Learning about ki energy in my early years exposed me to a variety of techniques that strengthened me both mentally and spiritually, such as meditation and visualization.
Beyond my pursuit of mastery in martial arts, I was able to apply these lessons in other aspects of my life to rise above the circumstances. For example, when I was physically abused in my youth, I would practice in my mind how to block the attacks, allowing me to internally conquer the situation.
The inner strength I had built up over time through practice of my art had helped prepare me to handle a great and sudden change caused by one of the most devastating tragedies of my life.
When my brother took his own life, we became social outcasts in our South Korean village and were forced to move to America to build a new life.
As a new arrival, I was completely at a loss because of the language barrier, culture gap, and our modest financial situation. But despite the judgment, and despite the ignorance of others, my inner strength helped me chart a real and attainable path to making my dreams a reality.