Posts Tagged ‘teachers’

The Beauty of Morning Fog

March 14, 2017

Just wanted to share some photos I took this morning…


When I saw this view, it looked like a painting to me… The “steeple” and the willowy trees against the fog with the mountains in the distance…


This scene seemed mysterious to me… An old barn in a pasture… The fog differentiating the different distances of the trees….


I love low flying clouds against a mountain…. Makes me feel like I’m in ancient Korea….(of course not with all the power lines 😎)


This one reminds me of a lesson that Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches… That no matter how cloudy or foggy it may be, the sun is there, shining brightly, waiting for the right moment to break through the clouds.

In our lives, sometimes our situations may seem dark and cloudy… But Dr. Tae Yun Kim explains that we all have the power within us. It’s our choice what we do in our lives. If things don’t seem to be going right, maintain a positive attitude and you will see how you can be in control of your life. Don’t let your environment dominate you.

Have a wonderful day!

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Looking for a Good Martial Art School

February 19, 2017

Bruce Lee… Jackie Chan… Jet Li…Tony Jaa…

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I love martial art action! Back in the late 70’s/early 80’s, I used to watch Black Belt Theater every Saturday afternoon…it was back to back B-rated movies of the greats…Bruce Lee…Jackie Chan before he was “Jackie Chan”…and a whole slew of unknowns….

Back then, I was 10-11 years old…a small Korean girl who was born in America. I didn’t speak any Korean but for some reason, I was fascinated by the martial arts. Of course, growing up in a small dinky town in the middle of Tennessee…there weren’t any martial art schools nearby…and besides, my mom would have NEVER allowed me to start training.  (boys aren’t going to like girls who train!)  She nearly freaked out when I started training in Taekwondo in college!

Anyway, so I’ve been interested in Martial Arts since I was 10.

When I went away to college, I decided to try Taekwondo for P.E. credit!  It was a great way to start and be introduced to the world of martial arts.

But, if you are not in college, you may not have this opportunity.

I had trained in college and when I was studying in France, I trained at a gym there. On my off term from college, I trained at a school in Cambridge, MA. So I got to see and experience different teachers, different schools.

Fortunately, I found a martial art school only a year after I graduated from college, Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy, founded by Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim. I learned a LOT when I visited this school for the first time.

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Here are some steps you can take and what to look out for!

  1. Check your local yellow pages or google to see how many martial art schools are in a 20 mile radius from your home or work.
  2. Look at their ads first – seem geared more towards kids? towards flashy acrobatics? or do they emphasize more spiritual and mental aspects?
  3. When you first walk into the school, do you feel anything? Does it feel warm & inviting? Is everything neat and orderly?
  4. Are the other students smiling and talking with each other when they are in the lobby?
  5. Are the students focused on training when they are on the training floor?
  6. Are the students’ uniforms clean and looking good?
  7. Meet the instructors, how do you feel about them? Are they personable and easy to talk to?
  8. Check out the bathrooms… You can learn a LOT from bathrooms 🙂 – are they clean & tidy? are there showers and/or lockers? are all the supplies well stocked?
  9. Are the kids running around wildly and out of control?
  10. Does everyone seem happy?

Every martial art is different from each other. The physical moves may differ, the commands/terminology may differ, but all martial art schools should project the same/or similar tenets and philosophies…based on honor, discipline and respect.

I learned the most from Great Grandmaster Kim because her school and her art form were so different from anything I had done before. Not the actual movements, but with the philosophies and practices.

I had become disillusioned with the belt ranking system in college when I saw one Master promote students who never even came to class much, but had paid their $45 testing fee. To me that meant the belt color didn’t mean anything.

Paying a fee for testing is standard in all martial art systems. But when I found out at Jung SuWon was that if a student wasn’t ready to test, they weren’t allowed to test…not even if they brought the fee money with them!

I was impressed with that. That meant that Jung SuWon wasn’t just collecting testing fees for students who weren’t ready to move to the next rank.

The most important thing about choosing a good martial art school is that you have to feel good about the environment and about the instructors.

Every school is not for every person. So the best thing you can do is to visit the school, try out a class if it is allowed, and meet the instructors.

You’ll know if that school is right for you… you will feel it inside. As Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches, trust your Silent Master (your sixth sense).

Check it out!

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, Great Teacher!

March 25, 2012

Last night, I saw another GREAT Korean movie that had some amazing lessons about being a Warrior, just as Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches in her classes.

It’s called “The Legend of the Shadowless Sword”.  

The main character is a Warrior named Soha.  She was raised and trained to be a warrior, a fighter.  She was also taught that her sword’s purpose is not to kill, but to protect what is precious.

Great Grandmaster Kim teaches that in Jung SuWon Class, we learn how to spar… but the purpose isn’t to fight people, to be a bully or to hurt others…but is only to be used in Self Defense or protecting our loved ones.

This lesson was very strong in the movie.  The Warrior did not just kill because she had the power to kill.  She only acted to protect the future King.

She had a mission and purpose and she never forgot her mission or purpose, even when the battles seemed to be impossible.  Completely surrounded by enemies, she held her ground and defended herself and the future king against them.  In the first battle, she didn’t draw her sword at all.  It was obvious that the enemies she faced were not that skilled or competent and their intent wasn’t to kill her or the future king, so she didn’t kill any of them.

The next battles, against the Killer Blade Army were much more intense because their mission was to kill her and the future king.

At the end of the movie, they flashback into the past where the future king, as a 15 year old warrior in his father’s army, met a young girl and taught her a few things and made her promise to always honor and respect and then flashback to the present time when she tells him, “I kept my promise”.

I really like movies like this!  Not just for the awesome martial arts… but because the messages are so powerful.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim is a true teacher.  She has taught these same messages for so many years…. to be a true Warrior in your life, not just on a physical battlefield, but in the daily battles we face every day in our lives…

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For more info on Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim:  Executive officer at Jung SuWon,TYK Hall of Fame,  Squidoo- Tae Yun Kim,  Workface: Tae Yun Kim as Jung SuWon martial artist, Tae Yun Kim Life Story, Ki-Energy Forms,  3rd Party review of Tae Yun Kim,  Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim – background info

A Thought…

April 17, 2008

In my life, I have only met a few people whom I would call real “teachers”. My sophomore year English teacher was the first one. He was off the beaten path…unusual… he didn’t follow the “standard” way of teaching. He actually challenged us to think. I had a hard time with this at first. I didn’t understand what he wanted me to do. I was so used to the rote memorization, the obligatory reading comprehension, the phonics, the spelling, the grammar diagramming… when he asked our class to write an essay on the statement: The end justify the means. I just didn’t get it. I was really confused and flustered because it was the first time in my 10 years of schooling that I didn’t know what to do.

He helped me understand so much … understanding how to analyze, how to see dichotomies, how to interpret Shakespeare…

It was a whole new world for me. If I could’ve had my choice, I would have chosen to keep him as my teacher for the remaining 2 years of my high school.

When I was in college, I had 1 amazing teacher…in the Education department. He was a sensitive person who listened and lectured with ease and humor. He challenged our way of thinking so that we could learn how to teach children.

Then, I met Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim. Like the best teachers I have met, she is unconventional, unexpected, dynamic, intriguing, and captivating.

She doesn’t just lecture from a text book… I had a Psychology class where the professor literally read out of the book for his lectures…

Dr. Kim doesn’t follow the norm.

She is unique in every sense of the word and she is inspiring by what she has accomplished in her life and by how she has helped me in so many different ways.

I have had the great fortune to have met a wonderful teacher who truly changes people’s lives.