The following letter was published at the instruction of Grandmaster Kim Soo. It is a lesson in perseverence, and humility for us all. What is it to be humble?
Humility is defined as the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance, rank, etc.
In the dojang humility is the counter balance to the ego. Without it, attitudes can shift into the realm of ego, and make us off balance in our own self image. Humility keeps us grounded. Once we achieve black belt, it is even more important than ever to remain humble. Mr. Fabion's letter is a good lesson to us all. Grandmaster's simple comments and corrections come from 60 years of experience, we should all be humble and listen.
Kwan Jang NimDuring the last week, after correction in your office for Balance of Movement, as it has settled in for a week, concentrating on the pull, I could feel a great difference. if the power is balanced in both hands the focus becomes the reverse elbow at the same time as the CLP, the balance is centered in the palms above the balance point of the abdomen and executed properly, the entire body can be felt to be engaged and focused as it is balanced upright. this reminded me of your dream of your teacher Mr Hong communicating to you to keep the body more upright.Over focusing on the center lunge punch as I have I have discovered that all the basic principles of Cha Yon Ru apply to a single punch as they do to an entire form. Though the scale is much smaller andthe distances shorter . any principle not performed destroys the efficacy in a center lunch punch. To feel both hands balanced upright over a tensed and balanced abdomen at focus of movement is to feel the entire use of body weight and spirit in one unit motion. Breath and rhythm become a healing and strengtheningforce that heals and one can experience a strength never felt before. Developing Chi becomes a moving meditation of the basic principles through the study of Cha Yon Ryu forms. We are so lucky and it is a treasure we haven't lost the lessons of tradition. i have learned from you and you are right that true calm and peace can be achieved through proper training in Cha Yon Ryu. I never understand why others think they have to go somewhere else to add to their martial arts training. i guess it is ego , they are expectingsomething new or a greater knowledge, something to attach to their resume of training. It is sad to think they will actually learn less by not focusing on the principles and they miss the point. Cha Yon Ryu is unlimited in knowledge and a complete system. Like you said you point the direction to the sunset, how many that stop long enough to ever enjoy it are few. Stopping to listen and apply the principles is a virtueso many Cha yon Ryu students shouldn't overlook !!! isn't the sunset beautiful ???Focusing on balance of movement.A beginner