Another great Jung Suwon warrior

April 18, 2013

Originally posted on The Art of Jung SuWon:

Today we talk about a great young warrior, 10 year old Sirish, who tested from purple to blue belt.

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Like so many younger siblings, Sirish was shy, and always felt like he was in the shadow of his brother.  But since he has started training in the Martial Arts at Jung Suwon, under Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, he has turned into a great young warrior in his own right!

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Here are the goals he set at his testing, as you can read on his drawing below:

to focus

to have more confidence

to get better grades in school

to be patient

to be less lazy

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(If you had a hard time reading handwriting:

Hello, my name is Sirish Nutakki.  I have been training at Jung Suwon for about 2 years and 5 months.  At Jung Suwon I have learned many important things that I try to apply to daily activities.

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More on my Black Belt Testing…

April 7, 2013

I faced many challenges that day.  But I was strangely calm.  Unlike my Red belt testing, I was jittery and very nervous.  I was nervous on the day of my Black Belt testing, but there was less running through my mind.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim is amazing.  For the past 2 years prior, I kept hearing that I would be testing for my Black Belt that year..but I wasn’t really ready at those times. 

When I tested for my Black Belt in 1997 I was ready.

There were only 4 of us testing.  I was the only female.  The challenges were intense.

We sparred multiple opponents, tied to a chair, tied to a 5 gallon jug of water.  During our board breaking, there were 4 stations of holders and we all broke at the same time.  Great Grandmaster would call out a technique and we would have to break the board using that technique.  The techniques included ridge hand, knife hand, fish tail, bear paw, hip break, shoulder break and more.  I had never tried many of the techniques before, but when they were called out, I just did them.  I distinctly remember the middle punch. 

This is one of the first hand techniques you learn as a white belt. 

I was scared of breaking a board with a middle punch. I did this for my white to yellow belt testing and I really bruised my knuckles badly.  That’s the difference between using energy to break a board versus physical force.  When you physically force a break, usually, you bruise something.

I remember this at my black belt testing because after the test, my knuckles weren’t bruised at all.

We did multiple brick breaks as well. 

One of my first ones was with 2 free standing bricks… a hand technique.  I chose knife hand.  

I broke the bricks, but I missed slightly and hit a very tender point on my wrist.  This was critical because later, Great Grandmaster asked me to do a nunchukku demonstration… and my wrist could barely bend.

At my red belt testing, I had hurt my wrist trying to do a palm heel break on bricks…and then Great Grandmaster asked me to do a bong demonstration!

I remember gripping my nunchucks as tightly as possible because I didn’t want to fling them into the audience!

I would love to see video of my Black Belt testing because though I remember it, much was still a blur.  I’m a photographer, so I’m more comfortable behind the camera.  I don’t see many photos with myself in them…or video… so it would be fascinating for me to watch my Black Belt testing.

Check out part of my Black Belt testing here:

http://youtu.be/H2rtojV0vRE?t=2m55s

 

Black Belt Testing… 1997

March 9, 2013

My Black Belt testing given by Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim was one of the most memorable moments in my life.

Only 4 of us were in this testing cycle.  Three guys and me.

I was very nervous.  Though testing technically began at 6:00pm, I started warming up at 3:00pm.

I decided to swing my wooden nunchukkus… and in my nervousness, I made a mistake and one of the chucks swung back and slammed me in the back of the hand!  Oy. Now I had a big bruise on the back of my hand!  Bummer!  Testing night hadn’t even started yet!

I continued to warm up and stretch… then 6:00pm rolled around.

My parents came to watch my testing.  This was the first time they had ever seen me test in the martial arts.  They had been so against my training for my whole life.  It was interesting that they were there watching me.  They had no idea what I had gone through to get to that point. So I’m sure they would be surprised and nervous to see me go through all the upcoming challenges.

more on this later….

They had never even seen me spar before!

One of the challenges we had to face is being tied to a chair and facing multiple sparring partners.  For me, I think it is easier to be tied to the chair because you can use the chair to your advantage and swing the legs around to block incoming kicks!  Trust me, it’s more painful for the attackers!

It is interesting that my parents were there.

For 6 years, every time I talked to my mom on the phone (they were living in Tennessee), she ALWAYS asked me, “are you still doing that Jung SuWon?”

