Posts Tagged ‘Training’

Spring is Springing! 

March 13, 2017

I love seeing the signs of springtime…

My martial arts teacher, Dr. Tae Yun Kim teaches about color.

“God loves color! How do I know? Look all around you and see the color that God has given to us!” Dr. Tae Yun Kim exclaims.

So true.

My 2 favorite seasons are Spring and Fall.

The colors are the most vivid then.

But I also love winter…. Especially when there is snow…

I sent these photos to a friend and he commented that it looks so lonely…

I was surprised!

I see so much color in these snowy photos… They don’t feel lonely to me… They feel peaceful and breathtaking.

Isn’t that interesting? This is a wonderful benefit of training with Dr. Tae Yun Kim, Great Grandmaster.

Before I started training, I, too, would’ve felt loneliness in those photos. But that’s because that is where my mind and heart were at the time.

But my life is filled with so much color now… That all I see is beauty everywhere.

What do you see?

The Groundhog was Right!! 

March 5, 2017

Ok, so I never really paid much attention to Mr. Groundhog on Groundhogs Day….. But this year he was right!

It’s March 5th and it’s SNOWING!!!

Ok, call me a kid….But having lived in California for 24+ years, I didn’t see any snow whenever I looked out the window or walked outside.

Look what greeted me this morning! 


Some people think snow is a nuisance…and wish for sunshine.

But if you never see snow, this is Heaven!

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim tells a story about a beach where a man is playing a flute in the evening hours. The sounds of the flute filled the air.

In a nearby villa, a woman who was feeling very lonely, sitting near her window, hears the flute and feels a warm sense of peace as the melody wafts through the air.

Next to the villa, is another house where a man has had a long, hard day and was trying to sleep. The sounds of the flute were like fingernails on a chalkboard and he yelled out the window to stop making all that noise!

Did the flute music change?

It was the attitude that was different. No matter what is going on around us, or what we are doing, it is our Attitude that makes all the difference in the world.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches about attitude because it is one of the most important things we can have. One of the 6 principles of mental conduct that Great Grandmaster Kim teaches at her martial art school, Jung SuWon, is to have a positive mental attitude.

Having a positive mental attitude gives you a positive perspective on life so give it a shot!

And have a great day! 🙂

Looking for a Good Martial Art School

February 19, 2017

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


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.


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!

Create Your Own Heaven!

February 1, 2017

We are in a tumultuous time… environmentally… politically… socially…

Everywhere you look, all the news on the TV and radio… everything seems to point to chaos!

In Seven Steps to Inner Power, Dr. Tae Yun Kim talks about creating your own Heaven or hell. (see page 76 if you own the book!)

This is hell: ten people are seated at a dining table. They have abundant food in front of them, but the chopsticks they’re required to use are all three feet long! When they try to eat, they discover that the size of the chopsticks makes it impossible to feed themselves. They’re all starving, quarreling, and fighting because they feel so thwarted and miserable.

This is heaven: ten people are at the same table with the same chopsticks. They are all happy, well fed, having a wonderful, peaceful time together. These people were unconcerned that they couldn’t feed themselves with these long chopsticks. They used them to feed each other! The needs of every individual were met when they cooperated with each other, when they worked together.

Dr. Kim goes on to say:

Everyone and everything that comes into your awareness was drawn there by you. Therefore, as we go about our daily lives, we can have some grace; rather than regarding ourselves as victims, we can serenely see ourselves as the creators or co-creators of every moment. As individuals we create our private worlds, and collectively with other members of the planetary body we create our larger world. Regard every situation, then, private or global, as an opportunity to practice the truth of your being in your thought and actions, your being only. When you’re being the best person you can be, don’t be surprised if you find others transforming along with you!

We have the power to create our own Heaven from our own attitudes and behaviors.

What’s stopping us?




Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone!

January 25, 2017

Wait! What?? You want me to do do WHAT??

Step out of my comfort zone?


Sounds scary… it can be. There is a lot of fear with even thinking about stepping out of my comfort zone.

But with that fear comes great rewards.

My martial art teacher, Dr. Tae Yun Kim, teaches that as long as we stay in our comfort zone, we cannot grow. If I stay stagnant because I’m more comfortable, how will I ever expand my thinking, try new things, experience life?

That “Comfort Zone” is awfully comfortable… it is familiar… it is comforting… but it is also there because I had been unwilling to change, to try new things…

Fear has been my friend for WAY too long.

There is actually some excitement with stepping out of my Comfort Zone… facing the unknown…not sure of what will happen… but knowing that my martial art training has actually prepared me quite well for this.

Dr. Tae Yun Kim is definitely the MASTER of stepping out of the comfort zone…She reaches for goals that seem WAY out of reach, yet she does it confidently and uses her “Future Memory” to see the results already delivered.

