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Welcome to the New Year 2017. This is a time where everybody begins to think about their plans and goals for this year. It is also a time to reflect on the previous year to see what goals were accomplished. Did I achieve the goals I set out to achieve? Did I improve on the different areas I wanted to improve?

At Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy, we began the new year with a kick-off class for 2017. All of the students of all ages and belt ranks gathered to practice and work out together. It was a class of unity and working together. Overall, it was a high energy class with positivity surrounding the training floor.

Everyone had the opportunity to regain their flexibility and wake up different muscles of the body that were dormant during the holiday break. School will be back in session and the schedule will return back to normal. All of the students were excited to be there to be able to work out and be in class and get their body moving. At the end, we gathered together to kick off the New Year with celebratory cake to start off the new year.

As Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches us, we should set our “Future Memory” for 2017 and think about what we want to achieve. Visualize the goal and know that it has already been achieved inside of your mind and put into action. Everybody stay focused and let’s make it an awesome 2017!

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With so much going on at Jung Suwon, it’s hard to know where to start!  Let’s focus on testing  – we just had one about 10 days ago, and it was, as always, a most wonderful occasion.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim was guiding her students through some amazing accomplishments.  In the picture above, you see purple belt Luke Amador performing flying sidekick over a pyramid of 5 people!

But Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim emphasizes that every day is testing, not just the day we come and “perform.”  Testing is an ongoing procedure, that starts when you sign up for classes, and never really stops.

Just as in school, your final grade doesn’t hinge on only your test taking skills, so in the Martial Arts – testing day is not the whole picture.  In regular school, you will be graded on attendance, attitude, homework and much more.

At Jung Suwon, you will also be graded according your attitude, attendance, participation, and to some extent how well you perform at the actual testing.

Basically – what you put in, is what you get out.

And of course, at Jung Suwon, you will never be compared to anyone – you are an original, not a copy!  You will only be compared to yourself – measured by your own progress!

So, let’s enjoy some pictures that illustrate this:

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Almost a year ago, in May of 2012, we had an exciting black belt testing.  3 Gentlemen were testing, and today, we’ll highlight Mr. Greg Dumas.

Mr. Dumas receives his Second Degree Black Belt

Prior to his start in the Martial Arts, Mr. Dumas had never engaged in any physical activity.  He was an engineer, and only used his mind, never his body.  He is a great engineer, and holds several patents.

During his first year of training, or perhaps, even years, when he started training at Jung Suwon, he only would come in the afternoons and walk around the Do Jang when nobody else was there.  He would do that for hours.  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim just let him be, and gave him that freedom to express himself that way.

Under Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s carefully planned training, Greg improved incredibly over the years.  He gained confidence in his physical abilities, and learned to put body, mind, and spirit together as one.

Now, he is full of confidence, has joined the Jung Suwon Demo team, and is a living example of Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s teachings.  See in the following pictures what an incredible warrior he has become!

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Our beautiful new Super Martial Arts facility!

Our beautiful new Super Martial Arts facility!

The New Year has started with a bang at Jung Suwon Supermartial Arts, at our new facility! Now that our Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim is back from her extended stay in Korea, and has been coming to class just as often as her busy schedule allows, our school has been exploding with new students of all ages, all sizes, and from all walks of life!

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If you are already a student at Jung Suwon, and if you are already yellow belt and above, please help make our new Jung Suwon warriors feel right at home, and welcome! Introduce yourself, and see what you can do to help out. For example, if someone isn’t quite sure yet how to tie a belt, or if it’s a very young warrior, give them a hand and show them how. If they are a bit insecure as to what to do when they enter the Do Jang, walk in with them and show them again. Pass on what our teacher Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has showed us.

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Think back to the time when you first started to train, and how you felt. Weren’t you glad that you had some students walk up to you and show you around? Remember the warm smiles, and also remember your first classes and how awkward you felt in those “white pajamas, and how comforting it was to have people smile at you and reassure you that no matter how you did in your first class – everyone starts somewhere!

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Lots has been going on, in Korea as well as right here, at Jung SuWon‘s new DoJang!  If you are following us on Facebook, you have been seeing lots of pictures of Great Grandmaster in Korea, and here are a few more:

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Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim after a lecture to a group of South Korean Soldiers

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Lecture to a large group of South Korean Army

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at dinner with KBS producers, just before filming an unprecedented second part of the Success series….

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closeup of our Great Grandmaster with Jeong PD

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Out in the mountains, dancing to a new song…after being offered to run a special boarding school there….

