Staying Focused through Summer


The Art of Jung SuWon

This is the time of year where school will be out of session and summer will officially begin. The students will be excited that school is over and they are able to have their summer break. There will still be summer school and tutoring and other activities, but I’m sure everyone is excited that the school year is over.

Now that school is out of session, this is a prime opportunity to focus, develop and work on a goal you’ve been striving for. Whether it is to try a new activity or try to improve at something, the next few months will be a good opportunity for you to invest your time into these activities. At Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy, we are always encouraging the students to not be afraid of new things. We want our students to gain the confidence to be able to try new activities…

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Awareness…


Holly Chamberlain

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“True awareness means being right where you are, right now, without fear or worry or obsession about the future or past!”

Dr. Tae Yun Kim, “Seven Steps to Inner Power”

Yesterday I saw that the paint has worn away on a parking space outside where I work, in just such a way that the remaining paint now looks like a heart!

What are the odds of that, really? Kind of a miraculous, I think.

And definable it was a small miracle that I actually saw it yesterday because I’ve walked by that parking space, every day, for several years. But until yesterday, I never noticed that little bit of paint that now looks like a heart.  (So much for any awareness I might have thought I have claimed 🙂 . )

Seeing the painted heart, I remembered the quote, above, on awareness from my mentor Dr. Tae Yun Kim.

Suddenly I saw how…

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Break all barriers!


Holly Chamberlain

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“Self-discovery means learning to live free!”
Tae Yun Kim, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within

This is one one my favorite quotes from my mentor and teacher, Dr. Tae Yun Kim.  It reminds me, like the little flower in the picture above, to not accept limitations that society puts on me, and especially not give into limitations that I that I put on myself. Dr. Kim is a constant inspiration – she has lived this quote and her motto, “He can do, she can do, why not me!” her whole life by overcoming, not just Korean culture, which at her birth in 1946 in South Korea labeled her bad luck and curse for being a first born girl, but also prejudice against women succeeding in martial arts, and later in business. When ever I have a tough day I remember the example she sets in her…

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DeeDee the dove expresses gratitude


Tae Yun Kim's Wisdom as shown through animals

Here is DeeDee, when I saw her last.  She was just a couple of months old, and ready to become independent.  She is a California mourning dove, and the sweetest bird I ever knew.

Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s home in California was a great place for little birds to grow up in.  Here is a picture of DeeDee when she was just a tiny hatchling:

Dr. Tae Yun Kim loves animals of all kinds, and is especially fond of birds, and makes sure they have a safe haven on her estate.

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Momma Dottie is watching out and knows that this huge thing with the camera in hand is just me and is no harm to her or her young ones.  In fact she knows I protect them from the ever-present crows.

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Here is DeeDee almost grown up, already Dottie had put her out of the nest but still kept coming…

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Power of Prayer


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Back in 2015, Shasta Lake was nearly empty. Dr. Tae Yun Kim is so in touch with nature that she always expressed her sadness when she saw it. She said that her heart was hurting because the land was suffering.

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Dr. Kim prayed for the rain to stop the drought, put snow on the mountains and refill the lakes.

Since then, it has rained so much!

There are so many benefits from the rain…

And now, look at Shasta Lake and Mt. Shasta!

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This shows the power of prayer.

When I was growing up, even though I grew up Catholic, I didn’t really understand praying. I usually prayed to God and asked Him why my life was the way it was, why I didn’t feel loved, why I was miserable.

Through Dr. Tae Yun Kim‘s teachings, I have learned about praying and talking to God, not complaining or whining, but…

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Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy 110th Belt Testing Cycle.


Self Discovery as a Jung Su Won Warrior

Originally posted on Self Discovery as a Jung Su Won Warrior: Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy recently had our 110th Belt Testing Cycle. There were students of various color ranks testing to obtain their next belt rank. The students were nervous and anxious, but this is an opportunity for them to display what they have…

Huge congratulations to all warriors! Testing is always a challenge and opportunity for growth for all attending.

via Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy 110th Belt Testing Cycle. — Holly Chamberlain

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A Bear’s view of life


Tae Yun Kim's Wisdom as shown through animals

Some forms of Wildlife I am very glad I don’t meet in person.  I mean, I truly love bears and how majestic and beautiful they are – but I would rather admire them from afar – especially if they have babies!  (The videos here were taken with a remote, motion detection triggered camera).  No people or bears were hurt in the process! 🙂

Dr. Tae Yun Kim owns a large, beautiful property in Oregon, that has some “native dwellers” living on it naturally, and here you can see them.  They lead a completely natural, yet protected life, and I had to think of some of what Dr. Kim wrote in “The Silent Master:”

“Freedom does not mean being free from adversity or difficulty.  Freedom is the knowledge that you have the power to conquer adversity and difficulty.  If you could ask any animals living fee in the animal kingdom, they…

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