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!