Saturday, November 22, 2008

Take care of your health during a recession

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim had a great lecture the other night about the recession. Most people are stressed. Over 4 Million people are out of jobs and unemployment is growing. Fear, anger and depression are growing. Suicides are up.

One of the best ways to help make it through the recession is to be disciplined about your training, says Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim. Be very disciplined about working out 3 to 5 times a week. At Jung SuWon Academy we emphasize this to our students. By working out, they will feel better about themselves. They will shed stress and feel stronger, and that will give them to extra energy to deal with a growing negative environment.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim dealt with very negative circumstances growing up and all her life. She faced war, and prejidice, and jealousy, and still faces that even today. One of the best ways to deal with that, is to focus on self-improvement. By building your self-confidence and positive energy, more people will want to be near you and you can create your own positive energy for you and your family.

So at Jung SuWon we encourage and motivate our students to train hard, be disciplined, and take charge of their life and the times. Tough times will pass, and it takes tough people to make it through. Be a warrior and champion of your life. Jung Su!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Positive Attitude during a Recession? Why?

Why not? Most people will be depressed, and sad, and become more and more negative. But in tough times, that is when tough people get tough. The martial arts teaches people to be tough. To learn to challenge themselves and their environment. Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim is a great example of that. She faced great hardship in her life. She had a choice, to sink, or to rise up and succeed. People want to be around happy and positive people. Learn to be tough. Learn to be that person. Positive energy attracts positive energy. As you attract it, you then can maintain your own positive energy more. Jung SuWon Martial Arts teaches that everyday, and if you read any of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim's books you will see that energy being taught and projected.

Read the "Seven Steps to Inner Power". Discover the great power within you.
Read the "Silent Master". Here you really learn to apply your inner power.
And Read the "First Element" to discover many things about Energy that you never really knew. Learn to use energy to your advantage.

As a Jung SuWon Instructor it is our responsibility to demonstrate and teach our students these lessons. Good luck. You can do it. He can do. She can do. Why not me!!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Make Your Own Choices- be the owner of your Life

In this world we have some things in our control, and some things we can't control. We can choose what we eat. We can choose where we live. We can choose what clothes we wear. We can choose the people we associate with.

Enjoy - the path as you drive towards your goals. Choose good, capable, and loyal people to surround you. That is heaven. That is taking control of your life.

If you lose site of this, you might find yourself surrounded by mean and devious people. There may be some short term benefits, but in the long run they will destroy your life. Eventually it will destroy everything around you, and make your life miserable.

Remember, you have the power of choice. Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim always emphasizes to surround yourself with love and honor. This is the Jung SuWon Way.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim also has meditation products to help you clear your mind, remove your stress, and be more peaceful. Visit Jung SuWon Academy to find more like minded people.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Jung SuWon Martial Art 79th Test Cycle Hosted by Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim

As I entered the dojang at Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy, I had very little idea what this day would be like. But when Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim appeared, I knew it would be a fabulous day. Even though she is small physically, when she walked in, it was like a giant appeared. Her presence and energy drives excitement through the students.

The parents and guests sit on the edge of their seats, as they watch their children not only overcome the physical challenges of the martial arts, but the larger emotional and mental obstacles of their life. They watch their children grow and change right in front of their eyes. They learn responsibility. They learn about a positive mental attitude. They learn about meditation, and how it can reduce stress in their lives. They learn about choosing their friends to keep them out of trouble. Most of these kids were 6-13 years old. Tears of pain and tears of joy filled the dojang, but always surrounded by the larger blanket of learning and love.

Parents spoke proudly about their children, and the children expressed their love and honor for their families. It was a 5 hr growth fest. Families grew closer to each other. Bonds between instructors and students deepen, and Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim orchestrated it all. It was a fabulous event.

