Elite Taekwondo

Martial Arts for Kids and Adults in Gilbert, AZ

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About Elite Taekwondo
in Gilbert


Elite Taekwondo is committed to inspiring and empowering you to reach your full potential.

Our focus is on bringing you the best martial arts lessons in the Gilbert area to give you the tools you need to defend yourself, maintain great health, and become the best version of yourself for a successful living. 

Elite Taekwondo has earned a reputation in Gilbert, as well as Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, of being the top martial arts school for enriching our students’ lives and equipping them to face life with the winning edge.

Many people believe martial arts are about just fighting, but our program is much, much more than that. When you train in our martial arts classes you take advantage of the best self-improvement system in the world.

Grandmaster Yu Kim

I’m the owner of Elite Taekwondo. 

When I was a child, I began my martial arts journey and the positive impact it had on my life was remarkable. It was always my dream to someday open my own school and pass on the skills, knowledge, and inspiration the martial arts has given to me.

Now, I proudly serve the Gilbert community and feel an overwhelming sense of pride and humility when I see our students grow into happier, healthier, more confident children, teens, and adults!

Yu Kim


*7th Dan Black Belt (Kukkiwon) *Certified Master (Kukkiwon) *Certified Poom/Dan Test Examiner (Kukkiwon) *Kukkiwon World Taekwondo Hanmadang Referee *WTMU (World Taekwondo Masters Union) Arizona State Officer *Arizona State Kukkiwon Test Examiner.

Grand Master Yu Kim grew up in Seoul, Korea and has been training in Tae Kwon Do since the age of ten. During his childhood, Grand Master Kim was exposed to various traditional methods of training and obtained his black belt under Grandmaster Jae Hoon Jung.

Grand Master Kim relocated to the United States in 1993 and began his tutelage under Grandmaster Jung Soo Park in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In 2006, he relocated to Gilbert, Arizona and opened Elite Tae Kwon Do School.

Currently Grand Master Kim is a certified Kukkiwon 7th Degree Black Belt and is a member of the USA Tae Kwon Do Association which governs national athletes who participate in the Olympic games. In addition, Grand Master Kim serves as a member of the Arizona Korean Master’s Association and continues to be an ambassador for Tae Kwon Do.

Over the past 30 years, Grand Master Kim has taught Tae Kwon Do to hundreds of students and has graduated a large number of black belts. Grand Master Kim has appeared in several martial arts publications to include the 40th Anniversary Special Edition of Martial Arts Magazine. Grand Master Kim has also posed for several martial arts suppliers such as TKO Boxing & Martial Arts Supply Company.

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What people are saying about Elite Taekwondo

Danielle Madonia
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Our son has been attending Elite Tae Kwon Do School since June of 2021. This school has far exceeded our expectations since day one. Grand Master Kim and his instructors are phenomenal. They are highly skilled at teaching Tae Kwon Do, but more than that, they teach valuable life lessons like respect and perseverance. They are patient and encouraging and truly take the time to get to know each student individually. In just 7 months this school has given our son a sense of confidence and helped him find his voice. Tae Kwon Do has become his passion; enrolling him in this school is one of the best decisions we have ever made for him. To say that we are impressed with Grand Master Kim and his incredible school would be an understatement. We cannot wait to see what is next on his Tae Kwon Do journey and are so thankful to have found Elite Tae Kwon Do school.
Leilani Baldwin
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My daughter has been a student at Elite Tae Kwon Do for just over 2 years. She has learned many skills including discipline, respect for herself and others and confidence. This is all because of the instructors and Grand Master Kim. We have had a great experience and would highly recommend this school to anyone!
Linda Gillon
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I can't say enough about this school. Grand Master Kim and Ben are wonderful. My grandson attends classes here and loves it. He is learning in an environment of respect, discipline, kindness and fun. The students are also taught life skills such as goal setting, patience, hard work and team work. I'm thankful to be a part of this black belt school. Thank you Grand Master Kim.
Josiah Hall
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Awesome school there is in Arizona! Elite is the best word to describe it! No where is better than here! This school truly prepares you mentally and physically to get the black belt. I love the diversity of my fellow classmates and teachers! Grand Master Kim is awesome and Its been a huge blessing to have him! Invest yourself here, you won’t regret!
G. A.
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My 7 yr old daughter has been attending ETS for 10 months, and I couldn't be happier with her progress. Grand Master Kim and his instructors do a great job in not only teaching Tae Kwon Do but also teaching life skills such as listening, focusing, and being respectful.

Elite Taekwondo

Although many people think the martial arts are just about fighting, the truth is that the physical “kicking and punching” are really just the tools that I use to teach the more important, and MUCH more valuable lessons about yourself.

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