Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Wisdom School of taekwondo - - JIDOKWAN

Yun Byung-in and Chun Song-sup

Supreme Grandmaster Chun Song-sup  as a youth traveled a great deal and studied Judo and Karate-do. He attended college in Japan and studied at Takushoku University studying KarateDo (Kongsudo, in Korean) Shotokan under it's founder Gichin Funakoshi's son Gigo Funakoshi.  In 1946 Supreme Grandmaster Chun Song-sup began teaching Kongsoodo in a large gym in Seoul, Korea called Choson YunMoo Kwan Judo DoJang.   The President of the YunMoo Kwan gym at that time was Mister Lee Kyung-suk.

Teaching at the same gym was another instructor, Yun Byung-in.   Master Yun had trained in Japan with Master Toyama Kanken.   Master Yun had also trained in Manchuria learning KwonBup (Chuan Fa or Kenpo).   Master Yun stayed at the YunMooKwan for only a short time, until September of 1947 when he established himself at the YMCA in Seoul.

The two masters Chun and Yun were often called brothers because they trained so much together.  There was definitely a lot of sharing that went on between these two great martial artists and they often traveled to Manchuria to train with different people and at different schools. 

Master Yun eventually left the Choson Yun Moo Kwan and went to the YMCA where he taught YMCA KwonBup Boo which would later become Changmookwan.

Dr. Yun Kwae-byung who began his training as a child in Osaka under Mabuni Kenwa, founder of ShitoRyu.  He later attended college in Tokyo where he received his PhD and opened his own dojo under Toyama Kanken known as Kan Bukan. This dojo was open to students of any race that wanted to train hard. The legendary Mas Oyama studied at the Kan Bukan. Yun Kwae-byung and Yun Byung-in because of their respective Kwonbup and ShitoRyu experience were both promoted to Shihan (sabam) level in Japan by Toyama Kanken. The only two Korean founding master to receive shihan rank in Japan.

In 1948 Shihan Yun Kwae-byung returned to Korea and soon began teaching Yunmookwan Kongsoodo-bu for Chun Song-sup who's schools were expanding in every direction.  Chun Song-sup continued to teach himself at the Yunmookwan for another five years until the outbreak of the Korean war in 1950.  

At that time Seoul, Korea's capitol, was overrun by the North Koreans and both of these great martial artist Grandmasters Chun Song-sup and Yun Byung-in  disappeared. Master Yun was taken to North Korea where he lived out his days working in a mine. He still has family in South Korea. It is feared that Master Chun did not fare as well.

 After the war when the Yunmookwan reopened  it no longer taught Kongsoodo but instead became the central dojang of the Korean Yudo (judo) Association.

Though the doors of the Yunmookwan were closed during the war, classes were still being taught elsewhere and training continued for Master Chun Song-sup's students.   Grandmaster Chun Song-sup brother Chun Il-sup  and some of his senior students including Kim Hyuk-nae opened a dojung in Kunsan, Korea in the vicinity of where the front line were established during the war, and another element of students trained in Pusan.  

NOTE: My instructor Chun Kae-bae (pictured below with his instructor) was a student of Chun Il-sup and was mentored by Kim Hyuk-nae. "The boys from Kunsan were all about sparing, sometimes 2-3 hours a day, nonstop."

Chun Kae-bae and Chun Il-sup

Kim Hyuk-nae with Ernie Lieb

“Ignorance is the cause of suffering.  Eliminate Ignorance and you eliminate suffering or attain freedom.”  "The way to eliminate suffering was The Way of Wisdom”                                                                                                      ~~ Guatama Buddha

                  THE SCHOOL OF WISDOM   . . .  

. . .   is the translation of Ji (wisdom) do (the way or path as in Taoism) kwan (association).  

Dalma: the symbol of the monk Bodhidaruma, the internationally Jidokwan emblem.

In 1950 Yunmookwan Kongsoodo Bu is in turmoil, their leader missing and presumed dead. The seniors of the school decided that with there was only one man to take over leadership, the only Shihan in Korea, Grandmasters Yun Kwae-byung  who had trained with Toyama Kanken  and had reached  a 4th degree Shihan level in Karate-do ShudoKan, Kanken’s school.  At the insistence of the seniors Yun accepted the Kwanjung [leader of the kwan (association or school)] position. Out of respect to Chun, Yun changed the name to Jidokwan, which was the Korean translation of Yun's first style, ShitoRyu.

