Posts Tagged ‘jung suwon’

Blessing of Rainbows

February 4, 2017

Have you seen multiple rainbows in one day?

Today, I saw 8 rainbows!

Here is the 8th rainbow of the day:


It was super amazing!  In Korean, you can say, 신기하다!  (shin-gi-ha-da)

I have always loved rainbows. I never knew why. But I’ve always liked them. I used to draw them a lot… and LOVED when I saw one. I used to want to go “rainbow hunting” and take pictures of them all around the world!

After I started training at Jung SuWon, I learned from my Master, Dr. Tae Yun Kim, that a rainbow is a blessing from God because it was God’s promise to Noah!

“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember the covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.” Genesis 9:13-14

“Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.” Ezekiel 1:28

I really appreciate that Dr. Kim taught me about this. NOW I know why I love rainbows! I had never thought about the origins of rainbows, but it makes perfect sense!

And now I love rainbows even more!

I have even seen rainbows around the Moon! I saw this when I was with Dr. Tae Yun Kim and it was indeed a miracle and amazing!


Whenever I see one, I feel God’s presence… like He is talking to me with the rainbow. I feel very blessed whenever I see a rainbow and it always makes me smile!


Be Determined to Be Determined!

January 27, 2017

Do you set goals every year, New Year Resolutions…that you forget by March, April…?

Life just gets so busy that it is easy to just slide by and start focusing on other things. I know that happens to me a lot!

Well, Dr. Tae Yun Kim writes in her book, Seven Steps to Inner Power, about determination:

Unswerving determination is one of the most important factors in reaching your goal, in reaching any goal. Only you can make your determination work for you. And if you use it, your determination will attract to you all the other factors needed for your success – the right associates, the right information, being in the right place at the right time, and so on. Determine now to value determination!  pg. 32

That’s it! Unswerving determination!

Sounds easy… just check it out!  One thing my teacher Dr. Tae Yun Kim shares is that in order to BE successful, you must PRACTICE YOUR SUCCESS!

That means, just do it…and do it again and again…

Practice being determined by picking 1 thing that you want to do…and go do it. Don’t let anything stand in your way!

Once you achieve this…then do it again!  Pretty soon, you will reach all your goals!

Can’t hurt to try!  I’m going to do it! Yahoo!

Storms and Blue Skies

January 22, 2017

Last night, it was RAINING. The wind was strong and the power went out! The storm was raging and it felt like it could go on for days.

When I woke up this morning, the sun was out, the sky was blue, the birds were chirping.


Sometimes a day might seem so gloomy or so depressing, all dark and cloudy, but before you know it, the sun is shining and the sky is blue.

My martial arts teacher, Dr. Tae Yun Kim, teaches that even when the sky is full of dark clouds, guess what? The sun IS STILL THERE! It’s just hiding behind the clouds. All it takes is for one cloud to move and the sun will shine brightly through the sky.

This is related to the Maybe story I talked about in the previous blog post.

Sometimes, things happen in life that are unexpected and may seem to be very negative or very depressing. We just need to remember that the SUN IS STILL THERE. So don’t get caught up in the depressing feeling…or the anger or sadness.


Wait? Maybe you LIKE to feel depressed or sad or angry…so you WANT to stay in that pit of despair.

I know, I was totally like that for my entire life before I started training at Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy.

When I was growing up, throughout my childhood, teenage years and even in college, I liked feeling sorry for myself. I liked feeling like the whole world was against me. I liked feeling helpless. I called it “wallowing in my own self-pity”. Of course I had to do it because no one was there for me. I was all alone.

I used to commiserate with myself and had a mantra of all the reasons why my life sucked and why no one loved me.

But you know what? Doing that was SO lazy! I didn’t want to address the issues and try to resolve them. It was just easier to just be miserable than to try to be happy in my life.

When I started training at Jung SuWon, Dr. Tae Yun Kim would teach in class and say things like “practice being happy until you actually feel happy!”

I was really confused. I didn’t see how that related to training in the martial arts. And then I felt like I would be lying if I pretended to be happy.

Great Grandmaster asked me, “Don’t you WANT to be happy?”

“Of course!” I exclaimed.

