A couple of weeks ago I ran into a CURRENT senior member of COL at a car wash in Fremont. It was interesting… I saw her, and addressed her.. initially I wondered if she’d even acknowledge I existed.. but I think in the end she realized what I did, that we were both captive, citing for our vehicles to be cleaned.
We talked her children for a couple of minutes, both who I am close with, but at some point she asked “are you open for discussion?”
“Of course” I replied.. at that point we spent about a half of an hour where she talked about how this blog as well as the bullshido posts have personally affected her. Unfortunately I don’t give that statement a lot of weight.. She blamed her deteriorated relationship on the posts I have made… I was nice enough to not explain that the posts about the truth of my experiences have nothing to do with her relationships. But I digress; She asked me to stop posting about Kim and to not publish my book. She is an old friend, and was much of a motherly part of my childhood.
I have said this before and I’ll say it again, I believe this blog and the bullshido thread have served their purpose. Save some crazy news I will likely be putting this blog to rest for a bit… only to keep good on my word.
Well I hit some mental roadblocks with my writing, so I am not heading towards the fundraiser just yet.
In the meantime I noticed a couple of things. Wikipedia needs some help. Someone needs to put accurate citable info on Tae Yun Kim’s page. I did my best being objective, but the page needs some work.
Lighthouse has now found it’s way in between the Tesla factory, and the new facility Tesla Motors they picked up from Seagate, the former Solyndra facility. This will be a hot bed of recruiting for the group. It will be interesting to see how that plays out… The hot market that Fremont was in the 90’s for up and coming people with money is back…
I would never want to see more people hurt mentally or fiscally like former members have.
It’s actually in over drive. I don’r feel like I have to make an effort for the word to be out there anymore.
I have been working on and off for the last 18 months on a book, recounting my time in the group. I will be opening up a small fundraiser in the near future to help raise funds for a first printing.
I hope you can participate! I am going to offer pre-purchase for a discounted price.
I think I have on this once before in the post PTSD. I believe it important to circle back to this point as it is often missed by members of family of future and current cult members.
I was twelve years old when we were courted by Kim’s group. My father was the only one who spoke up when we presented the idea of moving into the cult. Because it was a decision I was in support of I did cover up to some extent the reality of it to my father. All of this is subconscious and as a cult member you are not aware of the guarding.
My grandparents were brought into the fold by my father, and their apathy ended up being perceived as support by my mother. This put the nail in the proverbial coffin for us moving in.
My point is this, do not sit idly by while your relationship with your family member slips away. Life is only so long, and losing them to a cult is a reality and not overstatement. Any kind of intervention would have prevented this. My dad did his best effort with me and leveraged who he could… Unfortunately those he leveraged didn’t step up in the same way.
Eric, who was a member of COL and Jung SuWon has published his own take on the experience. His life, a little different than mine has left him down a bit of a meandering path, during which he has appeared to look fondly upon negative and positive experiences. His experiences are certainly worth a read.
One of the highlights was an interaction in which he noted an interest from a female member of the group and was subsequently subjected to suspension in the group, which lead to a period of homelessness.
Worth a read, and credit to Eric for opening up about his experiences.
Second: This blog is now two years old.
I wish I had to post more, but I just don’t. My children are older, my time is more valuable spent doing other things, also I travel a lot more for work, which just eats up your time in so many inexplicable ways. This blog is cathartic, but in the end hopefully by book will get it’s act together and everyone can read that.
Ninth: The original thread on Bullshido was started by me in 2005
This was the most important thing I have done to help people survive COL. It opened up a forum for the first time. It took a couple of years to really get going, but I knew it was important the day I posted that thread. I think it has helped many, me included move on and continue the healing process of living in Tae Yun Kim’s dangerous cult.
Tenth: The original post I made on e-budo was ten years ago this summer.
This was mostly unsuccessful; As well I received loose threats which were relayed by my mother from people still on the inside, that they’d come after me… Luckily I found friends later in the free-for-all that is Bullshido.
Eleventh: Eleven years since my mother successfully left COL.
March 27, 2003 was her second attempt… Her first was in late 2002. She was out once and for all once she left this time.
Fifteenth: My anniversary of officially leaving COL passed in February.
It may have been fifteen years, but this is still one of the most memorable experiences, for better or worse, of my life time. A cult will affect you forever and make you who you are. We can’t avoid who we become due to experiences, but we can do our best moving on and forward with our lives.
If I ever knew what I was really getting into before I joined COL, I still may have supported the effort my mom made to join.
Unfortunately it’s important to remember that a cult doesn’t appear to be one, only when exposed to certain aspects without the guise of the principals influence do you see the group for what it is.
Tae Yun Kim fooled me, in Fremont back in 1995. Don’t let her or others like her fool you!
You all might want to go check out wikipedia. In 2008 I started an article on Kim. Due to over-editing, admins decided to remove it since she was not a “notable person”. Well looks like she has an article again. I submitted some verifiable, referenced items in there. I encourage all to add and edit, who have good information to post. Just remember with Wikipedia you most reference EVERYTHING you post.
Finally a post not related to Tae Yun Kim’s cult.
My friend who lives in San Francisco, lets call her Pam; Met a new guy at a bar last week; everything is going great; he is a lawyer; successful, etc.
Well Pam noticed new guy never says where he lives, he’s very closed. He lives in a house with other people ( little bit strange considering he is a successful attorney) and he just seems a little bit more closed off than he should…
So Tuesday she gets invited over to the house for “game night”.. she’s prepared for scrabble and monopoly… little did she know what she was walking in to. Game night was in fact a brainwashing session where she got bullied into admitting things that she didn’t even understand. Needless to say she is one smart free thinking cookie and got her ass out of there.
I don’t really want to link it, as I don’t want to give it anymore link ability than it already has. Apparently deep in SF, in the saint francis wood lays what pam described as the “sex compound” of a group called “the welcomed consensus” … they focus on a “technique” of training the woman to have a DO which is their special speak for deliberate orgasm… ya…
So anyway, cults are apparently alive a well in northern California. Give it a Google or search on YouTube for some chuckles.
There is very few times I can think of where the “traditional” cult brain washing techniques were actually employed. What I now realize is that it did not take a high frequency of application in order to “brain wash” us.
I was probably 13, so this must have been 1996. That would be my second year in COL.
We had a long “COL class” the night before… Meaning a yelling at us session. We were told the next morning there would be special training. As I recall we collectively “did something wrong” It was probably sexual.. I don’t remember… i was too young to care, or for it to matter.
Anyway.. we were up to probably 3-5am… and then 2 hours later, at 7 instructors showed up at our house.. told us to get dressed and bring our Tae Kwon Do uniform to the academy, Jung SuWon. So I get my ass up, tired beyond belief and ride with someone down to JSW. We all get in our uniform, line up, and suddenly its like sparring time? Are you kidding me? It’s 7am… I have no sleep…. and I’m supposed to take kicks from some asshole twice my size… I don’t think so… So I play hooky along with one of the other “young warriors” and I go sleep in the bathroom/lock room at the academy.. That didn’t work this time. Scott Salton comes in there raging pissed. So we get up and head in..and suddenly we’re doing my biggest fear: climbing the rope.. I don’t know why.. I had no fear of getting my ass kicked by a 40 year old, but that climbing rope was the bane of my existence. It was my nemesis. I am positive it was no coincidence that I was caught sleeping and suddenly I have to climb this thing.
So ya… I don’t understand this well enough to make a judgement on it, but I do know that this was part of some sort of brain washing…