Earlier this week we have received permission from Ms. Kim to honor the memory of her late husband through an Annual "Sonny Kim Martial Arts Showcase".
Together with several other Black Belts in Cincinnati we've joined forces to honor Master Kim, and now that we have the permission from Ms. Kim, we're moving forward with this tournament. There is a certain solidarity between Black Belts regardless of martial art they practice (Master Kim practiced Shotokan Karate).
The Annual "Sonny Kim Martial Arts Showcase" has been created to:
a) honor Officer Sonny Kim's memory and ensure that he is not forgotten b) use it as a platform for raising awareness against violence c) reach out to and engage in a positive way underprivileged youth d) strengthen community and law enforcement relationships as stimulated by the Collaborative Agreement
The tournament is a non-profit event, with ALL proceeds going to martial arts scholarships for underprivileged kids in Officer Sonny Kim's name. There will be a special committee of several Black Belts from Cincinnati that would manage the scholarships. We would also welcome a CPD representatives who were close friends with Officer Kim.
The Honorary Chair of the 2016 "Sonny Kim Martial Arts Showcase" is Herb Perez, the 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist in Taekwondo: