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 Northern Colorado

TKD Biography of Jim Goldsmith

Jim Goldsmith started with the World Tae Kwon Do Association in August 1981 in Poughkeepsie, NY in a class taught by Ira Weiner on Friday nights.  Ira Weiner had recently started that class as a second class in the Poughkeepsie Adult Education program.  The first class in that program was being taught by Calvin Russell on Monday nights.  It wasnít very long before Jim was going to the Monday night class as well, but the Friday night class was his primary class.  Ira Weiner eventually turned the leadership of the Friday night class over to Peter Michaelson  and Peter became Jimís primary instructor. 

In the fall of 1983, Jim  started to attend the Wednesday night class with Grandmaster Son which was being taught at the IBM Country Club in Poughkeepsie.  On May 26, 1984, Jim earned the rank of 1st Dan at a black belt test given by Grandmaster Son at Xavier High School in New York City.  On November 22, 1986, Jim earned the rank of 2nd Dan at a black belt test given by Grandmaster Son at World Tae Kwon Do Association Headquarters in New York City.  On July 19, 1989, Jim earned the rank of 3rd Dan at a test given by Grandmaster Son at the Poughkeepsie Middle School in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Jim moved from NY to Colorado in late July 1989 and started teaching the Friday night class at the Meeker Center.  The classes at Burlington Elementary School were added on February 20, 1992 and with that, the West of the East Tae Kwon Do Club was founded.  On September 3, 1994, Jim earned the rank of 4th Dan at a test given by Grandmaster Son in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Jim earned his current rank of 5th Dan at a test given by Grandmaster Son on August 2, 2002 at the annual black belt summer camp in New York.

Jim has been very active with tae kwon do throughout the more than 25 years he has been involved with it, competing in tournaments, participating in demonstrations, and annually attending Grandmaster Sonís Black Belt Summer Camp.  

 

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