Note:  At that time in karate the highest rank, the rank of the founder of a system was 5th dan.  They did not have 9 degrees of black belt as we do now.

When the Korean War ended and the New South Korean Government  controlled Seoul the group of students established by Master Chun Song-sup and now under the leadership of Yun Kwae-byung surfaced again in Seoul under the name of Taekuk ChaRyuk Kwan.   Besides Master Yun Kwae-byung and Lee Chong-woo other senior instructors were Lee Kyo-yun,  Kim Hyuk-nae,  and Chun Il-sup.   These instructors were teaching Kongsoodo Jidowan. 

NOTE: Taekuk Charyuk kwan was the name of the school, not the name of the style. For example if a club was opened in the City Hall, it might be called the City Hall Taekwondo Club, but the style would still be Jidokwan.

Master Yun, Kwae Byung's martial arts lineage is traced backwards to Master Toyama Kanken, 1888-1966.  Master Kanken taught not only Yun, Byung In,  but also Taekwondo Moodukkwan Grandmaster and “The Godfather of Taekwondo in America, Grandmaster Ki Whang Kim (Kim Ki-whang), late of Washington, D.C.  

Most of the Korean's that were in Japan for education learned either Shoto kan, Gichin Funakoshi's art, or Toyama Kanken's Shudo Kan, with the exception of Yun-Kwae Byung who studied ShitoRyu Karatedo and Yun Byung-in who had studied KwonBup, Chinese boxing in Manchuria during the 40 years that Japan occupied Korea and during the time of the Second World War.

NOTE: Masters Funakoshi Gichin, Mabuni Kenwa and Toyama Kanken were from the Ryukyu Islands or Okinawa, they were NOT Japanese.   Master Funakoshi took a troop of Okinawan Master's on a tour of Japan to demonstrate and teach Tote Jitsu their indigenous system based upon Shaolin, Shorei  and White Crane Chinese Boxing.    Kenwa Mabuni, Toyama Kanken and Choki Mitobu were part of this tour.   These masters decided to stay in Japan to teach their arts to the Japanese and eventually Funakoshi changed the name to Karate-do. There was much prejudice against the Koreans by the Japanese, but these masters were NOT JAPANESE, the Okinawans, like the Koreans were a people subjugated by the Japanese.


In the 1950’s Jidokwan and the many other Kwan’s tried several times to unify, never really accomplishing this feat.   First there was the DaeHan (Korean) Kongsoodo (Karate) Association. Which included the Great Grandmasters  Ro Byong-jik of Sungmookwan, Yoon Kwae-byung of Jidokwan, Son Duk-sung of Chongdokwan, Lee Nam-suk of Changmookwan,  Lee Chong Woo of Jidokwan, Hyun Jong Myun, Jo Young Joo, and Kim In Hwa.   Soon after the founding of the Korean Kongsoodo Association, Supreme Grandmaster Whang Kee of Moodukkwan dropped out because he was not on the testing committee.  Soon after that Sun Duk-sung the president of Chongdokwan also dropped out for the same reason. 

Whang Kee proceeded to found the Korean Tangsoodo Association.  The Korean Kongsoodo Association began to crumble.   The Korean Tangsoodo Association made an attempt to get government approval but by pulling some political strings this was blocked by Jidokwan’s Yun Kwae-byung  and Sungmookwan’s Ro Byong-jik.

Under the Presidency of Park Chung-hee the entire country of Korea began to thrive and there was a major effort do to the atrocities of the Japanese during the occupation to distance the new art of Taekwondo from the Japanese. With government support and resources and putting Dr. Kim Un-yong in charge of taekwondo, he created the World Taekwondo Federation to act as a leadership body for the sport and Lee Chong-woo was put in charge of the Kukkiwon and creating a distinctly Korean art. There was major effort to change the uniforms, the poomsae/forms and everything else about the art. Because the legs are longer and stronger, a major effort was put into developing a kicking art much like the historical Korean art of Taekyun.

Jidokwan Today 

  Under Lee Chong-woo’s lead, "officially," Jido Kwan in Korea was absorbed by the Kukkiwon. The new generation of Korean martial artists who worked their way through the Kukkiwon system had instructors from many of the different martial arts including those of Jido Kwan.   Dr. Kim Un-yong officially dissolved the kwans, some of them like Songmookwan (shotokan) and Jidokwan (shitoryu) had references to Japanese systems. No Kwans are "offically" allowed to exist in Korea at this time except as fraternal organizations, and all ranking and testing is done through the Kukkiwon.

