About Us

Owner posterKuk Sool Won of St. Paul is owned and run by husband and wife team Steffen Kellogg Kwahn Jahng Nim and Nicki Jones Shil Jahng Nim. Running the school and teaching our students is our full time job, and we share the experience with our four children.  When a student joins Kuk Sool Won of St. Paul, he or she truly becomes a member of our family.


Steffen Kellogg Kwahn Jahng Nim, Head Instructor at Kuk Sool Won of St. Paul, is a fifth degree black belt (Master level). He’s been a student of Kuk Sool since his freshman year of college at the University of Illinois and teaching for over 20 years. Kwahn Jahng Nim opened the brick and mortar school of Kuk Sool Won of St. Paul in the fall of 2005 on University Avenue in Saint Paul. When he’s not teaching or practicing Kuk Sool, Kwahn Jahng Nim is pursuing his long-time hobby of teaching and practicing Kuk Sool.

IMG_9691Nicki Jones Shil Jahng Nim has her third degree black belt (Pu Sa Bum Nim), but she generally goes by her administrative title of “Shil Jahng Nim” which roughly translates to “spouse of head instructor who runs everything.” She started taking Kuk Sool in 2005 and started taking over the school in 2008. In addition to being a professional attender of details, Shil Jahng Nim gets passionate about alternative transportation choices and public transit, correct spelling and grammar, and chinchillas, especially when they are photographed in a pocket.