Kenny Kim is a respected instructor from Atlanta, GA who has been in the martial arts business for a very long time. He talks about the keys to his success, competition and the importance of a good affiliation. Click “Read More” for show notes! 


  • Spending time in Rio and competing at the 2017 Rio Open
  • The competition in Brazil vs the US
  • How he first found Jiu-Jitsu
  • How his influences from other martial arts have helped him in his path
  • The value of competition
  • Longevity in Jiu-Jitsu
  • Being a new father
  • Life as an academy owner
  • Why academies fail
  • Punctuality / Being a one man show
  • What keeps him motivated
  • Why he feels having an open door policy at his academy is beneficial to him
  • The hardest part of being an academy owner
  • His favorite thing about teaching
  • One of his favorite success stories
  • Working with BOPE, the Brazilian special police unit
  • What he looks for in a student’s progression
  • ARES BJJ affiliation
  • Words of encouragement for new practitioners