It re-energized me more then ever. Not often, as a teacher, do you get to sit back and see the fruits of your labors teaching and helping others. What a fulfilling moment. Thank you Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim for brightening my life and the lives of all those people at the Testing that day. Thank you so much for letting me and all of us participate. I know I can never be as great as teacher as you, but I will aspire to all your goals and ideas.

It is a great honor to be your student. Thank you with all my heart. I will turn all that gratitude energy, into action, and increase my desire and discipline to pass on your teachings to others. Jung Su!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Foxhole Qualified?

As a Jung SuWon Warrior, look to surround yourself with people that are loyal and will not become traitors. This is not easy. Human nature will always be against you. People tend to become lazy. They are easily effected by rumors, and negative energy will attack people when they are weak and tired. Also, as people go through hard times, they will do anything they can to protect themselves, even at the expense of their friends.

As you look at stories throughout history, the reoccuring theme of traitors constantly comes up. From the times of Jesus, there was Judas.

Be careful how to choose your friends. Look for people that are foxhole qualified. People that you would trust your life with. If you can find those people, even 1, you will be truly blessed.

Also, watch yourself. Make sure you never betray those you love or respect. Be a Jung SuWon Warrior and be loyal to your purpose, your teachers, and your friends.

Foxhole qualified. That means

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim - Courage and Focus

I remember being at many of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim's Jung SuWon Martial Art demos. They were amazing and awesome. I always remember the impression they set upon me. I could sense something very special that I wanted in my life. Courage and Focus. Excitement and Adventure. Challenge and Acheivement. Physical Fitness and Self Defense. Ki Energy and Indomitable spirit. That is what Great Grandmaster Kim's teachings is all about. That is what Jung SuWon training is all about.

I always thought I would have to go and live in the orient. But right here in the United States, I found the best teacher and training in the world. Go USA!!!

The more I trained, the stronger and better I felt about myself. Jung SuWon training gave me many of the things I always wanted and more. Yahoo!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Wouldn't it look funny: A dog trying to be a bird?

When I was young in my Jung SuWon training (maybe 3 years in), I was really striving to get better and better. I wanted to be the best. At that time it is a very natural thing to compete and look at others. Some were really good at flying kicks. Other people were very flexible, and could do incredible kicks. Others could do back flips and front flips. Sometimes I would get depressed, and put myself down. But my master (Great GrandmasterTae Yun Kim) let me know, that each one of us was special and unique. And that I had to find my own strengths and courage. I remember she used to tell me, "wouldn't it be funny if you saw a dog trying to be a bird, or a bird trying to be a dog. It would be ridiculous. A dog trying to fly would be lost. Each animal has their own strength, and they have to recognize and excel at their speciality." I always remember that story, and I always remind myself. It allows me to focus on me, and not looking or judging others. God gave us each great gifts. Lets find those gifts, polish them up, and use them to better our lives, protect our loved ones, and better the lives of those around us.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Training for your benefit, not your ego...

I was in one of Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim's martial arts class in which she was going over the philosophy of the art of Jung Suwon. Grandmaster asked us, are you training for you? are you really? Or are you just training to stroke your Ego?

I said to myself, of course I am here training for myself. Why else would I be here? But then she asked if I was here to please others opinions, or was I here to really focus on my own learning and advancement? Hmm...

Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim said to me, "when you have a large # of people in the class, do you train as hard as when there are only 3 people in the class? Are you performing for others around you to see? Are you training to get a good reputation among your peers? Is it your Ego you are trying to stroke, or are you really training for you? Are you really focused on your own weaknesses and trying to improve them? So often people are quick to criticize others... For example: Oh look at them.. they are doing that wrong. or they are doing that funny, but put that all aside, and how often do you self analyze yourself. Ask yourself truly, what should I be working on? Turn the focus from judging others, and point it towards yourself. Then you will really grow and excel..."

Hmm, I sat down and thought about it deeply. At first I didn't see it. My first reaction was to be argumentative. At first I thought this is ridiculous, but the more I thought about it, the truth was there. I did let others effect me. I let their opinions matter. I often criticized others, and I rarely turned this sharp eye on myself. So it was hard to hear the truth, but Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim was completely right. This was a big step in my training to excel and learn.

