As I prepared for the seminar, I originally planned to teach close to 200 techniques. I was prepared to do so. But, I also struggled with the fact that going over so many techniques, the reality was that most of it would be forgotten, quickly.
“A true martial art leader is not defined by the skills of the martial artist, nor the long and hard training, nor is it the experience of being a skilled diplomat. A true martial art leader is one who wholeheartedly embraces and acts with justice, righteousness, and virtue.”
I studied under one of the pioneers of Hapkido, GM Myung Kwang Sik, and continue that lineage with Chairman HWANG Deok-Kyu. I also was raised by the legacy of Korean Christianity, that started with my grandfather, who passed when my father was in his late teens. Both my grandfather and father served Christ, literally risking their lives at the hands of Japanese annexation and later, North Korean Communists. What a privilege to have been trained and raised by pioneers of martial arts and Christianity.
My students have called me the "terminator" - heard that way after the fact. The fact is, I trained those that were serious, that wanted to learn, that put in the extra effort, I trained them harder, I pushed them harder, I treated them harsher. It was an investment of my time, and I invested in those that were not necessarily the best, they often were, but I invested in those that tried, that tried when others quit, that kept going when others did not, that did before asking, and learned by doing, not by talking.
Study the classics and one will find both simplicity and complexity, many layers of techniques that will come at times, like a zen moment, it will just be there. The names and "styles" that come and go, they are within and have been within the arts since the beginning, it is only immaturity that hides the truth.
Your mind is the greatest weapon. Hope and pray the arts of war never have to be used, but be prepared to do so with conviction and commitment, without hesitation. It is not pleasant, but must be thought through before you have to take action, not waiver on if you are going to make a decision to act.