Once a year I fly out to Texas to hang out with my Dad. I usually time my visits with the testing days for his Academy. On this trip, I had the opportunity to see his entire students under one roof.
I also met his friends and his Tae Kwon Do Master.
Nathan. One of my Dad’s instructor. One of the best I’ve seen.
My Dad’s TKD Master all the way from South Korea, Grand Master Kil Soo Won is 75 and still doing it. Here on day 2, he gave a Hapkido seminar.
When my Dad was about 8 he studied under Grand Master Won. He would run 2-3 miles to train under him. Around this time, The US Military was everywhere. The country was poor and there was political upheaval alongside crime. The way Master Won trained his students, from the stories he shared with me were to defend yourself from gangsters, corrupt people and just other TKD groups in S Korea. S Korea was a different place back in the day. It’s nice now but back then you had to hold your own.
I’ve been flying back and forth for the past few years but this trip has been an eye-opener.
Still, impresses me seeing his students. Well behaved and kind. And they train hard.
Learning more about my parents.
My Dad had a pretty good time that day. He seemed happy working alongside his Master.
Seeing everyone training encouraged me to start training again. Working with my Uncle, Grand Master Sop Huh.
Grand Master Lindeberg, Master Lindeberg, and Master Yun. The Lindeberg were my Dad’s students and Master Yun also studied under GM Won with my Dad when they were kids.
I hope to one day build up my business like my Dad.