Dear GrandMaster Kim Soo,
Greetings! I hope all is well. I was a student of yours at the University of Houston for a short time in the mid 1980¹s. Due to a class conflict, I had to stop going to your class and replace it with another. So, I did not complete your course due to the conflict. I don¹t know why, but today I thought of you at work. I searched your name on the web and found your website. I shared your site with my boss at work, who happens to be a 2nd degree black belt.
Now that I see the principles of Chayon-Rhu on your website, I wish I had continued your class back in the 1980¹s. I appreciate the principles behind the 'training oath' that I read on your website as well as the morality and 'natural way' you approach things. This is very good. I am disappointed that I did not see the value of your martial arts years ago, and continue with it. However, I hope to start again from the beginning to learn the way of Chayon-Rhu. It is important to me at this point in my life.
My challenge is that I live in the Seattle, Washington area and do not see a teacher of your discipline here. Can you recommend a teacher for me for Chayon-Rhu who lives near the Seattle area? I hope you can assist me in this.
Thank you very much.
Federal Way, WA 98023
Hello! dear friend,
It's great to hear from an old student, often I get the email like yours
from my old U.H. and Rice class students. Some of old students moved to
Seattle and couldn't find right school, there are lots of schools
everywhere, but it's very difficult to find the right one.
Unfortunately, I couldn't recommand any person, please visit some of them
and personally observe and check it out how they run, you may have some of
foundation from U.H. Martial Arts training effect to life, so choose the
One of my old student, lady lawyer from U.H. who is the purple belt moved
there like you, visited some schools and reported it to me what she saw, you
could find her letter in our web. maybe it's in the member section, you
could get the member code, if you want.
Dear Grandmaster Kim Soo,
Thank you so much for your response, your guidance.
I see you plan to "retire" soon? In 2007 or so. I think there may be some
who would like to hear more of your thoughts on the philosophical, ethical,
moral and spiritual aspects of Chayon-Ryu. Have you given much thought to
perhaps publishing a book or two about that? A book about the ethos of your
karate, and a focus on the "inner fight" that is perhaps of more profound
value than the outward physical aspects. Though the inner and outer aspects
do each have their value. Perhaps one is not complete without the other.
But I think you know what I mean. I suppose I refer more to a "black belt"
in life rather than a "black belt" in martial arts. Though the latter can
sometimes cause the former.
There are, as you said in your kind letter, so many schools of martial arts
and it is hard to choose a good one. As I see it, it is hard to find one
that follows the inner discipline and the path of enlightenment rather than
tournaments and awards and other ways of self congratulation. Perhaps self
knowledge is better?
I believe you have much to offer others in writing about the mind, body and
spirit as it relates to martial arts and to life. I did read some of your
writings on your website and found your view on enlightenment particularly
revealing and interesting. And I do recall your enlightened perspective when
I was a student of yours in Houston. Perhaps some or many could be reached
who would not consider such ideas much if at all.
I hope I have not intruded upon you with these thoughts. I wish always the
best for you, and hope you enjoy a much deserved retirement.
Thank you, dear friend, for your wise counsel and insight.