|Founder: Dr. Kimm - Grandmaster Lee|
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During their conversation, Grandmaster Suh said that in any kind of martial arts, the eye is the most important factor in winning or loosing a match. He explained that you must look at the opponent as though you were looking for a remote mountain. Grandmaster Suh also said that you should try not to see only one leaf on a tree, but the entire forest on the mountainside. Using the same logic, you should see only one part of the opponent's body, but observe him from head to toe. He continued by saying that it is important to see the opponent with your mind's eye so that you can predict his next move. When you can correctly predict the opponent's movements, your mind can formulate an attack or a counter-attack. Grandmaster Suh told Dr. Kimm that, in order to open the mind's eye, you must practice basic techniques repeatedly until your physical eye becomes one with your foot movements, your body will respond naturally. He also stated that martial arts were a tool used to train out physical bodies and, at the same time, the mind.
Dr. Kimm had the opportunity to meet Grandmaster Lee Won-kuk, in the Spring of 1987 at his home in Alexandria, Virginia. Grandmaster Lee was the founder of Chung Do Kwan. He was the teacher of many students who eventually assumed very powerful positions within the martial arts arena. Some of those students were Son Duk-sung, the second President of the Chung Do Kwan and the current President of the World Tae Kwon Do Association; Kang Suh-jong, the current President of Kuk Moo Kwan and former President of the American Tae Kwon Do Association; Um Eung-kyu, the current President of the Chung Do Kwan and former Vice President of the Korea Tae Kwon Do Association, the Kuk Ki Won, and the World Tae Kwon Do Federation; Man Tae-hi, the former President of the Oh Do Kwan; Ko Jae chun, the former Director of the Korean Army Taw Kwon Do Groups in Vietnam; Cha Ji-chul, the former Director of the Korean Secret Service Agency in the later 1970's; Park Hai-man, the Chief Organizer of the Tae Kwon Do Games in the 1958 Seoul Olympic Games; and Jhoon Rhee, the father of American Tae Kwon Do.
Dr. Kimm asked Grandmaster Lee what his secret was to produce so many Grandmasters, Masters, and Black Belts. He was a very gentle and kind man who was eager to share his secret to success in martial arts. In the Fall of 1944, he was the first person to open a Tang Soo Do school in Korea. He explained that besides teaching techniques, the teacher and the student had to understand two fundamental elements in martial arts training: the first element was what the teacher could do for his students and the second element was what the students could do for their teacher.
As a martial arts teacher, he said that the teacher must always be strict with his students in teaching and training techniques as well as maintaining a virtuous moral code in the dojang. With this type of teaching, students learn true martial arts and are able to endure hardships during their training. Students who carried out those requirements were taught personally by the head teacher.
Martial arts students must never forget to appreciate their teacher. At the same time, students should always strive to have better techniques and a higher moral character than their teacher. Grandmaster Lee the compared this to an old saying, "The color green comes from the color blue, but the color green is brighter than the color blue. The ice comes from water, but ice is colder than water." In other words, the student is always better than his teacher. He continued by saying that martial arts will have a bright future if students live by these ideas. When a student does become better than his teacher, he must always remain humble and never forget to appreciate the techniques and moral code that he learned from his teacher. Once a student becomes a master, he should not forget that his position was a joint effort of both his and his teacher's sweat. Without the teacher, he could not have ever reached the level of master just as there is not ice without water and no green color without blue.
Dr. Kimm visited Seoul in the Summer of 1991. During this visit, he spent one week learning Ki accumulations and circulation from grandmaster Kwon Tae hoon. He was ninety-two year old and was assisted by his student who was a seventy five year old master. As Dr. Kimm sat beside Grandmaster Kwon, he noticed that the Grandmaster read a book without glasses that Dr. Kimm himself could not read without his glasses. Dr. Kimm felt ashamed that he had to pull them out of his pocket and place them on his face. This shame continued until graduation when Dr. Kimm placed first among the fifty graduating students.