I couldn’t seem to convince her that I was training for the long haul and that I was determined to earn my Black Belt… and here I was… testing for Black Belt…and my parents were sitting right there in the dojang.  It was truly a Twilight zone feeling.

The Road to Black Belt…continued…

March 3, 2013

My Black Belt testing was scheduled for 6:00pm.  I was so nervous that I started warming up at 3:00pm.

I was very nervous…

In my Red belt testing, I faced a physical challenge that I couldn’t seem to overcome.  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim put a stack of 4 bricks in front of me to break with an Axe kick.

I had broken bricks before but couldn’t break through this stack.  Starting with 4, SLAM! none broke.  After a few attempts, 1 brick was removed… BAM!  still, nothing broke.

1 more brick removed… only 2 left… WHAM! STILL! Nothing broke.

Now, this was more than a physical challenge.  I had broken 2 bricks before. But I couldn’t break through these 2 bricks.

Then, 1 more brick removed.  Only 1 brick left.

But, more than the brick itself, my MIND was the block.  I couldn’t even break through the 1 brick!

Now, logically and scientifically, my rational mind told me that I had a mental block.

But I couldn’t seem to disperse that mental block!  I couldn’t get past that 1 brick! I hit it over and over again and the only thing to break was my embarrassment because so many people were watching and I couldn’t get past this.

Then, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim did what only a master would do.

She restacked up the 4 bricks… then called up the 3 weakest women in the school.  Not to downplay those women, but 2 of them were much older than me and 1 was just more girly and not very athletic or physically strong.

Each one broke the stack of 4 bricks with an axe kick in one shot!

Wow.

Again, rationally, I understood that my challenge wasn’t a physical one, but a mental one.

This time, Great Grandmaster put only 1 brick in front of me… SMASH! I broke it!

Then stacked 2 bricks… CRASH!  I Broke them!

Then 3…. BAM!  I broke them!

Then 4… again and again.. I couldn’t seem to get through 4… that seemed to be my mental limit.

Testing for that day ended…but as with all testings at Jung SuWon, testing ISN’T just a one day event.  Testing occurs every day, every moment.

Needless to say, my right heel was bruised and tender from smashing it against bricks all night.

I earned my Red Belt, but I had not finished testing yet.

Five months later… the next group of Brown belts were testing for their Red belt.  Coincidentally, one of the Brown belts testing was one of the “weak” women who was called up to break my 4 bricks…

This time, I was facing the student, taking pictures. I was cheering her on because she had already done it once before.

She tried several times, but couldn’t even break one brick. Funny how energy works!

Suddenly, Great Grandmaster called my name.

I stood up.

Great Grandmaster said, “she broke your bricks at your testing, now it’s your turn”

I think all the blood rushed out of my body. I was so nervous; I think I turned white. There were no thoughts in my mind. I was completely blank.

I removed all my camera gear and moved to behind the bricks. I turned around to straighten my uniform and then I turned to face Great Grandmaster and the Head table.

I came to attention and bowed.

Again, there were no thoughts in my mind. I breathed deeply and prepared for the break.  I looked at Great Grandmaster, then I looked down at the bricks.

I ki-yupped loudly and swung my leg up and SMASHED through the 4 bricks like they were nothing!

WOW!

This was truly a lesson for me in ENERGY and to keep my mind clear.  When my mind is foggy with being embarrassed or thinking too much, I can’t focus.

Black Belt Testing-1997-part 1

February 23, 2013

So I have been thinking about my life lately…How amazing life is.

More than 15 years ago, I tested for my first black belt… August 1997, under my master, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim.

There were only 4 of us testing.  Me and 3 guys.

Being the only female testing just made it more challenging for me.  I never liked to be considered a “girl” anyway.

I had started training at Jung SuWon on July 1, 1991.

In August 1991, I witnessed my first Black Belt Testing at Jung SuWon.  I was still a white belt.

When I was training in Taekwondo at Dartmouth College, I witnessed a “black belt” testing in 1989…the Master had the student, a red belt Korean guy, do a few fancy kicks… the whole testing didn’t even last 1 hour and he was awarded his black belt.

At Jung SuWon, in 1991, there were 6 people testing.  It was nothing like I’d ever seen before in my life.

The challenges they faced were amazing.

Especially when they brought the bottles out.  I had never seen anything like that in my entire life.  At first, I thought they were just going to smash the bottles with their hands… a scary thought…with all that broken glass.

