02 Jan Su Duk Byun
Su Duk Byun
Student of the Month November 2017
I lived in a small mountainous town in the central eastern part of Korea. When some of our peers went to school in larger town and returned home, they practiced Tangsudo. We gathered around to watch and gave them loud applause. Many of us were ready in spirit to take lessons had there been a dojang in our town. Again, I was excited watching black belt schoolmates practicing martial arts in our dormitory hall in Seoul. Later, when we moved to Jericho, Long Island, we found a small taekwondo dojang
nearby. My son and I registered for three months but after three classes of ho sin sul with with a wooden pistol and knife and no dobok, we felt it was not for us. My son went to college and my wife and I moved to Warwick.
I often would stroll up and down the main street and stare at the Chosun Taekwondo Academy thinking why Chosun? Korean instructors or age limits? Years later I dared to walk up the stairs and Master Cook welcomed me giving me a dobok and yellow Chosun bag. Lessons are not as easy as I thought. It took many months to memorize Kicho 1. It is a struggle for me. Slow progress is okay and I have been able to improve my taekwondo techniques.
My sincere thanks go to Kwanjangnim Cook, Master Instructors and Sunbaenims. As Grandmaster Richard Chun simply
advised me once,
“Keep Doing It.”
I will do it as long as I can