Monday, November 7, 2011

Hoshinsul: the art of self-defense

Self-Defense of the mind..

"Hoshinsul (the art of self-defense) is first taking good care of yourself." - Grandmaster Kim Soo
Hoshinsul: the art of self-defense is first taking care of your own personal health. This is physical health and wellness,
mental and emotional well-being, and the health of your spirit.  All of these things go into makeup the being we
identify as the "self."
Externally self-defense is utilized to protect us physically from all kinds of hazards and pitfalls. Not just physical attack from assault, or violent intentions, but other things we encounter in everyday life such as accidents, slipping or falling,
avoiding being cut by a knife or scissors, pricking ourselves with sharp objects such as needles. We employ the principles of self-defense to guard against all things such as these.
Interally, the application of self-defense is just as important. And we are under assault internally in our lives far more than
we will ever be externally (unless your occupation is that of high risk). What enemies assault us internally?
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • insecurity
  • self doubt
  • low confidence
  • low self esteem or self worth
On that note, these things are vital to personal mental/physical/spiritual wellness:
Stress management- deep breathing (Bokshik Hoheub), meditation (sitting, standing and forms practice)
Positive mental attitude- employ the qualities of the bamboo (honesty, humility, loyalty, sincerity, purity)

Proper diet and exercise- Kimasae Chiruki 100 times daily, regular practice, and work out.  At least 15 minutes a day can make a difference!

Sleeping enough- rest the body and the mind. Sleep deprivation adds to anxiety, and causes physical illnesses.
Drink at least 64 oz. of water everyday- dehydration can lead to many illnesses.
Avoid situations that put you at any kind of risk, whether mental, physical, or emotional.- Any encounter with an attack,
whether physical, mental or emotional, can take its toll. Avoid these situations when possible. The first rule of self defense.
Recently I've had a lot of stress in my personal and professional life, caused by negative encounters bullies on the internet who follow me around and harass me, and my business.  why do people do these kind of things? Many reasons, most of which have to do with feelings of jealousy, envy, greed, huberous. Our society has become unkind, and the internet is like the wild west, where people brawl in the streets and bullies run amok. This has created a lot of stress for me and my family, but I have been able to cope utilizing the Chayon-Ryu method of Hoshinsul.
Chayon-Ryu helps me to keep sight of my own behavior as well. Do I exercise humility? Am I a good person? It encourages self examination, and introspection. And it teaches us not to let encounters with negative individuals to cause
us to become negative.
Chayon-Ryu is for every day of your life, not just in the dojang. Sometimes we cannot go to class, but the lessons we learn
can help us every day, no matter what we face in life. This is why Chayon-Ryu is different from other martial art philosophies and methods. It is training for a lifetime.

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