Taekwondo master teaches others to break barriers


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — One of the highest-ranked female marital arts masters in the world is a 72-year-old author, musician and CEO. 

Dr. Tae Yun Kim, who was abandoned by her family during the Korean War, became the first girl ever trained in marital arts in Korea. Now, she’s a 10th-degree black belt in Taekwondo and a great grandmaster. 

When Kim moved to American, she got her first job as a janitor in a motel. She went on to become the CEO of a global tech company that develops systems to control contamination in clean environments that manufacture semi-conductors and medical equipment. 

Kim also plays the flute, grows grapes and produces wine and is a life coach. She just published a new book, “Seven Steps to Inner Power,” that teaches people how to break barriers to accomplish their personal and professional goals. 

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