Great Grandmaster Tae Yun Kim shares her personal challenges and experiences in her book, The Silent Master .
I had to overcome centuries of prejudice against women in my country just to devote my life to martial arts. Everything in my oriental environment said it was impossible for a woman to become a martial arts master, let alone a grandmaster. Women were supposed to cook and sew and look after children. The pressure to conform to this “law” was enormous. But I did not listen to that, and instead focused all my energy on my goals. I succeeded. When I arrived in the United States, I had more obstacles to overcome learning to live in a different country and establishing my school. But again, I worked until I succeeded. Even today, I have more goals and, therefore, more obstacles. But I use my understanding of Jung SuWon to help me build my life, and to help others develop using the same principles.