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Turkey Talk

February 6, 2017

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There is safety in numbers!  This applies especially to our turkeys here – the total number might have been around 30-40 turkeys, right in the middle of the street.

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You might ask yourself, what possibly could I learn from turkeys?  Aren’t they supposed to be really stupid?  To Dr. Tae Yun Kim, no animal is ever stupid. Why?  Look at them!  To survive harsh winters and with numerous predators around all wanting to eat them, they still manage to survive in great numbers!

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In addition, these turkeys teach us this:

“Our actions are guaranteed to affect others.  Because we are not alone in this world, much of our learning about ourselves comes from our interaction with others  Our relationships are our teachers. We learn from each other.” (Seven Steps to Inner Power, page 76)

Look at these turkeys – they learn from each other, they interact with each other and together they make it happen!

So, yes, we can learn even from turkeys!

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

 

Wild turkey antics

June 18, 2013

Where Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim lives, out in the wild, I often have the most amazing encounters with animals of all sorts.  One day, not too long ago, I heard a big commotion outside, dogs barking, turkeys screeching (yes, they can screech), wings flapping.  Expecting the worst, I looked outside – and this is what I saw:

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Lets look a little closer:

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Thea, is that you??

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Normally a brave JungSuwon-imal, she was scared.  She knows she simply is no match for 2 energetic German Shepherds!

She just wouldn’t come down!

Here is what this whole scene looked like from the inside:

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Thea!  Don’t you remember what Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has to say in such a situation, aside from admonishing you to take courage?

“Clinging to a good picture you have created possibly keeps you from expanding into an even greater good.  Clinging to a disagreeable picture keeps you there!  So, don’t hold onto either as though it’s the final story. ” (The Silent Master, page 100)

And as though she understood every word I said, soon enough she was her brave self, asserting herself in Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s garden.

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Lessons from a turkey mother

August 15, 2012

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim emphasizes that every situation in life is a learning opportunity and that we can learn something from every being.  I know.  Most people think turkeys are outright stupid.  But Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim points out that there is no such thing as a “dumb animal.”   And in fact, this morning I witnessed an incredible lesson, taught by a very wonderful Jung Suwon-imal, Theresa, the turkey mommy.

Turkey Jung Suwon-imals are great, wonderful mothers.  They teach lessons that stick.

For example, this morning, when I was outside to train, and it was still dark, Momma Theresa was already awake and was gracefully gliding down from the tree where they spend the night.  Jung Suwon-imals have to get up early – they have to find their own food and water and have to do so before it gets too hot.  She started calling her children and soon a bunch of young turkeys had come down from the tree.

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Momma turkey and gang called again for a minute, and then when no more turkeys came, Mama turkey took the lead, young ones in the middle, and auntie Tessa led the rear.

Off they went, doing their turkey morning routine.

A minute or two later, little Ferdinand fluttered down from the tree.  He was all by himself, and he was so sad to see that everyone was already gone.  Theresa and Tessa are teaching all the little ones that out there, in nature, you cannot afford to sleep in.  You cannot afford to be late.  One second could be the difference between life and death.

Ferdinand – sad and all alone in the wild

But this is what happens when you oversleep, out in the wild.  So he was left all alone.   He kept making the sound little turkeys make when they need their mommies, and a faint reply came.

Ferdinand, where are you?

I am not sure what they said to each other – I suspect that Theresa told Ferdinand to stay put until they came around again, since little Ferdinand retreated back under the trees.

Sure enough, a few minutes later, Theresa, Tessa and their young appeared again, from the other side, there was more “turkey talk” and Ferdinand ran like crazy to catch up.

Theresa is relieved: Ferdinand is back!

Ferdinand was very lucky this time.  While alone, he could have easily been caught by hungry predators.  Let’s hope he has learned his Jung Suwon-imal lesson, and won’t be lazy anymore, but wake up with the rest of the family and stay with them.

And the lesson for us?  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim always reminds us to make the best of each day, use every minute we have, and be disciplined, not lazy.  Don’t be left behind!  Be the warrior!

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.

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

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!

Another form of Self Defense

March 14, 2012

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches us that there are many forms of Self Defense.  As we saw in the last post, avoiding conflict is one of them.  Here you can see that there is “safety in numbers,” as Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim tells us.  At Jung Suwon, we learn the physical and mental discipline to work out and prepare ourselves for anything, anytime.  But at the same time, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim explains, we need to make sure we avoid confrontation as best we can, and one of them is, don’t go places by yourself!

Jung Suwon is a great place to learn self confidence, self love, and self trust.  There you can learn who you are and that there are no limits as to what you can accomplish.  During Jung Suwon classes, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim will sometimes weave into class, some specific self denfense moves.  However, Great Grandmaster Kim will caution you that you will need to be mentally prepared before you ever do anything physical.  And that only comes through the physical and mental discipline of coming to Jung Suwon class!

For now, best to follow Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s recommendation: remember, best self defense is, “not be there,” and “safety in numbers.”

Self Defense – out in the wild

March 12, 2012

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has a lot to stay about Self Defense, naturally.  She often gets approached to teach a 3-hour seminar, or one day seminar, on how to defend yourself.  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, though, refuses to have those short sessions at Jung Suwon, or elsewhere.  Why?

Self Defense is not just physical, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim says, ” Self defense is physical, mental, and spiritual.  Unless you are ready on all three levels, you cannot properly defend yourself.  For example, if you go to a couple hour Self Defense class, and you learn how to do XXX technique if you get attacked AAA way – well, the attacker will not usually follow that protocol and attack you whichever way he or she pleases.  You have to be mentally ready first, and not try to memorize a series of moves, that you are sure to forget in an emergency situation!

Best Self defense?  Don’t put yourself in harms way, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teachers students young and old, at Jung Suwon Martial Art Academy.

Here are some pictures of how our Jung Suwonimals blend into their environment and try to “not be there.”  And yes, there is at least one Jung Suwonimal in each picture.  Can you find the one in the last picture?