Thank you Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim for sharing your Jung Suwon teachings, and for the willingness to share the hard truths with me.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Be Disciplined, Meditate regularly, & get great benefits...

Working for a living. Teaching others. Trying to pay bills. Trying to help others. Trying to please others. Many of us live complicated lives. In our minds, in our emotions, and in our spirit we are very busy. Our minds becomes like a lake with big waves coming from all directions. Very choppy and mixed up. Usually we don't take the time to meditate and listen to our inner voices.

Learn to meditate and practice regularly. Learn in this busy world how to let all those waves settle out and see the calm peaceful lake of your mind. Let the water of your mind become like still pond water without even a ripple. If you can learn to reach this level you will benefit greatly. Your life and your decisions will become clearer day to day. Learn to meditate everyday, and wash your mind.

The excitement and adventure continues... If you continue to meditate regularly, and seek deeper, your ability to reach this calm state can open the doors to even greater areas of inner power and spiritual enlightenment. I was fortunate enough to learn this through the Self Discover program that Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim used to give at Jung SuWon.

Friday, July 4, 2008

July 4th Class

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim reminded her Jung SuWon students (while sitting around the campfire) to focus on gratitude. We had a great time celebrating America's birthday last night and today.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim told us to be thankful that we live in the United States of America. It is not perfect, but it is still the best country in the whole world. Lets give thanks to God for all our blessings. Lets give thanks to all the troops and warriors that fought and sacrificed for our freedoms, and are still fighting today. Lets give thanks to our family and friends. Lets give thanks to all Americans. Lets put aside our differences and remember we are Americans first, and lets continue to work towards making this world a better place to live. May God bless you and protect you. God Bless America. Happy Birthday to all Americans.

Jung Su!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Don't Blame Others. Learn From Your Experiences.

The following is some very wise advice from Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim:
Often times students training at Jung SuWon Martial arts will complain, "that person kicked me", or "it was their fault, not mine".

For many people there is a natural tendency to blame others, and not take responsibility for their own actions. As an instructor, them to think differently, by asking some simple questions. Why did I get hit? Could I have moved out of the way? Could I have blocked better? If I trained more, could I have been better prepared? Was my attitude the best it could have been?

Help teach the students that they should re-direct that natural tendency to "blame others" into positive energy, towards self-examination and self-improvement. This will maximize the student's experience, help to motivate them more, and in the long run, this will make the "process" of training and learning a much more productive and enjoyable experience.

Remember, "enjoy the path". Learn to make your "path" more enjoyable, more productive, more educational, more motivational, and ultimately more deeply satisfying.
Jung Su!

Monday, June 30, 2008

It is the Path that counts...

In today's society, there are so many goal oriented people. Everyone is trying to achieve the American dream of success.

Set your goals high, and you can achieve them. Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, always encourages students to open their minds to larger possibilities. She tells people to set your goals higher, and then go for them. Don't limit yourself by your own thinking. In Jung SuWon training she emphasizes -> He can do, She can do, Why not me! Dr. Kim encourages people to not be held back by their attitudes, to have a positive mental attitude, and focus your mind toward your success.

Sometimes people take this to the extreme and forget about the here and now. Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, also emphasizes the balance, of body, mind, and spirit. Students need to keep up their training regularly, and stay healthy. It is also recommended to meditate daily and free you mind from stress and anxiety. She tells students that they need to learn to smile to themselves everyday. Be happy from within. This is part of enjoying the path in your life. Make each and everyday a great day, through your attitude. Have the knowledge that your journey may be long, but that each day you are taking a step in positive direction.

Enjoy the path. Have fun. Be healthy and help those around you. Never do anyone any harm.