Until a few  years ago Lee Chung-woo was president of Taekwondo Jidokwan.   The current president is Mu Han-kim.   To use the name Taekwondo in Korea today you must be part of the Kukkiwon and the art is officially called Kukki Taekwondo.    Supreme Grandmaster Hwang Kee of Moodukkwan still calls his organization Subakdo and for a long time he and Dr. Yun Kwae-byung  co-ran it.  Dr. Yun calls his school Karate-Do Jidokwan.   They are NOT part of the Kukkiwon. 
Jidokwan as it exists in the United States today consists of two groups.  The traditional art which is taught by Korean Masters who came to this country still teaching it as it was taught in the kwans, with Japanese influence and their students, the first generation American Taekwondo masters, including myself.  Also by young Masters who trained in Korea under the Kukkiwon system, but in an effort to have an identity claim their chief instructor in Korea was a product originally of Jidokwan.

    Those instructors trained in the Kukki Taekwondo in Korea teach only the poomsae/forms authorized by the Kukkiwon: taeguk 1-8, koryo, kumgang, taebaek, pyongwon, shipjin, jitae, chonkwon, hansoo, ilyo and they concentrate mostly on full--contact, sport sparring with body armor.
The Jidokwan instructors in traditional Jidokwan teach what their individual instructors offered them including the use of hands, sweeping, throwing and selfdefense.   Since Grandmaster Lee Chong-woo in his tenure as president of Jidokwan was also the head of Kukkiwon his focus was on Kukki Taekwondo much to the neglect of Jidokwan.  In countries outside of Korea, there is no unified system of Jidokwan.

Hit it really hard . . . if it doesn't break . . . hit it again harder.

Brick breaking at a Charity Event

There has always been some misconception about the purpose of breaking things in the martial arts, and now they use these composite boards that easily break into three pieces. So what's that all about?

Originally the "striking arts" of Korea, Japan and China were developed to enable people to defend themselves in life and death fights. There was no sport! 

Training at that time was divided into five areas: warm-up and flexibility development, strength training, impact training, poomse (hyung, forms, kata, quan) and hoshinsul or application of the movements in the poomse. There was very little sparring. Then the Japanese messed this up by deciding that the real striking arts were barbaric, archaic and they didn't like the way they were taught. The striking arts should become modern sports, like judo and kendo, more Japanese.  The Japanese created point sparring and converted kata from self defense patterns to artistic folk dance. Gone were the emphasis on strength and impact and the applications of the movements of the forms.

The ancient masters  didn't know the formula F=MA, or that power equals your body mass times the speed that you hit. But the original masters knew that power came from speed and speed came from strong, flexible muscles. The masters of old used traditional weight lifting equipment, bars and dumbbells and also crafted specific strengthening devices. This training was integral to the original martial artist as seen in this ancient text which describes strength and impact training methods.


The master of old understood that in order for the body to get stronger, it must continuously be challenged. The first three drawings to the left depict strength development for the arms and shoulders with dumbbell like devices.

Drawings 4 and 5 show the development of gripping strength using the principle of progressive resistance. First the student lifted empty pots, then filled them with rocks to make them heavier. Later continuing the same process with bigger pots.

Drawing five shows a military press with a fabricated barbell and drawings 7 and 8 are showing wrist strengthening again with progressive resistance.

NOTE: Strong gripping strength is important for self defense and grappling and not so much for sport sparring which is why strength training was not taught because grabbing is not part of the sport.

Another important aspect of classical martial arts, mudo was impact training. How to take and give a strike. The ninth drawing to the right of the middle row is the use of a talyunbong, a pole wrapped with hemp rope that was kicked, punched and shadow boxed with.

There is also another type of talyunbong (pictured to the right) that is 4x4 cut and tapered to 2 inches at the top that is buried and struck. Because of the give in this type of talyunbong, it could be struck much harder without injury. 

Drawings 10, 11 and 12 show the use of striking bags again with the emphasis of continuing to increase size to increase the load your body using progressive resistance  to developing strength and causing you to hit much harder.

The last drawing is of a man striking and grabbing sand or iron shot. This training was used to toughen the skin, the grip and for developing and iron palm like strike.

So what about breaking things?  

Kyukpa: the art of breaking evolved naturally from the curiosity of people training physically to see how hard they could strike. The traditional swordsmen practiced cutting bamboo, to make sure that their slices were at the correct speed and angle to destroy their targets. The empty handed artists did the same thing and using the same principle of progressive resistance began first breaking one pine board, then multiple boards and later bricks, river rocks and even multiple cement slabs as Grandmaster Stepan, pictured to the right does.

