Posted tagged ‘Martial Arts’

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!

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!

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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Meet Sunshine!

March 28, 2013

Sunshine the skunk

 

I know what you must be thinking.  “This is so far-fetched.  And what does a skunk have to do with Martial Arts anyhow?”  Pew!  Gross!

I hear you.  But let’s think about this for a moment.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim not only emphasizes that God created all living beings, including skunks, and she often asks in class: What is Jung Suwon training about?  What are Martial Arts all about?  It’s a way of life!  And it’s a lot about defending yourself.

And what is the best Self defense?

Avoiding a conflict!

Now, what better way to avoid a conflict that using your secret weapon – your smell?

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Most predators to skunks only need to see their tail raised, and the fight is over.  Seldom do animals want to get near skunks.  (Yes there are exceptions, but they are rare.)

So, while Sunshine has plenty of skill and ability to fight – she has long, sharp razor claws and equally powerful teeth.  She can hold her own in a fight, she typically doesn’t seek out fights.

Who bother?  She doesn’t have to!

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I wonder if Sunshine knows Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s words,  “The power is in you, it is your personal choice what you do in your life!”  Surely though, she is living those words!

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

 

 

 

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!

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!

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!

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