She also seems to have been the beneficiary of the "Miracle of the Pacific", as many Korean masters and grandmasters have, in that they boarded the plane is Seoul as a first through third degree black belt, and then sometime flying over the water, they were magically elevated several levels in black belt rank, landing in LAX as fifth degree black belts and above.
I'm amazed that most martial arts sites and magazines don't do real research on the people they feature. They are basically advertisers, I guess. All it takes is a Google search on "Tae Yun Kim" to bring up what Bullshido has on her.
I get the impression that the world of martial arts isn't regulated much if at all. Someone like TYK can exaggerate their achievements and for the most part get away with it.
She may bask in glory here on earth. But I would hate to be her when she meets her maker. All the lists in the world won't help her. Then she will be made accountable. If she truly believes in God Our Father, she would repent and truly mean it and lead a life worthy of Christ.
I think Kimmie's insecurity in regard to other women is one reason why she interferes with and breaks up relationships. It probably gets under her skin to see another woman happily in love. When she draws the man into JSW or COL and breaks up the relationship, it's a clear victory. When she draws the woman into JSW or COL, she increases the woman's self-doubt and gets chances to undermine it further.
Kimmie allows some romantic relationships within COL, but only if she gets to micromanage them. Each partner must love Kimmie more than their partner or they get punished for it. EAS got punished, and according to other posters SAK did too. I wasn't punished for my relationship with CA, but we never got really close, not like my husband and I are close now. And I'm not talking about physical closeness, I'm talking about being best friends.
I also thought that her bio bragged about everything under the sun except her martial arts achievements which seemed odd for a Who's Who of martial arts. The JSW website highlights that she is "Chairman of the Board, Martial Arts Leadership Federation" right above her claim to 10th degree black belt. This is the farce organization that propelled her 10th degree promotion.
So far as I can tell, the Martial Arts Leadership Federation doesn't exist. Tried doing numerous searches but came up with nothing. During the launch of the fake organization TYK promoted literally everyone to a higher rank but just for those few days. Everyone became a black belt and most had multiple stripes and fancy uniforms. The students paid a few hundred dollars for the new uniform/belts and then of course had to return them once the event ended.
There were other martial artists attending and it was a little awkward with all of TYK's students running around with brand new belts. It was so obvious from the way the belts were stiff and new instead of soft and worn like one who actually trained in their belt would have. Funny how TYK told her students that this is the rank they had actually earned when compared to other schools but then asked for the belts and uniforms back when her guests left.
As with everything else, its all about HER. It would be interesting to watch a real female grandmaster who has actually earned her rank spar with TYK.
It is almost sad the way TYK has to lie and fake her way into building herself up. She puts tons of plastic flowers up in the winter so her yard will look nice for guests when they visit. Even nature can't be itself around her.
Are you telling me those PR photos on the JSW website with the several dozen black belts all lined up on either side of her are fake black belts? Doesn't suprise me though. Belt rank with TYK is just another one of her frivolities. Seems I've read she demoted others as she did me.
Her brother would charge his black belts to have their hands registered with the police as deadly weapons. I tried to point out the absurdity of this to one of his students before she went ahead and paid, and I hope I got through to her. I guess there's no end to the gullibility of people.
I was thinking about the hair-pulling WhiteBear mentioned, and I remembered when my mom had her hair pulled while in a brief marriage to an abusive man. He ripped her hair so badly that half of it was ragged short. My mom asked me to cut it, and looking back I feel like I was an enabler, helping her hide her suffering from the world.
A few years after I joined COL, TYK suddenly got this idea that all the women should cut their hair short. She said long hair contained "old energy." My theory about this used to be that she envied women with hair better than hers (she wears wigs for a reason), and maybe that's partly true. But I have a new theory.
TYK often disguises punishments by giving other students the same regimen as a "special program." For example, in the first thread Jdms talked about how when she was punished for some sort of mild physical encounter with an instructor with a severe diet, several other women were put on the same diet so she wouldn't appear singled out. Another poster explained that the rash of name changes that afflicted COL at one point was due to a student whose credit TYK had ruined changing their name to hide their debt.
My new theory about the haircuts is that TYK ripped a female student's hair, had that student get a haircut, and then made all the women get haircuts due to "old energy" to hide what happened. I think I have an idea who the victim might have been.
Good theory Bemused. I can totally see that happening, hiding the reason for the haircuts so as not to have one stand out. I remember all the women being told to get their haircut short and about the "old enegee".
Another thing that could back up your theory is that TYK herself often cuts students hair these days. The 'being dragged around by the hair incident' I refer to is fairly recent, within the past few years. It is probably something she has done all along when she gets really pissed off. It is scary to have her cut your hair. You have to say "wow ma'am, it looks great!" or appear ungrateful. Some students have cried afterwards and then learned to have an excuse to leave when she asks for her hair cutting kit.
Failed Student, the black belts on the JSW website are real although many have been double, triple or quadruple promoted to their newest rank. TYK stated many times that as founder of her own art, she can and will promote any one at any time as she feels like it. It is hard to know what rank is based on. Some have worked very hard and have the skills, others are more "honorary" much like recieving an honorary PhD.