But I saw the student, holding the bottle by the neck…then he raised his arm up and struck downward directly onto the mouth of the bottle.

WHAT???

After a few strikes, suddenly, the bottom of the bottle popped right off!!!

OMG

I had never seen anything like that in my entire life.

He hit the TOP of the bottle and the BOTTOM came off!!!

From 1991 to 1997… 6 years… I thought about everything I saw that night of the first Black Belt testing that I witnessed… I had never done those kinds of things before and I was very nervous.

When I meditated at night, I would practice swinging my arm to an imaginary bottle so I could get the distance right… I would practice pounding my knife hand onto the floor to try to “toughen” up my hand…

I didn’t know what to expect…

And my testing lived up to my expectations…

more to come…

January 21, 2013

Originally posted on Words of Wisdom:

Dr Tae Yun Kim shares her personal challenges and experiences in her book, The Silent Master.  

MENTAL, EMOTIONAL, AND PHYSICAL DISCIPLINES SPEED YOUR PROGRESS

Since, like the businessman just mentioned, we create what we are, we need to purify our mental and emotional energy to manifest optimum power and perfection in our life.

Remember, one of the seven steps to inner power is to live out the principle that body and mind are one. Whatever happens in your mind happens next in your body or material world. Bear this principle in mind as we continue discuss one of the seven inner power steps, that of purity. We will look at ways to purify your body, mind, and emotions so that the pure energy of your Silent Master consciousness shines forth, creating a new and truer life for you.

 The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within, by Dr Tae Yun…

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January 17, 2013

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beautiful!

Originally posted on Tae Yun Kim's Life Wisdom in the Garden:

I love winter.  Sure, it’s cold, it rains a lot and it’s foggy and dreary.  There is a time and season for everything, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim emphasizes, there is a time to plough the land, plant the seed, tend to the garden, bring in the harvest.  And time to prune!  What are you going to prune in your life?  Great Grandmaster Kim doesn’t only talk about plants here….

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And where there used to be brightly colored, sweetly scented roses, this is all you see:

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And yet, this garden, and it’s surroundings, are full of surprises.  Expect the unexpected, as Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim tells us!

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and my favorites, the Azaleas:

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Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has imparted to me my love of flowers and gardens, of nature and all God’s creations.  Through nature, I have come to understand some great truths:

“True awareness means being right where…

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January 16, 2013

Originally posted on Words of Wisdom:

 Here is an excerpt from Dr Tae Yun Kim‘s book, The Silent Master:

 

Your life right now is a picture of the ideas you presently hold. If you don’t like this picture you have created of your life, you will have to let go of the particular consciousness energy that helped to create the undesirable forms, and reach for the pure consciousness energy of your Silent Master within.

The ideas in your Silent Master consciousness are pure and perfect, so when you want to change your life, you seek these pure ideas first.

The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within

Other Information:  Biography, Dojo Review, Achievements, Jung SuWon blog, Tae Yun Kim Blog, Scott Salton Blog

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January 16, 2013

Originally posted on Jung SuWon Martial Arts Training - on coumadin:

At Seoul Inchon Airport, just before our flight home

At Seoul Inchon Airport, just before our flight home

After several trans-continental flights I am finally settled back in to “regular” schedules.  This means, back in Jung Suwon classes, and now that Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim is finally back from her 2 1/2 month stay in Korea, classes have been rocking!

Here is me, back at Jung Suwon, in action:

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I am so fast, it’s all blurry (well, maybe not ;) )

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And here, I get to work with our youngest Jung Suwon warrior, who is 3 proud years old!  He is full of energy and spunk, and doesn’t know fear.  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim allows kids to train at a very early age, because they are able to learn and absorb at a much faster rate, regardless of how they act and regardless of their physical coordination.

Just take a look at how great Joshi does:

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January 12, 2013

Originally posted on Words of Wisdom:

 Here is an excerpt from Dr Tae Yun Kim‘s book, The Silent Master:

 Ideas Are Creative Energy

Although we have material goals, our first goal is to become aware of the real and eternal qualities and ideas that stand behind the creation our material goals. Why? Because if you focus your energy only on material forms, you limit yourself to energy that is ultimately unreal and possibly faulty.

The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within

Other Information:  Biography, Dojo Review, Achievements, Jung SuWon blog, Tae Yun Kim Blog, Scott Salton Blog

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