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What happens when you pour water into a cup? How about when you pour that same water into a teapot? How about when you pour that same water into a bowl? That water is formless and shapeless and turns into what environment it is put in.

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches her students to be flexible like water. She teaches about an approach where we learn to be mentally flexible; where there is no rigidity to our thought process. Instead, we have an open approach to what happens in our lives. We want to be positive and make sure we are focused on the right things, but having flexibility helps us to manage stress, deal with issues and problems and manage our lives better. This mindset will help us to focus on the present and the future and be ready for events that occur in our lives. Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches this principle during her martial arts classes and training.

Everyone has issues or problems that they need to deal with on a daily basis, whether it is in your career, family or financial. New issues regularly come into existence that bring about stress and unbalance. Developing a flexible mental approach helps us to deal with these problems in a calmer and more balanced manner. We should all start to practice and build up our habit of having a flexible mindset.

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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, we hear this a lot:  Body and Mind as one!  It is the first of our Code of Ethics here and so even the youngest of warriors, and the newest members learn this right away.

But what does it really mean?  Our teacher, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, gives us great examples.  “If you are studying for a test,” Great Grandmaster Tae Yu Kim says, “and for hours look into your book, but at the same time you are daydreaming about this particular boy (or girl) and thinking how to best ask her/him out – and then you wonder why you get a bad grade on your test – well, your body and mind were not together – your body was looking into the book, but your mind was elsewhere!”

The same goes for breaking during Jung Suwon testings, or demonstrations.  At Jung Suwon, we do not practice breakings.  We practice to focus on having body and mind in harmony, together.  Sometimes Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim will ask some senior students to do some things that seem completely impossible – and they are, if you do not keep body and mind together.  Only when you have achieved harmony of body, mind, and spirit, will you be able to perform something like this!

Here is Chief Master Paul Newman, catching an arrow.  Please don’t try this by yourself!  Wait until Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim asks you to perform this – she will know when you are ready!

 

Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim doesn’t ask us to practice these things, and we never do.  Once our bodies and minds are in total harmony, catching an arrow will be no big deal.  But until then – do not attempt this, and go practice your basics and forms!

And as a special treat, here is the video:

http://youtu.be/MLvmBJBluEc

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