Soo earned his first Black Belt in 1953 at the age of 14.
Dear Grandmaster Kim Soo,
I began my study of Chayon-Ryu in January
of 2004. Within that short amount of time, I have learned much. The outstanding
component of Chayon-Ryu is the incorporation of the Mind and Spirit along
with the physical (Body) training. I feel this is essential to all human
beings especially to children.
In my scholastic endeavors, I have graduated
with a BA in Psychology. I will be getting my Masters in Psychology and
hope to make a career in counseling and assessing children who have been
physically and sexually abused, focusing on the sexual abuse. I have learned
through my studies that the physical components to the sexual abuse are
not the ones that endure. Another thing I have learned is that the children
who are preyed upon are the ones without self-confidence, self-esteem
and self-worth. Predators prey on the children who are looking for a meaning
to their life and this lack of self-awareness makes them easy targets.
Chayon-Ryu can be beneficial to those who
have been abused and prevention for those who are in danger of abuse.
I am focusing on the Mind and Spirit part of the art because with children,
more times than not, the predator could over power them physically. Teaching
the child to have the self-confidence, self esteem and love for themselves
is a far better tool in the war on child sexual abuse.
As I continue my study of Chayon-Ryu, I
hope to gain mental and physical balance that will help me in my life
and I would like to pass the knowledge along to others. To date, there
are several methods of helping sexually abused children, to name a few:
Dance Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, and Music Therapy. I would like
to see Chayon-Ryu become a pre-emptive tool as well as a healing tool.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge, skills and determination!
Kara E. Elliot
Spring Branch School
Sept. 18, 2004