In 1984, Nevin Pratt was a student of Master Lim's class at Weber State University in Utah. Nevin and his wife, Denise, would later form a successful business, Bountiful Baby, by selling supplies online to artists who create life-like baby dolls known as "reborn" dolls.
In 2015, Nevin went to Master Lim's gym in Layton, Utah and asked Master Lim if we could hire him to teach a class to the employees at Bountiful Baby. Master Lim accepted because he remembered Nevin when he was his student in college.
Since then, Nevin and several of his family members and employees have been training under Master Lim and Master Il. Nevin and his sons John, Luke, and Byron have been given "assistant instructor" status and blessing to teach a beginner class at Vanguard Academy as well as a private class.
History of Moo-Lim-Do
The founder of the World Moo Lim Do Association, Grandmaster Kap C. Lim (whom we call “Master Lim”) was born about a year after the end of World War II. Master Lim studied directly under the founders of the two most popular Korean Martial Arts styles, Taekwondo and Hapkido, and began his training at six years old. Moo Lim Do is a mixture of Taekwondo, Hapkido, and Tang Soo Do, all of which are Korean.
Military service in South Korea has been mandatory for all male citizens since 1957. When Master Lim was conscripted into the South Korean military, he taught martial arts to the Korean Special Forces. From September 1964 to March 1973, South Korea sent more than 300,000 troops to South Vietnam, and they fought on the same side as the Americans. Master Lim was sent to Vietnam during this time. Of the Special Forces unit Master Lim was deployed with, more than half were killed in action and never returned home.
After returning from military duty, Master Lim taught martial arts within the Korea Hapkido Federation, which is the largest governing body for the Korean martial art of Hapkido in the world. With the exception of a single 9th degree black belt that runs the Federation, the highest belt recognized in this Federation is 8th degree black belt. Master Lim was an 8th degree black belt within the Federation.
Master Lim's son is Master Il, and like his father, was born in South Korea. Master Il has been training since he was about five years old, and has now been training for over 40 years.