up to you." How many times have you heard this statement?
the truth is simple. We tend to make things more difficult than
they really are.
Grandmaster Kim Soo has always said, "Chayon
Ryu is a system based on "Basic Principles." We do not
teach thousands of techniques. In a combat situation your thousands
of techniques would be useless. You do not have time to identify
and implement the proper technique to protect yourself in your
We do not teach "style." There is no such
thing as style in martial arts. When you question why another
system is using "unnatural" principles they tend to
reply that it is their style of martial arts. It is not their
style. It is merely incorrect.
Chayon Ryu is beyond style. It is a system that understands
the "basic Principles" of life. All facets of life are
governed by "common sense basic principles." Martial
arts is one facet of life and is subject to its "priciples."
Failure to adhere to these principles results in an unbalanced
life as well as martial arts system."
Grandmaster Kim Soo has spent his life studying, researching,
and identifying these "basic principles." He was never
taught these "principles" by his teachers. Students
were never given this information. Instead each student was required
to find it themselves. This requires over 15 years of training
to find these principles. Most students quit or never find them
at all. Grandmaster Kim Soo wants to save us those years of searching
by offering them to us.
He leads us down the correct path, shows us the door,
opens the door and explains the "principle" inside.
It is our responsibility to enter the doorway and study the principle
contained within. Unfortunately some students are reluctant to
accept this responsibility. Grandmaster Kim Soo recognizes that
they have not opened their minds to the learning process. For
one reason or another they resist the simplicity of the "principle."
He explains that from his perspective they have not matured although
they may have been studying for many years. Their cup is full!
No one can mature without emptying their cup, cleaning
it until it is spotless and using it to catch the lessons of "common
sense." You must have the proper mental attitude to understand
these "principles" coupled with spirit and humility.
All that's necessary is to know the five basic hand
techniques and three basic kicking techniques. Everything else
is variety. You must be able to execute these techinques with
proper timing, breathing, body shifting, and balance of motion.
But execution is not enough. You must understand what you are
doing. You understand it when you can teach the technique properly.
If you can't teach it you do not know it.
The responsibility belongs to the student, not Grandmaster
Kim Soo. You must understand that the "simple basic principles"
are the only ones that matter. Once you understand the "principle",
you will automatically create the necessary technique to deal
with your specific situation. Everything is up to you!