Monday, March 19, 2012

A Letter to the Chayon-Ryu family

Master Kim Geary deomnstrates with Sabomnin Michael Moore
Grandmaster Kim Soo receives many letters from students and former students expressing gratitude for his guidance and teaching.  He is a remarkable man with great compassion for his students, and a lifetime dedication to the art of Chayon-Ryu.
Hello Sir, [Grandmaster Kim Soo]
I hope all is well with you and your family. I just wanted to say hi. You know it seemed that I was always overcoming some physical set backs. I could be sad or I could be happy.
Well Sir I choose to be happy.  I could look at my life and I could say my cup is half empty, but I choose to see it as half full. So many times I should have died, but I lived. You and Chayon-Ryu is why I live today.
You have always been my inspiration and my strength. Even though I should have been a higher rank by now....I know that as you taught, everyone goes at their own passe. As so many others, you are like a father figure to me and have always been my inspiration and sometimes when I was so down physically, your simple words that I would always remember, caused me to survive.
Grand Master this world is so much better for having you in it. Thank you Do Sa Nim. You are always in my prayers. Please tell my brothers and sisters in Chayon-Ryu hi for me. Such a pure system "Chayon-Ryu".
 I could never thank you enough. It has always been a real honor to have you as my Grand Master and instructor. May all your prayers be answered.
Your old down town student,
David M Foss

Monday, March 12, 2012

2012 Women's Self Defense Seminar

On Saturday, February 25th, the Asia-Houston Network and Kim Soo Karate held the 7th annual Women's Self Defense Seminar.
2nd Dan Black Belt, Sydney Moen assists
a young participant with her front kick.
Participants learned the basic principles of martial arts movement based in the Kim Soo method of "the Natural Way." Grandmaster Kim Soo taught the seminar and demonstrated many techniques of self defense that were easy to learn, but very important to know.

The women attending learned in a hands on workshop atmosphere with the help and instruction of Grandmaster Kim Soo and his black belt instructors.  Women of all ages participated in the event which is held annually at the Chayon-Ryu World Headquarters dojang in Spring Branch.
Grandmaster Kim Soo leads the class in learning the natural way
approach to understanding martial arts movements.
women of all ages participated in the 2012 Women's Defense Seminar.
Grandmaster Kim Soo awarded each participant a gift certificate for one month of free classes in Chayon-Ryu Martial Arts.  With over 50 years of teaching and training experience in world class martial arts, Grandmaster provides a safe and supportive environment for students of all ages to learn martial arts for self defense, for fitness, health and longevity.

"Grandmaster Kim Soo has, since his arrival in the U. S., welcomed students of all backgrounds, ages, races, colors, religions, and both sexes -- an unusual posture indeed for a martial arts instructor in the 1960s."

The participants and instructors for the 7th annual Women's Defense Seminar pose for a group photo.

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