It's amazing and heart warming to watch the transformations of young children over time as they train at Jung SuWon.
Public speaking isn't something that is generally taught to young students, but at Jung SuWon, we start this requirement from Day 1 of each student's training when every new student must stand in front of the whole class and announce to the room of strangers their name, occupation and "why they decided to train at Jung SuWon."
And at testings, every student must announce themselves before performing breaking techniques or answer questions asked by the Head Judges.
Young Warrior, 9 years old, announcing his breaking routine during his recent Red belt testing.
I remember one young boy, whenever he would be handed the microphone to express, he would start speaking, but then he would choke up with tears and couldn't finish talking.
Some reactions may be that it is harsh to make them do this when they are obviously scared... But you know what? At Jung SuWon, it's okay to be scared. It's okay to have fears.
Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim teaches that we must face our fears in order to overcome them.
This same young boy, at every testing cycle, from white to yellow, from yellow to orange, from orange to green, from green to purple, from purple to blue...he just couldn't finish expressing at testing because he would always start to cry.
But something happened during his purple belt rank. He gained some confidence. He stood taller. So when he tested for his Blue belt rank, he was able to speak and express, with just a slight quiver in his voice, but no tears, and no choking up. He completed what he wanted to say. It was probably the toughest few minutes of his life. But he succeeded.
From that moment on, his transformation continued to grow and he became more and more confident.
As a Red belt, I watched him lead the warm up routine for the whole class, or work with junior students on forms...and I always remembered when he couldn't even complete a sentence without crying.
He tested for his Black Belt in 2015 and the transformation from being shy and scared to being confident and outgoing was tremendous.
That's the beauty of Jung SuWon training and the philosophies that Great Grandmaster Kim teaches. Sure we kick and punch in class, but Jung SuWon training is more than that. It's deeper. It's the spiritual growth and the mental strengthening that is so impressive to me and to anyone who witnesses the transformations.
This is what I love about training at Jung SuWon. Seeing a student discover a fear within themselves and then watching them overcome that fear over time. It's such a rewarding feeling and I have seen it happen time and time again. Not just in other students, but in myself as well, on and off the dojang floor.
Thank you Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim for never giving up on teaching me and all your students!
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