Camp Red Cloud 1965
Grandmaster Kim Soo performs a 'speed' break.
|TROPHIES AND COMPETITIONS
by Yolanda Horace, 5th Gup, Houston, Texas
was a recent Tae Kwon Do competition held in Houston that caused my associates,
neighbors, and coworkers to call and ask me, How come your school
does not compete in competitions? What type of school does not show their
I have been asked this question many times, but this time I went into
detail about why this is not the way of Chayon-Ryu. This is exactly what
I told them:
Chayon-Ryu is not a system for competition training or to learn how to
make people fear you. It is for the individual who wants to have good
health, confidence, and to experience a sense of inner peace within.
Grandmaster advises his students that trophies do not make a martial artist
successful and that our training should not be about showing off, but
educating others to what we are learning.
Although our Chayon-Ryu schools do not participate in competions, we as
martial artist challenge ourselves through our training.
Our system of Chayon-Ryu is known throughout the world. People in other
countries have been introduce to Grandmaster Kim Soo and the system of
Our training is very intense and serious. The students of Chayon-Ryu are
aware that we are expected to act as martial artists and show our spirit.
In our system, we have many ways of learning and absorbing our lessons:
1. Perfecting our skills through repetition
2. Understanding the basic principles before
being introduced to new forms
3. The honesty of the masters who will advise
if more practice is needed
4. Grandmaster Kim Soo, who through his
lectures tells us of our Chayon-Ryu heritage and why it is so important
to carry on the legacy.
Chayon-Ryu is not for material gain but for internal perfection. My training
has given me power of the mind, courage to face disappointments, and a
sense of accomplishment that no plastic trophy or screaming crowds could
ever provide. It is not necessary to prove my skills by beating on other
martial artists, or walking around with a chip on my shoulder to show
what I have been learning for the past 3 years.
After this explanation, several friends had to admit my training has changed
me into a different person: from a timid, insecure person that they knew
20 years ago to a positive calm person. I have invited several
people to come by the school and see exactly what Chayon-Ryu is preparing
the student for. Not something short-lived and superficial, but for something
that will last a lifetime; sincerity, responsibility, and the strength
This is the best trophy anyone training in the system of Chayon-Ryu
will and can receive.