Archive for August 2008

Dr. Tae Yun Kim: You can catch more animals with kindness

August 28, 2008

So what do you do when you wake up and find a cow in your beautiful lawn?  You run and grab a stick and try to shoo it off, right?


Let me explain through a quote from Dr. Tae Yun Kim’s book “Seven Steps to Inner Power“.  She uses an ancient fable to get her point across:

“Gentleness is its own kind of force.  Remember the fable about the contest between the Sun and the Wind?  They each tested their power by attempting to make a man walking along a road take off his coat.  As the wind ripped and tore at the man with tremendous force, the man only drew the coat tighter and tighter around him, unti the wind finally gave up and challenged the sun.  The sun, however, showed no “force” at all; gently and persistently, it burned brighter and hotter, until the man released his hold on the coat and took it off in the warmth of the day.”

So how does this relate to cows?  Simple.  Ever tried to chase a cow and try to get it to go the direction you want it to?  Very difficult.  You will probably end up with your garden all in a mess first!  Instead, using Grandmaster Kim’s strategy, this is what I did when I saw a cow feasting on our very green, healthy and good looking lawn:  I got a couple carrots and approached the cow. 

Cows love carrots, and they want to have them.  Then when I got the cow’s attention, I started walking towards the gate, and pretty soon I can feel the cow right behind me, nibbling on the carrot and nuzzling me.  She followed me out the gate, no problem, where I rewarded her with another treat.  See how easy it can be?

Caution:  don’t attempt this with a bull.  They are a different animal alltogether!

Jung SuWon animal warrior ninjas: right time, right place

August 25, 2008

If you look closely at the video above, you will see several young turkeys wander through some flower beds.  You can barely see them, but they are certainly there.  Somehow they always know when to blend in, or when to draw attention to themselves. 

Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has taught me there is a right time for everything.  Sometimes you need to speak up and some times you need to be quiet.  And somehow, animals seem to have a much better grasp of this concept…. Grandmaster Kim teaches this at her school, Jung SuWon in Fremont, CA.  Sometimes it’s very serious sparring time, and even within sparring, sometimes you need to attack, and sometimes you need to defend.  Sometimes it’s slow basics, over and over again.  Sometimes it’s an intense obstacle course.  And sometimes we have events when its time for relaxing and laughing.

Look at the picture and see how well this turkey mother has blended herself into her environment.  She does not want any attention from anyone.  In fact, I almost walked straight at her, had I not seen the periscope like neck pop up and those beady eyes look straight at me.

Another thing – she knew her purpose.  She knew she wasn’t going to just abandon her young.  She was holding her ground because that is what was her purpose in life. 

This is something we can also emulate in our lives.  Follow our purpose in our lives, whatever that purpose is.  But don’t abandon your original purpose!  And what is this purpose?  Well, only you know that!  You need to find out! 

These are some of the things Grandmaster Kim has taught me….stay in tune, there are many more nature/martial arts stories coming….

Turkeys are Jung SuWon warriors too!

August 23, 2008

I am not kidding.  Animals can be great examples.  I know turkeys have a bad reputation, and sometimes they appear to be downright retarded.  But I assure you they are not.

Where I live I am practically surrounded by herds of them.  Again, no kidding.  If I didn’t know better I would think they are ganging up on me. 

But here is my point:  they are smart!  And they are beings, true to themselves and their nature. 

Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim told the story about the mother eagle, who taught the baby eagle to fly, by nudging it out of the nest and having it fall, and in the process of falling it learned how to fly.  On its own, in the comfort of the nest, it would have never tried to fly.  It needed to be “evicted” in order to realize what it could do.

Well, there aren’t too many eagles around and the ones I do see, are flying way up….but!  The turkeys also have adopted the same principle.  Let me explain.  Every day the turkey families wander through our yard and pick and glean whatever there is for them to eat.  I went outside to shoo them away – they were dangerously close to some beautiful flowers.  The mother turkey majestically – and yes, I do mean that word – she was gliding over the fence, to the great wild outdoors.  She stayed not too far from the fence and waited for the chicks to follow her.  They went crazy and ran back and forth behind the fence, thinking they were doomed.  They were chirping and crying and probably thought they were abandoned.  The mother turkey was watching them intently, also keeping an eye on me.  I gently went closer to the babies and when I was too close, all of a sudden, one jumped up in the air and fluttered, and made it to the top of the fence, where he sat for a minute, before joining his mother.  Soone, one by one, they all had “learned” how to fly.

It is the same with people, Grandmaster Kim explains.  Left to our own, we rarely rise up to the occasion.  We need that extra motivation in our lives to challenge us to reach our best.  That is why in Jung SuWon class we get challenged each time to do better and we learn to apply that same attitude in everything we do in our lives.