Then she said to me, “it’s not lying. You are projecting how you want to be, so you need to practice being happy. Then one day, you will start to actually FEEL happy!”

What a simple concept!

For the past 25 years, I have been doing just that… practicing being happy and you know what?

I am REALLY Happy now!!!

Dr. Kim has also said “Practice your success.”

I never thought of it like this before…I used to just drift through life, expecting things to “just happen”…but you know what?  Success doesn’t just fall in your lap.  You have to drive yourself towards it and Practice it so that you will become successful! Yes, IT TAKES WORK and ENERGY!  But you have to decide that you want to do this and then Just Do It.

Have a wonderful and beautiful day!





January 21, 2017

My martial arts teacher, Dr. Tae Yun Kim, shares a story called “The Maybe Story”. 

It’s a very interesting story about when things happen, we tend to judge them based on our emotions. It’s about how we react to things that happen without thinking.

The story goes something like this:

There was a farmer who lived in a village with his son. He raised beautiful horses that worked on his farm and he took great care of them.

One day there was a lightning storm that riled the horses and they broke through the fence and ran away. All the men in the village came to this man and said “oh how terrible for you! How terrible that all your horses ran away! What bad luck!”

And the farmer said “Maybe.”

And all the villagers said, “How can you say maybe? All your horses are gone!”

But still the man just nodded his head and said “maybe it’s good, maybe it’s bad.”

The villagers just left, shaking their heads in dismay.

Well, those horses were completely spooked by the lightning and they just ran off. They found themselves amongst a whole herd of wild horses…beautiful mustangs and pintos and all different kinds of wild horses. 

At first they felt good being with all these new friends, but after a few days, they started missing their regular schedule and food with the farmer and his son. So they told all the wild horses about their life with the farmer and all the regular food they got. The wild horses started talking amongst themselves and decided that they were tired of just roaming around aimlessly with no purpose so they told the other horses that they would follow them back to their home.

The next day, the farmer’s son started yelling and screaming and the farmer went outside to see what all the ruckus was. There inside the corral were not only his original horses but a whole herd of new horses!

The local villagers heard what had happened and all came to see for themselves.

“You are SO lucky that your horses ran away and brought all these new horses to you! What good luck you have!”

The farmer only replied with a smile, “Maybe.”

The farmer’s son decided to try and ride one of the new horses, but when he got on the horse, the horse, who had never had a rider before, got scared and started bucking wildly. The son was thrown off the horse and broke his leg! The local doctor came and set the leg in a cast and said it would take 8 weeks to heal.

Again the villagers heard the news and came by to visit the farmer.

“What bad luck you have! How could your son break his leg? Who will help you with your farm work? Those horses have brought you such bad luck!”

The farmer smiled, and said “Maybe.”

The villagers were shocked! “How can you say ‘maybe’?? Your son can’t walk normally for 8 weeks!!”

But the farmer just smiled.

The villagers again left, shaking their heads.

Now a civil war had started to brew in the region, and the local militia came to each farm to conscript the young men who were able to fight. When they came to the farmer’s house, they saw that his son had a broken leg, so they didn’t draft him. But they went to all the other households and took all the ablebodied sons.

The villagers came to the farmer, weeping and sobbing, “what good luck you have! Our sons were all taken to the military, but your son stayed! How lucky that the horse broke his leg! We wish our sons had broken their legs too! You have such good luck!”

And the farmer just smiled, “Maybe.”

The farmer never took any situation as good or bad and he didn’t become emotional each time something happened.

What about in your life?  Do you make quick judgments whenever things happen? 

When you are driving and you get stuck behind a slow driver, do you start cursing and swearing at the driver? Or maybe there is a cop hiding ahead and if you hadn’t slowed down, surely you would’ve gotten a ticket!

When you miss your flight, do you become angry at the airline ticket counter people? Maybe that airplane ended up flying in a storm and crashed? (That happened to a friend of mine!)  Wouldn’t you count your blessings?

Dr. Tae Yun Kim teaches that we should not be quick to judge any situation and to look on the bright side. You know the saying that every cloud has a silver lining?

