Have an empty cup!

Half-full or half-empty

Amen! Dr. Tae Yun Kim also shares sometimes in her lectures “The Maybe Story” – I won’t give it away 🙂 but basically from Dr. Kim’s Maybe Story I’ve learned that what might look like a loss may later turn out to be the thing you really needed right then to have great success later at something else. So, don’t get too tied up feeling ‘down’ about what seems, at the moment, like a failure – because some thing new and fanatic, that you never had even thought about, might be waiting around the corner for you!

So, like Dr. Tae Yun Kim says, “Have an empty cup!”

Words of Wisdom

Dr. Tae Yun Kim is a martial artist, author, speaker, CEO of a hi-tech company, and so much more…

In her book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within she writes:

I also say–have a large empty cup!  Let your cup be ready to hold many new things.  If we focus only on looking for a pearl, we miss the diamond at our feet.  It’s good to have a specific goal, but also be willing to receive all kinds of new ideas, new feelings, and new visions.  The only way we can ever truly learn something is if we are totally open and receptive.  The greatest obstacles to our learning are our own doubts, suspicions, and self-imposed limited judgments.

 Tae Yun Kim

Having a large empty cup means you are willing to fill it with anything and everything good, not just one thing.  You may start on a self-discovery journey to lose…

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Gratitude! Celebrate Every Breath!


Just this Monday, Memorial Day Holiday, a co-worker’s teenage daughter died in a car crash. It’s hard to find words. It was unbelievably sad. It was a total shock, totally unexpected, and devastating to the co-worker.

One on my mentor, Dr. Tae Yun Kim’s mottos is “Celebrate every living breath!” Her motto really hit home to me all this week, each time I thought of the co-worker and her daughter.

In the front of my mind too this week was also some of the powerful words Dr. Kim has written on gratitude and the power of gratitude.

Especially the following passage from her book, “The First element,” in which Dr Kim writes –

“A very powerful expression of love is simple gratitude. Why is gratitude powerful? When you express gratitude, you are acknowledging that something good exists. This action energizes that good thing and gives it momentum to continue existing.”

And she continued.

“…By making gratitude a part of your conscious daily life you are energizing the good you want to attract. What do you have that you want to keep? Whatever it is, consciously express gratitude for it. This keeps it alive and vibrating in your experience.”

It shouldn’t take, and I don’t want it to take, something shocking to make me remember and feel gratitude for everyone and everything good in my life.

I am so thankful for my life, to have Dr. Tae Yun Kim as my mentor, for my health, for friends who are brothers and sisters to me, to work with a purpose in my life (not just have ‘a job’), for family, and for all the blessings God brought me and will bring me.

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“True awareness means being right where you are, right now, without fear or worry or obsession about the future or past!”

Dr. Tae Yun Kim, “Seven Steps to Inner Power”

Yesterday I saw that the paint has worn away on a parking space outside where I work, in just such a way that the remaining paint now looks like a heart!

What are the odds of that, really? Kind of a miraculous, I think.

And definable it was a small miracle that I actually saw it yesterday because I’ve walked by that parking space, every day, for several years. But until yesterday, I never noticed that little bit of paint that now looks like a heart.  (So much for any awareness I might have thought I have claimed 🙂 . )

Seeing the painted heart, I remembered the quote, above, on awareness from my mentor Dr. Tae Yun Kim.

Suddenly I saw how  awareness – or in this case how my lack of awareness – affects me. All the other times that I have walked by that painted line, I was unaware, immersed in thinking, stressed, or worried about something or another – maybe a lot, maybe a little – but always enough such that I never saw this little paint heart. Even though it was literally under my feet.



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Break all barriers!


“Self-discovery means learning to live free!”
Tae Yun Kim, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within

This is one one my favorite quotes from my mentor and teacher, Dr. Tae Yun Kim.  It reminds me, like the little flower in the picture above, to not accept limitations that society puts on me, and especially not give into limitations that I that I put on myself. Dr. Kim is a constant inspiration – she has lived this quote and her motto, “He can do, she can do, why not me!” her whole life by overcoming, not just Korean culture, which at her birth in 1946 in South Korea labeled her bad luck and curse for being a first born girl, but also prejudice against women succeeding in martial arts, and later in business. When ever I have a tough day I remember the example she sets in her life, and it motivates me to keep going, I can do it, and to never give up!


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Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy 110th Belt Testing Cycle.

Super Congratulations to Jung SuWon’s 110th belt testing and all the JungSuwon JungSuwon Students to tested!! Thank you Great Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim for teaching us all your ‘He can Do, She can Do, Why not Me!” spirit and to never, ever give up!!

Self Discovery as a Jung Su Won Warrior

Jung SuWon Martial Arts Academy recently had our 110th Belt Testing Cycle. There were students of various color ranks testing to obtain their next belt rank. The students were nervous and anxious, but this is an opportunity for them to display what they have learned through their training. It is a testing of not only the […]

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Guard and Cherish your Health!


“Guard and Cherish your Health!” – Dr. Tae Yun Kim


Right now, during this year’s prime cold and flu season, I am also thinking a lot about how Dr. Tae Yun Kim, my mentor, has shared to –


Guard and cherish your health.  No matter what great things may be going on around you, without your health nothing really matters.  Not even the wealthiest person on the planet can replace good health if sickness and disease takes control.” 




I have also learned from Dr. Kim (who I am blessed to have as my mentor) that what you think and what you eat affect your health tremendously.  


I know in my 20’s, for example, I didn’t think about possible long range effects of what I ate. Now it seems every day more and more medical studies link food additives, processed food, and processed meat to cancer, in particular colon cancer. I focus now on eating healthy, organic food as much as possible – because (one of my favorite quotes) –

As Dr. Kim wrote in “Seven Steps to Inner Power,” – 

“No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what obstacles and limitations exist around you at this moment, you can change your life, your health, and your state of mind completely.”



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Achieving Our Goals

I fully agree! It can be easy to set goals. I know I have the best of intentions when I do – but then find it too easy to drop or forget my goal or goals when they – gasp – actually take hard work, time (maybe a lot of time), and effort to achieve. But from my mentor, Dr. Tae Yun Kim, I have seen that it is possible, first of all, to achieve goals. Dr. Kim is an incredible example of this, her life story is so inspiring. By example Dr. Kim has shown that through staying focused, determined, and patient, and persevering despite any and all odds, even impossibly seeming goals, will be accomplished.

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