Kim's Hapkido

We teach Karate to ages from 3 and up. We cater to individual needs for growth, Not just for Defense

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May Student Highlight : Jordan R

Hello my name is Jordan R and I am 12 years old. I've been with Kim's for 2 years.

What is your favorite part about coming to Kim's Hapkido?
My favorite part about coming to Kim's Hapkido is learning the weapons.

What would you tell others about Kim's Hapkido and how it has helped you?
Hapkido has helped me meet new people. I would tell others it is a great choice to build confidence.

What inspired your family to choose our school?
My family and I chose this school as a new hobby for me.

What has been the most significant growth your parents have seen in you since starting?
My most significant growth since starting is my confidence.

How have your experiences at our studio prepared you for your future endeavors?
They have made me a good leader and confident person.

What do you inspire to be when you are an adult?
a police officer

Tell me one amazing and interesting thing about yourself.
I am a kind and a smart leader


We absolutely love to partner with our local schools to help raise money to give back. We worked with Thoroughgood Elementary School PTA during an afterschool program and raised $591 to give back to their PTA.


Happy Mother's Day to all of our amazing and spectacular moms. May you have a great day with your children.


To our future instructors and martial arts masters,

You are the custodians of tradition and the architects of transformation. Within your hands lies the power to shape not just bodies, but minds and spirits. Your journey is not merely about mastering techniques; it's about igniting flames of inspiration in every student you encounter.

Remember, you are more than teachers; you are mentors, guides, and exemplars of discipline and perseverance. Your dedication to the craft echoes through generations, imprinting upon the world the virtues of honor, respect, and resilience.

In every lesson, in every demonstration, you have the opportunity to instill confidence, instigate growth, and inspire greatness. Embrace this privilege with humility and passion.

As you step onto the mats and into the studios, remember the lineage of masters who came before you. Honor their legacy by embodying the essence of martial arts: humility in victory, grace in defeat, and an unwavering commitment to self-improvement.

Your journey will be challenging, but within every challenge lies the opportunity for growth. Embrace each setback as a lesson, each triumph as a testament to your dedication.

Know that you are not alone on this path. You stand shoulder to shoulder with a community of fellow practitioners, united by a common love for the art. Lean on each other for support, share your knowledge generously, and together, elevate the practice to new heights.

With every strike, every block, every form, you are not just teaching techniques; you are shaping lives. Your impact extends far beyond the walls of the dojang, rippling out into the world, creating a ripple effect of positivity and empowerment.

So, step forward with confidence, embrace the journey with open arms, and never forget the profound impact you have the potential to make. The future of martial arts lies in your hands. Let your passion, dedication, and unwavering spirit light the way.

Train hard, teach with compassion, and always lead by example. The world awaits the wisdom and guidance only you can offer.


Cultivate your life. You have to put in the work for it to be fruitful. Be patient and kind to yourself as you go through the transformation


In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we are doing a mini segment on our teachers here in the Studio.

Mrs. Kathy Ross
I began my journey with Taekwondo in 1988, captivated by its popularity during the Seoul Olympics. From the start, I knew martial arts would be my lifelong passion. As I poured time and effort into practice, I witnessed improvement. Preparedness brought promotions, trophies, and titles in competition, while lack thereof taught me the weight of consequences, laying the groundwork for my adult success. Despite exploring Taekwondo, Hapkido, Kickboxing and Boxing over the years, my love for all martial arts styles endured. Now, as a more mature adult, I continue to practice for its physical benefits and the chance it gives me to mentor future generations. Through it all, Grand Master Kim has been my guiding light, teacher and friend over three decades, profoundly shaping my life.


In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we are doing a mini segment on our teachers here in the Studio.

Master Dustin Ledbetter

I started my martial arts journey in 2000 when I turned 11. I had been asking my parents about signing me up for “karate” since I was little, but they had a deal for me: get straight A's first. I worked hard to ace my classes and finally convinced them that this was important to me and that I would not give up. By then, the choice in my hometown came down to Hapkido or Taekwondo. Since my best friend, Nate and his older brother, was doing Hapkido, I joined him, and honestly, I've never looked back.

When I turned 16, I hit a crossroads between sticking with Hapkido or continuing with baseball due to clashing schedules. Baseball was my first love, so I went with it initially. But after one season, I realized that Hapkido had become more of a priority to me and that I was close to earning my black belt in Hapkido. So, I dove back into Hapkido full-time, earned my first-degree black belt, and it sort of redefining who I was. It wasn't just a hobby anymore; it was a huge part of my life, influencing everything from hanging out with friends to how I approached people.

Through Hapkido, I've traveled to Korea three times and lived there for almost 2.5 years of my life. I competed in many national and international tournaments and met some truly incredible people. My time living in Korea pushed me towards joining the U.S. Navy as a Korean linguist, which opened a whole new world for me. I keep training and studying Hapkido because it continually makes me a better person. Every time I put on my uniform and tie my belt it reminds me of where I started and the people I have met along the way. It makes me feel connected to a home I don't see much of and to a country, outside of my own, that I feel in love with.

Outside of Hapkido, I've trained in a few other martial arts. While stationed in Hawaii, I picked up Taekwondo to improve my kicks. Over the years, I've also tried a bit of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Haidong Gumdo, and I'm currently learning Judo to complement my Hapkido techniques. But no matter what, Hapkido remains my anchor; everything else just adds layers to my core style and how I teach.

