Founder Solomon Pavlou, a native of Cyprus who fell in love with the discipline at 13 years old, owns and runs S. Pavlou Tae Kwon Do Academy. After coming to the United States, owning a restaurant business and and starting a family, Grand Master Pavlou realized his dream of teaching Tae Kwon Do full-time to adults and children in1987, when he founded his academy now located in Pine Brook, New Jersey.
Pavlou Tae Kwon Do Academy is the sole NJ-area school that has a full time 8thdegree black belt grand master who teaches full-time. His 8th degree rank gives Master Pavlou a level of recognition that very few achieve.
Master Pavlou’s team is an experienced, talented and accomplished group of martial artists who love working with children and adults and watching them progress. Learn more below.
With more than 40 years of experience and an 8th Dan (Pal Dan) black belt, Master Pavlou has achieved an exceptionally high level of skill. Master Pavlou was awarded black belt status from the world renowned Grand Master Ki Chung Kim and became one of his top tournament winners.
Having fought in more than 500 tournaments and trained students from ages 3 to 99, he is the creator of a highly motivating set of martial arts services that includes scoring systems and trophies. Master Pavlou sincerely enjoys teaching young people and emphasizes respect for others, personal growth and the value of education. He is also a certified personal fitness instructor who also teaches kick-boxing.
After introducing Tae Kwon Do to local schools, Master Pavlou began organizing and sponsoring semi-annual tournaments that bring together participants from four states and the Dominican Republic. He even organizes the food service for his events, using his restaurant experience!
Master Pavlou’s strong leadership has brought new recognition to the sport. While he continues to teach full-time, he also enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and watching pro football.
On September 22, 2017, Grand Master Pavlou was inducted into the OFFICIAL TAEKWONDO HALL OF FAME® at the New York Hilton Midtown located at 1335 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10019. The Taekwondo Hall of Fame is the official “Hall of Fame” for the martial art which became an official Olympic medal sport. The Taekwondo Hall of Fame® has conducted several ceremonies in the past, in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 with the most historic in 2011 at the fabled KUKKIWON World Taekwondo Headquarters in Seoul, Korea.
Grand Master Ki Chung Kim was one of the first Korean Tae Kwon Do instructors to teach in the United States. Born in Nonsan, Korea, Master Kim wanted to study Tae Kwon Do at an early age. But he felt that he was not strong enough so he spent a year lifting weights and training in the basic movements of Tae Kwon Do. It worked, and he was collegiate champion in 1965 and the national Korean Middleweight Tae Kwon Do champion in 1967.
Master Kim came to America in June 1968 and taught at the Cranford Judo and Karate Center with Yoshisada Yonezuka. He then started Tae Kwon Do schools in Allentown PA, Orange NJ, and West Orange, NJ, and taught classes at Rutgers University and Morris County Community College.
Master Kim’s noteworthy students include Mark Williams, Keith Kelly, Herbert Perez and Yusuf Bilal. He belongs to the Korean Tae Kwon Do Association, US Tae Kwon Do Federation, and the World Tae Kwon Do Association. Kim’s brother, Jon Chung Kim, won the 1970 Korea National Championship and also teaches at S. Pavlou Academy.
Starting his journey with the martial arts as a young boy, Jon Chung Kim went on to become the Korean National Champion in 1970. Arriving in the United States in 1975, he reunited with his brother, Ki Chung Kim.
Jon Chung Kim rose through the ranks to obtain the title of Grand Master. He holds an 9th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a 9th degree in Moo Duk Kwon, a 4th degree in Hop Ki Do, and a 1st degree in Judo.
Teaching the value of living a good life, Grand Master Kim tries to lead by example. He serves as an elder in his church and has led yearly missionary trips to the Yucatan since 1997.
Master Kim has been inducted into the US Naval Academy Hall of Fame in Annapolis, MD, and earned the respect of numerous students whose lives he has touched over the years.
We encourage you to visit our academy and to learn more about Tae Kwon Do. Learn more about our staff and our teaching methods.
If you live in the Pine Brook area and want to study Tae Kwon Do, our students come from the following communities:
Call us today at 973-558-1569 or contact us online. Thank you for visiting S. Pavlou Tae Kwon Do Academy. We look forward to hearing from you.
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