Archive for October 2008

Jung SuWon warriors come in all sizes and shapes: introducing Sophie

October 15, 2008

You have already caught a glimpse or two of Sophie in my previous posts.  But while I thought she was very shy, I found out she is really inquisitive, bold, and downright friendly – as long as she is in her own environment – up in the trees. 

She does like to hang out with the turkey family and especially with Ferdinand, but she does not feel all too comfortable on the ground – especially out on the lawn.  She only goes there with the turkeys, and stays in their midst.  But she really shows her spunk up in “her” oak tree. 

Sophie makes me think about Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s teachings – You are one of a kind!  And of course “Be an Original – don’t be a copy!”  See, while Sophie likes being with the turkeys, she is not trying to be one, or to even be like one.  She knows her strengths and weaknesses and acts accordingly. 

Join me and watch what happened out there, in the (really not so) wild….

Jung SuWon warrior animals: Be true to Yourself

October 6, 2008

I have been watching Ferdinand and his family a lot – since they come right into my yard – and their new friend Sophie, who, by the way, lives in my yard. 

Even though they like to hang out together, I noticed that Sophie only stays with Ferdinand in a certain areas of the yard, but doesn’t follow him anywhere else.  This puzzled me, since they seemed to enjoy  each other’s company.  But then I realized:  Ferdinand and his family can fly, but Sophie cannot!  The only way she can escape from danger, is to climb up a tree, or structure!  And that is why they are always together under the oak trees! 

Even animals know what Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim is teaching at Jung SuWon:  be true to your self.  Be who you are!  Don’t try to be someone else!  A dolphin is beautiful in his own right and has many great qualities, but it will never be an eagle.  Likewise, the eagly is awe inspiring and has his own excellent qualities, but he would not do well in the water.  And so the dolphin should be the best dolphin he can be, and the eagle also needs to remain an eagly and not try to be a dolphin.

So, Ferdinand will always be a turkey and he can – and should – fly when necessary.  Sophie, as a squirrel – will never be able to fly, and so will always need to stay around climbable structures.  And while they are so different, nevertheless they get along well together in the small area that they can be together.

As Grandmaster Kim always reminds us, there is so much we can learn from animals, out there, in the wild….

Jung SuWon in the wild – Ferdinand the turkey has a new friend: Sophie the squirrel

October 2, 2008

Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim of Jung SuWon has faced a lot of prejudice in her life.  Because she didn’t fit in, she was treated like a disease.  She was resented because she was a girl, as firstborn child, a total no-no in the Korean society in those days.  Then, as if that wasn’t enough, she wanted to train in the Martial Arts, and again, nothing but prejudice and rejection.

After she finally started training and achieved her highest goals, becoming a Grandmaster, she still had to face terrible prejudice – as a brand new arrival in the USA, she faced racial prejudice of incredible proportions.  Her school was burned down, landlords refused to rent to her, and people simply didn’t trust her, since she was from an oriental country.  She came to the USA in the late sixties, during the height of the Vietnamese war, and in rural Vermont people simply didn’t care to differentiate between different Asian countries.  She was called all sorts of racial, degrading names. 

Now, in California, she teaches that we are all one of a kind, and that we need to look beyond the color of skin, or any other physical appearance.  God made us all the way we are, and we need to appreciate this, and accept one another.

Animals know this too, and in this little short video you can see Ferdinand the turkey with his family, with Sophie, the squirrel.  Seems like she is still a bit shy and the turkeys still don’t quite know what to make of her, but they all love to eat the new acorns, and there are plenty of them to go around.  Later on I saw Sophie still moving with the turkey family, and spending the day with them. 

Here is what happened out there, in the wild….