Check it out the next time you feel your anger or negative energy rising. Maybe you can see the good in the situation. Maybe?

Learning from Movies

January 16, 2017

I love watching movies. Not just for the entertainment value, but because there is so much to learn from watching movies.

Dr. Tae Yun Kim, my mentor and teacher, has been teaching through movies for many, many years.  When I first started training over 25 years ago, I remember watching a movie with Dr. Kim and other students, and after the movie, Dr. Kim asked, “what did you learn?”

I didn’t understand. I was entertained. But what did I “learn”?

It was at this moment that I discovered that Dr. Tae Yun Kim wasn’t an ordinary teacher or Martial Arts Master. She saw learning moments everywhere…at the mall, at the movies, on the mountain, watching a butterfly, finding a four leaf clover.

After that first movie, I watched movies a LOT differently. Instead of becoming numb to what was happening on the screen, I paid attention to what was happening, what was being said, what touched me the most during the movie.

It’s amazing. There is Always something to be learned… courage…consistency…patience…determination…drive…never giving up…compassion…all things that I want to develop in myself, I could see in the movies I watched!

Last night, I saw a movie called “Deepwater Horizon“.  It stars Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams, an Engineering technician on an oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, that was being contracted by BP Oil to drill for oil. It is based on a true story.

This movie had so many incredibly powerful moments that I can apply to my own life.


If you haven’t seen the movie yet, and want to be surprised, don’t read any further! ♥

Scene: The bigwigs from BP came on board the oil rig and had basically stopped all the testing from the 3rd party vendor because of time and money. The rig was 43 days late and BP didn’t want to spend any more time or money waiting…even if it meant bypassing all the safety checks. This greed caused one of the biggest oil spills in the U.S. in all of history.

Lesson learned: QUALITY! QUALITY! QUALITY! Nothing is worth more than verifying the quality of your work.  It doesn’t pay off to sacrifice quality because the end customer will suffer. No matter what you do, put Quality into it!

Scene: The rig is blowing up, fire is exploding in all corners. One explosion rocks through the bathroom where the main team manager, Mr. Jimmy is taking a shower. Pieces of glass are shot at him and pierce his body in dozens of places, damages both his eyes and a big shard gets embedded in the bottom of one of his feet. When he regains consciousness, he has no idea what has happened. He pulls the piece of glass from his foot, and blinded by the explosion, he feels around for his overalls, painfully puts them on, and feels his way out into the corridor to try to find out what has happened. When Mike finally gets to him, he tells Mike to take him to the bridge.

Lesson learned: Purpose, determination, responsibility. Mr. Jimmy was responsible for the rig and all the people on board. Even though he was severely injured, he knew he had to get to the bridge to disconnect the pipes to stop the explosions. He could barely walk, he couldn’t see, yet he was determined to make it to the bridge because it was his responsibility. How much do I take responsibility for my own life? If I could only apply that kind of purpose, determination and responsibility for everything I did in my life, how different my life would be! But I have discovered that it is too easy, too comfortable and too lazy to not accept responsibility and to blame others all the time. And once you get into a habit of doing this, it is hard to break free from it. 2017 is MY year to break free from this!

Scene: On the bridge, Andrea, the engineer in charge of driving the rig, sees all the explosions and fire… not knowing what happened or what was going on, she had the instinct to disconnect the pipe and to turn the EDS on (not sure exactly what that is, but it had something to do with shutting things down). But the other guy on the bridge told her that they did not have the authority to shut things down. She kept moving towards the button to disconnect and the other guy was forcefully insistent that they could not make that decision. When Mr. Jimmy finally made it to the bridge many minutes later, he asked if they had disconnected the pipe and enabled the EDS and they said no. So he went to do it.

Lesson learned: Andrea’s Silent Master told her what needed to happen…to disconnect the pipe and to enable the EDS. But the other guy…the “logical/rational” mind said they were not “allowed” to make that decision. But the rig was exploding and fire was shooting out everywhere! How much time was wasted and how many lives were at risk because they didn’t act on Andrea’s instinct? Dr. Tae Yun Kim teaches about our Silent Master, that 6th sense inside of us that is intimately connected to God and that is a voice that quietly speaks to us…but most of us have too much noise in our heads to hear it. This lesson is that I must learn to listen to my Silent Master and to take action based on that…and NOT let my rational/logical mind talk me out of things….this happens way too often to me. My rational mind always seems to interfere with my listening and hearing my Silent Master voice.

