Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Chayon-Ryu Dojang Sparring

Chayon-Ryu Dojang Sparring

Submitted by Mr. David Bayles, CYR World Headquarters
Photography by Kenneth Young, Melissa L. Nichols, Sydney Moen

Many articles have been written over the years about this subject. From time to time it’s a good subject to review for the benefit of all students. This article can serve the newer generation of Chayon-Ryu students as a learning article and the older generation as a review.

There are three types of sparring. Dojang Sparring, Competition Sparring and Combat Sparring.
The objective of Competition Sparring is to win. It is to score points by score on your opponent using a technique allowed by the tournament rules in a controlled manner. This must be done quickly while defending yourself against your opponents attempts to score on you.

The objective of Combat Sparring is to survive. Combat Sparring is a potential life or death situation. There are no rules, no physical control. You must use any technique as effectively as possible to defeat your attacker.

The objective of Dojang Sparring is teaching and learning in a safe manner and environment. It should be an enjoyable, fun experience. As a beginner, you will learn stances, blocks, kicks and how to punch. You will probably not have much physical or mental control when you begin to spar in the Dojang. This comes with time and training. It is up to your instructors to guide you on this path. You should be respectful of your instructors as they should be to you.

Dojang Sparring is not about a winner and a loser or scoring points. It is not about who is stronger than the other, who is faster, knows more techniques or is better at them. And more than anything, it is not about hurting your sparring partner under any circumstance. It is about controlled sparring and learning. If you are accidentally hit or kicked hard, your instinct is to give back what you got. Be generous. Learn to let this go and not follow through on it. This is mental control. If a Tiger Cub swats and scratches his mother’s nose, does she attack him? Of course not. Learning controlled sparring is not only physical, but mental also. You should have no anger when sparring. No thinking like “I’m going to get him”. Sparring with physical control while wanting to really kick, hit or hurt your partner is not only a very bad attitude, but is wrong thinking, a bad state of mind. You’ve missed an important part of your training if you spar this way. You need to train your mind to be calm, clear, and anger free while sparring. Your sparring partner is your classmate, not an enemy.

Dojang sparring is a means of learning physical and mental skills required to spar in any situation. More skill is required to spar with control than without. This kind of training prepares you for any sparring situation.

Higher ranking students should match their sparring skills to that of the student’s rank that they are sparring and strive to teach them to improve and correct their techniques. They should not show off their skills and overwhelm and possibly hurt a lower ranking student. When this is ignored, students’ skills do not advance; students sometimes get hurt and often unnecessarily leave our system.

Sometimes lower ranking students have the mindset that when sparring a black belt or higher ranking student, they are out to prove themselves and “get” them. This too is a bad attitude and wrong thinking. You should be respectful of your higher ranking classmates as they are to you. This way, we all will be safe and our sparring skills will continually improve.
Wishing you safe and happy sparring.



Founder Chayon-Ryu International Martial Arts Association
May 16, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Tuksu Suryon Training in Honor of Grandmaster Yoon, Byung-In

Grandmaster Yoon, Byung-In

Flowers for Grandmaster Yoon

Kysanim, Melissa L. Nichols
Photography, Sabeomnim Syd Moen

On Saturday, May 17th, Grandmaster Kim Soo led a special Tuksu Suryon to commemorate the birthday of our senior founding Grandmaster, Yoon, Byung-In. All students were asked to wear white gloves and bring flowers in his memory.

Grandmaster Yoon's story was told to the class by Grandmaster, his journey to study martial arts, and the mystery of his disappearance during the Korean War era.

 Grandmaster Yoon Byung-In was the first Korean national to bring the martial art of chu'an fa (commonly called kung fu in the U.S.) back to Korea after studying in Manchuria and Shanghai, China.

During World War II, he went to Nihon University, Tokyo, where he studied karate with Toyama, Kanken. (See Byung In Yoon: Another Story)
In 1950, during the Korean War, Grandmaster Yoon went to North Korea and all contact with him was lost. 
For over 50 years Grandmaster Kim Soo sought to solve the mystery of what had happened to Grandmaster Yoon. Grandmaster Kim Soo was finally contacted by members of Grandmaster Yoon's family in 2005 and traveled to South Korea in Dec. of 2005 to meet with them. You can see photos and learn about his trip here.

In May of 2006 Grandmaster Kim Soo was contacted by Grandmaster Yoon's son, Yoon Tae-won, that Grandmaster Yoon Byung-In died of lung cancer on April 3, 1983. 

Grandmaster Kim Soo led the training which began with meditation and deep breathing, fundamentals, basic movements and forms. He spoke about teaching method, the scientific method of Chayon-Ryu which combines art, science and philosophy utilizing natural body movements and the natural laws of the universe. "I did not create a new martial art, " Grandmaster said, "I created a scientific teaching method. Chayon-Ryu." 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Women's Self-Defense Seminar 2014--Back by Popular Demand!

What is Chayon-Ryu?
 Chayon-Ryu (Korean for "Natural Way") teaches natural body motion as the basis of all techniques in order to promote power, safety, health and fitness. From this system, one becomes self-confident and gains self-esteem. With these components, one is able to fight the everyday enemies, which are internal such as stress, worry, insecurity, jealousy, impatience, defeat and depression.

Grandmaster Kim Soo
 10th Dan Black Belt and Founder of Chayon-Ryu The youngest 10th-degree black belt in the world, Grandmaster Kim Soo oversees the Chayon-Ryu International Martial Arts Association, which includes 26 additional locations in Texas, 24 in 20 other states, and one each in Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Russia. Chayon-Ryu is the largest martial arts system of any style in the Southwestern U.S. For more information, click here.

For questions, contact 713-385-5564 or 
  Attendees will be asked to sign a waiver form

Every year, Asia-Houston Network and Kim Soo Karate offer a Women's Self-Defense Seminar, as part of a greater community outreach. This is a wonderful oppurtunity for women and girls of all ages to learn some very important ways to protect themselves in many different situations.

Learn to be attentive, alert and aware. Learn how to set aside your fears and think in a threatening situation.

Join Grandmaster Kim Soo, and the black belts of Chayon-Ryu for this fun, interactive seminar and learn techniques that could save your life.

Admission is free of charge, so bring your mom, daughter, sister, coworkers, and best friends. Don't miss out on this special event!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Tuksu Suryon In Honor of Grandmaster Yoon, Byung-In

On Saturday, May 17, 2014 a Tusku Suryon will be presented by Grandmaster Kim Soo.

"As you aware that coming May 18 is our Great grandmaster Yoon Byung-In's birthday, please announce in our media to bring a flower and white glove  if they have one at Tuksu Suryon(may 17). 

I would like to take a group photo taken and send it to Dr. Yoon Young-sook, Mr. Yoon Byung-moon and Yoon Dae-Won including all martial arts media in Korea.

Let's build up spirit higher,  remember the Chayon-Ryu is the best martial way in the world."