Kim, 1st dan black belt, shows her side thrust kick after the
demo at the Houston convention center in 1989.
martial arts terms, what is the essence of accountability? How does
this apply to my training as an individual? To my participation
in the Chayon-Ryu system? To the preservation of Chayon-Ryu for
the next generation?
Accountability is, almost by definition, an emotionally charged
word. It often arises when there is discontent and anxiety, and
is frequently associated with blaming, divisiveness, and hostility.
But being accountable may also imply many positive actions: things
like taking responsibility, striving for quality and excellence,
standing for integrity, trust, and confidence.
As an individual, accountability relates to your actions, and can
be a driving force behind your martial arts training as well as
everyday activities. As a student of Chayon-Ryu, it is your responsibility
to learn the basic principles of our system. Your personal drive
to practice, be patient, and pay attention in class becomes the
first step toward your individual accountability. Being prepared
for rank exams, cleaning the dojang, and meditating before class
are more examples of being individually accountable, as well. Accountability
also relates to using your initiative - not having to be told what
to do, but taking it upon yourself to find ways to help improve
our system. Grandmaster Kim refers to this as building "Kong."
The essence of accountability for Chayon-Ryu, as a system, is to
continue the lineage of Grandmaster Kim Soo by preserving the art
in its original context. How does this occur? It is done through
consistent training and striving for excellence, learning about
the history and creation of Chayon-Ryu, asking questions when you
do not understand, and keeping a positive outlook when you become
discouraged. Attending instructor clinics and advanced training
classes also serve to improve your ability to maintain the original
qualities of Chayon-Ryu as you teach and train.
The Chayon-Ryu philosophy is to follow the natural way. Chayon-Ryu
teaches natural body motion as the basis of all techniques, in order
to promote power, safety, health, and fitness. The Dojang Hun reminds
us that we are each accountable for our thoughts and actions. Each
of us as students is accountable for taking Chayon-Ryu to the next
generation. Your goals to succeed in Chayon-Ryu are inextricably
linked to your accountability and understanding of these concepts.