The NCTA expresses its appreciation for the extraordinary service and leadership of Grandmaster Yoon Kak Kim. The NCTA sent flowers to Grandmaster Kim’s service, and many former NCTA coaches and officers were in attendance.
A letter from past NCTA President Rex Hatfield:
I am greatly saddened to inform you of the passing of Grandmaster Yoon Kak Kim. Grandmaster Kim was a staunch supporter of collegiate Taekwondo in the United States. He had served the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association as a presidential adviser and most recently as as member of the Advisory Board. He was a team leader and coach for multiple collegiate teams from the mid-90s to the 2009 Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia.
We have lost a friend and mentor. Grandmaster Kim truly embodied the concept of “hyung” or “older brother.” He encouraged us with his wise words or would bring people together so that all involved would benefit. We were fortunate to know him and will miss him deeply. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Because there is no world collegiate championship this year, the US National Collegiate Taekwondo Team will travel to Korea from August 5 to August 12 for an international training trip and scrimmage. National teams from several countries are expected to be present.
Also, as agreed upon at the fall NCTA meeting, this year's black belt poomsae divisions will be contest in the WTF sport poomsae format. Competitors will compete according the 1st senior, under 29 pair and under 29 team rules as specified in the WTF competition rules, and will therefore be responsible for preparing the following poomsae: Taeguek 6, Taeguek 7, Taeguek 8, Koryo, Keumgang, Taebaek, Pyongwon, and Shipjin.
Furthermore, there will be separate black belt team and pairs poomase divisions for the championship and team trials divisions. In the championships team and pairs divisions, the competitors must all be from the same school. For the team trials divisions, the competitors may be from separate schools.
Please click here for more details on the 2013 NCTA Championships poomsae divisions.