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Dr. Tae Yun Kim’s deer friends

January 16, 2017

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Dr. Tae Yun Kim encourages us to learn from nature and from all the animals. Deer are wonderful teachers!

So what’s going on here?  Momma’s got something that looks so good!

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Daddy is on to it too!  I better run and get some too!

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This deer family is a perfect example of one of Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s teachings.

Body and mind are one!  Deer don’t have to struggle with this concept – they live it every moment of their lives!  Deer don’t daydream, they know what they are supposed to do – and they do it, without questioning it.

Us humans, we struggle.  Remember though, your body is the living temple of your consciousness.  It is a holy place and deserving of your utmost love, care and respect.  Your body is meant to be well and whole and to beautifully carry out the instructions of your mind like a faithful servant.

Your body and mind then are designed to act as one at all times. It takes a lot of work and discipline.  With deer?  It comes naturally to them.

So let’s be more like deer……

 

Photo credit: the pictures and raw video was taken by my friend Karen Heart.

Special insights from German Shepherds

August 13, 2013

Today we have a special treat – Sarang, one of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s German Shepherds, has graciously agreed to do a guest post for us.  Let’s give her a big hand, and read what she has to say!

Hello  everyone!  I am so glad to meet you all!  I am a very happy and outgoing dog, and I love to meet new people.   But that being said, I am Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s personal protection dog, alongside with my buddy Chung Song, and together we make sure that she is safe, at all times.

When we are in the living room, we each take our position on each side of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim.

Sometimes we get rewarded, Korean style.  I have really come to like seaweed!

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When we are not busy protecting our Master, we love to play!  Our Master always says, “work hard, play hard!” and that is what we do!  Our favorite game is to play fetch!  It is actually a great game that requires speed, quick reaction, change direction in mid run, sometimes mid-air and incredible coordination.  Just like Martial Arts, and it keeps us in perfect shape for our protection job!

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Now during the hot California summer months, I really like playing in the water!

Here, I am imitating Chung Song, the perfect gentleman, drinking from the hose:

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But this is how I prefer to handle it:

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It is so much fun, and again, it is just like Martial Arts training!  You have to charge in, you have to be able to predict where the water will go, and as a special bonus, you get to drink a lot!

See how although we are K-9s, we are still warriors?  Oh and before you go, watch this – I am the star in this video!

How Henry the hawk helped me understand “awareness”

August 2, 2013

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Perhaps I am obsessive and compulsive.  Every time I go outside and every time I drive along our country road, my video camera is on the passenger seat, turned on, but not recording, just in case I see something I want to blog about later.

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But, I look at it more as being ready, and living in the here and now.

“Be ready anytime, any place, for anything,” Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches.

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See how good it was I had the camera with me today?  I hadn’t gone more than maybe 20 steps out of the house when I heard the tell-tale swoosh pretty much right overhead.

All I had to do was find Henry in my viewfinder, and videotape him. This isn’t as easy as it sounds, but with practice it works!

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This experience reminded me of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s wise words:

“True awareness means being right where you are, right now, without fear or worry or obsession about the future or past.  when you manage to do that, a wonderful thing happens. Focused here, now, you become undistracted.  You find yourself becoming mentally quiet.  And when that happens, you “hear your Silent Master, your inner voice, quite clearly.  you perceive all around you quite clearly.  You find yourself knowing what to do – now, ten minutes from now, or tomorrow.  As a result, you consistently find yourself in the right place at the right time.” (Seven Steps To Inner Power page 54).

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Physical Training is Observing Reality

July 28, 2013

If you wonder what squirrels could possibly have to do with Martial Arts, consider this quote by Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim:

“Even if there were no martial arts systems in existence, ,we could still learn much about the valuable trains developed by these systems, like survival, self-defense, courage, discipline, and patience, just by watching nature.  It’s not by accident that many martial art forms incorporate the qualities of animals: the tiger, eagle, crane, bear, turtle, monkey.  The original martial arts masters observed valuable traits in these and other animals, then imitated them to extend their fighting skills.”

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Not much in this picture other than dirt and a rusty pipe, right?  Well, on closer look

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you’ll see a very smart animal under cover.  Or shall we say, “in cover.”

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And if you are the main food for this highly skilled hunter

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You would look for cover too!

For both, hunter and hunted, it’s a matter of survival.  But Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s words apply to both sides:

“Now is all there is, therefore, any blow coming to you, or any blow needed to strike at your opponent, can be known or felt or sensed now.  This foreknowledge or ability to sense this is the best offense and defense you can have and is the reward for being disciplined to live only in the NOW, the only reality.”  (Seven Steps to Inner Power, page 84)

So you see, there is much to learn from even squirrels, out there, in the wild!

Quail are God’s creatures too

July 20, 2013

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Where Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim lives, lots of wildlife enjoy a great environment.

Here you see Quincy and Queeny, the neighborhood quail, on their Sunday stroll.  Did you know that quail are very sociable birds and like to stay together in groups?  Except during mating season, when they break off into pairs, and raise their young.

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One of the things they like to do is take dust baths together – burying their underbellies into dry, dusty soil and move around….see how well-developed they are?  They have been on this planet for about a Million Years, so they know what works and what doesn’t!

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Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s words come to mind, reminding me that every creature has its place, it’s purpose.

“Freedom does not mean being free from adversity or difficulty.  Freedom is the knowledge that you have the power to conquer adversity and difficulty.  If you could ask any animal living free in the animal kingdom they would tell you that they aren’t free from trouble.  Predators are everywhere, and life is a daily challenge.  But all animals were born with instincts to protect them, and were given special talents and abilities to help them stay alive and pursue their lives in freedom.”

(The Silent Master, page 141)

Martial Arts – it’s where your heart and soul are!

July 12, 2013
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Bruno the bull – calling his herd to have class!

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches that there are different categories of people:

Rock

Vegetable

Animal

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A rock only moves when it gets kicked, or gets moved by external forces.  It never does anything on its own.  There are people just like that!

Vegetables are great – however, they are good at one thing, and only do one thing, no matter what.  People are capable of much more!

Animals do many things, but lack the mental focus  Only real humans live up to their full potential.

That said, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim does not look down on rocks, vegetables and animals.  Not at all.  They are doing what they were meant to do!  But human beings are destined for so much more!

So are these cows really lining up for class?  Are they capable of doing such things?

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Is Bruno really showing them base form 1?

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And are these cows just hanging out, or paying close attention to Bruno’s demonstration?

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Who can tell?

One thing is for sure though – wherever you are, whatever your job is, you can always find a way to practice Martial Arts.  No special equipment is necessary to practice your basics.  You can practice your forms in pretty much any clothes.  Whether you are in the great outdoors like these cows, or in a cramped office space – you can practice what you have learned, so when the time comes, you can apply it instinctively!

HE CAN DO, SHE CAN DO, WHY NOT ME!

Babies in the Doves’ nest!

July 2, 2013

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We now know that Davey and Dotty set up their nest in the big tall palm tree right outside Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s kitchen window.  It’s out-of-the-way of predators, and a great place for raising baby birds!

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I am sooo hungry!

Whenever I see such beautiful young baby birds I am reminded of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s words:

“You are one with the All the Power of the Universe! Wake up to the little miracles around you right now and appreciate the power of the universal life force.  This is your power we are talking about, your intelligence!

These miracles 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.

I am asking you to come out and start appreciating this life force that brought you here!”

(The First Element, page 137)

I am a fierce warrior

I may be small, but I am a warrior!