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A visitor, from the wild

January 26, 2012



I was getting ready for a business trip, filming a series of lectures that Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim was going to give in Korea.  I had my gear already outside, including my jacket.

I guess Lilly the Lizard must have felt cold, or perhaps she, too, wanted to come along to Korea.  I didn’t want to disturb her too much, so I slightly touched the jacket.  She disappeared.  As I was going to pick up my gear, she was looking out at me, from the camera bag!  I wonder if she had her passport with her?

It goes to show that Grandmaster Tae Yun Kims  Silent Master Images apply to Jungsuwonimals as well.  For example, Grandmaster Kim says, “Your thoughts create reality” – and while lizards might not have the same level of thinking as we humans do, they still are able to make their own reality – Lilly saw the jacket, knew it was warm, and went inside it!

Grandmaster Kim also says, “You are creative energy” and Lilly, I think, was very creative in trying to hitch a ride all the way to Korea!

“You have the power to fulfill your dreams”, and although Lilly is a lizard, she still was out to filfill her dream to come to Korea with Grandmaster Kim.

If you want to find out more about the Silent Master Images, go to the bottom of this page and check out the book “Seven Steps to Inner Power.”  Or, wait until my next post!

Jung SuWon students visiting the JungSuwonimals and joining them

January 23, 2012

As I have mentioned, Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has been teaching outdoors, in the early mornings, in a very traditional way.  Every morning, before there is even a hint of a sunrise, Grandmaster Kim is already out there, in the wild…..ready to teach.

Yesterday, in welcoming the Lunar New Year, Grandmaster Kim taught us more about Ki Energy – to adopt the power of a wild animal, and channel with its power by making the same moves, and sounds, as they do.  (Well, to the best of our ability 🙂  )  This was a special treat for all the JungSuWonimals!

At first, Grandmaster Kim had us sparr, using those sounds.  I noticed that the local cows had lined up in the background, wondering what on earth was going on, and joining all the sounds with their own.  I saw and heard several birds making passes overhead, and from the smell I could tell that even a skunk came to see what this was all about.

As a special treat, you can find the grand finale here, where each student individually presented “their animal.”  Click on the link!

Can you guess what JungSuonimal each person tried to be?

Jung SuWon-imals – where aaaaaaaaaaare you?

November 15, 2008


It’s been a while since I have posted and for a good reason.  I haven’t seen any of our Jung SuWon-imals in the yard lately!  Ferdinand and his kin don’t come around much anymore – they stay outside the yard, and although they are congregating in amazing numbers – in flocks of 50 or more – they don’t come so near anymore.  Maybe there isn’t enough food anymore for them to make it worthwhile….

I haven’t seen Sam the squirrel lately either.  I hear that squirrels semi-hibernate throughout the winter months, so maybe that is what he is doing.  I guess I better keep the walnuts I have been getting for him for when he shows up again….

This situation reminds of one of my favorite quotes in “The Silent Master”, written by Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, founder of Jung Suwon Martial Arts:

“To me, one of the most perfect pictures of freedom is nature in the wild.  Birds are free to fly wherever their instincts take them, to the highest mountain or to the water’s edge.  Bears, rabbits, deer, creatures of all names and sizes freely roam the land, each finding their food and shelter in their own individual  way. Animals freely express their unique individuality.  No animal tries to be like another.  Mountain lions don’t try to live like deer or eat their food.  Rabbits don’t try to hibernate like bears.  All animals take their individuality for granted, “trusting” that nature provides everything necessary to fulfill their every need.  And the elements of nature are also fee and joyous, expressing and contributing their gifts abundantly.  The sun shines faithfully and warmly no matter what happens on the planet below. Rivers flow through their native surroundings bringing food for life. And beauty if everywhere.  The clouds, winds, rainbows, butterflies, light filtered through the forest trees – all come together in a beautiful picture of harmony.

You are a part of all this!  Freedom, beauty, and originality for you is exactly the same as for nature’s beings and elements.  You are an original!”  (The Silent Master, page 140)

Jung SuWon-imal Sophie is really Sam!

November 1, 2008

Yes, I admit to it.  I was wrong, and made a mistake.  Cute little Jung SuWon-imal squirrel Sophie is actually a boy squirrel.  Of course, once I mentioned this fact to some family member, immediately they ask me:  So how do you know?

Well, er, uhm, you see, they don’t wear clothes!  One day, who I thought was Sophie but turned out to be Sam, came right up to the sliding glass door with an acorn, sat down and proceeded to eat it with gusto.  He must not have been able to see inside the window, because on the other side of the glass, less than 2 feet away, there I was, enjoying watching him eat.  If the glass hadn’t been there, I could have reached out and touched him.  And being so close, and him not wearing any pants, well, what can I say…..

This whole episode reminded me of on of my favorite teachings of my Martial Arts teacher, Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim.  “Learn from your mistakes!”  Let me quote from her book, “Seven Steps to Inner Power.”

“Willingness to learn from your mistakes is the backbone to everything that can be considered progress.  How many mistakes do you think Alexander Graham Bell made in inventing the first telephone that conncted one room in his house to another?  Now telephone technology is developing that allows us to see the person you are speaking with on the other side of the globe.  How many mistakes did the engineers make while developing this technology?  Who cares?  The object is to succeed, not to count your mistakes.

Mistakes are also essential to your progress.  The minute you decide to achieve a goal that’s important to you, you will make mistakes.  How did we humans get the idea that to be perfect we couldn’t make mistakes?  Never making a mistake does not make us perfect.  Never repeating a mistake (after we learn from it) is as perfect as we need to be.

Imagine the freedom you’ll feel when you don’t have to worry about defending or hiding your mistakes.  Experience the increased energy that comes form this freedom!  Welcome your mistakes into your consciousness as your friends and teachers!” (Seven Steps to Inner Power, page 26)

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….