Posted tagged ‘Turkeys’

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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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.


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?

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 animal warrior ninjas: right time, right place

August 25, 2008

If you look closely at the video above, you will see several young turkeys wander through some flower beds.  You can barely see them, but they are certainly there.  Somehow they always know when to blend in, or when to draw attention to themselves. 

Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has taught me there is a right time for everything.  Sometimes you need to speak up and some times you need to be quiet.  And somehow, animals seem to have a much better grasp of this concept…. Grandmaster Kim teaches this at her school, Jung SuWon in Fremont, CA.  Sometimes it’s very serious sparring time, and even within sparring, sometimes you need to attack, and sometimes you need to defend.  Sometimes it’s slow basics, over and over again.  Sometimes it’s an intense obstacle course.  And sometimes we have events when its time for relaxing and laughing.

Look at the picture and see how well this turkey mother has blended herself into her environment.  She does not want any attention from anyone.  In fact, I almost walked straight at her, had I not seen the periscope like neck pop up and those beady eyes look straight at me.

Another thing – she knew her purpose.  She knew she wasn’t going to just abandon her young.  She was holding her ground because that is what was her purpose in life. 

This is something we can also emulate in our lives.  Follow our purpose in our lives, whatever that purpose is.  But don’t abandon your original purpose!  And what is this purpose?  Well, only you know that!  You need to find out! 

These are some of the things Grandmaster Kim has taught me….stay in tune, there are many more nature/martial arts stories coming….