In 1960 Kim Yun Sang Dojunim started Hapkido and continued until 5th Dan. However at this stage he found that he wasn’t learning any more techniques. He had heard about Choi Yong Sul so he went to the Hapkido headquarters to inquire about Choi. He was told, untruthfully, that Choi was dead.

Kim Yun Sang Dojunim could not believe this. He knew that he came from Taegu so without any idea where Choi could be found he went in search of Choi. He drove around in a taxi for a whole day and finally found Choi Yong Sul.

When Kim arrived at Choi Yong Sul's Dojang he was asked to describe what training experience he had. He replied confidently that he had a 5th Dan in Hapkido. So Choi told him to put on his uniform and try what he new. Choi told him to try with a high school student who was there. He was not able to move Choi's young student.

Choi told him to give him his black belt and than made him wear a white belt. Kim Yun Sang said to Choi that he would train with a humble heart, this is when he started learning from Choi.

From then until Choi’s death in 1986, he would go to Taegu for one month and then back to Geumsan for one month and learn directly from Choi.

While Choi was living in Taegu he would come up to Geumsan now and then for evaluations or demonstrations. During his visit he would teach the Yong Sul Kwon students directly. He also let them take a lot of pictures.

In 1984 Choi recognized Kim Yun Sang's level and gave him 9th Dan. From when Choi died he realized the meaning of what he had accomplished: he had learned an extreme amount of techniques and had to practice until the day he died.

Even though he is an old man he still teaches Hapkido every day.

If you ask what the reason is for this he will say it because Choi dying wish was for Kim to follow the lonely path of the martial artist until the day he died.

Although Kim Yun Sang has been training in Gumsan, Choi's family has been in constant contact and have known how dedicated Kim Yun Sang has been to preserving Choi's art. On April 17th 2002 Kim Yun Sang received the status as 3rd Doju from Choi’s family.

Although Kim Yun Sang is the 3rd Doju he doesn’t see himself as like Choi. His simple dream is to show Choi’s techniques. Even today he is letting people to grab his wrist and still trains every day.

※ Another photo data (click to bigsize photo)

a 9th degree certificate of
DN Kim Yun Sang
master certificate of Young Sul Kwan
3rd DN certificate &
a teaching of
DN Kim Yun Sang