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Martial arts is about personal development and building up confidence and discipline. There are the physical aspects of martial arts but there are also the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects as well. One of the main principles that Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches all of her students is that each one of us has creative energy within us and we have the power to make positive change within our lives.

This applies in many different ways such as in physical and mental forms. In her book Seven Steps to Inner Power: How to Break Through to Awesome, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim talks about all of us being a co-creator, cooperating with the life force of the universe to shape the world around us. What we think about ourselves and the decisions we make have the power to create our reality.

We should never feel helpless regardless of the situation we are in. No matter what environment you are in, there is always room to be creative to make positive change and improve your circumstances. We have the power to create and shape the world around us. This is done by our attitude and how we react to these circumstances. Martial arts training helps develop the self-confidence and inner peace to have a more positive outlook on our lives.

This is an important mindset to consider and think about in our daily lives and routines. Are we satisfied with where we currently are? Do we feel accomplished? We need to ask ourselves hard questions and evaluate where we are at. Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim always reminds her students that we have the power in us. We may need to make tough decisions but we must always strive to push forward. It won’t be easy and it may be a rocky road, but the results will be rewarding. Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim reminds all of her students: He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!

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Living in the 21st century, we are always caught up with our busy days and schedules. Whether it is work, family or our social life, we are operating in a world that is 24/7. However, it is important to pause from our busy schedules once in awhile and catch up with ourselves. We should take the time to ask ourselves how we are doing and if we are achieving the goals that we set out. This gives us an opportunity to evaluate ourselves and to refresh.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches us to pause and pay attention to the quality of our thoughts and our mind as these are the building blocks of our lives. It is so easy to get caught up in our busy schedules and not think about where we are at and how we are doing. Are we happy and where we want to be or do we feel behind and unsatisfied?

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches this principle through meditation or something she calls “moving meditation”. This is when we are meditating while doing an activity such as taking a walk or taking a shower; things that we regularly do. She reminds us that when we have an important meeting, we clear out our schedules and make time for it. Making time for ourselves should also be of equal importance.

We should practice this on a regular basis to make it a habit and so we can continue to build and grow in our own lives.

He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!

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2020 is officially here and it is a good time to reflect on the past year and decade and also plan for the future. What goals have we achieved from last year? What do we want to improve on for this new year? This is the beginning of a new decade and it is an opportunity to evaluate the goals we have set and achieved from last year. It is important to have a renewed and focused energy for the new year. During martial arts training, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim focuses on the mental and emotional aspects of training as well as the physical aspects. She talks about how it is important to visualize the goals we want to achieve and put it in the forefront of our minds so that we take the necessary steps to achieve our goals.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim also talks about this being a new era. We live in a digital and technological age where information is changing rapidly. How are we communicating with others and sharing information? How are we expressing gratitude for the things we have?

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim reminds her students to be loyal to their goals and be willing to sacrifice for your goals. It is important to recognize that you won’t be able to achieve everything all at once and it will take steps and continuous effort and determination. Whether it is physical goals or career goals, it is important to list them out and start to take the steps to start achieving them. Let this year be the year where you take large steps towards your goals!

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Martial arts is all about self-improvement in many different aspects of our lives. Whether we want to get in shape or become physically and mentally stronger, martial arts provides an opportunity to improve in these areas. The focus and discipline we apply to ourselves during training provides a means for self-improvement. One key attribute that Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim highlights is the importance of visualization during our martial arts training. It is important to identify what our goals are in our training and also in our personal lives. We may feel like we are only focusing on our physical body during training, but also we are working out our mental and emotional state. After training has ended, we feel more confidence, more energy and more focus. This can be applied to our personal lives and what we are striving for.

Throughout the martial arts training, we are reminded to focus on our goals. Also, we talk about focusing on our weaknesses, what we want to get rid of. Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim talks about how important it is to put these items into our consciousness and visualize achieving it or overcoming it. By doing this, we are building up our strength and our discipline to breakthrough. We should all visualize the goals we want to achieve and the steps and actions it takes to achieve it. We should also set goals for ourselves for the weaknesses we want to get rid of and start taking action to chip away at them.


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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


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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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.

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!

Jung Su!

He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!

Just because Jung Suwon Super Martial Arts facility might be closed on weekends, doesn’t mean that nothing is going on!  At Jung Suwon, we love to share what Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has been teaching us, so we go out and give others an opportunity to see what we are all about!


This last weekend, a lot was going on!  We had a tabletop display going on at the local theater, and students were taking turns explaining the benefits of Jung Suwon.

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And once in a while there were impromptu skill demonstrations:

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And while we were at the theater, and because Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim encourages us to learn something when we watch a movie, not just sit there and zone out, a group of Jung Suwon warriors watched the movie “Despicable Me 2.”

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So if you were among the ones watching the movie – what did you learn?  What did you relate to the most?  Which scene do you feel applied to you the most?  Go ahead and let Great Grandmaster know what you learned, and if you want to have another movie day!


“The goal in Jung SuWon is to make our whole lives a moving meditation, a process where at all times we move as One with our Silent Master, thereby creating harmony, peace, right action and everything that could be called love right where we are, right now! “ (Seven Steps to Inner Power, page 89)

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Check out our new students at Jung Suwon!  Let’s welcome all the many new white belts!

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Welcome to Jung Suwon!

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim emphasizes the importance of families. Nowadays, it is very hard to have some family time together.  With both parents working, as is the case in the majority of American families, and kids involved in different activities, school or otherwise, it’s hard to carve out some time to be together.

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Families that train together, have more fun together, stay healthier, stronger, and have a lot to talk about and share!

But whether you are single, or have a family, come join us and train hard with us!  Everyone who joins us come for their own reasons – what is yours?  If you want to just be in better shape – no problem!  If you want your child to pay more attention at home and at school – training will help with that.  If your child is being bullied in school, we will teach him/her how to stand up to a bully.  If you need to lose weight, we have programs for you!

What you get out of training?  That depends to a great degree on how much you put in, and what you want to accomplish.

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Our Jung Suwon warrior warm up will get you ready for any class!

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Let’s start with basics

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Whether you are just starting to consider training, or have already started, or have been training for many years: Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim has something for everyone, and always says this:

“The power is in you, it is your personal choice what you do in your life!


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Last Friday, June 21st, our Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim hosted a Parent night at Jung Suwon.  She was enthusiastically greeted by a room full of parents of students, and students.

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Great Grandmaster arrives and says hello to all the parents and students

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim started right away by welcoming everyone and with lots of excitement and an invitation to join our Martial Arts classes too!

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Great Grandmaster shared her life story.  It is a most beautiful story of overcoming a most difficult childhood and overcoming incredibly obstacles, yet she persisted, to become the first female Great Grandmaster in the world!

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Then, when minds and spirits were soaring high, it was time for some activity!  Surprise Surprise!  Hula Hoop night!  See the brave warriors trying, succeeding, and having fun!

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It was certainly a time to apply our Principles of Mental conduct:

1. Conquer your own weaknesses and fears rather than others

2. Learn from your mistakes

3. We have the ability to do, the capacity to act, and the capability to perform and produce

4. Have a purpose and determination

5. Have a positive Mental attitude

6. He can do, she can do, why not me!

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After all this working out, it was time for some refreshments, and some group pictures!

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August 2022

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