Monday, January 28, 2013

45th Anniversary T-Shirts to be released at Chayon-Ryu Banquet

Chayon-Ryu 45th Anniversary T-shirt


Show good Chayon-Ryu spirit and wear your 45th anniversary system t-shirt with pride. These anniversary t-shirts will be released for sale to all Chayon-Ryu members and their families at the 45th Anniversary Chayon-Ryu Banquet to be held Saturday February 16th, 2013.

Don't miss out! Be sure to pick your shirt up at the banquet!

Saturday, January 26, 2013


 Grandmaster Kim Soo shares his correspondence from students whose lives have been touched by Chayon-Ryu

Dear Grandmaster,
 today I received a letter from the President of my College:

Dear Melissa,
It is a pleasure to inform you that your outstanding academic performance for the fall 2008 semester has placed
you on the fall 2008 President's List, one of the most prestigious honors presented to Lone Star College Students.

Let me commend you on your many hours of study and hard work. To be placed on the President's List, one
must have accumulated at least 12 credit hours and have a fall semester grade point average of 3.30 or above for
six or more credit hours.

Your achievement ranks you among the best of the best. The faculty and staff at Lone Star College-North Harris wish you continued success here and in your future endeavors.
Stephen C. Head, Ph. D.
I want to thank you, Grandmaster for helping me to achieve this honor. I remember the story you told me one day while sitting in your office of your own academic growth once you started training in martial arts. 

I took this to heart. In high school I was a poor student. But since I started training in Chayon-Ryu, I applied my focus and concentration in all aspects of my life. My growth in Chayon-Ryu is showing in many ways.

I just wanted to share this good news with you, Sir, and to thank you for bringing the natural way to us here in America! I know I would not be seeing the marginal successes in life I am now, without it!

I am very sincerely your student,

Mel Nichols

Thursday, January 24, 2013


 Grandmaster Kim Soo shares his correspondence from students whose lives have been touched by Chayon-Ryu:

Mr. David M. Foss
Hello Grand Master, 
I enjoyed watching the video from January 21, 2013 of you receiving an award from the mayor's office for your many contributions to Houston and the United Sates of America. 
America is always a better place because of you being here and spreading your knowledge among us. 
It has always been a great honor for me to be your student. Your teachings in Chayon-Ryu and all your words of wisdom. It has always kept me inspired and motivated. I feel I was given so much from you being my teacher and Grand Master. I wish you all the happiness in the world. 
I look forward, when I can come back for a visit and train in our world headquarters school.
I miss very much, being there and learning from you and your example as a good man and great Grand Master; that always made my life better, no matter where I was or what I was doing. You and your teachings were always in my heart. Thank you so much Grand Master. 
Your old downtown Student,

David M Foss

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Order your tickets today to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the arrival of Grandmaster Kim Soo to the United States, and the founding of Chayon-Ryu International. Be a part of history as the masters, black belts and students of Chayon-Ryu honor Grandmaster Kim Soo on his special day!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Chayon-Ryu 45th Anniversary Banquet

All students (current and former, young and old) and their families are cordially invited to attend the 45th Chayon-Ryu Anniversary Banquet.
Life is short, don't miss this special event and wonderful opportunity to spend time with Grandmaster Kim Soo.

Saturday, February 16th - 7:00-11:00pm

Kim Son Restaurant
2001 Jefferson
Houston, Texas 77003


(Cash Bar and Hors d'Oeuvres)

Introduction and Welcome


Thoughts from Grandmaster Kim Soo

Music by Danielle Reich Trio

There is a limited amount of space so purchase your tickets early.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Mayor Annise Parker presents Grandmaster Kim Soo
with his official proclaimation.

 January 15, 2013 was declared Grandmaster Kim Pyung-Soo Day by Houston Mayor Annise Parker. 
Celebrating the 45th (sapphire) anniversary of Grandmaster's arrival in the U.S. and the founding of Chayon-Ryu International, and his numerous contributions to the citizens of the city of Houston and beyond, the mayor made a special proclamation in the Houston City Council Chamber.

Mayor Parker spoke of Grandmaster Kim Soo's contributions not only in martial arts, but as a participant in the city. A business owner, teacher, community figure, educator (teaching at the University of Houston and Rice University since 1970) and good citizen of Houston for 45 years. 

In return, Grandmaster Kim Soo graciously awarded Mayor Parker the honorary rank of 1st Degree Black Belt.

Grandmaster Kim Soo promotes Mayor Parker to the rank of honorary 1st Degree Black Belt in Chayon-Ryu.

Master Sean Kim, Grandmaster, Mayor Annise Parker, Mrs. Kim, Gigi Lee, and masters and black belts of Chayon-Ryu.
Grandmaster who has touched the lives of tens of thousands of students since his arrival in the U. S. 45 years ago, continues this work today.

See the video below:

Grandmaster has received many such awards and honors throughout his career. To learn more about Grandmaster's hallmark achievements visit the awards and honors page of the Chayon-Ryu International website.
photography credit: Robert Henriksen

Sunday, January 13, 2013



Grandmaster Kim Soo
Grandmaster Kim Soo has returned from Busan, S. Korea, and is accepting appointments for private lessons at the world headquarters dojang in Spring Branch, Houston. 

It is a rare honor to train with the founding Grandmaster who has over fifty years teaching experience these world class martial arts. All students and instructors in the Chayon-Ryu system are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.  A private lesson with Grandmaster is invaluable to gaining deeper insight into Chayon-Ryu philosophy, history and technique.

 Lessons taught directly by Grandmaster Kim Soo, 10th degree black belt, 
and founder of Chayon-Ryu.
1-hour private lessons are available to new beginners and 
current members at any belt level.
Weekly space is limited so reserve your time slot today.
For rates, please call us at (713-681-9261) or e-mail Grandmaster at

Thursday, January 3, 2013

COMBINED TRAINING IN THE DARK--traditional first class of 2013

Happy New Year to all Chayon-Ryu students and instructors!  The traditional first class of the year is Monday, January 7th at the World Headquarters Dojang in Spring Branch, Houston, TX.

It's a tradition to begin the new year with a combined training session, and practice forms in the dark!

All students from all branch schools are encouraged to attend.  Welcome back!