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Tae Yun Kim on Wikipedia is just fraud or spam

March 23, 2013

Note March 2013 header.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tae_Yun_Kim

Attention Wikipedia:
This person is not a celebrity. She has the following credentials:

Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions CEO, it is a small California computer company that makes clean room monitors. She has held this title since 1988 when it was actually founded. The company has international ties to Korea and Singapore but is not even worth 1 million dollars domestic, US. She employs about a thousand people at her R and D location, but this is alleged. The two largest locations are her Fremont, Ca. headquarters, location and her Medford, Or., plant. Neither employ more than 1,000 workers, according to her sites.

What this means: She is running a very, very small company. She has no IPO and is not trading. She is a nonprofit venture. In no way does this qualify her to be on Wikipedia.

She is the computer company CEO equivalent of a local private widget maker, hardly worthy of being in Wikipedia.

She is the founder of Jung SuWon, a form of Tae Kwon Do, specifically the off shoot Moo Shee Do, which could describe just about every ‘McDojo’ in the Bay Area, that is a martial arts school that churns out students like fast food.

To her credit though she takes for ever to promote black belt students, at least 4 years on average.  

From 1985 to 1989 she called her Milpitas school American Tae Kwon Do Center, (ATC) then due to a copyright claim in 1989 she changed the name, as the initials ATC were also that of a well known local group.

Jung SuWon was founded in 1990. She has to date moved four times from the original Milpitas, Ca., location. She was there from 1985 (as ATC) to 2004, about 19 years, and she had thousands of students pass through the program, according to her PR site.

The former site is still listed. Do not be fooled as it is not there anymore. She also does this for her San Jose location, (2004-2007), that is also gone, making it look as though she has four schools in total, but only she has one. The Fremont locations were from 2007-2012, and the current 2013 location, but the former has closed. The current school in on Albrae Avenue in Fremont. 

Due to her moving four times in the past 10 years, it doesn’t bode well for her entry into Wikipedia, as she has one school and one major company. This is not at all impressive.

At present she has about 80 students at the current location at Albrae Ave. in Fremont, as well as a large new Lighthouse headquarters built nearby in the same city. .

Controvercy surrounds even her inclusion on many awards and accomplishments passed on by her instructor staff who run her PR sites on the Internet.

She may not actually hold the title of Great Grandmaster, as the title is not recognized by the WTF.

Her doctorate is in Business from the Souk Myong Womens’ School of Korea from 2005 and is an honorary degree. No accredited US college has ever awarded her with a title. 

Although she claims to have had thousands of students, they have not been at the same time. During her 25 years as an instructor she might have had thousands of students altogether, but currently those numbers are the class size of a medium sized dojo, maybe 80, but no more than 100. The class size has never been more than 200 during those 25 years.

This would make her inelegable for entry into even the martial arts category on the wiki.

Her PR sites are all from the same 5 instructors who publish there, and their legal names are given as indicated on their sites. This makes the wiki page an advertisement, which would break the rules and conditions of the site. 

The book publications are flat wrong.All of her books were published prior to 2002. The online versions appeared in 2011-2012, but they are online reprints.

She had a cable access show during the late 1990s that had almost no rating on any legitimate network and did not even make it onto the Nielson charts. It was practically a public access show, a talk show, which she gave several names. In total over 4 years she produced 22 video taped episodes. None of them are available on DVD due to copyright issues. She is only allowed to post bits of them on YouTube.

Her three main YouTube channels are run by the same instructors which would constitute a conflict of interest and breach of guidelines as they would be considered ads not actual reviews. She does not allow comments.

This would make her similar to the bloggers of the web, not a known or credentialed celebrity. Her online presence is highly over rated. She does videos and blogs but so do millions of people with no backing and they do it for nothing. This does not make her a successful blogger.

Most of her awards are bought. The instructors that work for her have money and purchased at least half of the awards. Successful does not mean famous.

She feigns humbleness when in fact her ego is greatly overblown. She claims to have wanted a Nobel prize and to be President of the world. She is not a celebrity but thinks she is like a goddess or prophet of Ki energy. She has no possibility of ever having a Nobel for knowing Ki energy.

She may have been a minor national sensation from 1992 to 1999 with a peak in 1998 when she appeared as part of Inside Edition, a television tabloid, which alleged she ran a cult, a very minor one. She denied this. Ironically the news media coverage then elevated her success.

Her old students in Vermont and elsewhere when she was Kyung Ae Fountaine have nothing nice to say about her.

The aggregate site Bullshido as well as a dozen others post reports of her localized lawsuits, fraud cases, slander, and possible harassment of ex students that have crossed her over the years, too many to be a conspiracy, but certainly infamous. Yest this does not make her wiki eligible. 

She has been involved in two or three lawsuits pertaining to getting rich via the inheritance of student funds. Also she has been involved in two ‘pyramid scams’ in the 1990s, including the infamous InDesign/NuSkin supplement scam, 1994-96, the People’s Network satellite scam.

Her COL program was alleged to have been a cult, a minor one with a dozen core members and 30 some under members. Her alleged cult had its rise in the 1990s until Inside Edition as alleged by several ex students on the internet. Even so, if there was a cult, it may still exist under another name.

She employs her instructor students as masters and to run her company and do her PR. This would mean anyone posting is likely her fan base and therefore ineligible.

So she is not a wikipedia candidate.

Consider wikipedia well notified about these changes. Also feel free to notify them. It is best they learn that they have another fake entry.

You will find that most if not all of the posters praising her operate from the same IPs in Fremont. This means all the web sites she has are from her people and thus ads.

Have a nice day. 🙂 

 

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