"Jung Suwon is more than a martial art. It is not a sport. True, it includes a physical form, but my teaching goes far beyond hard martial art forms that are strictly of foot and fist.

Jung Suwon includes spiritual principles and practices that can develop your whole being. This its mental and spiritual aspects that are not separate from its physical form, and never could be. This martial art is essentially the art of living life itself.”  ‘Seven Steps to Inner Power,” Dr. Tae Yun Kim (Preface)

I remember sitting up in the balcony at Jung Suwon Martial Arts balcony in Milpitas, back before I started training, watching JSW class, and hearing Great Grandmaster Dr. Kim teach not just about Tae Kwon Do, but more importantly - about LIFE.

This was 1990, I was 23 years old, and I had never done anything much physical in my life.  I was a girly-girl, with long, polished finger nails, and I had a bookworm view of the world, but Jung Suwon intrigued me in a way that I didn’t expect.

For two years I watched classes from the balcony – even though at the time I didn’t think I would ever, myself, train. I kept coming back, though, to watch class and testings because  Great Grandmaster Dr. Kim was teaching so much more than just how to kick or punch -  Dr. Kim was teaching her students how to gain confidence, how to defuse stress, how to focus, how to set goals, how to be be and stay determined, how to be patience, and how to never give up.

I remember a student commenting that if Jung Suwon had been a tournament fight oriented school, she’d have never started training – it was Great Grandmaster Dr. Kim's spirit and teaching that captivated her interest.

Same for me. Even just listening from the balcony over the do jung, what Dr. Tae Yun Kim was teaching I found was more life changing and REAL than anything I'd ever heard, and way more valuable for my life than the 4 years of college I'd just finished.

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