Instructor Sanko Lewis, of South African origin, has over 20 years of martial art experience and has black belts in ITF Taekwon-Do (5th dan) and Hapkido (4th dan). He also has experience in Taekkyeon, Tang Soo Do, Brazilian Jiujitsu and other styles, as well as Parkour (“urban free-running”).
Instructor Lewis has a PhD from Kyunghee University’s Graduate School of Physical Education, and specialises in Martial Arts Philosophy and has presented papers on martial arts at international symposiums. Dr Lewis is an executive member of the South Africa Taekwon-Do Institute and is Kwangjangnim of the Soo Shim Kwan (a federation, which is part of the SATI). Mr Lewis has hosted a number of all-style tournaments, cross-training workshops and self-defence seminars.
As chief instructor of Soo Shim Kwan ◦ Seoul, he focuses on practical and self-defense oriented lessons based on martial principles and oriental philosophy. He also writes for martial art magazines and websites.
The senior advisor for Soo Shim Kwan ◦ Seoul is Master Kim Hoon, who received his first black belt in Taekwondo in 1975. Since then he has acquired a 7th Dan in WTF Taekwondo, a 7th Dan in Hapkido, an 8th Dan in ITF Taekwondo and a 7th Dan in Kickboxing.
He was part of the Korean Tiger Demonstration Team, acting as team captain for multiple years, and has demonstrated and taught martial arts in 30 countries.
In 2003 Master Kim reestablished ITF Taekwondo (the original Taekwondo that was developed in the South Korean military and applied during the Vietnam War) in South Korea. His gym was the first to teach this original version of Taekwondo in Seoul, South Korea since the early seventies.
Master Kim majored in Taekwondo at Kyunghee University and also taught martial arts (both standup and ground fighting) for 4 years at a Korean university, during which time he was Mixed Martial Arts Team Manager and also Martial Arts commentator for NBC ESPN in 2007. He was also the first fight choreographer of the much acclaimed Nanta and Jump shows. Some of Master Kim’s students have competed internationally in K1 and UFC competitions and at ITF Taekwondo World Championships. His most famous university student is the MMA competitor known as “Korean Zombie”.
Master Kim’s current focus is rehabilitative therapy, in order to help people to relieve muscular pains, tension headaches, postural problems and so on. To accomplish this he uses insights from rehabilitative medicine, Pilates, yoga, and his years of experience in sports medicine and martial arts.