At Jung Suwon, we hear this a lot: Body and Mind as one! It is the first of our Code of Ethics here and so even the youngest of warriors, and the newest members learn this right away.
But what does it really mean? Our teacher, Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim, gives us great examples. “If you are studying for a test,” Great Grandmaster Tae Yu Kim says, “and for hours look into your book, but at the same time you are daydreaming about this particular boy (or girl) and thinking how to best ask her/him out – and then you wonder why you get a bad grade on your test – well, your body and mind were not together – your body was looking into the book, but your mind was elsewhere!”
The same goes for breaking during Jung Suwon testings, or demonstrations. At Jung Suwon, we do not practice breakings. We practice to focus on having body and mind in harmony, together. Sometimes Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim will ask some senior students to do some things that seem completely impossible – and they are, if you do not keep body and mind together. Only when you have achieved harmony of body, mind, and spirit, will you be able to perform something like this!
Here is Chief Master Paul Newman, catching an arrow. Please don’t try this by yourself! Wait until Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim asks you to perform this – she will know when you are ready!
Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim doesn’t ask us to practice these things, and we never do. Once our bodies and minds are in total harmony, catching an arrow will be no big deal. But until then – do not attempt this, and go practice your basics and forms!
And as a special treat, here is the video: