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    Master Jose Cedeno -7th Dan
   Founder and Head Instructor of   STRIKE FORCE TAE KWON DO

Grandmaster Suk Jun Kim, 9th Dan

President and Founder of Taekwon-do International
Founder of Instructors' Association
Founder of New York City Taekwondo Association
Former Member of Original I.T.F. Demo Team

7th Dan # 7-16 Taekwon Do International

International Certificate Instructor # llC-003-15

International Certificate Umpire #IUC-002-23

S.O.M.A Martial Arts Hall of Member- 11/13/2010

Cleveland Martial Arts Hall Fame Member 04/14/2018


My history in the art of Taekwon-do begins in the year 1985 in  Yauco,Puerto Rico where I started to study this art with Mr. Enrique Fransechi and Mr. Eddie Alvarez At that time we were with the Young Brother’s Taekwon-do. In 1987, I tested for my black belt with Master Orlando Vega. After my test, I continued to teach in my hometown of Yauco. In 1993 I moved to Cleveland, Ohio and there I continued to study the art of Taekwon-do, with Cleveland Academy of Martial Arts. I spent the last 17 years with this group and achieved my 2nd, and 3rd and 4th Dan with the Cleveland Academy of Martial Arts. Then in late 2009, I met again with now Grand Master Orlando Vega and joined Oriental Sports Center Association. In January 2013, I opened my own school in Cleveland, Ohio under Grand Master Orlando Vega and the Oriental Sports Center. With the guidance of Master Vega, I achieved my 4th Dan and my 5th Dan. It’s been a long journey but a great one and I would like to thank those who have helped me through it all. Special thanks to Mr. Enrique Franseschi for teaching me what I know now and to Grand Master Vega for being there all those years.  In 2022 Master Cedeno and STRIKE FORCE TAE KWON become part of TAE KWON DO INTERNATIONAL LEAD BY GM SUK JUN KIM. In June  1st was promote to 7 dan by GM SUK JUN KIN UNDER TAE KWON DO INTERNATIONAL UNION

Grandmaster Kim has over 40 years of experience teaching Taekwon-do. There are very few 9th degree black belts in the world and even fewer who still teach. Master Kim has always prided himself on being a devoted teacher who considers his students and their development as martial artists to be his primary concerns.  Master Kim still teaches all level of students from beginners to his most advanced black belts.  Unlike a gym or a health spa, S.J. Kim's Taekwondo is not run like a normal business. Master Kim considers his school to be a place of learning, and his method of teaching emphasizes the traditional values of discipline, practice, hard work and focus. His goal is to teach each of his students to reach his or her full potential and therefore expects his students to learn and practice with diligence and sincerity.

Master Kim began his own extensive training in Taekwon-do at a young age in Seoul, Korea. In addition to studying Taekwon-do, he also earned a degree in Civil Engineering and briefly skied professionally. If he had not decided to dedicate his energies exclusively to Taekwon-do, it is likely he would have followed his father's footsteps.

Master Kim's father, Dr. C.H. Kim, is a Professor of Coastal and Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University and is one of the world's foremost scholars in the fields of Naval Architecture and Hydrodynamics. Professor Kim has written over 150 papers and is currently pioneering the study of Nonlinear Waves and their effects on Offshore Structures. Although he chose a different career path than his father, Master Kim has always modeled his own desire for perfection and mastery after Professor Kim's example.

I n 1974, Master Kim won the Masters Association Open Championships and the South Atlantic Open Championships in free fighting, and between 1975 and 1980, he performed annual Taekwon-do demonstrations in Madison Square Garden. In 1976, he opened a Taekwon-do school in Bergenfield, New Jersey. A turning point in his development as a martial artist also came in 1976 when he was selected by General Choi Hong Hi, the founder of the International Taekwondo Federation (the "ITF"), to become one of the original members of the ITF Demonstration Team.

As part of the ITF Demonstration Team, Master Kim spent the next 10 years traveling the world, visiting five continents and scores of nations. Demonstrating before international dignitaries and stadiums filled with people eager to see and learn Taekwon-do, Master Kim specialized in performing spectacular aerial kicks and powerful and precise patterns. In an effort to teach others, Master Kim also helped set up national Taekwon-do associations in several Latin American countries. As General Choi's student, he also taught seminars for black belt instructors all over the world.

Although Master Kim's experience and knowledge of Taekwon-do is still sought after both internationally and elsewhere in the United States, he has dedicated himself to teaching his own students in New York. As such, several of his former students now travel from other countries and other states in order to continue training with him. As a sign of a teacher's greatest reward, many of Master Kim's former students consistently call and write or visit the school to update him on their lives, to say hello and to thank him for teaching them.

In addition to teaching his students, Master Kim is currently a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at the University of Shaftesbury in England. His thesis will examine the history of Taekwon-do. At the same time, he is also writing a book on Taekwon-do, which will explain both the philosophical and technical aspects of Taekwon-do practice. Excerpts from both his thesis and his book will be reprinted periodically in the school's newsletters. By writing his thesis and his book, Master Kim hopes to become a better teacher and practitioner of Taekwon-do, and he hopes to impart to his students more of the knowledge and experience he has gained during 40 years of studying the way of Taekwon-do.

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STRIKE FORCE TKD is a member of Taekwon-do International


Assistant Instructor

  Jinan Berard

Little Dragons Program

2nd  Dan



Assistant Instructor 

     Jaylen Huffman

2nd -Dan


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