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Born into Japanese-occupied Korea, young Byong Yu was diagnosed as developmentally retarded. Convinced that he would become a burden to his family, doctors told his parents to put him in the corner and let him die. Consequently, survival was an instinct that he honed at a very early age. Byong was known ...
Born into Japanese-occupied Korea, young Byong Yu was diagnosed as developmentally retarded. Convinced that he would become a burden to his family, doctors told his parents to put him in the corner and let him die. Consequently, survival was an instinct that he honed at a very early age. Byong was known to the village as "Ugly Boy," yet he refused to give up. His destiny led him to a wise and gifted martial arts master who agreed to accept him as a student. In the years that followed, Byong used the profound wisdom instilled in him by his master to succeed at martial arts and triumph through the Korean War.
After emigrating to the United States, Byong struggled to live the American dream through years of poverty and homelessness. And a tragedy that finally drove him to the brink of suicide almost shattered his spirit once and for all. However, in the long and arduous process of rebuilding his life, he managed to become a martial arts legend -- one who now trains some of Hollywood's elite. This is Byong Yu's story, but even more important, it's a guidebook to discovering your own true path -- whatever that may be -- and conquering any obstacle that stands in your way. As Master Yu says: "I have triumphed over countless obstacles that I have faced in my lifetime. Yet through it all, I have managed to fulfill my destiny and come to intimately discover who and what I am. And if I can do it, so can you!"
|Part I||Defeat and Victory|
|Chapter 1||Ugly Boy||3|
|Chapter 2||Meeting Master Ko Soo||13|
|Chapter 3||Conquering My Disabilities||23|
|Chapter 4||Child Soldier in the Korean War||33|
|Chapter 5||Bringing Balance to My Unbalanced Art||45|
|Chapter 6||Coming to America||59|
|Chapter 7||Earning My Way and Restoring My Dignity||69|
|Chapter 8||A Major Turning Point--My World Collapses||79|
|Chapter 9||Monkey Man||91|
|Chapter 10||Master Ko's Wish Fulfilled||103|
|Part II||Becoming Your Own Greatest Ally|
|Chapter 11||Why Are You Here?||111|
|Chapter 12||Blending East and West||119|
|Chapter 13||Being a Part of Rather Than Apart From||127|
|Chapter 14||Life's Obstacles||135|
|Chapter 15||Tools and Winning Combinations||145|
|Chapter 16||Keys to Success||171|
|About the Authors||183|
Posted August 15, 2004