ANNOUNCEMENT OF CHUN SEUNG DISCIPLES
Traditional martial arts are a rich lineage of history. Traditional martial arts are rooted in the concept of "family". The relationships of the traditional martial arts family are very respectful. Master is a title of the highest honor and respect earned by the individual who achieves a high level of skill in the martial arts, lives with the highest moral standards and is balanced mentally and physically. Master is a title that should not be misused or abused in any manner.
In ancient Korean culture masters were very cautious to teach because the nature of martial arts skills contains harming skill that may cause damage to others. Traditionally most techniques were passed down to family members for protection and improvement of mental and physical health. If an individual wanted to study with master, it required a great deal of effort to be accepted. However if master accepted an individual, this person was treated as a family member. The Korean word for master is "sa boo nim" and is used without adding the master's family name with it. The literal English translation is sa (teaching), boo (father) and nim (sir). If a student refers to their master by their name it is considered disrespectful.
Disciple is a title of high honor. An individual begins their journey in traditional martial arts as an accepted student. The journey of a traditional martial arts student may last a few months, few years and even a lifetime. The naming of disciples is a time-honored tradition of traditional martial arts. Disciples are only selected during key dates within a traditional martial arts lineage. For example, disciples are traditionally named by the founder of the art or if a master has traveled to another country and decides to pass on his lineage. These are examples or major milestones in the arts lineage. Master may choose to examine a potential student's character and reputation for years ... even decades. Once master decides to name a disciple, a closed door disciple ceremony is completed. During the disciple ceremony master and students exchange courtesy and respect and formally recognize the special family relationship. Traditionally, as stated, disciples are accepted as family members. If there are multiple disciples, one disciple is nominated to represent the art and carry on master's lineage. The traditional Korean word for this person is "jang moon". The jang moon possesses the best knowledge, character and skill to maintain the purity of the art.
The traditions of Chun Seung arrived with Chief Grandmaster Song, Kyoung Sik on November 5th, 1981. Grandmaster arrived in Arlington, Virginia from South Korea and is now establish in Texas. On December 16th, 2012, Chief Grandmaster announced his first nomination of Chun Seung disciples in a private ceremony held in Carrollton, Texas. Achieving a black belt is an accomplishment derived from consistent sincere dedication and hard work. That is why a black belt is recognized, honored and respected as an achievement. By attaining the position of disciple, these students have reached the ultimate accomplishment that continues the requirement of respect and honor to their master.
CHUN SEUNG WON DISCIPLES
INSTRUCTOR CLAYTON MOORE
INSTRUCTOR PHILIPPE LEWIS
INSTRUCTOR KRIS GLOVER
INSTRUCTOR KAREN ASKEW
INSTRUCTOR MICHAEL VICK
INSTRUCTOR ANDREW SONG