Breaking or rather human psychology is an interesting phenomena. As an instructor I would call up a 180 pound adult to hit a one foot square piece of wood and they would hit it repeatedly until they became frustrated and unable to break it. Then I'd call up a younger student that weighed half as much that would break "the same piece of wood" with almost no effort with one blow. And as a teacher you'd ask yourself, what is really going on here?

Really, the art of kyukpa is the art of overcoming fear, the fear of getting hurt and teaching the student to muster the mental strength to smash their hand, foot or head into the piece of wood or cement hard enough to break it, or break them. Breaking is about developing indomitable spirit. The spirit of being  undefeat-able. The true essence of kyukpa is not to show off your ability, it is to foster the spirit of undefeat-able and by the principle of progressive resistance to challenge that artist to become a better and stronger human being both mentally and physically.

In the spirit of wisdom

Childan Sam Naples

Thursday, June 25, 2015


"First is victory over self . . . next is  victory over lesser men."

This photo was taken at Supreme Grandmaster Chun's first taekwondo school in Youngstown. It was called MASTER CHUN KARATE (the name taekwondo was unknown in the USA, we practiced Korean Karate) and located at  3328 Market Street in Youngstown, Ohio.  This pic was taken the Monday after winning my first grand championship. I'm pictured here with my instructor, Supreme Grandmaster Chun Kae-bae, Grandmaster Charles Stepan and young Steven Willis, an amazing martial artist. 
This tournament took place 6 months AFTER I was injured and I could no longer kick. This was quite devastating considering that kicking with my front leg was my specialty. In fact my front leg kicking had been dubbed by Grandmaster Stepan, taste-the-toe, because you didn't see it, you just got smacked." 

About half of the students went to Canton for Grandmaster Kim Soon-ho's tournament, but I didn't go. I stayed behind to teach class. It was funny/strange because I told the other student's: "I'm not sure if I'll go later, but if I do I'll win."  I was never more certain of anything in my life. 
So I was cleaning up the school after class and Mr. Stepan (grandmaster Stepan) shows up and asks: "so do you want to go to Canton?"   I though for a moment, and than said, "Okay, lets do this!"

So I fought my way thru the eliminations pretty handily and then it was time for the grand championship fight. It was me against Tom Fetterly a student of Grandmaster Kim Il-kwan of Cincinnatti who was an amazing kicker. And me trying to FIND A WAY to fight without using my kicks. So when the fight is over I've won 2 to 1. BUT WAIT! There is a powwow at the front table and they come up with, "This is such a prestigious championship, it should go two rounds."  Master Stepan comes up to me and says: "they're doing it to you, they want a taekwondo kicker to win, nothing personal." In the second round I won 3-1.   Despite their best efforts, I WAS THE GRAND CHAMPION.
At the celebration dinner that night one of the Korean masters sitting at our table said, "he (Tom Fetterly) was a much better fighter than you." I responded: "Yes, but if I hit him on the head with a rock, he's still dead!" The master looked at me stunned. In Jidokwan we have a concept, NO CHOICE. Which means FIND A WAY, life is not a rehearsal!

The martial arts school is called dojung (dojo in Japanese) and should be a spiritual place. Sometimes called, "the death field", because day-after-day, in every class the student makes mistakes and "dies little deaths" over and over again. This as opposed to a the battle field where you may only die once. 

"First is victory over self, next is victory over lesser men," . . . . GoRinNoSho.  
In the studio each day we are learning to find a way to control the body, to find a way to make our emotions work for us, to find a way to defeat our opponent and ultimately to still the mind, called victory over self.  

The SPIRIT OF MUDO is the THE SPIRIT OF NOT BEING DEFEATED . . . of FINDING A WAY.  This does not mean we never lose, it means we are indomitable . . . UN-defeatable . . . because there is no quit . . . there is only find a way, or die trying.

The martial arts were not developed so that only elite jocks could defend themselves. They were developed so the weak and handicapped could protect themselves against stronger, better armed opponents. THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON IS in life there will be obstacles, find a way to survive, find a way to win, FIND A WAY

In the spirit of wisdom 

Childan Sam Naples

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Richard Bandler

Richard Bandler is the father and co-founder with John Grinder of Neuro-Linguistic Programming as well as teacher of Master Sam Naples.

