Master Kim Soo with Master Bae Young-ki who was the first student of the Jidokwan dojang under G.M. Chun Sang-sup in 1973 at The Korea Tae Soo Do association in Seoul, Korea.
It's Up to You

by Joe Sullins

  "It's 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 specific situation.
  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!