Side note:
The top right photo shows popular TKD competitor Jeff Smith signing autographs.


The North American, hosted by GM Park

Jong Soo, was one of the largest and most prestigeous tournaments

of that era.

Short Bio:
Grandmaster Timmerman began training in Holland, where he was born, and continued to practise in Canada after his family moved there in 1958. Originally he studied Jiu Jitsu and Catch as Catch Can, but when that was not available to him in Canada, he began to study the arts of Kuk Sool Hap Ki Do and Tae Kwon Do under Grandmasters Pak In Shyuk and Pak Sung Bok.


After a split occurred between GM Pak and GM Suh In Hyuk (who signed the original certificates Grandmaster Timmerman earned), GM Pak founded the art of Kong Shin Bup™. The art was essentially the same as the old Kuk Sool Hap Ki Do, but the name was changed to avoid trademark issues.


After Grandmaster Pak left the area, and KJN Timmerman was left without an Instructor, he sought out GM Suh In Hyuk in order to continue his training. He eventually became the Master in charge of Canada and the State of Michigan for the World Kuk Sool Association, and he worked diligently to spread the art of Kuk Sool until 1998.


He never stopped looking for his original Instructor, and in 1984 he found Grandmaster Pak in Edmonton, Alberta. There he worked for several months with Grandmaster Pak to train and help Grandmaster Pak finalize the Kong Shin Bup™ curriculum. While there, he tested and was promoted to 8th dahn Kong Shin Bup™ by Grandmaster Pak.


Before he left Edmonton, and because GM Pak had founded a new martial art called Tae Keuk Do, Grandmaster Timmerman was appointed as the Inheritor of Kong Shin Bup™. He immediately registered the name with the Canadian Government and trademarked the name.


After Grandmaster Pak passed away, and after he left the World Kuk Sool Association, Grandmaster Timmerman took over the leadership of Kong Shin Bup™ and began to further develop the National Korean Martial Arts Association he had founded in 1974. Since then he has assisted Korean style martial artists and school owners around the globe with training, testing, and certification without politics or unreasonable demands.

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Grandmaster Timmerman
Featured on the front cover of

Tae Kwon Do Times
International publication magazine

Tae Kwon Do founder, General Choi Hong Hi, congratulates Master Timmerman on a good day at the first North American Tae Kwon Do Championships - early 70s

Grandmaster Pak Congratulates KJN Timmerman on a good day at the North American Tae Kwon Do Championships - early 70s

Master Geoff Booth presents the

Australian Group “Ki Award” at the

annual Jackson, MS Hap Ki Do
seminars where both Masters
were popular Instructors

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