I really love teaching Hapkido to the new generation. It's taught me that strength isn't just about being physically tough or mentally sharp; it's also about how you carry yourself and stay humble, both inside and outside the dojang. I try to instill these values in my students here in Virginia, back in Michigan, and even during my time in Korea. It's crucial to understand that there's always going to be someone bigger, stronger, or faster, but how you hold yourself and treat others makes a lasting impact. One of the biggest takeaways I hope my students get from martial arts is self-trust and the drive to keep going, even when things get tough. There were days I didn't want to train in a sweltering gym with no AC, or do break falls on a wooden floor, but pushing through those moments is where I found new levels of determination. It's about discovering that you can achieve anything if you don't give up.

Growing up, my parents were a major role model. Despite his disability and the challenges it brought, my father was a very involved parent with me. He never missed a single baseball game, and he was always there for me, even through my moody teen years. My mother was the breadwinner in my family and showed me that hard work pays off. I remember countless nights my mom worked and went to school, ultimately earning his Master's degree and becoming a nurse practitioner. I have trained with many other Hapkido teachers such as Kim Ki Ho, Choi Cheongyu, Pak Jongshik, Kim Beom Chul, etc. But the best one is the one person I call my Hapkido master, Hee Kwan Lee as he has been a huge influence on who I have become today. From learning to defend myself against the bully who pushed my face into the ground, to pushing me to move to South Korea at the young age of 19. He's opened doors for me that led to life-changing experiences and taught me vital life priorities—God, family, and country. And to always be humble and stay true to yourself.


In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we are doing a mini segment on our teachers here in the Studio.

Master Sherry Gonzales
I started May 2002. So, this month marks my 22 year of being in martial arts. I continue doing so because it makes me feel young. I've done Taekwondo and earned my 1st degree Black Belt. I love to see the excitement in my students faces when they finally achieve their goals whether it be a kick they have been working hard at or they finally achieve straight A's for the first time in their life. I get excited if not more sometimes because it makes me so happy for them. Martial Arts training teaches focus, confidence, pride, and to never give up no matter how hard it may be, which can teach you how to be successful in life. Honestly Grand Master Kim is my role model in life because before him I never finished anything, I would just give up and quit because I couldn't see that I could accomplish anything I wanted. If you had asked me some years ago if I would become a Master, I'd would have said yeah right. As far as why I haven't stopped doing martial arts is because I love being able to do things most people my age can't. My favorite things I love is getting a great workout because it makes me feel like I have done something awesome today. I love the crashmat, it's one of my favorite things to do because it makes me feel like a kid again and I feel proud I can still do so at the age of 51.0

Team CHKD 05/06/2024

Right now our total is $6106.00. You all are doing amazing



Let this echo and resonate with everyone. Those days you don't want to do it, those are the days that are going to count the most. Those days you will look back in and say I did it then, I can get through this now 😊


In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we are doing a mini segment on our teachers here in the Studio.

Grand Master D**g Kim
GM Kim has been teaching classes since June of 1982. Not only does he have knowledge and a Black Belt in Hapkido, but he also has extensive knowledge and Black Belt in Taekwondo. When asked why he became a martial artist instructor, he said he has always wanted to be one. GM Kim said the reason he keeps teaching is because he has fun and loves to help the kids. He believes the biggest thing kids benefit from when taking martial arts is gaining confidence in themselves. When I asked growing up who was your role model, GM Kim said that Grand Master DJ Lee as he had such an impact on his life.

Photos from Kim's Hapkido's post 05/06/2024

Look who had an awesome birthday with us over the weekend. We love when our students come celebrate their birthdays with us. Happy Birthday Ms. Serenity 🥰

Photos from Kim's Hapkido's post 05/04/2024

We had an excellent leadership seminar with Mrs. Wendy. We talked about being able to project our voices better, good vocal hygiene, how we utilize our voices, and how it can help in the future to have a good voice. We want to send a thank for her coming out and instilling this knowledge with our students last night


May Student Hightlight : Asher K

Hello my name is Asher K and I am 4 years old. I've been with Kim's for 2 months.

What is your favorite part about coming to Kim's Hapkido?
I like doing horse stance but I like everything

What would you tell others about Kim's Hapkido and how it has helped you?
Master Kim teaches me to focus. Sometimes it helps me make good decisions.

What inspired your family to choose our school?
Martial Arts teaches discipline and patience. My mom has friends that attended the program, and they really like Master Kim, and they haven't forgotten him. My mom is old now.

What has been the most significant growth your parents have seen in you since starting?
Asher has realized all actions have consequences-good and bad. He's less impulsive and doesn't want to disappoint himself or us (parents or Master Kim)

How have your experiences at our studio prepared you for your future endeavors?
I'm learning to speak up for myself.

What do you inspire to be when you are an adult?
A dad-because dads are hunters (have to love a 4-year-olds answer)

Tell me one amazing and interesting thing about yourself.
I really like books & can read a little bit.

Photos from Kim's Hapkido's post 04/27/2024

Congratulations to all those who received new belts today. Way to go. You did amazing ☺️


Don't forget Belt Graduation is today so no classes today.

Basic Level - 10:00 AM
Level 1 - 11:15 AM
Level 2 - 12:30 PM

Photos from Kim's Hapkido's post 04/23/2024

It is important to remind yourself that this is not a race.
Do what you can today.
You will get where you are going.
Progress happens in layers.
*Pictures of students who volunteered with the studio at an event

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Videos (show all)

Ms. Izzy doing an amazing job during our Board break seminar. (video thanks to Mrs. Reamy)
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black belts working on Flying Side kick
Our level 2 & 3 students working on 2 feet jump kicks




4848 Virginia Beach Boulevard Suite 12
Virginia Beach, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 9:30pm
Tuesday 9am - 9:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 9:30pm
Thursday 9am - 9:30pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday 9:30am - 2pm

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