karatekid.com The martial arts icon, who died of cancer in December, was a father of four children, including a son.
He had recently returned from his first tour as a teacher of karate in Thailand and was a devoted member of his community in Chicago.
He was the oldest son of John and Linda Kim, a retired Chicago police officer and his wife.
“The family is saddened by the passing of our beloved K-Kid,” his family said in a statement released by his daughter, Kari Kim.
“He will be missed by all who knew him.”
In his capacity as an instructor at a training facility in New York, he was mentored by a group of young men, including John Kim, who would become his first instructors, and a friend of his daughter who died in 2005.
He also mentored two of his son’s brothers, who were in their mid-20s.
The family said they were grateful to be able to meet the young men and their families.
This is a sad day for our community, said Kari.
We appreciate all of the support we’ve received.
I have had the privilege of serving the community of Chicago, my community and the world, said Kim, his daughter.
K-Kid, who was born in 1954, was the first American born to teach karate to a foreign audience, and the first to do so in a non-Asian culture.
When he began teaching at the New York City K-1 school in 1951, the U.S. had no black martial arts instructors.
At age 33, he became the youngest black teacher in the country.
He left Chicago for his first teaching assignment at the U-3 Academy of the Ku Klux Klan, where he became a leader in the organization.
In 1959, he returned to the U.-3 to teach martial arts to his first students.
By the time he left in 1963, the number of black teachers in the U., with nearly 70 percent of instructors black, had declined to about 25 percent, said Daniel R. Brown, president of the International Black Martial Arts Federation.
Then in 1969, with the advent of the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Association began to organize black teachers.
And in 1980, the United Nations began to allow black teachers to teach to children who had been forced to serve in the war.
From 1968 to 1990, when K-3 closed, it housed more than 500 black students, Brown said.
In 1992, he founded K-Tek, an organization that provided training in the black martial art, and in 2000, he retired from teaching.
It was not until after he died that his daughter received the honor of being K-Ki’s first instructor.
Kim’s family said the family was grateful for the outpouring of support and support they received.
“The support from our community and our community’s families has been overwhelming, and we are grateful,” the statement said.