Archive for July 2012

Jung Suwon class – out there, in the wild

July 5, 2012

Today, you are in for a special treat!  The Jung Suwon-imal blog team (consisting of myself and my camera) went out and observed a Jung Suwon class, out there, in the wild!

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, a very tall 4’11 herself, always emphasizes – and proves – that size does not matter when it comes to Jung Suwon training.  She is right, of course.

Here are some never before shown pictures of this super secret Jung Suwon class.

In the above picture, you can see Timmy, Tina, Troy, Theodore, and Tammy, lining up for class.  Can you see how eager they are?

Here is little Thaddeus, with a front kick:

Let’s give him a big hand for such a beautiful kick!  Telly, no grooming during class!  Attention!

And here, an instructor (= turkey mommy) is showing Thaddeus how to improve that awesome front kick some more:

and here we see how a proper ready stance is taught:

And what would a Jung Suwon class be without sparring….here you can see Timmy all ready in attack position:

And of course even little turkeys need to practice forms, so that is what they do here:

And after attention bowing and cheering, they walk off the outdoor Jung Suwon Dojang floor, in a very controlled and disciplined manner.

Notice that there is an instructor mommy in the front, and one in the back, and all the little turkey warriors in the middle!  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim always looks out for her acorn warriors, and is happy to see that they are marching in line.

Look closely and you will be able to see it.  Jung Suwon-imal instructor mommies are very protective of their young, and always march, with Tessa in the front, and Theresa in the back, to make sure all the little acorn warriors are protected.


Lizards and what we can learn from them

July 2, 2012

Yes, lizards have a bad reputation.  They are considered creepy.  They are cold-blooded animals.  They look weird.  And yet, they are indeed Jung Suwon-imals, true warriors.

They actually have a lot to offer.  On the more obvious side of things, they eat all kinds of bad insects and keep your garden clean.

They also can adapt to different environments very well and make themselves blend in.  But most of all, they understand, and practice, one of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s important teachings, that you have to let go of the old, and welcome the new, they know all about detachment.

For Jung Suwon-imal lizards, this starts with the physical being.  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim showed us a lizard with just a stub for a tail.  What had happened?  Well, lizards will gladly let go fo their tail, in order to survive!  And they can even re-grow that tail in time, and have a new one.

See, they know what Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim wrote in her book, “The Silent Master,” about letting go:

“Detachment is the means by which you let go of the old in order to make room for the new.  It is the means by which your good expands into greater good.  As you redefine yourself, you will have to let go of old thoughts, emotions, and situations.  Detachment is inner freedom.  It gives you the mobility you need to keep your thoughts free and clear; as a result, you free yourself from emotions that could cause you to take inappropriate action.”