Richard Wayne Bandler was born February 24, 1950 in New Jersey, which is where he credits having developed his tenacious attitude. As a youth his family moved to San Francisco and he lived in the famed Chinatown area where he credits learning acupuncture and the martial arts. It was only natural for Bandler who grew up in the 60’s in San Francisco to be interested in rock and roll music and while in high school he became a successful musician in a rock band.

After graduating high school Richard who was interested in mathematics, computers and physics began attending school at the University of California in Santa Cruz (UCSC).

Richard Bandler got the opportunity to house sit for a psychiatrist who went off to India, “to find himself.” Richard got interested in the many . . . . . . . . . click here to go to the website to read the rest of the article on NLP father and co-founder, Dr. Richard Bandler.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

An Incident in Boston

An Incident In Boston

The Power of Decision

The greatest decision of all times, as far as any American citizen is concerned, was reached in Philadelphia, July 4 , 1776, when fifty-six men signed their names to a document which they well know would bring freedom to all American, or leave every one of the fifty-six hanging from a gallows!

You have heard of this famous document, but you may not have drawn from it their great lesson in personal achievement it so plainly taught.

We all remember the date of this momentous decision, but few of us realize what courage that decision required. We remember out history as it was taught we remember dates and the names of the men who fought ‘we remember Valley Forge and Yorktown’ we remember George Washington, and Lord Cornwallis. But we know little of the real forces back of these names, dates and place. We know still less of that intangible power which insured us freedom long before Washington’s armies reached Yorktown.

It is nothing short of tragedy that the writers of history have missed entirely even the slightest reference to the irresistible power which gave birth and freedom to the nation destined to set up new standards of independence for all the peoples of the earth. I say it is a tragedy because it is the self-same power which must be used by every individual who surmounts the difficulties of life and force lift to pay the price asked.

Let us briefly review the events which gave birth to this power. The story begins with an incident in Boston, March 5, 1770. British soldier were patrolling the streets, openly threatening the citizens by their presence. The colonists resented armed men marching in their midst. They began to express their resentment openly, hurling stones as well as epithets at the marching soldiers, until the commanding officer gave orders,

“Fix bayonets…Charge!”

The battle was on. It resulted in the death and injury of many. The incident aroused such resentment that the Provincial Assembly (made up of prominent colonists) called a meeting for the purpose of taking definite action. Two of the members of that Assembly were John Hancock and Samuel Adams. They spoke up courageously and declared that a move must be made to eject all British soldiers from Boston.

Remember this --- a decision, in the minds of two men, might properly be called the beginning of the freedom which we of the United States now enjoy. Remember too that the decision of these two men called for faith and courage because it was dangerous.

Before the Assembly adjourned, Samuel Adams was appointed to call on the governor of the province, Hutchinson, and demand the withdrawal of the British troops.

The request was granted, the troops were removed form Boston, but the incident was no9t closed. It had caused a situation which was destined to change the entire trend of civilization.

Minds Begin to Work Together

Richard Henry Lee became an important factor this story because he and Samuel Adams corresponded frequently, sharing freely their fears and their hopes concerning the welfare of the people of their provinces. From this practice, Adams conceived the idea the a mutual exchange of letter between the thirteen colonies might help to bring about the coordination of effort so badly needed in connection with the solution of their problems. Two years after the last clash with the soldiers in Boston (March 1972), Adams presented this idea to the Assembly in the form of a motion that a Correspondence committed be established among the colonies, with definitely appointed correspondents in each colony, “for the purpose of friendly cooperation for the betterment of the colonies of British America”

It was the beginning of the organization of the far-flung power destined to give freedom to you and to me. The “Master-Mind” group had already been organized. It consisted of Adams, Lee and Hancock.

The Committee of Correspondence was organized. The citizens of the colonies had been waging disorganized warfare against the British soldiers through incidents similar to the Boston riot, but nothing of benefit had been accomplished. Their individual grievances had not been consolidated under one “Master-Mind” group. No group of individuals had put their hearts, minds, should, and bodies together in one definite decision to settle their difficulty with the British once and for all until Adams, Hancock and Lee got together.

Meanwhile, the British were not idle. They too were doing some planning and “Master-Minding” on their own account, with the advantage of having back of them money and organized soldiery.

An Instant Decision Changes History

The Crown appointed Gage to supplant Hutchinson as the governor of Massachusetts. One of the new governor’s first acts was to send a messenger to call on Samuel Adams, for the purpose of endeavoring to stop his opposition---by fear.

