United Tae Kwan Do was established by the legendary Grand Master Sang Kyu Shim in 1964. He came to Detroit from Korea in 1963, became a U.S. citizen and considered Detroit his home. He was considered a Master of masters and recognized by the World tae Kwon Do Federation as Instructor of the year in 1973. He founded the World Martial Arts Association and served as editor-in-chief of the Tae Kwon Do Times Magazine. His 3 books "Promise and Fulfillment in the Art of Tae Kwon Do" (History), "The Making of a Martial Artist" (philosophy), and "Success and the Creative Imagination" (Self-improvement) are classics read by all serious martial artist. Grand Master Sang Kyu Shim made his transition on Saturday November 21, 1992. He is greatly missed and loved by all those he's touched. Yet we all know he remains in spirit and in the hearts of us all.

My work is a reflection of myself,
My execution of martial arts techniques
Is also a reflection of myself.
In whatever productive work I do,
I will create a masterpiece.
It will reflect my genius and virtuosity.
In all things I will work most seriously, Intelligently, wholeheartedly.
To it I commit my soul, my body and spirit And even my whole life fortune.
I am a doer, a venture, a winner.

Sang Kyu Shim