Even facing fears like swimming… Dr. Kim just dives in (literally!) and does everything she can to overcome the fears.

That’s why she is my inspiration and my role model.

In my life, I have stepped out of my comfort zone on my own a couple of times, but not enough to make a difference. It is too easy to get stuck in a rut and just accept the status quo.

But NO MORE!  This is 2017! And the year is almost over!!

This is my year for STEPPING OUT and doing things I have never done before… I just started today… but more on those details later…

The world is looking a LOT BRIGHTER outside “the zone”!


True Warrior Spirit

September 2, 2008

I watched “The Last Samurai” again last night.  I love that movie.  It’s all about having a Warrior Spirit… the main focus of the movie is HONOR.

This is what Great Grandmaster teaches at Jung SuWon.

Honor.  영광.  名誉.  榮譽. No matter what language you use…the meaning is deeply rooted in your spirit.

At the very end of the movie, after Katsumoto has died, Algren brought Katsumoto’s sword to the Emperor.  The Emperor makes an eloquent speech in which he says…”But we cannot forget who we are or where we come from.”


We cannot forget who we are or where we come from.

Remember our roots, the source of our strength.

Great Grandmaster Kim teaches this in the Art of Jung SuWon.  When you train and learn the tenets of Jung SuWon…when you go through the struggles of your life, but remember your training…then you are honoring your roots.

I remember nights of continuous sparring…sometimes for 2 hours straight…completely out of breath…your mind is spinning and instead of “break!”, you hear “Change!” and you know that you have to keep going.  You feel like you are going to pass out, yet your legs don’t give out.  It is no longer a physical energy that is driving you…it is your internal energy that gives you the strength to keep going.

This is like life…sometimes you feel that the sparring energy around you …at work…at home…is never ending.  But like in training, you learn to dig deep…go into 2nd gear, 3rd gear…and you keep going…

until finally, you hear the words, “BREAK!” and you feel as light as a feather, ready to float into the sky, knowing that you have not only survived, but excelled!

I love my life and I honor my training, my root…the source of my internal strength.

Martial Arts & Living Life

July 27, 2008

I recently had the opportunity to listen to a Great Grandmaster share some wisdom.  He is over 70 years old, but looks 50.  He has been a part of the martial art world in the US for many, many years.  He was a champion in tournaments in his younger years.  He knows all the top masters in the world.  He talked about his own Master and things that he learned from him.  He talked about his life and how he lives his life.  He shared pieces of wisdom that he gained from his Master.

Then he talked about my Master…Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim

He has known Dr. Kim for many, many, many years.

He shared many great and beautiful things about Dr. Kim, my Master.  He knows Dr. Kim’s heart and her mission in life.  He knows that all she wants to do is to help people.  He shared how much Dr. Kim believes in each one of us.

He encouraged me and everyone in the room to put our 150% effort in to WIN.

It was awesome to hear him express in his own words the feelings and concepts that I truly feel in my heart about my Master and my training.

I was honored to be in the presence of this Great Grandmaster and of my own Great Grandmaster.

Training at Jung SuWon has been so amazing.  Classes recently have been intense & jampacked.  Great Grandmaster is pushing us to the next level.  I love training.  I love learning the new form… it doesn’t seem like much, but it is intensely awesome.

I love the feeling of staying in a low horseriding stance for what seems like hours…legs shaking…feeling like I’m going to collapse…sweat pouring down my face….

Listening to the other Great Grandmaster speak of wisdom…honor…loyalty…

Training at Jung SuWon under my Master, Great Grandmaster Dr. Kim…

Life just doesn’t get any better than this. 🙂

More thoughts on Training at Jung SuWon

April 18, 2008

Training at Jung SuWon has always been exciting.  Even just doing basics over and over again… there is always something to be learned.

I love going into deep horse riding stances…digging in until I feel the burn of lactic acid build up.  I love to push myself to have deeper stance.

Just doing middle punch, over and over again…I can become hyper focused on executing precise technique…twisting and snapping my fist.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches about the different levels of techniques…middle punch as a white belt…as a green belt…as a red belt…and as a black belt.  It’s like  studying English in Kindergarten…then in the 4th grade…then in the 9th grade…then in the 12th grade… then in College.

It’s all still “English”, but as you advance in grades, you learn more and more detail.

It’s the same with basics.  A white belt middle punch is not the same as a black belt middle punch.

That’s one of the things that attracted me to Jung SuWon training.  Where I trained before, nothing was ever explained. We just did the movements.  But at Jung SuWon, Great Grandmaster explains the reasons behind doing things certain ways.

It makes a lot of sense and helps with focusing on improving the techniques.

Martial art training should be like this.  Never ending learning process.