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audience going wild during Great Grandmaster’s lecture

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..and that is just a small assortment of all the many things our Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has been doing in Korea!

Meanwhile, at Jung Suwon at  home….

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Little Joshi is full of energy!

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little warriors are learning all aspects of Jung Suwon

and we had a great Christmas party!

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warriors posing next to Christmas tree

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Skill games at the party

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Even Santa stopped by

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Have a most blessed, Merry, Beautiful Christmas, and see you all very soon!  Jung Su!

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We all know that our Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has been in Korea going on 2 months now.  This time has been incredibly successful, and thousands of people are receiving the benefits from listening and incorporating Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s teachings in their lives.

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Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has given countless TV interviews, lectures, and has had very important meetings.  It’s phenomenal!

Here, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim is being honored by receiving honorary Embassador of SUNY University in Incheon, South Korea,

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then, in true Jung Suwon tradition, the President of SUNY gets to break a double thick board,

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and finally, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim is presented with her very own office at SUNY (located right next to the president’s office) and immediately was giving a TV interview!

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Stay in tune for more updates on our Great Grandmaster, and also on Jung Suwon home base!  Also, watch for videos and more pictures.

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Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim‘s teachings reach way beyond the DoJang.  And although it is always a joy and a pleasure to come to Jung Suwon and train there, and build our foundation there, there is a lot more to training.

“You need to be able to take charge, be ready, any time, any place!”  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim says.  That is why some advanced training happens outside the DoJang.

On the last post, you saw the brand new outdoor Jung Suwon DoJang, with all its exciting equipment.

But what if you end up in the water?  What if you are in a situation that you are completely unfamiliar with?

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim explains it this way:

“If you pour water into a round dish, water appears to be round.  If you pour it into a square, now the water appears square.  Whatever the shape of the container – that is the shape of the water inside.  However, the water itself remains the same.  No matter what the container looks like, the essence of the water is always the same.”

So whatever environment we are in – our spirit, our being, should always be the same.  Nothing will hold us back!

Now watch how one of our teen warriors was able to take charge – in the water!

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We all remember our Jung Suwon Black Belt Testing at the end of May this year. It was a fantastic event, and all three candidates came through with outstanding attitude and performance.

Harrison Peoples, former Army Green Beret, recipient of Purple Heart, has been training under Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim for 2 decades now and today’s focus of this blog is on him, and how he is showing what he has learned.

As you know, at Jung Suwon receiving your black belt is serious business.  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim doesn’t just hand them out.  You’ll have to earn it through hard work, consistency and positive attitude.  As Jung Suwon Black Belt candidate, you’ll have to stand out, you have to be different from just anyone else, and show that you are passionately working towards becoming the person you were born to be!

In this blog post, we show a very small portion of the breaking part of this testing.  There was so much more going on, but for now, enjoy this little snippet!

Here , Mr. Peoples proves that age is only a number and there is never an end to the process of Self Discovery.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim started the candidates out with board breaks – and these boards were double the thickness than our normal boards.

Of course, at Jung Suwon Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches us that breaking is not just about breaking a board or bricks, but to break through our obstacles, to break through whatever holds us back in this life!

Here Mr. Peoples is writing down his goals, right onto the bricks:

And here, these bricks crumble through a well executed axe kick:

With a powerful elbow strike, Mr. Peoples pushes through his last obstacles:

Now, Mr. Peoples is ready for anything!

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Last year, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim hosted a very special event, “Legendary Masters,” at the Santa Clara Convention Center.  It was a fundraiser for “Save the Children”, and was for the benefit of the victims of the tsunami in Japan, and other disaster victims.

Many Jung Suwon warriors and Masters participated passionately and wanted the world to see what they had learned from Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim.

Great Grandmaster herself also gave a splendid performance.

Without further ado, here is a video of the event, edited by Chief Master Newman.

At Jung Suwon, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches us that the power is in us, and it is our personal choice what we do in our lives.  Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim furthers says that she is “only” making us aware of the power and gifts we already have in us, and shows us how to develop them and to become the best we can be.

Master Jonathan Palmer started training at Jung Suwon when he was only 4 years old, and was, to be honest, a spoiled brat.  Over the years, though, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim helped him to focus his energy, and develop into a wonderful young warrior.

Today, not only is he a Master Instructor at Jung Suwon, helping many children and adults alike, he also is very successful at his job at a high-tech company.

Here,  Master Palmer is taking Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim’s teachings to heart and performs a beautiful backflip break.

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