At Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim shares in class about the 5 different sections of people’s characters.
The first section is the GERM section.  Germs eat and destroy everything good.  No matter what, this character can’t seem to stop being negative and only has one purpose, to tear down everything and everyone around him.
The second section is the MINERAL/ROCK character.  When you kick a rock, it moves for a bit, then it stops.  Then it just sits there waiting to be kicked again.  This kind of person is not self-motivated.  You have to kick, pull, and micro-manage this person in order for them to do anything.
The third character is the VEGETABLE. A carrot has only one purpose: to be a carrot.  This character is only interested in himself.
The fourth character is the ANIMAL.  This character has ability and awareness, but can’t organize himself, has no creativity, no focus.  Like a dog who runs from this place to that place.
The fifth character is the HUMAN.  This person thinks and has awareness and the power of choice.  The human character has the ability to use body, mind and spirit in everything he or she does.
Then, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim asks the question, “What kind of character are you?  Are you self-motivated or do you sit around, waiting for someone to tell you what to do?”
Are you only focused on yourself or do you have no focus and no creativity?
Let’s take the time time to reflect and ask this question to ourselves so we can really take charge of our life!
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We are living in the 21st century, where our lifestyles are fast-paced and rapidly moving. Our days are filled with tasks and responsibilities that we need to complete and we are bombarded with the use of technology. Nevertheless, it is important for all of us to make time for ourselves as a means of self-evaluation and self-reflection. We need to spend that time with ourselves thinking about our goals, where we want to go and be in our lives, and how to go about achieving them. This process can be done through meditation as well.

Why is it important to make time for ourselves? Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches about quieting our minds and listening to our Silent Master. Sometimes we are so engaged in what we need to do that we don’t have time to think. Instead, we just do the things that we are supposed to do, one thing after another. However, spending that quiet time helps us to gather ourselves, meditate and think about where we are. It helps us to give a focus and a purpose of why we are doing the things we are doing. It also gives us a moment to evaluate if I am taking the necessary steps to achieve my goals.

For example, during Jung SuWon classes, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches about separating the dojang floor with the lobby. Once we step on the dojang floor, we salute the flag and then we enter. We are training the students to differentiate the lobby from the training floor. Once we are on the training floor, we are there to train. Mentally, we are also separating ourselves from the stressful day at work or the argument we got into. Instead, we enter the training floor and we forget about that stressful thing during class. In these times, we focus on ourselves and we train without thinking about the outside things we need to deal with.

We should make it a routine to stop for a moment and evaluate ourselves. The more we are willing to stop and think, the more we are able to determine and evaluate ourselves and how to improve in different areas.

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During a recent book signing event,  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim opened the Seven Steps to Inner Power: How to Break Through to Awesome on  Page 91 to share about Love.

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“It’s a simple truth that before you can express love, you must know love—and before you can love another, you must first love yourself. You cannot share what you have not experienced. Yet many of us never learned about the concept of self-love growing up and we don’t know how to love ourselves. Many people tell me that they always thought of love as being between two people. They are used to looking for love outside of themselves, always wondering, “Does she love me?” or “What can I do to make him love me more?” They have no idea what self-love is. What kind of energy are you pumping into yourself daily? Hatred? Criticism? Disrespect? Or love?”

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Let’s begin right now at this moment to choose love.

Often, it is easier to focus on things we are terrible at and by doing so, it makes it almost impossible to focus on embracing who we are. To learn to love ourselves is to accept all the different parts of ourselves. We have to learn not to devalue ourselves and let insecurities and doubts get the best of us. The more we can learn to embrace both our strengths and weaknesses, the more we can generate love for ourselves.

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On June 11, 2018, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim was named the winner of a Gold Lifetime Achievement Award during the 16th Annual American Business Awards® presented at a gala ceremony attended by 500+ guest at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York.

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More than 3,700 nominations from organizations of all types and sizes across the country were reviewed by more than 200 the judges this year.

Once abused, abandoned, forbidden to pursue her dreams, Great Grandmaster faces every challenge and claim victory. She teaches her students and encourage every person she meets to the take charge and don’t let anyone steal your dreams.

This award is another testimony and a demonstration of the power of her motto, “He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!” Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s ongoing accomplishment in life is a great inspiration to people around the world to go beyond what they think is possible.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim said, “It is an honor to receive a Gold American Business Award for Lifetime Achievement. Truly, if I can achieve my goals in this lifetime, others can do the same – never give up!”

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“Yes, people do make mistakes and hurt others. We all make mistakes. But you never need to condemn yourself or anyone else over and over again for those mistakes. Learn whatever you need to, let it go, and then move on to create a new reality. The main obstacle to forgiving yourself is guilt. If you think back to your childhood, didn’t authority figures usually deal with mistakes or misbehavior by condemning the behavior and the person engaged in it? We weren’t taught that a mistake is an opportunity for education or an opportunity to see what doesn’t work so we can create a better solution.

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We are already halfway through the year 2018. Are we still focused on the goals we had set in the beginning of the year? Are we on pace to achieve the goals that were stated in the beginning of 2018?


