Sensei Kim has been involved in the Martial Arts for over 14 years and teaching kids for the last 9 years. She holds the rank of Black Belt in Tenshin-Kai Karate and was the first woman in that style to be given a title. She continued her training by adding Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Gi) under 5x women's world Jiu-Jitsu champion, Leka Vieira, at her studio in Torrance and earned her blue belt under Leka. After Leka retired in '06 Sensei began working on No Gi Jiu-Jitsu in Hollywood at 10th Planet HQ. She now trains exclusively No-Gi and recently earned her Brown Belt under Master Bravo. She continues training and competing in No Gi grappling, mostly at BDMA under Eddie Bravo and Jared Carlsten in our Adult Programs and supplements other Martial Arts through seminars, books and DVDs. She has also been children CPR and safety certified, was a foster parent, dog behaviorist and has taken many seminars, classes and courses on child development, behavior and parenting including experience with ADHD, ADD, OCD, ODD, RAD and more.
Sensei Kim strives to help develop her students character and produce better citizens though the Martial Arts and not just produce militant, carbon copy fighters. She believes students can learn discipline and respect with out many of the harsh, old school tactics and have fun doing it. She tries to promote a real world use of respect and manners in the Dojo. She considers this a more natural and realistic way to teach kids about respect. After years of seeing older students held back by the limits of the younger kids, the younger kids struggling to keep up with the advanced techniques, and what Bruce Lee referred to as "the classical mess" Sensei Kim decided to start her own blended style, just for kids, and separate them by age......and so Blue Dragon Martial Arts was born.
Blue Dragons is for kids ages 8-15. Classes are run more like a traditional Martial Arts class, with higher expectations for form, technique, manners, focus and knowledge. Students will be introduced to some of the philosophy and culture of the various arts. As in the younger classes respect and discipline come first, but now the students are taught beginning through advanced techniques with added; sparring, sticks, grappling, submissions, throws, Kata, self defense and more. Students continue through age 16 at which time, if they have earned a Jr.black or brown belt, the may enter the Jr. Instructors program.
Jiu-Jitsu / 10th Planet Kids is offered through Blue Dragon! This class is all grappling. Jiu-Jitsu is one of the most effective martial arts for fitness and self defense plus it's tons of fun! We teach 10th Planet style Jiu- Jitsu - a new advanced style of No-Gi grappling. We are the first studio that teaches the "kid friendly" 10th Planet system. Sensei Kim teaches this class for kids ages 6-15. It covers control positions, safety, self defense and Jiu- Jitsu for tournament competitions.In No-Gi you wear shorts and a rash guard instead of the Grappling uniform or Gi.Sensei Kim ranks the kids from white to green and after age 15 they may enter the adult program.This class is relaxed with more of a "sport" environment, but of course safety, honesty and respect are always a part of any Blue Dragon class. All Grappling Class students have an opportunity to compete in outside tournaments with the Competition Team- Team Ground Control!
Special grappling shorts and rash guard are required to train and may be purchase through Blue Dragon or check with Sensei .
Free trials of all classes at anytime! Just wear proper attire, show up with a parent a few minutes before class and JUMP ON IN! No appt. needed.
OR if you are a student, bring a buddy in for free and if they sign up you get $25 Dragon Dollars!
Teaching title, Tenshin-Kai Karate, 2000
Black Belt, Tenshin-Kai Karate, 2001
Started training with Leka Vieira 2004
1st place/Gold, National American Jiu-Jitsu Championships (white,140) 2004
1st place/Gold, International Jiu-Jitsu championships (white,140) 2004
1st and 2nd place/Gold&Silver, Cleber Luciano Friendship tourn. 2004
Blue belt from Leka Vieira Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2005
2nd Place/Silver, Pan Ams 2006
2nd Place/Silver, Pan Am No-Gi
2nd Place/Silver National American Jiu-Jitsu Championships (blue, 145) 2006
Added No-Gi training in 10th Planet System at HQ '06
Injured and out for almost a year.
started training with Wander Braga '07
decided to focus on No-Gi
Started training exclusively with Eddie Bravo.
1st place/Gold, Spring Ground Fighting, Women's Open, 2008
1st palce/Gold, Spring Ground Fighting, Mid, 2008
Opened Blue Dragon in Burbank 10-15-08
Got 10th Planet Affiliation 12-08
2nd place/Silver Abu Dhabi regional. 5-23-09
1st place/Gold US Open
Purple Belt from Master Bravo 6-23-09
1st place/Gold- Grapple X Tuff Luv 2-14-10
1st Place/Gold Grappling X-Murriettta
1st Place/Gold Grapplers Quest UFC-Vegas 2010
Received her brown belt in Jiu-Jitsu 9-11
Current Jiu-Jitsu/Grappling record 34-15
Blue Dragon Martial Arts, for kids
Lil'Dragons is a national program for children ages 4-7, designed by black belt Kimber Hill and Century Martial Arts, then modified for Blue Dragon by Sensei Kim. Classes are slightly shorter and activity based to keep interest peaked and rewards are given more often to motivate the younger student. Lil'Dragons is like a Martial Arts prep school in a way. Classes are more focused on developing the manners, respect, self control, and understanding needed to become a Martial Artist. Students learn and improve balance, strength, flexibility, teamwork, respect, Dojo manners, large motor skills, safety and basic Martial Art techniques. Classes are taught in a rotating curriculum and Bully Defence and even Board Breaking are covered monthly. A Special feature at BDMA is our Dragon Cards, these are used in most LilDragon classes to help teach manners and respect and is a favorite of students and parents alike!Classes also cover kicking/punching, rolling, grappling positions and forms in a safe low impact environment.
Muay Thai- We now offer Muay Thai (Kick -boxing) for kids ages 8 and up 3 days a week! The Art of the 8 limbs comes to BDMA! This class is all stand- up and very active. Great for Self- Defense, getting in shape, disipline, respect and FUN! Throwing knees and elbows, kicking pads, working with partners holding boxing mits, sparring and more! Come try a free class today.