Jin Su Kim （Benny）
The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt under Cooper Burnham. In 2022, at the Australian Nationals, Jin Su Kim was promoted on the podium as he won in both Gi and No Gi categories. Currently, he is training under Kemal Akagunduz and Lachlan Giles at Absolute MMA in Melbourne.
His martial arts journey began when he was 6 years old with Taekwondo in Korea. Jin Su Kim competed as a Taekwondo fighter until high school, winning several national competitions. In 2012, he achieved 3rd place in the black belt division at the Korean Open International Championship.
The next year Jin Su Kim moved to Australia for university and completed a diploma in sports development at Victoria University. While studying, he won the Taekwondo Australian Open. In 2016, Jin Su Kim returned to Korea for military service in the Air Force, where he served as a martial arts instructor. During his service, the phrase "what doesn't kill me makes me stronger" inspired him to explore new martial arts disciplines.
Three years later Jin Su Kim came back to Australia and started practicing Muay Thai. In 2021, after the challenges posed by COVID, he began MMA training under Jack Jenkins, a UFC featherweight fighter and former Eternal MMA champion. During that time, he realized the significance of grappling training. Afterward he started competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and achieved success in several competitions. He also secured victory in the 2023 Japan Asian Open in the 70 kg division, using all submission techniques.
His motto in BJJ is "A good submission is better than sex" (though perhaps not literally). As a blue belt in BJJ, his main goal is to make small discoveries every day, as emphasized by his coach, Kemal Akagunduz.
Jin Su Kim’s ultimate purpose in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is to attain a world-class level of skill and knowledge before reaching the black belt rank.