We can best understand the spirit of what happened by quoting the conversation between Colonel Fenton (the messenger sent by Gage) and Adams:

Colonel Fenton: “I have authorized by Governor Gage to, assure you, Mr. Adams, that the governor has been empowered to confer upon you such benefits as would be satisfactory [Endeavor to win Adams by promise of bribes] upon the condition that you engage to cease in your opposition to the measures of the government. It is the governor’s advice to you, Sir, not to incur the further displeasure of His Majesty. Your conduct has been such as makes you liable to penalties of and Acts of Henry VII, by which persons can be sent to England for trial fort treason, or misprision of treason, at the discretion of a governor of a province, But, by changing your political course, you will not only receive great personal advantages, but you will make peace with the King.”

Samuel Adams had the choice of two decision. He could cease his opposition ad receive personal bribes, or he could continue and run the risk of being hanged!

Clearly, the time had come when Adams was forced to reach instantly a decision which could have cost his life. Adams insisted upon Colonel Fenton’s word of honor that the colonel would deliver to the governor the answer exactly as Adams would give it to him.

Adams’ answer: “Then you may tell Governor Gage that I trust I have long since made my peace with the king of Kings. No personal consideration shall induce me to abandon the righteous cause of my county. And, tell Governor Gage it is the advice of Samuel Adams to him, no longer to insult the feelings of and exasperated people.”

When Governor Gage received Adams’ caustic reply, he flew into a rage and issued a proclamation which real, “I do, hereby, in His Majesty’s name, offer and promise his most gracious pardon to all persons who shall forthwith lad down their arms, and return to the duties of peaceable subjects, excepting only form the benefit of such pardon, Samuel Adams and John Hancock, whose offences are of too flagitious a nature to admit of any other consideration but that of condign punishment.

As one might say in modern slang, Adams and Hancock were “on the spot!” The threat of the irate governor forced the two men to reach another decision, equally as dangerous. The hurriedly called a secret meeting of their staunchest followers. After the meeting had been called to order, Adams locked the door, placed the key in his pocket, and informed all present that it was imperative that a congress of the colonists be organized, and that no man should leave the room until the decision for such a congress had been reached.

Great excitement followed. Some weighed the possible consequences of such radicalism. Some expressed grave doubt as to the wisdom of so definite a decision in defiance of the Crown. Locked in that room were tow men immune to fear, blind to the possibility of failure, Hancock and Adams. Through the influence of their minds, the other were induced to agree that, through the Correspondence Committee, arrangements should be mad for a meeting of the First Continental Congress, to be held in Philadelphia, September 5, 1774.

Remember this date. It is more important than July 4, 1776. If there had been no decision to hold a Continental Congress, there could have been no signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Before the first meeting of the new Congress, another leader, in a different section of the county, was deep in the throes of publishing a “Summary View of the rights of British America.” He was Thomas Jefferson, of the Province of Virginia, whose relationship to Lord Dunmore (representative of the Crown in Virginia) was as strained as that of Hancock and Adams with their governor.

Shortly after his famous Summary of Rights was published, Jefferson was informed that he was subject to prosecution for high treason against His Majesty’s government. Inspired by the threat, one of Jefferson’s colleagues, Patrick Henry, boldly spoke his mind, concluding his remarks with a sentence which shall remain forever a classic, “ If this be treason, make the most of it.”

It was such men as these who, without power, without authority, without military strength, without money sat in solemn consideration of the destiny of the colonies, beginning at the opening of the First Continental Congress, and continuing at intervals for two years---until on June 7, 1776, Richard Henry Lee arose, addressed the Chair, and to the startled Assembly made this motion:

“Gentlemen, I make the motion that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent States, that they be absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of

Great Britain is, and ought to be totally dissolved.”

Thomas Jefferson Reads Aloud

Lee’s astounding motion was discussed fervently, and at such length that he began to lose patience. Finally, after days of argument ,he again took the floor, and declared in a clear, firm voice, “Mr. President, we have discussed this issue for days. It is the only course for us to follow. Why then, sir, do we longer delay? Why still deliberate? Let this happy day give birth to an American Republic. Let her arise, not to devastate and to conquer, but to re-establish the reign of peace and of law.”

Before his motion was finally voted upon, Lee was called back to Virginia because of serious family illness, but before leaving, he placed his cause in the hands of his friend, Thomas Jefferson, who promised to fight until favorable action was taken. Shortly thereafter the President of Congress (Hancock) appointed Jefferson as chairman of a committee to draw up a Declaration of Independence.