To see some more on other students and how they have used the Jung SuWon teachings to better their lives read the online writings from Angela Sommers and Sarah Kim.

Jung Su!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Keeping up your own training..

Remember, when you become an instructor, the general business and student issues will start filling your life. Somehow, you still have to train for yourself. Even if it is only 30 minutes a day, find time. Make it a habit. It will keep you healthy, clear your mind, and keep that indomitable spirit alive inside you.

I have found this is critical to your attitude and facing each new day with a positive mental attitude.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim always emphasizes, "He can do, She can do, Why not me!"
A positive attitude is critical for our success and happiness in life.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Reminding students why they are training...

Many times I have to remind students to put out more energy. The more energy they put into their training, the better for them. This is such a simple concept, and anyone reading this would say, that is just common sense, but no, "common sense is not so common".

When we are in Jung SuWon Martial Arts class, people say, why are you pushing me so hard?? Can't you layoff. But the student often forgets what they wanted when they first joined. They asked for help. They asked to be pushed. They stated goals they wanted to overcome, and they asked for our help, and now they get angry at us for trying to teach them. 2 situations generally come up. #1 - They had no idea how much energy it takes to train in the martial arts, and if you want to actually change bad habits it takes hard work and discipline.

As instructors we have to realize this. Most people today want instant results. They feel like they can go to JC Penny's and buy their confidence, or buy their happiness. It just doesn't work that way, and when they figure that out it is a shock. They also don't want to accept they can't do it, so many times they will look for faults in the instructors or schools. This is a common situation that we all must learn to deal with and/or avoid.

There is so much that one can gain from the martial arts. Great power, great confidence, good health and more. So I understand why we talk positively about the benefits. They are in reach for those willing to sacrifice and put in the energy, But once you find out a student has unrealistic expectations, it is better to relax, let them enjoy what they can, and don't push them anymore. In your mind, recognize you are at an inflection point. At this point the student will be not be happy, and therefore help them set new goals and move on in life. Otherwise, somewhere down the line, they will start blaming you for their unhappiness, and they will become angry and vindictive. Life is too short for that. Keep bringing in new white belts, and move on to other students that really desire to learn.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The "Artist" in Martial Artist

Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim once explained to me about the "artist" in the word martial artists.

Great painters produce great paintings, and their tools are their brushes and paints.

As a true Jung SuWon Martial Artist, your tools are your body, mind, and spirit, and what you produce is YOU!!! So take charge of your thinking. Be disciplined. Create who you want to become. Right now, your thoughts and actions are creating you. Take charge and responsibility for becoming the best you can be!!!

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

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Making Jung SuWon Basics Exciting

Many times students want to learn the real fancy kicks and advanced movements. But sometimes, the most exciting revelations can come from studying your basics. Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim told stories about how she used to just have students do middle punch for an hour. They learned the traditional way and became strong. The newer generations, seem to have less patience, and want to rush ahead to advanced techniques. Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim emphasized that we have to modify our teaching techniques to adapt to the times.

When students focus on basic techniques, the secrets to the martial arts are closer to being discovered. I found that the more I focused on basics, the more I learned about myself and my power. Each time I attended a class where we focused on basics, I learned something new. I started to have revelations about my power, energy, timing, and breathing.

How to stand, how to breathe, and to generate and control energy. The more I focused on basics, the more advanced techniques I learned. It worked the opposite that one would expect. That is why the secrets of the martial arts are hard to discover. Martial arts requires patience, and dedication. Jung SuWon - Focusing Body, Mind, and Spirit. Jung Su!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

One of the first things I learned, was that I had to rise to a higher level of responsibility. I had to stop thinking about just me. I had to realize that in order to be a good teacher, I had to rise above my day to day feelings. Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim taught me that I had to have a larger view about society and my role in society. My job was to energize and help people everyday. This taught me to put petty issues aside, and focus on generating a positive mental attitude. Like we say at Jung SuWon Academy, "He can do. She can do. Why not me!"