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Wisdom and Strength

from the writings of Grandmaster Moo Hwan Kim

United Martial Arts Black Belt Association

Wisdom and Strength

Dear Students: March 2001

There is a very famous Grand Master in modern Tae Kwon Do development, Grand Master Choi. As an army Major General he founded modern Tae Kwon Do and was later the Korean ambassador to Malaysia. His whole life was dedicated to the development and advancement of Tae Kwon Do training. He created the Chun Gi series of forms and today General Choi lives in Toronto Canada. General Choi is a man small in stature, standing only five foot three inches tall and as a result he was constantly picked on as he grew up. He realized at a very young age he needed to learn self-defense. He trained in the martial arts with great dedication through High School and continued his education in Japan upon graduation. When he returned home for summer vacation, local gang members attempted to provoke him as he had tea with friends in a local restaurant. General Choi stood up and with tremendous power drove his fist through the table breaking it in half and warning these thugs to leave or he would not be responsible for what would happen to them. These gang members, seeing the tremendous power generated by this small man left and never bothered him again.

The above story can teach us a valuable lesson:

Train with dedication and commitment, building great strength mentally, physically and emotionally.

Mental fitness and physical conditioning allow you to be prepared to handle any situation

Think before you act, know that most physical confrontation and violence can be avoided by using your brain.

Remember strength and wisdom are a sure combination for success!

God Bless You,

Master Moo H. Kim

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