Long and hard the committee labored on a document which would mean, when accepted by the Congress, that every man who signed would be signing his own death warrant should the colonies lose in the fight with Great Britain, which was sure to follow.

The document was drawn, and on June 28, the original draft was read before the Congress. For several days it was discussed, altered, and made ready. On July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson stood before the Assembly and fearlessly read the most momentous decision ever place upon paper:

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect

to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes

which impel them to the separation…..”

When Jefferson finished, the document was voted upon, accepted and signed by the fifty-six men, every one staking his own life upon his decision to write his name. By that decision came into existence a nation destined to bring to mankind forever the privilege of making decisions.

Analyze the events which led to the Declaration of Independence, and be convinced that this nation, which now holds a position of commanding respect and power among all nations of the world, was born of a decision created by a “Master-Mind” group consisting of fifty-six men. Note well the fact that is was their decision which insured the success of Washington’s armies, because the spirit of that decision was in the heart of every soldier who fought with them, and served as a spiritual power which recognizes no such thing as failure.

Note also (with great personal benefit) that the power which gave this nation its freedom is the selfsame power that must be used by every individual who becomes self determining. This power is made up of the principles described in this book. It will not be difficult to detect in the story of the Declaration of Independence at least six of these principles: desire, decision, faith, persistence, the “Master-Mind” group, and organized planning.


By Napoleon Hill

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I am a Grandmaster...And it really depresses the hell out of me.

I am a Grandmaster...And it really depresses the hell out of me.

I just found out that in Kukki Taekwondo, I am a grandmaster . The definition of Grandmaster is anyone that is a Ryuk-dan, 6th degree black belt or higher. As a chil-dan, 7th degree, that means me.

As the previous owner of a commercial martial arts school. I’m ashamed to say that toward the end of my teaching career, in an effort to compete against the more commercial schools I did lower the bar a little. I’m not proud of it. This is also why I got out of the martial arts business. I could not teach Taekwondo the way I believed it should be taught and make money at it. It became a matter of conscience. I’m much happier now to be away from the day-to-day struggle of running a commercial dojung.

Click here to read the full article:
I am a Grandmaster...And it really depresses the hell out of me .

In the spirit of wisdom,

Childan Sam Naples
Grandmaster Chun Taekwondo Jidokwan

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Old Taekwondo Times Article about me is now on my website.


This was an old article written about me in the old Traditional Taekwondo Magazine.

It was a Grand Championship match, and it could have been for a world title--the action was worth of it! What it was for though, was the title of National Open Championship for one year, and for the six-foot trophy what went with it. But that was plenty! The agression, the speed, the techniuqe, it was all there. By title it was an open tournament, but it was a Korean sponsored open, which meant that kicking technique would be especially favored.

The younger man wearing no safety equipment on his hands fo reet was Sam Naples twenty-five year old fourth-degree Black Belt from Youngstown, Ohio. Chasing him around the squared-off battleground was one of Ohio's flashiest kickers, Out of Cincinnati, The Kicker had been winning tournaments for a long time, and deservedly. The physical scope of his attack was awesome -- spinning, jumping, back-turning kicks. He had them all...and Sam hand none of them. Oh, they were in his arsenal, but for two years now he had been unable to lift his knee belt high to get off a decent kick. When ever he would try he would nearly collapse with pain. Worse yet, he would be unable to use the leg again for weeks. So, here he was, having punched his way through all the black belt opposition, thrown up gainst this flashy kicker, knowing full well that he couldn't throw a kick of his own. To complicate matters, The Kicker knew he couldn't kick, and was taking advantage of that knowledge, as well he should. He was furiously bombardin Naples now, front snap, side, thrusting, roundhouse -- combination after combination, yet he couldn't score. Maybe Naples couldn't kick any more, but he sure could block ... boy, could he block.

You are read SAM NAPLES . . . TRIPPLE THREAT . . . GENTLEMAN, Click here to read the entire article.

True to the TRUTH

Childan Sam Naples
Supreme Grandmaster Chun Kae-bae Taekwondo Jidokwan

Saturday, September 23, 2006

American Taekwondo grieves the loss of its’ Most Senior Student

Grandmaster Ernest H. Lieb 1940— September 22, 2006

How do you describe Ernie Lieb?

These words come to mind …unstoppable … indomitable spirit… kind … smiling … master … grandmaster … leader … patriarch … pioneer … loving student … friend.

