About

Junbi means “ready” in Korean.

Why an emphasis on readiness?

Lately since undergoing a midlife transformation phase, catalyzed by the recent passing of my mother, the question as to whether I am  “in a suitable state for an activity, action, or situation” has often crossed my mind. Can one ever be ready/fully prepared for anything? I have the impression that we can only be ready to not be ready but to take action anyway.

This blog contains posts about my musings on midlife, motherhood and martial arts.

Why Korean and Martial Arts?

Because moving to California (our relocation story can be found in Playground Magazine), from South Africa via the United Kingdom, has unexpectedly connected my family to a traditional martial arts system known as  Kuk Sool Won and consequently we are learning quite a few Korean words. The school is owned by Kwan Jang Nim (Master) Seyd Saidi and the dojang is located in Dublin, California. Kuk Sool Won has a fascinating history and has had a remarkable impact on my children. Today, 19 January 2015 will be my first class.

Why Live. Lead. Contribute?

This blog was initiated because of a challenge by Winnie Kao, the Special Projects Lead for Seth Godin, linked to his book What to do when it’s your turn (and it’s always your turn), to do a post a day for 7 days.

To follow Seth’s key theme in his book – it’s my opportunity to take my turn and to make a difference. We all have the opportunity to contribute, to lead and to live our lives to the full.

Happy reading and please feel free to share your thoughts!

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in her private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of Master Saidi or that of the World Kuk Sool Association.

Video: Master Saidi demonstrating Kuk Sool Won cane technique:

  1. So glad you’re doing this blog, Vanessa! Love the niche.

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