On May 1st, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim released her new book, Seven Steps to Inner Power: How to Break Through to Awesome!

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One of her students at Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy expressed during class about the message that stood out to her on Page 114: Living in the Now.

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Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim talks about that creating harmony in life is to live only in the present moment. She shared in the book, “When it is now, how often are you mentally somewhere else, thinking or worrying about what just happened or what going to happen? Is your mental video recorder constantly playing pictures of the past and projecting concerns for the future? If so, you are giving up your creative power in the present moment.”

This student felt that Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s message is a great reminder that it is important for us all to live in the present moment, to acknowledge every blessing we have in front of us and focus on what we have right here, right now!

This is a truly a powerful book.  Through the simplicity of its message and the care and warmth that rise from each page, you’ll feel as though you are relearning a lesson you’ve always known intuitively—that you can let go of the past, you can choose the life you want and who you want to be, and you have the power to imagine great things and draw them into your life.

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Recently, the founder of Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim brought her students to participate in the 44th All National Martial Arts Championship in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. In this tournament event, hundreds of martial artist from different states with various rank and style came to unite together in one place!

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To Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim and her students, this tournament is not about taking trophies home. Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s teaching has always been beyond just the materialistic form of martial art training, and not just punching and kicking, but what she teaches is about passing on the authentic and traditional spirit of Martial Art training. Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim gave the opportunities for the students that competed to expand their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level through participating in this tournament event.

Every step of the way, the Jung SuWon students really learned and gained valuable lessons and experience. In fact, the whole trip was a great learning tool for them. Some of them used to get bullied, had lack of self-confidence, addicted to video games and attempted to commit suicide. Coming to this trip, they learned to get to know their true potentials, face their fears and gain self-esteem. Also, they never had the experience of learning to fly to a different state on their own without their parents taking care of everything for them. So as they traveled, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim instructed to empower each student to print their own boarding pass and check their own bags, even the youngest warriors that are 5-year-old so they can learn how to take charge!

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We are very proud of each one of these students who not only displayed an awesome representation of a true Jung Suwon warrior in front of many other students and masters of different schools, but they became a great inspiration and motivation to them as well! They also brought trophies: 8 gold, 5 silver and  1 bronze in forms, breakings, sparring, and weapons divisions.

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I’ve been thinking a lot about efficiency and time management the past few months. In the modern and digital world, we are inundated with an overload of information. We have access to different social media platforms, access to information online and current events happening all over the world. We can use this as an advantage for ourselves or it can be a detriment to our goals.

I’ve noticed there are times where I just browse the internet and look up different things, whether it is related to news, events or celebrities. At times, I realize that I get caught up daydreaming or wondering what it would be like to be a celebrity. Sometimes this can lead to complaints or negativity. I’ve come to realize that this is all noise and is a waste of time. Rather than spending my time daydreaming or being romantic about my views on life or what I feel to be the way it should be, I should be putting in the work to achieve my goals and dreams. The time I am thinking about other “things” is a waste of my time and will take me further away from achieving my goal. Instead of all that, I need to spend more time working on my goals.

My mentor Tae Yun Kim talks to me about having clarity in my goals and also having a one point focus. I need to be precise about what exactly I want in my life. Once I set my mind on it, I take the necessary steps and actions to work towards my goal. In addition to that, she teaches me about one point focus. The ability to have “tunnel vision” and block out all the noise and negativity. When those other distractions settle in, it hinders me from achieving my goals and can potentially affect adversely to never be able to achieve my goal. Both of these attributes are honed during my martial arts training through vigorous training and meditation. I’ve learned to hone in on these skills and I encourage everyone to practice on their own. Discipline does not happen overnight but is a habit that needs to be continually practiced.

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2017 is rapidly coming to an end which means it is holiday season. Christmas is right around the corner and then 2018 will be right here. Have you achieved the goals you set out for 2017? Do you know what your goals will be for 2018? Like our founder Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim talks about, we must have a “future memory”. The goal we have set is already achieved in our minds.

At the Jung SuWon Christmas Party, it is a great opportunity to converse with the parents and students and get to know each other better. Many times, students are dropped off at the school and the instructors are always running the classes. There might not be an extended opportunity for instructors and parents to interact with each other. However, at Jung SuWon, it is a community oriented martial arts school and we want to make a positive difference in all of our student’s lives. This Christmas party is a good time to get to know the instructors much better and for everybody to interact with each other and have a good time. There was lots of food during the potluck and a lot of games and prizes that were won during the event. It was definitely a festive time for everybody there and an opportunity for everyone to relax and enjoy each other’s company.IMG_8651

Let’s make 2018 the most successful year yet!

