Grand Master Yong B. Kim
Founder and GrandMaster
-8th Degree Grandmaster
-Ph.D in Physical Education at Kyung Hee University in Korea
– National Elementary Level Taekwondo Championship – Gold Medalist
-National President Cup Taekwondo Championship – Gold Medalist
– National Collegiate Taekwondo Championship – Gold Medalist
– Korean National Team and Kyung Hee University Team Coach
– 1995 Ukraine National Team Coach
– 2004 Collegiate Olympic Games/Universaide USA Team Coach
– 2004 Founder and program chair of the first and only Martial Arts Major program at an accredited university in the west (University of Bridgeport, CT)
– Founder of the first Taekwondo Academy in Stamford, CT
– YB World has graduated over 750 Black Belts since it’s founding in 1992
– Started Taekwondo at age 7
Teaching Philosophy: Martial arts is Grand Master Kim’s life. The promotion of Martial Arts in the modern culture to educate younger generations and help them grow to be successful members of society. To spread martial arts as a form of self cultivation – better person, better life, better health.
YB World is the Realization of Grandmaster Kim’s lifelong goal to help promote and advocate the benefits of the martial arts in the United States. Arriving from Korea in 1991 with $45 in his pocket, Grandmaster Kim founded YB World in Stamford, CT. With his school growing rapidly, Grandmaster then set out to create the first accredited martial arts college major in the United States. After many years, he eventually achieved his dream in 2004 by establishing the four year Martial Arts Studies undergraduate program at the University of Bridgeport. He serves as the program chair and Professor to this day.