Tuesday, December 11, 2012


"Written Exam day heavy snow on the campus of Dong Eui University, Busan, Korea.

Busan is one of the big port city in S. Korea, so it's unusual in Busan
to have a heavy snow. :-)
" -Grandmaster Kim Soo

Grandmaster Kim Soo has been teaching at the College of Sport Science for the past four years. Grandmaster will return to the United States in late December to resume his role overseeing the International Chayon-Ryu Association from the world headquarters in Houston, TX.  Grandmaster has been on a teaching mission to Asia since 2008.


Grandmaster Kim Soo was invited to the TKD Promotion Foundation in Seoul, Korea where he met with president Bae Johngshin.

Grandmaster donated a collection of photographs spanning 50 years, along with his three published Palgue Books (English and Russian language volumes).

The Palgue of Taekwondo Hyung book series by Grandmaster Kim Soo
The collection will be displayed in the Taekwondowon (Taekwondo Garden) in Miju,Cheolla-Bukdo, S. Korea, in the near future.


GM Park Chull-Hee and GM Kim Soo
Grandmaster was invited along with Grandmaster Park Chull-Hee to Yongin University to preserve on film this vanishing classical art, the legacy of GM Yoon Byung-In.

"In order to preserve this valuable art the TKD Promotion foundation decided to film all of  GM Yoon Byung-in's legacy, which we preserve in Chayon-Ryu. Very few people perform these forms in the world  properly, so during filming I got to do the most of the jobs, approx. 4 hours with lunch break."-GM Kim Soo

Preserving the history of Korean martial arts has been a life long mission of Grandmaster Kim Soo, and a responsibility he passes on to each of us as bearers of his legacy. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


by Yolanda Horace, 5th Gup, Houston, Texas

There was a recent Tae Kwon Do competition held in Houston that caused my associates, neighbors, and coworkers to call and ask me, “How come your school does not compete in competitions? What type of school does not show their skills?”

I have been asked this question many times, but this time I went into detail about why this is not the way of Chayon-Ryu. This is exactly what I told them:
Chayon-Ryu is not a system for competition training or to learn how to make people fear you. It is for the individual who wants to have good health, confidence, and to experience a sense of inner peace within.

Grandmaster advises his students that trophies do not make a martial artist successful and that our training should not be about showing off, but educating others to what we are learning.

Although our Chayon-Ryu schools do not participate in competitions, we as martial artist challenge ourselves through our training.

Our system of Chayon-Ryu is known throughout the world. People in other countries have been introduce to Grandmaster Kim Soo and the system of Chayon-Ryu.

Our training is very intense and serious. The students of Chayon-Ryu are aware that we are expected to act as martial artists and show our spirit. In our system, we have many ways of learning and absorbing our lessons:

1. Perfecting our skills through repetition

2. Understanding the basic principles before being introduced to new forms

3. The honesty of the masters who will advise if more practice is needed

4. Grandmaster Kim Soo, who through his lectures tells us of our Chayon-Ryu heritage and why it is so important to carry on the legacy.

Chayon-Ryu is not for material gain but for internal perfection. My training has given me power of the mind, courage to face disappointments, and a sense of accomplishment that no plastic trophy or screaming crowds could ever provide. It is not necessary to prove my skills by beating on other martial artists, or walking around with a chip on my shoulder to show what I have been learning for the past 3 years.

After this explanation, several friends had to admit my training has changed me into a different person: from a timid, insecure person that they knew 20 years ago to a positive calm person. I have invited several people to come by the school and see exactly what Chayon-Ryu is preparing the student for. Not something short-lived and superficial, but for something that will last a lifetime; sincerity, responsibility, and the strength to endeavor.

This is the best trophy anyone training in the system of Chayon-Ryu will and can receive.

Monday, December 3, 2012


Inside Chayon-Ryu and the students and black belts of Chayon-Ryu International wish to extend happy birthday wishes to our teacher, Grandmaster Kim Soo.  Many happy returns!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

What is Chayon-Ryu to me?

Chayon-Ryu is so many things. It's a philosophy of martial art and science, it's a scientific teaching method, it's a system containing classical forms some preserved nowhere else in the world, and it is a great legacy passed to us. I treasure it. 

For me it is the definitive martial art because is it all martial arts. Art, I emphasize, not sport, and as an artist, it touches me on many levels. I'm not physically gifted, I'm middle aged, but I can take any principle in Chayon-Ryu's philosophy and apply it to any aspect of my life and the principles remain sound. That is art.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Chayon-Ryu hosts Outdoor Training


On Saturday, November 17th, Master Sean Kim, and the students of Kim Soo Karate hosted the biannual Outdoor Training in the park event. 

Held twice per year, in spring and fall, the students enjoy the benefits of training outdoors, and fellowship with chayon-ryu students from branch schools all over the Houston area. Training in outdoor conditions helps prepare students and teach them versatility in applying the Chayon-Ryu techniques.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dong-Eui University Class - Jang Kwon form

Grandmaster Kim Soo and Sabomnim Robert Henriksen demonstrate the Kwon Beop two man form of Jang Kwon, Hanson Daeryon two man sparring form, and Bong Hyung Sam Jang, for the students at the Dong-Eui University Chayon-Ryu class, at the college of Sport Science in Busan, Korea.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Study Martial Arts in English!
Article by Heather Gaines

FACT: Anything Chuck Norris can do, Grandmaster Kim Soo can do better…and we all know what Chuck Norris can do! He even judged Chuck Norris in a tournament in America!
*New classes just started for August 2012, so get some culture and some exercise!

