Saturday, May 14, 2011

East and West: A Taekwondo Journey by Grand Master Jae Kyun Shin (신재균)

I just received a book gift in the mail from my Grand Master's son and current President of the Oregon Taekwondo Association, Chief Master Rick W. Shin. The book is an autobiography of Grand Master(GM) Shin, highlighting his international adventures of introducing taekwondo to the Kingdom of Nepal and Bhutan in the early 1980s.

I always heard, by mouth, the great things that GM Shin did for taekwondo and Nepal (numerous world medals, including Olympic, World University, and Asian Games medals), but it's now that I have the great adventures to read about the details of his failures and successes.

I will attempt to provide a segmental review of my take on the book. I say segmental as I am unsure if doing a chapter-by-chapter review will be possible.

Monday, May 9, 2011


Here I am on the number 2 line headed to bucheon. It's been four months since moving to Korea. After finishing my Master's degree at UD, my wife and I made the decision to move to Korea and make it our home, permanently. I have applied to two doctoral studies programs in exercise and sport science here in Seoul and will begin studies in September.

Being here in Korea is really a dream come true and this dream source can be tracked back to a 2008 may entry about my thoughts for doing doctoral studies in Korea.

Since our arrival I have been making money through teaching English. I was referred to a position teaching pre-school aged kids at a college educational program and it's really a good job. I work about 25 hours per week and make a decent salary with a small studio apartment provided by the university.

In the coming summer months I loo forward to what the Lord has in store.