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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!

Unity and Teamwork – at Jung SuWon and in the wild!

September 1, 2008

As you probably have gathered by now, I love nature.  Yesterday I was out, pruning the roses (in itself a never ending job and in itself it’s own blog topic – the imporance of pruning, but I digress….)

So, while I was happily pruning away, I came within a couple of feet of disaster –  a swarm of bees had chosen the tree rose as a resting place, and it was so cleverly concealed it was hard to spot them.  Also, when bees swarm, they aren’t very aggressive and so there wasn’t much activity around the cluster.  I saw the pretty much last minute and was able to retreat, without a single sting.

I was amazed at this swarm.  Each bee in itself is so small and looks so weak.  But together they are very strong and accomplish so much!  Think about the wax and the hives they make, the pollen they gather from miles away and turn into honey, and so on.

Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has taught from my very first class 24 years ago, that for example, each finger is very weak.  You can easily break them. 

But put together as a fist, these fingers become extremely strong, and can break through wood, cinderblocks, even glass, and especially through all our fears and weaknesses.  And on a larger scale, each person alone – if left living alone – would have a hard time fending for him/herself.  But it’s the working together, the unity, that has made us humans into who and what we are today. 

As for the bees – rather than dousing them with water or trying to chase them away, I simply waited – and, true to their nature – they moved on, to find a suitable place where they can build their new hive.