Archive for May 2012

Caroline the cow, a very loyal Jung Suwon-imal

May 23, 2012

Meet Caroline, the cow.  She is a long-time Jung Suwon-imal and a great warrior, and also very loyal.  I know – cows have somewhat of a bad reputation, of not being very smart.  But Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim assures us that they are very smart animals in their own right, and incredibly loyal.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim told me that once she noticed that a newborn calf had died, and the mother cow was inconsolable.  For seven full days, the cow was standing watch over her dead calf, mourning her loss.  The cow would scare away the vultures that wanted to settle down and have a meal.  Isn’t that a wonderful example of loyalty?  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has this to say about loyalty: (and you can find these words in her book, Seven Steps to Inner Power)

“Loyalty is the result of perpetuating, reinforcing, and expressing your real self by loving it.  And how do you love yourself?  By being your real self.  There is no greater way to love your real self than by being it.  That is loyalty.  Loyalty, then is a lot like gratitude because they are both acts of recognizing or acknowledging an idea.  Whatever you are loyal to, you recognize.  Whatever you recognize, you think about.  Whatever you think about, you manifest.”

Cows are very loyal in other ways as well.  One time this very clever Jung Suwon-imal of the bovine nature wandered into Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s big garden, and started eating the nice green grass.  And very easily, with the help of a carrot over her shoulder, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim lead Caroline out the gate, never having to use any force or loud voice.

Caroline, loyal Jung Suwon-imal that she is, would then stand for hours near the gate, waiting for Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim to come out and hopefully bringing out more carrots!

Never underestimate the intelligence and loyalty of our animals, out there, in the wild……

Tom the wild turkey demonstrates the power of concentration and visualization

May 18, 2012

Here is Jung Suwon-imal Tom the turkey, in all his glory!  He is pretty focused right now and has mostly one thing in mind:  to find the perfect mate!

This takes a lot of concentration, and does not allow for being side-tracked!  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim says this about concentration in her book, “The Silent Master:”

“Whatever you concentrate on and visualize, you propel into manifestation.  Your thoughts are creative energy.  Concentration and visualization are ways of using this consciousness to focus on and energize a desired goal.

Concentration means that you will mentally focus on something – and eliminate everything else from your mental environment.  You must become able to shut out outside stimulation and turn within.  It takes full attention to concentrate properly, and you may have to train yourself before you can do it well.”

I am sure Tom the Turkey Jung Suwon-imal knows this very well – he is always extremely concentrated on the female turkeys and isn’t interested in anything else, except perhaps chasing away other male turkeys!

Sometimes, Tom the Jung suwon-imal gets into a sparring match with another turkey. At times, this is pretty mellow, and at other times, when there is no self-restraint among the turkeys, feathers fly, and I find some beautiful feathers in the backyard.  Do you think Tom will succeed if he really focuses?  Of course!  He Can Do, She Can Do, Why not Me!

New Jung Suwon-imal – Benny the bird

May 6, 2012

I have an interesting dilemma with this adorable Jung Suwon-imal.  He is cute!  He sings beautifully.  And he defends his perch (which is my car antenna.)

He has a great ki-up and he does a great job sparring, in the air!  The air is his Jung Suwon Do-jang!

Introduuuuuuuuuuucing Benny the lazuli bunting!  (drumroll please!)

See him in ready stance here?

Every time I see little Benny – and I do see him a lot, because he thinks I got my car just for him – I am reminded of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s words in her book, “The First Element:”

Wake up to the little miracles around you right now and appreciate the power of the universal life force!  These miracle we take for granted every day are pictures of your own life force in motion.  A tiny unborn bird pecks away at his shell hundreds of times for no other reason than to be born!  For no other reason than to be who he is. He follows the life force as far as his purpose directs.

But you!  You are born with so much more capability than this little bird.  If you are not living your life with the same enthusiasm of a supernova, exploding to fill your space with energy to build and create and transform, you are still inside  a dark shell.  If you are sitting around doing nothing more than feeling sorry for yourself, then you are not even as true and honest as the little bird, who at least honors his life force by pecking his way out into the world.”

So here is Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s tiny warrior, true to himself, being who he was meant to be.

What’s the dilemma?  Well, see here is the same picture as above, except zoomed out:

And another one, even further away….

So far, so good, right?

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches us that it’s always good to look at situations from different angles and all directions, so here is another close up of my car (yes, that beautiful color matching car is mine) and you will instantly know my dilemma:


How do you deal with a beautiful, cheerful, awesome Jung Suwon warrior of the animal kingdom, who is only doing what he was born to do?

Well, my solution – you guessed it!

Wash my car more often!  Thank you Benny for motivating me to keep my car clean!

Bea the bee – an example of team work

May 2, 2012

Here is the smallest Jung Suwon-imal yet!  Small in size, but big in energy and work ethic!  Big in discipline and team work!  Can you guess who that might be?

Yes you are right, it’s Bea the Bee!  Here she is, busy at work:

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim often mentions Bea and her large team – and explains to the Jung Suwon warriors of all ages, how important it is to have teamwork.

“Each bee alone cannot accomplish much, ” Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim explains, “but together as a team, they make lots of sweet honey!”  But how?

Just like in Jung Suwon class, some students are better in forms, some have great kicks, some excel in sparring.  But they are all Jung Suwon warriors, part of a great team!

With the bee Jung Suwon-imals, its the same!  Some are good at scouting out the best pollen, and some are great at gathering, while others do best staying at home and taking care of the young.

And there is no better example for hard workers than bees – no laziness, no procrastination, just working hard, with a quality purpose and determination!

At Jung Suwon, we have the principles of mental conduct, to remind us why we train, and the fourth principle states,

“Have a quality purpose and determination!”  That is exactly what Bea and her team follow – let’s be more like them – fulfill our responsibilities with purpose and determination!

I almost forgot – did you know that bees know to perform Jung Suwon-imal forms?  When they get back to their hive, they have established patterns to show the others where to go for the honey!

And if you are really interested in Bea, here she is, with a bunch of Jung Suwon-imal warriors, looking for a suitable new home!