I met Ernie for the first time this past May in Cleveland as a guest of Master Al Cole. I had been looking forward to meeting Grandmaster Lieb for quite some time. His instructor in Korea, Kim Hyun-nae was the best friend and senior of my instructor Grandmaster Chun Kae-bae in the Chun Il-sup lineage of Jidokwan.

In May I went to the Grand Opening of a new studio in Cleveland where Ernie was the guest of honor with Grandmaster Charles Stepan and Karen Orwell. Grandmaster Charles Stepan, who writes for Taekwondo Times Magazine, interviewed Ernie for an article in an upcoming issue.

I was totally impressed with the mettle of the man. Even after a full day and dinner he still had the time and indomitable spirit to go to Master Coles studio at about 11:00 PM and teach us about his system and training in Korea.

He told me of his up-coming trip to Korea early next year to place a wreath on Kim Hyuk-nae’s grave. He invited me and my Grandmaster to join his party. I was humbled, excited and honored to be invited to be in the company of such a great man for such a momentous trip.

Two weeks after the meeting Grandmaster Stepan and I chated with Grandmaster Chun about Ernie and Grandmaster Chun told us some stories of Kim Hyun-nae. I sent an e-mail to Ernie forwarding the stories and I could tell that he was genuinely touched. He told me that he always becomes emotional whenever he thinks about Master Kim. It was obvious how much love and respect he had for Master Kim and how much he missed him. It was from this point on that I felt that Ernie and I became friends.

We corresponded often by e-mail. I had a back injury and Ernie expressed his concern as well as confiding in me some of his health concerns as well as speaking of his strong and deep faith in God. Ernie was the Um and Yang, strong, powerful, unstoppable, and tender, loving and kind at the same time.

I am angered and saddened to have been cheated out of the opportunity to get to know such an incredible man better, and I am honored to have been his friend for even a short time.

History of the Senior American Grandmaster

Ernest Lieb was born in Germany during WWII and after the war his family immigrated to the United States. At the age of 12 Ernie was a scrawny, malnourished child. The frail Ernie was an easy victim for bigger stronger kids and he was always getting into fights. This was the beginning of the indomitable spirit that was to become Ernie’s trademark for the rest of his life.

At the age of 16 Ernie discovered Judo but found he was at a disadvantage against larger kids. Shortly after beginning Judo, Ernie was introduced to Karate which he quickly took too. He found karate to have been better for his smaller frame and that with Karate, speed and quickness were all that mattered. Three years later in 1958 he received his black belt, (the author was 2 years old in 1958).

In 1961 Ernie as a second degree black belt joined the US Air Force and was sent to Kunsan, Korea where he was to meet the man that he calls his Instructor, Kim Hyuk-nae of the Wisdom School, Jidokwan. At that time in Taekwondo’s history, the organization was called the Korean Taesoodo Association. Ernie was to receive he samdan, third degree black belt in Kongsoodo Jidokwan in 1963 from Dr. Yun Kwai-byung, the leader of Jidokwan after the death of its’ founder Chun Sung-sup.

Ernie and Master Kim developed a deep master/student relationship that Master Lieb spoke about often. “Master Kim told Ernie, I can make you a champion, because you aren’t afraid of anything.” And he did! In 1963 Ernie was elected the captain of the Air Force Taesoodo team. He became the first American to win the Korean International Taesoodo Championship in 1964. Later that same year he was the US Air Force Light Weight Champion.

After his discharge Ernie returned to Muskegon, Michigan where he started a Kongsoodo (karate) club. Ernie became a martial arts fighting machine winning 127 trophies in the next 8 years. He also received many awards for his refereeing skills and being an exemplary martial artist.

In 1973 Ernie was voted man of the year by Black Belt Magazine. The man of the year is nominated by readers and then voted upon by readers. Ernie was loved and respected by everyone in the martial arts world.

Also in 1964, a busy year for Ernie, he founded the AKA, the American Karate Association, the countries largest “non-profit” martial arts association. It was also in 1964 that Ernie began to develop his own system, the American Jidokwan System. For more information about Ernie's system click on the following link: American Karate System, AKS.

The Martial Arts World, no, the World is sadder for the loss of Taekwondo Jidokwan Supreme Grandmaster, Earnest Lieb. My condolences go out to Jenny his wife and to his friends, family and students across the world.

Yours in the Spirit of Wisdom,

Childan, Sam Naples

Grandmaster Chun Taekwondo Jidokwan