These are all very important questions to ask ourselves as we gear towards the second half of the year. Dr. Tae Yun Kim teaches her students about having a purpose and determination and having a future memory in everything that we do. Our goals need to be a part of us and we need to strive towards those goals each and every day. We can’t dream about it and hope that one day it falls in our laps. Instead, each day we need to do the things to help us get one step closer to that goal. As Dr. Tae Yun Kim states, “No one can eat for us, no one can sleep for us. The power is in our hands.”

These principles are also taught at Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy. During each belt testing, we ask the students what their goals are for their new color belt. Then, we have them constantly remind themselves what their goals were to insure that they are working towards those goals. We push the students to face their challenges and their fears and learn to overcome them. Let’s focus on the remainder of 2018 and focus on the goals that we had set forth and work to achieve them.

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On page 187 in Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s book, Seven Steps to Inner Power: How to Break Through to Awesome, she talks about being grateful.
“When you wake up and move your body before you begin your morning routine, pause for a moment to be grateful and happy for another day of opportunity. Think how blessed you are to have the use of your body. Celebrate, hum, sing as you stretch. Say, “Wow! I’m alive. Thank you for my hands, thank you for my feet, thank you for my eyes! I can see and touch, and what I see and feel is amazing.” 
What are you grateful for in your life?
Are you hungry because you didn’t have time to eat, or because you have no money to buy any food?
Are you cold because you ran out and forgot your jacket or because you are homeless with no extra clothes to wear?
Did you get wet in the rain because you forgot your umbrella or because you had no place to take shelter?
Are you legs sore because you worked out hard at the gym or because you have no car so you have to walk everywhere you go?
The next time you feel like complaining about some part of your life, think first.
There is no guarantee what will happen tomorrow.  If you don’t learn to appreciate what you have now, no matter how much you gain, you will never appreciate it.
There are people who have no arms, so they learn to use their feet to write.
There are people who have no hands or feet, so they learn to use their mouth to paint.
People who have no eyes learn to use their ears to see.
Why? They have passion about their lives. They don’t take free rides or complain.
Remember to have gratitude!
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The ultimate purpose of Jung SuWon is to guide students how to navigate all aspects of life from a higher, more focused plane of existence. Jung SuWon enables you to develop the “Silent Master:” a greater awareness and appreciation for your true self and enhanced wisdom for navigating all aspects of life, resulting in a happier and more fulfilling one.

In Dr. Tae Yun Kim’s words:

“Can you imagine your hand going through a brick, breaking it to pieces? Can you imagine going through a stack of ten bricks? Maybe you think this is an impossible accomplishment for you or anyone. I assure you it is not…What I can teach you will enable you to break not only bricks but also the harder barriers that may be blocking happiness and fulfillment in your life.”

Do you have a dream? Is there something that you’re searching for, or something that you’ve always wanted to achieve? Dr. Kim’s NorthStar site is full of resources that can also guide you to find your answers.

There are so many issues and drama in the world today. We can turn on the news and see negative things happening across the world. It is true that we ourselves go through stress, struggles and tribulations. However, we have a choice as to how we want to feel about it. Having a positive attitude is a mindset, regardless of what circumstances you are in.

We have control of how we want to feel about ourselves or about our lives. Life will not always be perfect and it will throw curveballs at you, but it is important to take these in stride. Without that, we will let our issues consume us.


Training at Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy and meditating helps us to recognize the positive things in our lives and helps us maintain that emotional and mental strength. I’ve been trained by my founder Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim to embrace the issues in my life and be able to rise above and overcome. We will become wiser and stronger by the end of it. Through her seminars and lectures, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim instills a determination and spirit to never give up in our lives. The choice is ours and the power is in us. Don’t let your environment consume you and take over you.


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In class, the students read the Seven Steps to Inner Power Book on Page 69.  Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim shares, “Here is an example. I met Scott when he was in his twenties when he came to me for martial arts training. For many years Scott had believed that one of his “weaknesses” was that he was a terrible singer. As part of the training I give my students, I encourage them to examine where their limiting ideas have come from and whether those ideas are really based on true facts. Oftentimes, these beliefs are based solely on the opinions others have fed them. So Scott asked himself where the idea that he was a bad singer originally came from. It turned out that when he was in the fifth grade, Scott and his classmates were singing the song “Mr. Moon” with gusto when suddenly his teacher looked up at him and said, “Scott, your voice is terrible. Sit down and shut up.”

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim is teaching us that it is important to realize that what we sometimes perceive as a weakness is really a fear to try something because others have convinced us that we are not good at it.

With the example given, we also realized that unfortunately, there are many environments out there that don’t provide us the right support for us to learn more about the truth of who we really are. Just like the example of the teacher who scolded Scott to sit down because he had a terrible voice, many times we faced similar situations where we give the power to other people to engrave their own opinion of who we are when really it is just their opinion and has nothing to do with the truth!

At Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy, students are given the opportunity and support for them to really know the truth about themselves are as they get to know their own strengths and weaknesses. One of the most common weaknesses that students have is low confidence or the fear of speaking in public or people that we don’t know. In class, we have exercises such as “Meeting and Greeting” where we dedicated a time in class to have the chance to talk to students they have not met and get to know each other. We then asked a few students to speak in front of the class to share about who they met and what they learned about them. For some, this experience is easy but to others, it’s quite nerve wrecking. But in the end, everyone has the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and step forward toward their goal of gaining more confidence! Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim provides students a positive environment to support the growth that they need!


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