If you’ve been looking for a place to study martial arts while you’re in Korea (or you’ve been wanting to try something new, or you’re interested in doing something cultural, or you want to get some exercise and eliminate some stress), look no further!
Grandmaster Kim Soo teaches martial arts in English, and he’s an amazing teacher! The class is for all levels, so whether you’ve never done any martial arts before (like me) or you already have a black belt (like my friend), you are more than welcome.

Grandmaster Kim Soo is a 10th-degree black belt and has over 50 years of teaching experience, 40 of which were spent in Texas. Over the years, he has won numerous awards for both teaching and martial arts (http://kimsookarate.com/awards/awards.html). Grandmaster Kim Soo is also the Founder of the Chayon-Ryu Martial Arts System, which incorporates several different styles of martial arts (see below). It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to train (in English!) under a Grandmaster who created the system that you are studying. But the best part of all: Grandmaster Kim Soo’s class is easy to follow and a lot of fun; he is a very patient and helpful teacher who really cares about his students.

To find out more information about Grandmaster Kim Soo and the Chayon-Ryu Martial Arts System, feel free to visit the links below.

Class Information:

When: Monday and Wednesday 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Cost: 40,000 Won per month
Location: Sport For All Busan Assocation (SABA)
Directions: Metro Line 2(Green Line): Busan Museum of Modern Art station, Exit 5
When you exit the metro, go straight (on the pathway) for about 50m and the SABA building (& some tennis courts) will be to your left. Veer left, there will be Olympic rings on the ground outside – that’s the SABA building. Go inside the SABA building, and use the staircase to your left to go up to the 2nd floor. The room is in the far left corner.
Tel: 010-8961-4060

Additional information provided by Grandmaster Kim Soo:

Grandmaster Kim Soo welcomes men and women of all levels and from all nationalities. Note: Grandmaster Kim Soo is fluent in Korean and English and can speak some Russian and Spanish.

Chayon-Ryu Martial Arts System (Natural Way) (http://kimsookarate.com/intro/history.html)

Chayon-Ryu was founded well before the current craze of mixed-martial arts. Most martial arts today focus on sports and competition, and they focus only on the physical aspects of martial arts. The focus of Chayon-Ryu is on training one’s mind, body, and spirit and not on fighting, violence or competition. It is based on those natural movements found within each of its parent styles:
Korean taekwondo
Chinese chu’an fa
Hapkido / Aikido
Judo / Jujitsu

Grandmaster Kim Soo is the Founder of the Chayon-Ryu Martial Arts System. He began his martial arts training as a child in Korea. Since earning his B.A. degree in Russian Languages and Literature, Grandmaster Kim founded the Takkyun Kwon-Beop club at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and the Korean Taekwon Academy in Seoul, Korea.

 He also served as the first Korean correspondent for BLACK BELT MAGAZINE and authored three best-selling books. In 1968, he moved to Houston, Texas and began teaching at both Rice University and the University of Houston.

 In 2010, he moved back to Korea to fulfill a lifelong dream of sharing his knowledge and teaching skills with his fellow countrymen.
Currently, Grandmaster Kim Soo is a member of the Faculty at Dong-Eui University in the College of Sport Science.

For more information contact Grandmaster Kim Soo:
Phone: 010-8961-4060



Skype: Pyung-soo Kim

Dong Eui University College of Sport Science class

Grandmaster Kim Soo teaches Chayon-Ryu class at Dong Eui University, Busan,  S. Korea

Dong Eui University, the leading private university in Busan. Dong-Eui has gained fame in the fields of oriental medicine and engineering and has built solid reputations in other fields such as management, health sciences, nursing, and a range of sciences.

Grandmaster Kim Soo lectures on the principles of Chayon-Ryu.

Joined by Chayon-Ryu Sabomnin, 3rd degree black belt Robert Henriksen, who is visiting Grandmaster in Korea;
Grandmaster teaches the Chayon-Ryu Curriculum  at the College of Sport Science.

Re-introducing traditional martial arts vs martial sport back into Korea has been the challenge for Grandmaster Kim Soo, who in his teaching career has taught over 70,000 students world wide in the Chayon-Ryu system.

Chayon-Ryu is a system of martial arts developed to sustain its practitioner from the inside, uses natural movements and abilities to allow freedom-flow of techniques and balanced routines.

Its philosophy of non-violence enables the individual to practice daily without the need for mere speed, power, and the lure of competition.
Only through patience, diligence, sweat, and an open mind ("emptied cup") can one achieve the goals worthy of a Chayon-Ryu practitioner.

Sabomnim Robert Henriksen
Lifestyle Martial Arts for Health, Success & Longevity

Chayon-Ryu is based on natural movements found within each of its parent styles: Chinese Chu'an-Fa, Korean Taekwon, Karate-Do, Judo/Jujitsu, and Hapkido/Aikido.
Chayon-Ryu teaches natural body motion as the basis of all techniques, in order to promote power, safety, health, and fitness.

The same normal body motions found in such ordinary activities as twisting, throwing, and running are employed in Chayon-Ryu for the delivery of strikes, blocks, and kicks. Relaxed, natural motion flows more smoothly and efficiently, so power generated from natural motion is far greater than from contrived moves.
Grandmaster Demonstrates proper technique

Sabomnim Henriksen leads the class in warm up exercises

Grandmaster and Sabomnim lead kimasae chiruki, center punching drills
Grandmaster poses in a group photo with his students at Dong Eui University