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Every year, a group of Korean students from Yukju come to Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy to visit for a special purpose. In this particular school district’s history curriculum, they study about the story of our founder Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim and the struggles and adversity she had to overcome to become an American success story. Through our founder’s story, they learn about having perseverance, determination and having a can do spirit. Only the top students within the district are selected to come and visit Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy.

While they are here, they get an opportunity to learn about the spirit of Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy and learn more about our founder Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim. They go through martial arts classes to learn about punching and kicking and also the spiritual and mental side of martial arts training. They are taught to understand the importance of never giving up and pushing through challenges to achieve their dreams. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn about martial arts and also interact with the other martial art students.

Our founder Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim talks about inspiring and motivating others. Everyone has their weaknesses and goes through challenges, but we need to have a positive attitude and have perseverance in our lives to overcome challenges that come our way. During their stay, they learned about the spirit of Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy and the teachings of our founder Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim. Through these experiences, the Korean students are able to experience something that is truly unique and they will be able to carry on the spirit of perseverance and determination wherever they go.

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Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy’s Belt Testing provides a series of challenges to test a student’s determination, focus and perseverance. Many of the color belts had the opportunity to test for this testing cycle and they performed very well. Continuous training on the dojang floor paid off for these students as they were able to execute their techniques and perform. Forms required endurance, sparring required determination and breaking the boards required focus and perseverance.

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Our founder Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches her students about overcoming challenges in their lives. During testing, we go through many different thoughts and emotions. We go through struggles that test our determination and our perseverance. However, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim instills in her students the will and the grit to overcome our challenges and our fears. All of the students were able to overcome their challenges and break through.

Congratulations to all of the warriors who testing for this testing cycle. We look forward to seeing you at the Belt Ceremony.

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This is the time of year where school will be out of session and summer will officially begin. The students will be excited that school is over and they are able to have their summer break. There will still be summer school and tutoring and other activities, but I’m sure everyone is excited that the school year is over.

Now that school is out of session, this is a prime opportunity to focus, develop and work on a goal you’ve been striving for. Whether it is to try a new activity or try to improve at something, the next few months will be a good opportunity for you to invest your time into these activities. At Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy, we are always encouraging the students to not be afraid of new things. We want our students to gain the confidence to be able to try new activities or try new things. Or, a student’s goal might be to gain more flexibility or become stronger or be able to execute a new kicking technique. Nevertheless, this is a time to stay focused and motivated on your goals.

Our founder Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches us to strive for our goals and not be afraid to make mistakes. We need to believe in ourselves and have confidence in ourselves to overcome challenges and obstacles. Many times it is ourselves who set barriers or restrictions on ourselves. How many times have we tried something and realized that it was not as bad as we first thought it was? I’m sure we’ve all had that experience at one point or another.

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Congratulations to all of the newly promoted students at Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy! Your hard work has paid off and you are now representing the next belt rank level. Continue to stay focused and work hard in your training and in your lives.

At Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy, each of the belt ranks represents a new stepping stone and a new goal to strive for. Not only are we striving to obtain the next belt rank, but we also set forth a goal we want to achieve in our lives, whether it is to get better grades, become healthier, or whatever it might be. Take that goal with you and fertilize it in your mind and put forth the actions to make it happen.

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Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim says that “Whatever we do in our lives is our personal choice. We have the power to fulfill our dreams and our goals.” Carry this quote with you throughout your life and in your training and achieve the goals you set out on. We are looking forward to the next belt testing and belt ceremony!

Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy recently had our 110th Belt Testing Cycle. There were students of various color ranks testing to obtain their next belt rank. The students were nervous and anxious, but this is an opportunity for them to display what they have learned through their training. It is a testing of not only the physical aspects, but also the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects.

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Our founder Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches us about ki energy and power from within. We have an energy force within us that we can tap into that acts as a generator. She teaches us about the spirit of never giving up and pushing through obstacles with grit and determination. During the testing cycle, these traits were demonstrated by the students as they persevered through forms, sparring and breakings. Also during our regular classes, we learn about meditation and remaining calm. During the testing, the students displayed composure and calmness as they were being tested on different aspects.

Congratulations to all of the testing candidates striving to reach their next belt rank level.

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Many times, we tend to take our “breaks” during the weekend. We compromise with ourselves saying we had a long week of school or a long week of work. Yes, it is important for us to take breaks, but it is also important to differentiate between taking a break versus being lazy.

This past Saturday, Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy had our Saturday morning class for all ages. We had students from all belt ranks participate and work out together. It was great to see all of the students fill up the dojang floor on a Saturday morning. I’m sure their friends or colleagues are at home watching television or still sleeping, but these students were up in the morning to work out and train.

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It is important to maintain your level of focus and discipline at all times, even when school or work is out. Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches us to evaluate ourselves and see how we are doing regularly. This is important so we can determine what areas we can improve and work on. Continue to train hard and focus on your responsibilities! Jung Su!

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