Today when I opened "Seven Steps to Inner Power" my eyes fell on this passage Dr. Tae Yun Kim wrote -
“He can do, She can do, why not me!”
“This is a saying I teach students who are studying the physical form of Jung Suwon. This saying has several meanings that apply equally to mental, spiritual, and physical power. First, on a physical level it means that physical strength and the knowledge of self-defense derived from physical Jung Suwon training are available to both men and women alike. No one is limited by gender..”
“Strength is one of the ideas expressed by your Silent Master Consciousness. It is part of your identity whether you are a man or a woman. Because strength is an idea, can the idea of strength be ‘stronger’ in a man than a woman? No. Ideas do not come in degrees of intensity. Ideas are just themselves and they are the same in the minds of both men and women.” 'Seven Steps to Inner power', Dr. Tae Yun Kim
When I started training, Dr. Kim’s statement above, was (and still is) very powerful for me. As a skinny, weak little girl I never thought I could do any kind of ‘sport’. And so I didn't. The most consistent activity I did was turn the pages of a book. When I thought of the word ‘strength’ I only thought of physical strength, and though that only men could be strong, and didn’t think anything like 'strength' would ever apply to me.
But Dr. Kim’s teaching and life story inspired (and inspires) me that I too can express strength - physical, mental, and emotional - and can grow stronger physically, mentally, and emotionally.
And I have! Through training at Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy, I’ve absolutely grown stronger internally and externally than I ever thought I could! Dr. Tae Yun Kim has given me the opportunity to break boards and bricks during testings and events – and each one, for me, felt miraculous – wow! This was me doing this! Definitely something I never would have experienced, or learned or felt with out having the luck to have Dr. Tae Yun Kim as my mentor and teacher.
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