Wednesday, December 17, 2014


Congratulations to black belts promoted at the 282nd Rank Examination:

Master Raymond C. Nelson is awarded his 6th degree black belt and certificate by Grandmaster Kim Soo

Master Michael Dugas has showed plenty patience of dedication over 35 years finally, achieved his 5th Dan master degree
Master John Rogers presented with his 5th Dan certificate by Grandmaster Kim Soo

  • 7th Dan David Bryan Reed (World HQ) 
  • 7th Dan John Stephens (Downtown)
  • 7th Dan Honor Benjamin Lew (Clear Lake)
  • 6th Dan Raymond Nelson (World HQ)
  • 6th Dan Lawrence Lee Robinson Jr (Downtown)
  • 5th Dan Michael Dugas (World HQ)
  • 5th Dan Brian Hammer (Kim Soo Martial Arts of Austin, Texas)
  • 5th Dan John Peterson Rogers (Katy Kim Soo Karate)
  • 4th Dan Alex Adams (Downtown)
  • 3rd Dan Alberto Borjas (World HQ)
  • 3rd Dan Sydney Moen (Downtown) 
  • 2nd Dan Sarah Geenberg (Wimberley Chayon-Ryu)

 photo credit: Kenneth Young, Sabeomnim--Kingwood Chayon-Ryu

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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December 3, 2014-Baytown, TX

Dr. Bernick

Dr. James Bernick, MD, invited Chief Instructor of Kim Soo Karate of Baytown, Melissa Nichols (Kyosanim) to speak at his quarterly MDVIP health and wellness seminar. Held at the Baytown Community Center the seminar was open to senior citizens and their friends and family. The topic of the seminar was Managing Stress. Life can be stressful, and with the holidays, even more so. Dr. Bernick, whose wife (also a physician), is a student of Chayon-Ryu at the Baytown school (Dr. Pam Bernick), asked if there were some methods utilized in Chayon-Ryu that might give his patients new insight into different methods for managing stress.

Kyosanim spoke for an hour on utilizing Chayon-Ryu principles and techniques learned in the dojang to manage stress in every day life. Deep breathing, stretching, mindful meditation and decompression techniques were demonstrated by Kyosanim Nichols, as the class followed along.
Kyosanim said by applying basic Chayon-Ryu principles to everyday living we can better manage our stress. By finding a balance between our physical and mental self, avoiding stressful situations, or individuals, decompressing by breathing, walking, meditation, we can improve our lives and longevity.  The next seminar will cover self defense for senior citizens and will be held in May 2015.

Approximately 30 were in attendance.