Well, there were many more lessons in many more scenes…but to not be too long winded, I’ll stop here…you get the picture!  I’ll continue to write more about the lessons I’ve learned from the many movies that I have seen with Dr. Kim… I hope you enjoyed this!

As Dr. Kim always says, He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!d

Celebrate Every Living Breath as if it were Your Last!

January 12, 2017

Celebrate Every Living Breath as if it were Your Last!

Tae Yun Kim, Great Grandmaster, shouts this out with amazing energy and spirit whenever she gives a lecture or motivational speech.

Time is flying by. It is already the middle of January, 2017… Before you know it, it will be summertime…then fall…then Christmas time…

Why spend any time grumbling and mumbling…complaining about your life or your situation?

Dr. Kim shares that there is no more time for this. We are in a new time, a new age. If we don’t grab hold of our happiness RIGHT NOW, there will never be another time!

When was the last time you said “I love you” to your significant other?

When was the last time you hugged your child or your best friend?

Celebrate every living breath as if it were your last… what does this really mean?

It means, don’t waste any more time.

Do the things that make you happy. Do them now! Don’t wait!

Have you written up your bucket list? If you have, Start doing everything on your list and start crossing them off one by one. If you haven’t written your bucket list, do it now!

Eat dessert first because you never know what might happen!  That means Enjoy Life Now.

Don’t wait for “a better time”…don’t wait for “a better chance”…there is no time like the present.

Dr. Tae Yun Kim is the epitome of Celebrating Every Living Breath… sometimes, she will just jump in a car and drive to go see the sunset from a mountain top…or will just turn on some music and start dancing!

Why wait?

Why not express and feel joy and happiness right now? Right this moment? You never know what will happen in the next moment.

Guaranteed that people who get into serious car accidents did NOT decide that morning that they would get into a fatal car accident…

You could be the most careful driver on the road, but you have no control over the other drivers…so your fate is unknown.

What you do know is that you have This moment NOW.

So, like Dr. Tae Yun Kim says… let’s CELEBRATE every moment, every living breath because we never know…this may just be our Last!

He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!

Don’t have any regrets!

January 6, 2017

I played the piano from when I was age 6 through 18…12 years.  My mother used to always tell me to Practice, Practice, Practice!  She would say: Practice Makes Perfect!

Me, the rebellious one… my reply?  “No one can be perfect, so why practice?!”

Typical child, adolescent, teen..

Children never know what is good for them!

I definitely learned my lesson! Fast forward to my college years…when I discovered that NOT EVERYONE learned to play an instrument when they were younger! That gave me a new perspective on my life and I realized that I was grateful to my mom for pushing me for so  many years to learn to play the piano.  Now I can play!

I only wish that they had pushed me to learn to speak Korean!!!  Argh!! One of my biggest regrets in my life…not learning when I was growing up, when it would’ve been easier to master…

Hindsight is always 20/20…unfortunately, most of us go through life pretty blind…

My martial arts master, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has always encouraged me to learn more, to be educated in all different areas. I just never went all the way!

I don’t want to have any more regrets in my life.

This is my year to GO ALL THE WAY and really become educated in many different arenas. I am diving into a huge blue ocean and not looking back. Thank you Dr. Tae Yun Kim for always giving me wise advice!

Three Things for a Successful Life

June 2, 2013

Do you want to have Success in your life?

Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim shared her wisdom about how to have Success in your life.

1. Gratitude
You must have gratitude in your life. You must see the value in your life.

2. Courage
You have to be Bold, continuously face challenges. You can’t let fear imprison you. Be daring. Those who challenge and are daring are the ones who achieve success.

3. Surround yourself with right people, right environment
If you hang out with people who only do drugs, or who are lazy and have no ambition, then you will be affected by them. If you hang out with people who strive for success, then you will strive too!

It seems pretty simple but it’s not!

How much do you apply these in your life?

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:


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.