Grand Master Rho was featured on the Summer 1981 Taekwondo Times cover.
Grand Master Rho's TKD Times article is below. Click on the TKD Times graphic to view a larger picture of the Taekwondo cover.
A native of Korea, Master Young Chul Rho is a veteran Instructor with worldwide teaching experience in such varied places as the Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Iran, Germany, Thailand, Australia, and elsewhere. He has counted among his students members of the police, military forces, and members of Royalty. Today he directs five schools in the Central Illinois area, with his main school located in Decatur, Illinois.
The human being is a social animal. No person can live alone, secluded from others. In addition to clothes, food, and shelter, the social environment is a vital factor influencing one's behavior. This social environment includes human relations such as those with family, friends and peers. For the human family to exist in concord, certain rules must be established and observed, and cooperation among individuals is required. An individual is not only a member of his own family, but of larger social structures as well. Social relations are established and regulated by the rudimentary rules of society. This is why mutual cooperation and compromise must exist among the members of society. Since we do not live by ourselves, we must recognize the rights and intrinsic value of those around us. We must recognize the sacredness of the lives of others. In addition, we need to learn to contribute our individual personality, philosophy, and special skills to achieving the goals of society as a whole. Again, this can be realized only through compromise and mutual cooperation.
Modern society is characterized by individualism and utilitarianism. Individuals in modern society are often egocentric, and interested only in individual gain. Therefore, it is increasingly difficult to experience courteous behavior. Throughout the world, the culture of modern society has swept away once well observed norms of social behavior. So often the relationships between parents and children are corrupted by immoral-criminal acts such as incest, patricide, or simple abandonment; and those between the ruler and the ruled disrupted by assassination, mutiny, or revolution. We see the relationships between husband and wife destroyed by divorce, abuse, or adultery; those between friends marred by betrayal, distrust or even libel. Modern society doesn't have to be like this. It is time for us to reexamine our values.
Let us first examine the Traditional Oriental Philosophy which consists of the "Practical Norms" of Confucianism. This is called "Sam Kang Ou Ryoon". "Sam Kang" refers to three ties of human relations. There should be righteous and virtuous ties between (1) parents and children, (2) the ruler and the ruled, and (3) the husband and the wife. "Ou Ryoon" refers to five norms which are defined as (1) a loving relationship between parents and children; (2) loyalty and trust between ruler and ruled; (3) separate roles between husband and wife (4) an ordinal relationship between the young and the old; and (5) belief and trust between friends.
The underlying social virtue referred to is not just limited to the Orient. Although the wording is different, the same social virtue is mentioned in the Bible. St. Paul wrote: "Charity is patient, is kind; charity does not envy, is not pretentious, is not puffed up, is not ambitious, is not self-seeking, is not provoked; thinks no evil, does not rejoice over wickedness, but rejoices with the truth; bears with all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (Corinthians I, Chapter 13, Verses 4-7)
If all people would practice the norm of charity as taught in the Bible and practice "Sam Kany Ou Ryoon" as taught by Confucius, we surely could experience much more peace and courtesy in our lives.
Since the real world is remote from the ideal virtuous, and loving world, we perhaps need to use these words to reflect on our conduct and reenlighten ourselves. We need to discriminate between good and bad; virtue and vice; righteousness and wicked- ness. We also should live straight, work to achieve our goals and achieve them fairly. Further, we can, through conscious effort, promote healthier thinking and a better life. In this regard, Tae Kwon Do can be a great advantage, in that it promotes self-discipline and perseverance.
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