At Jung SuWon Martial Art Academy, training is more than just about learning how to punch or kick. It goes far beyond just learning the physical aspect, alone. It’s a lifestyle. Everything we learn in the training floor can be applied in different environments and in every situation. In today’s blog, we are going to share an amazing success stories and personal testimonial from one of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s student.

Harrison Peoples is a 5th Dan Black Belt Instructor at Jung SuWon. Also, he completed 21 years of military service in May 1980 and retired as a Major US

Army, from Fort Ord, California. He moved to Silicon Valley gained a reputation

as a Human Resource Professional working for some of the top organizations

in the Valley. His work in the Silicon Valley required long stressful hours to be

successful. Here’s what he would like to share about how training helped him in different areas of his life.

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“I attended school at night to complete a post graduate degree,

while raising a family and working a full time job. During that next 12 years I

gained 6-8 inches around the waist and 30 pounds in the wrong place. Hence a

diagnosis of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a list of other ailments.

In the fall of 1992 I applied for and was accepted into the JSW family as a white

belt. I started my training as a means to lose weight, learn more patience and

have a calmer demeanor. I can honestly say that I never thought when I first

step on that floor that more than a quarter of a century later I would remain

involved and feel just as adamant about the value of my transformation from

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s teachings.

Physical instincts are still with me from Viet Nam. I awake at the slightest

noise at night; I hear sounds that place me back in Viet Nam as if it was

yesterday. My training has provided me with insight to some of my demons.

 

In 1974 -1975, as a Company Commander, I received a letter from a

mother who son died while going through basic training in my Company. The

first letter simply stated her son complained about not feeling well with the

physical training. I assured her that we would take care of her son. Her son

died later, whereas I received a second letter. She reminded me that I gave

her my word that I would take care of her son. I knew that I followed all that I

was required. I would read that letter at least 5-6 times per year it reminded

me of how arrogance and destructive I can be. I could have done more to

ensure that the medical staff takes his complaints more serious. Through Jung SuWon

training I learned to let go of past mistakes and learn from those mistakes.

Learning how to not let the past debilitate your need to move forward.

Learning how to love and forgive oneself for mistakes. Forgiving myself for

that act so many years ago was not easy. If not for my training, I would

probably continue to feel the guilt of that tragic loss.

Viet Nam had taught me how fragile life was and could be. A value I

hold dear but there were the aforementioned incidents that haunted me. I am

better than that. I could have done more. It was the guilt I carried secretly in

my heart for many years. Learning and developing the capacity to love and

forgive myself would not have occurred without Jung Su Won training. I

remember those early years of self-discovery through Inner Power Training

and Self Discovery Weekends.

 

The first time I heard Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim play the flute I was so touch

by the soothing sound. At an Arts and Craft Fair, I saw native American Flutes

for sale. I bought a flute and thought if I did not learn, I would hang it on my

wall. My first note was so warm that I played until the early hours of morning.

I have now been playing for several years. Most of my life I held a desire to

play a musical instrument. I possess neither, the discipline or drive to learn

until JSW. The desire to play was only a wish. But inspired by “He can do she

can do why not me” I have found a musical outlet to express my emotion and

feelings. This has helped me to more readily keep a pulse on how I feel inside.

In stressful situations the vibrations of sound has a calming effect. While

shopping during Christmas, there were long (slow) moving lines. I was getting

impatient. The energy was bouncing off the wall. You could feel the tension in

the air. I start to play my flute. After a couple melodies I could feel the

calmness. Other patrons mentioned how calming the musical effect impacted

them.

The most impactful impression on me while training at Jung SuWon was the

discovery that I had spend more than ten of the previous years being a father,

husband, professional that I had all but forgotten my dreams. I start taking

responsibility for my own happiness. As a result, I found a peace and love that

was missing from my previous life. It provided me the freedom to think more

about my impatient, to work at being more loving. How to love unconditional

was a challenge. As an example, I would dread visiting Philadelphia, each

visit; I would spend so much time counseling my sister about her lifestyle. It

would drain my energy. Learning to love my sister unconditionally freed me

to just experience the joy of loving her and engaging with her without all of my

criticism about her lifestyle. Our last years were fill with more visit and just

each other’s kids. This one aspect of my learning at Jung SuWon was worth all of the

years of training. I learned that I couldn’t live for others; I must allow them to

walk the path of their life in their own manner. He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me”

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