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All about Sharks

June 4, 2013

Smiley shark

At first, I didn’t understand it myself.  How can a shark be a Jung Suwon imal?  Sharks have a bad reputation for sure.  They are only presented as cold blooded predators that kill anything and everything in their way.

But Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has showed me quite a different species!

Shark and other fish

Sharks do not kill for fun, nor are they inherently blood thirsty.  They kill when they are hungry.  At other times, they peacefully share the ocean or even large aquariums with other fish.  They don’t like the way humans taste, so if they do bite, they typically do not destroy – we are not their favorite food!

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim points out that sharks are some of the oldest living species on the planet.  They have been around for over 400 Million years, so that means that they are “perfectly designed survivors.”

Shark - close up of underside

As far as their behaviors go – they are really just true to their nature – they do what they are born to be, and do it well, and efficiently.  Like a blade of grass, pushing through a rock, they are only being true to their own lives.  They are being true Jung Suwon Warriors.  (Seven Steps to Inner Power, page xi)

So, let us admire the beautiful qualities of the sharks, and let us stay out of their ways…..

Pictures from a Jung Suwon-imal Christmas celebration

January 15, 2013

Look at them!  All dressed up and ready for the big day!

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Chung Song and Sarang, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s K-9 crew, were proudly posing for Christmas!  Because even though she was in Korea at the time, giving lectures, motivating people, having important business meetings, discussing all sorts of topics with all sorts of important people, everyone at home still got in the Christmas spirit!  Christmas is in your heart, and energy doesn’t have any distance, so whether near or far, in the energy world we are always together.

And those two faithful, beautiful Jung Suwon-imals would like you to remember this (a quote from Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s book “The Silent Master”)

“True happiness is feeling your own spiritual qualities, not limited, negative thoughts and feelings. True happiness is spiritual because it is never dependent on just material things or material success.  There is great freedom when you know this because you can never lose your joy, never lose your power, never lose your happiness, no matter what your material circumstances are.”

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My idea of happiness: Have ball – will play!

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I have a ball and I will play too!

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I’ll find a way to get that ball!!!

And after so much play – it’s time to rest up!  As Jung Suwon warriors, human or K-9, we need to be at our best, so we can continue to train, and learn, and perform!

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Goal accomplished – got the ball! And now on to resting!


Edgar, the Royal Eagle

December 26, 2012

During my travels with Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim I came across this amazing Jung Suwon-imal, Edgar, the Eagle.  He was living in an ancient fortress, in Belgium.

Because of his very unique situation, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim asked me to interview him and see what he had to say.  Turns out, he is a most wonderful, experienced and insightful Jung Suwon-imal.

Translated into human, our conversation went something like this:

After I introduced myself as a Jung Suwon warrior-reporter, and thanked him for letting me interview him, he put his head sideways and with a sparkle in his eyes, said,

“Before you say anything – let me answer your first question – because I know what that question is going to be.  You were going to ask me how did I get to be here, tied up, living among humans like this? ”

He smiled at my astonishment.  How did he know?

“They all wonder about this,” he continued.  “Well, let me tell you.  When I was a young and strong Jungsuwon-imal, I used to fly high, and was the best hunter among the Eagles.  I had a sweetheart, and together we roamed the big skies.”

He paused and looked up at the sky, longingly.

“We raised many young ones together, and taught them how to be an Eagle.”  Here, he glanced at Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, and said, “I am sure Great Grandmaster has already told you the story about the Mother Eagle.  You know how we teach our young to fly.  Well, we taught so many of them.”

He let out a big sigh, and preened himself a little.

“One day, when we were already what would be in human years, about 50, my beloved sweetheart passed away suddenly, and my life became lonely.  No longer did I dance in the sky.  Even hunting became a chore.  So I started to think, rather than spend my life all by myself, with nobody around to pass on my wisdom, that was not what I wanted.

So I turned to humans.  They always tried to catch one of us and we used to make fun of their attempts.  They are so clumsy!  Do they really think they can actually catch us?  Ahhhh…..well so after the arthritis set in in my wings my decision was made, and I let myself get caught.”

“How do they treat you?  And what do you do now?”

“Oh, they are wonderful to me.  They feed me, they let me take short flights now and then.  But my favorite thing is when they bring their young ones by, and I get to show them the real beauty of us Eagles.  Sometimes I even allow them to touch me.  I try to be really friendly to their tiny ones, and more aloof to the bigger ones.  See, I used to be somewhat of a King among the Eagles.  Not that we need a King.  We all know what to do.

But you humans!”  Another big sigh, and Edgar was shaking his regal head.  “You humans!”

“After all these thousands of years, you still haven’t figured out yet how to live to gether in peace and harmony.  You do need leaders, and even with leaders, you still have wars.  When will you ever learn to be like Eagles…….”

“You go and listen to your Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim“, the Edgar said in conclusion, “she is like us, except so much wiser still, so much above us, so enlightened.  She holds the secrets of the Universe! ”

I had a hard time holding back tears.  What a beautiful story!

Edgar smiled ever so slightly, nodded his head and thanked me for my time!  I thanked him for his, and reported back to Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim.

Did I dream this?  Was this reality?  Well, look at the picture.  It sure could have been a real conversation, don’t you think?

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.

Turkeys just came down from tree

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!

Gentle Doves, right outside the kitchen window

August 4, 2012

Jung Suwon-imals come in all kinds of sizes and shapes – and locations!  Here they are, right outside Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s kitchen window!

Davy and Dottie, the dove Jung Suwon-imals, love hanging out near the kitchen window.  They are very gentle, loving creatures, yet they are very strong, very aware Jung Suwon warriors!

Here is Dottie, sitting at the window sill, saying hello:

Here is another picture of our adorable  Dottie:

So what makes Dottie and Davy Jung Suwon-imals?

Not only are they great flyers, dodgers, and are very agile birds, practicing their in-flight forms every day, they also completely live Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s teachings, especially this one:

“When you find real Love in your life, you have a special feeling of happiness that is not dependent on anyone or anything in order to be.  That’s because it comes from you, not to you from outside sources.  It’s a quiet joy, ,but also one that expresses great enthusiasm.  When you feel this Love, you are glad to be alive, and grateful to wake up every day and live your life.  This Love can’t be hurt or destroyed because it is pure energy. Because this Love is real and true, it is powerful.  It can overcome anything untrue simply by being there, just as the sunlight burns clouds away.”

Davy and Dottie snuggling…

“Synchronized Preening”

Dottie and Davy wish you a great day, and encourage you, with a heart-felt,



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.”