by Yolanda Cyrus - Oct. 29, 2002
G.M. shows U.S. citizen's certificate proudly at the Hq.
Chayon-Ryu Bon-Bu dojang in Houston.
am receiving my training in Chayon-Ryu. It translates from Korean
as "The Natural Way." This is a form of martial arts that
was developed by my martial arts professor Grandmaster Kim Soo.
It not only teaches you the development of martial arts, but how
to apply it in everyday life. Grandmaster has advised me on many
occasions that there are not any bad students. This is not only
said through words but through his constant training, talking, and
yes, even stern lectures.
I enrolled in Kim Soo Karate one year ago because I wanted to become
a good student. Not only in martial arts, but in understanding how
to master what was within myself. I knew of his teaching methods
since I was about 10 years old. I was always told that I was a weak
student by several teachers. I was even advised that I should settle.
Unfortunately, I thought these words were truth. Learning from Grandmaster
Kim Soo has changed these thoughts I had over the last 20 years.
I have always been the type of person who quits classes or tasks
when assignments become too difficult for me or if a teacher criticizes
me. I did not think I was good student. With this thinking I only
pursued things that were simple. This changed when I met Grandmaster
I met my martial arts profesor one year ago. Being taught under
Grandmaster Kim Soo has changed my total way of thinking, living,
and accepting life's hardships. Before I was his student I did not
think I was capable of learning new things, accepting new concepts,
or learning from my mistakes. Since starting my training under his
rule, I have learned how to endeavor any type of hardship, such
as job loss or how to handle negative things that happen to me.
Grandmaster Kim Soo's teaching style also encourages me to think
for myself. In his system it is alright to make a mistake as long
as you learn from it. This is not a pass to continue making mistakes,
but to inform you that you are only human. Teaching the student
the basic principles will lead to a positive result. Grandmaster
Kim Soo states that the basic principles in teaching is watching,
listening, advising, and understanding. In his view every student
is at the master level. There are no bad students. This is proven
by the constant lectures, guidance, and the way Grandmaster Kim
Soo encourages questions. There are certain words that Grandmaster
uses in his teaching approach that are powerful. I know these words
helped me in every quest I have undertaken since my training began.
These words are: Endeavor, Perfection of Character, Commitment,
Comprehending, and Spirit. I plaster my home and work space with
The main thing is that in Grandmaster's Dojo every student knows
his words; "do not quit." Before any lecture, class, or
rank test the first thing a student will hear is positive guidance.
If you are doing something that is not correct you will not be belittled,
just informed of your error. Grandmaster will advise, demonstrate,
and make the class do repetitions until there is an understanding.
No student is singled out. If one person makes a mistake on a form,
the whole class performs the form. This is to ensure that everyone
understands and that no one feels insecure. The teaching style of
Grandmaster is very simple. He educates teachers and students, demonstrates
the procedure, and observes to see if his teaching is being utilized.
If there are problems you are encouraged to use your own mind or
ask either a higher level or Grandmaster what can be done to correct
the situation. This teaching advises the student to Endeavor.
Grandmaster teaches his students as if they are already at a Grandmaster's
level. When no one is treated better than the other it makes it
easier to learn and absorb the knowledge that he is passing to the
potential martial artist. This teaching allows the student to be
true to themselves.
Grandmaster Kim Soo's words; "If you practice you will know,
if you do not then you will have problems." This teaching method
makes the student accountable for their own training. He is not
going to tell you that a form for your requirement needs to be taught
to you. Everyone is expected to know all of their forms for their
rank. You are given the task of asking higher belts and other masters
for assistance. This teaching method helps the student to make time
for practice consistently. As a student I am responsible for myself.
If I am having trouble with forms, it is up to me to ask the lower
ranks for help. In my opinion this builds character; Commitment.
I did not understand the difference between positive criticism and
destructive criticism. In my mind it was all the same until I was
counseled. Our conversation was purely guidance. This allowed me
to use my own thinking as he was talking to me. It was explained
that when a Grandmaster or Master is correcting you, you will not
be pacified or even given the answers. You will be shown the way
of learning but it is up to the student to use the tools given.
Grandmaster informed me the tools are practice, meditation, confidence,
and spirit. This allowed me to understand when someone is criticizing
me, I have to have an open mind. In understanding better by his
words I know that total respect is shown to the student by the teacher;
This is not only used in Chayon-Ryu, but in everyday circumstances.
This training by Grandmaster really is one of the reasons I am in
school now. I have the confidence, stamina, and courage to seek
perfection of my character. I was given the tools necessary to understand
the meaning. To be a better student and a stronger woman in character.
Through Grandmaster's teachings I am able to see things in a positive
light. I am able to work harder, stronger, and to make a commitment.
This is demonstrated at work, school, and everyday situations. I
can handle stress better, accept certain disappointments, never
be afraid to try, have patience, and also be strong enough when
way of teaching has allowed for growth. At the present I am confident
to ask more questions in every situation. To understand the fact
that every student has his or her own way of solving situations.
Since Training under Grandmaster I read more, try to comperhend
every endeavor, and I have definately opened my mind. I know now
that there are several ways of learning instead of seeing what is
put in front of me.
was always told that I was a weak student by several teachers. Learning
from Grandmaster Kim Soo has changed these thoughts I had over the
last 20 years. I am not a master in belt, so to say, but in mind
and spirit I am a Master. Maybe even a Grandmaster in the mind.