Some weeks a talked about death, that is the passing of the father of a former mentee. Though, I experienced another passing several months prior, I did not speak of it. Really I was at a loss for meaningful and thoughtful utterances.
Perhaps now I am better able to describe the impact Grandmaster Jae Joon Kim had on my highly coveted World Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do. Besides the seminars and the Dan testings (another coming testing this Saturday), he took pride in promoting responsible and respectful martial arts practitioners. He had very little patience for those who did not appreciate the long standing benefits that Tang Soo Do afforded him and his family. It is of course a way of life and path of infinite discovery. Why not embrace it ?
I still remember his sometimes amusing question, "Why you do that?" Typically asked of a student who has forgotten basics or appropriate protocol. Jae Joon Kim was loved and will sorely be missed.
Nonetheless, I do look forward to getting to know his sons Nam and Saul much better. Another era has begun in wake of the passing of greatness.