recognizing him for the 45th anniversary of his arrival in Houston and for founding Chayon-Ryu martial art system.  He was honored for his outstanding accomplishments and many contributions to our community. 

The resolution was sponsored by Senator John Whitmire, the Dean of the Texas Senate and the longest-serving senator in Texas.  His district includes Spring Branch where the Chayon-Ryu headquarters is located. 



GRANDMASTER KIM SOO HONORED BY HOUSTON MAYOR

Mayor Annise Parker proclaimed January 15, 2013 as Grandmaster Kim Soo Day in Houston, in celebration of the 45th anniversary of his arrival in the U.S. and his numerous contributions to the community. In return, 
Grandmaster Kim presented the Mayor with the honorary rank of 1st degree black belt.  

Grandmaster Kim trained more than 70,000 students and produced over 1,000 black belts.  
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Click here to watch a video of city council presentation.



 
GRANDMASTER KIM SOO FEATURED ON ABC 13

On June 23, 2018, loacl ABC 13 highlighted Grandmaster Kim Soo and Chayon-Ryu system for marking 50 years in Houston. Click here to watch

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HOUSTON CHRONICLE HIGHLIGHTS CHAYON-RYU AND FOUNDER GRANDMASTER KIM SOO


May 3, 2018 by Jose R. Gonzalez - The U.S. immigration officer interviewing visa applicants wanted to know why Kim Soo was seeking permanent residency after being here for just a month on tourist status from Korea. The exchange unnerved him so much he forgot his prepared reply. Cavalierly, he improvised, “America needs me.”



A LETTER TO THE GRANDMASTER

Samuel Bizimungu trains at the Bakersfield Kim Soo Karate in California. Chayon-Ryu Impact on my life

Alberto Borjas is a (transferred high-ranking) black belt. Chayon-Ryu: a healing art.  

Brian Hammer
 is a 4th-degree black belt & the president of the Likeable Lawyer.  Click to read.

Jerry Bick is a blue belt. Click to read.

Harvey Brauner is a 1st-degree black belt. Click to read.

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