Eric Fass - 2nd Dan Spring Branch
- Grandmaster's first demo at Allen Steen's National U.S.
Karate Chamionships at Dallas, Tex. with Master Rhee, performing
Jang Kwon two men sparing form and one hand sparring.
of life as a journey to the summit of a personal mountain. The summit
is attained when life, as we know it, ceases to exist. We have died.
This statement reflects the very essence of the Chayon Ryu martial
arts training and oath.
As one attains knowledge, one begins to realize how little they know
and that there is so much more to learn. The humbling realization
that one can never embrace total universal knowledge is the beginning
of enlightment. Formal schooling teaches one the principles for living
ones life. Success confirms the lessons learned. Failure is just another
lesson one is learning. Failure forces one to reflect on their imperfections,
to become humble, to make corrections, to grow and to continue the
journey to new heights of enlightenment/ knowledge. Success and failure
are called experience and these are the building blocks of one's character.
One must always seek perfection of character since it provides
the stable path for life's journey to ones personal summit.
One cannot negotiate life's journey to a personal summit without the
truth. As a mountain climber cannot lie about his climbing skills
and expect to safely climb a mountain, neither can one safely negotiate
life's journey lying to oneself. The latter provides no substance
or foundation to support the very essence of ones character, resulting
in a very shallow unstable person. One must know the true essence
of their character to realistically face life's challenges. When you
live the way of truth you have self-respect and self-esteem.
one never reaches an ultimate perfection of character, the continual
learning process constantly improves ones character. There is
a physics/ math analogy that basically says; if you continually
half the distance between you and a wall, you will never touch
the wall but you will get very close to it. One must consider
this analogy when training. Each time one improves their physical
and mental proficiency one has come closer to perfection of
their character. One must always endeavor to improve
One must have principles with which they navigate life's journey.
These principles are the core of ones very essence of being.
The bamboo on the Chayon Ryu emblem defines these base principles:
Honesty, Humility, Sincerity, Purity, and Loyalty. When one
is challenged to violate any of these base principles one must
realize that to stray from the principles is a weakness in ones
character. It is not always easy, nor appreciated by all when
one resists the temptation to stray from their base principles
but it does define a truly reliable person. Be faithful
to one's core principles.
Humbling of oneself is a character enriching practice. To show
respect to someone, whether it be an enemy, friend, someone
of authority, or someone much younger or older than oneself,
does not diminish ones own integrity or knowledge. In Chayon
Ryu one bows in all those circumstances to foster a respectful
conduct in training and on life's journey. Respect others
is an honorable practice in the dojang, as well as, in daily
As one practices the teachings of Chayon Ryu and progresses
through the ranks of color belts into the ranks of black belt,
one is continually developing physically and mentally. The evolution
in ones character over the years is dramatic. One no longer
feels the necessity to publicly demonstrate the physical techniques
but rather applies the mental spirit to avoid physical confrontation.
Life's journey will present many challenges where one will need
to make a split-second decision to resolve a problem physically
or mentally. In ones training one learns it is better to avoid
(mental) than to block (physical). One learns to Refrain from
Violent Behavior which improves ones character.