Posted tagged ‘Wild animals’

A Bear’s view of life

February 20, 2017


Some forms of Wildlife I am very glad I don’t meet in person.  I mean, I truly love bears and how majestic and beautiful they are – but I would rather admire them from afar – especially if they have babies!  (The videos here were taken with a remote, motion detection triggered camera).  No people or bears were hurt in the process! 🙂

Dr. Tae Yun Kim owns a large, beautiful property in Oregon, that has some “native dwellers” living on it naturally, and here you can see them.  They lead a completely natural, yet protected life, and I had to think of some of what Dr. Kim wrote in “The Silent Master:”

“Freedom does not mean being free from adversity or difficulty.  Freedom is the knowledge that you have the power to conquer adversity and difficulty.  If you could ask any animals living fee in the animal kingdom, they would tell you that they aren’t free from “trouble.”  Predators are everywhere, and life is a daily challenge.  But all animals were born with instincts to protect them, and were given special talents and abilities to help them stay alive and pursue their lives in freedom.  It is the same for you!”

And isn’t that how bears live?  They are not free from trouble, but they know how to deal with it.  So let’s be a little like them, know who we are and know we have all the tools we need to live as we were meant to!


Turkey Talk

February 6, 2017


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.


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!


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!



Why Coyotes can teach us a lot

January 25, 2017


Who is that peeking out from under tall grass and underbrush?  Yes, that’s Corey, Corinna’s cub.  He feels quite safe there and he knows that I wouldn’t do anything to attract mommy’s attention.  Coyotes are highly protective of their young and will fiercely protect them.


You might wonder what we can learn from coyotes.  Well, for one, Dr. Tae Yun Kim emphasizes how we can learn from every animal, every plant, every piece of nature.  They are God’s creations and they all have something to tell us.


Even Coyotes.  Many farmers and rancher view them as dangerous predators, and they are absolutely right.  Yet coyotes are very intelligent animals who work together and plan their hunt together.  They know the power of teamwork.

But even when they are temporarily by themselves, they know what Dr. Tae Yun Kim teaches us humans:


“Too much of the time we feel controlled by forces outside us, when in fact, the goal of life is to realize that all those ‘forces’ are made of the same energy we are.  We are one with this energy and we can participate with it; we can transform and direct it instead of letting it just act on us.”

(The First Element, page 124)


Corinne sure seems to feel confident and at one with nature around her!

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?


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!



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!





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!

New Jung Suwon-imal – Benny the bird

May 6, 2012

I have an interesting dilemma with this adorable Jung Suwon-imal.  He is cute!  He sings beautifully.  And he defends his perch (which is my car antenna.)

He has a great ki-up and he does a great job sparring, in the air!  The air is his Jung Suwon Do-jang!

Introduuuuuuuuuuucing Benny the lazuli bunting!  (drumroll please!)

See him in ready stance here?

Every time I see little Benny – and I do see him a lot, because he thinks I got my car just for him – I am reminded of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s words in her book, “The First Element:”

Wake up to the little miracles around you right now and appreciate the power of the universal life force!  These miracle we take for granted every day are pictures of your own life force in motion.  A tiny unborn bird pecks away at his shell hundreds of times for no other reason than to be born!  For no other reason than to be who he is. He follows the life force as far as his purpose directs.

But you!  You are born with so much more capability than this little bird.  If you are not living your life with the same enthusiasm of a supernova, exploding to fill your space with energy to build and create and transform, you are still inside  a dark shell.  If you are sitting around doing nothing more than feeling sorry for yourself, then you are not even as true and honest as the little bird, who at least honors his life force by pecking his way out into the world.”

So here is Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s tiny warrior, true to himself, being who he was meant to be.

What’s the dilemma?  Well, see here is the same picture as above, except zoomed out:

And another one, even further away….

So far, so good, right?

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches us that it’s always good to look at situations from different angles and all directions, so here is another close up of my car (yes, that beautiful color matching car is mine) and you will instantly know my dilemma:


How do you deal with a beautiful, cheerful, awesome Jung Suwon warrior of the animal kingdom, who is only doing what he was born to do?

Well, my solution – you guessed it!

Wash my car more often!  Thank you Benny for motivating me to keep my car clean!

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!