Pigs and Angels: A lesson in philosophy

The Korea TangSooDo MooDukKwan Society philosophy lesson of the day

Pig or Angel?

There was a monk who one day found himself in the presence of the King, who was not a very kind person.

During their conversation, for no apparent reason, the King said to the monk, “you know, you look just like a pig.”

To this the monk calmly replied, “and you, Your Majesty, look just like an angel.”

A bit bewildered, the King demanded, “how could you tell me I look like an angel when I just said you look like a pig?”

The monk responded, “when a pig looks, it sees pigs. When an angel looks, it sees angels.”

Ask yourself: How does this apply to my own beliefs about who I am and how I see others?

This lesson teaches us to look for the good in others so that we may see the good in ourselves.

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Grand Master Fred Parks

Meet Fred “The Butcher” Parks

Fred ParksGrand Master Fred Parks, a native of Monteagle, Tennessee who now makes his home in central Florida where he is the chief instructor and co-owner of the American Dragon Martial Arts Academies. He is also the senior consultant for the World Martial Arts Media Consulting Team helping school owners around the world reach their full potential in the martial arts business and in life. He earned his nick name, The Butcher, from his coaching style which develops highly successful tournament competitors and sparring champions.

Grand Master Fred Parks began his martial arts career in 1975 as a student of Sensei Jack Floyd who taught Shotokan Karate. As he continued his martial arts career Grand Master Parks studied the martial arts of Shorinryu, TangSooDo, Taekwondo and Hapkido. His personal interests lead him to success in TangSooDo and Hapkido which he now teaches full time. Grand Master Fred Parks is also a proud member of the World Head of Family Sokeship Council’s International Hall of Fame and an inductee into the prestigious World Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame. He is a 7th degree black belt in TangSooDo MooDukKwan from the historical Korea TangSooDo MooDukKwan Society. With more nearly 40 years in the martial arts Fred Parks also earned a 4th degree black belt in Hapkido from the Korean Hapkido Federation world headquarters in South Korea and black belt rankings in several other Korean and Japanese martial arts.

World Martial Arts Radio ShowIn 2007, Grand Master Yong Hon Kim, President of the Korea TangSooDo MooDukKwan Society of South Korea appointed Grand Master Fred Parks as the US National Representative for the Korea TangSooDo MooDukKwan Society. On June 6th 2011 he was promoted to International Representative because of his success in helping schools increase their student count and improve retention with Traditional TangSooDo MooDukKwan training. Grand Master Parks is a frequent judge and referee at martial arts tournaments and championships around the World.

Grand Master Fred Parks has a Masters degree in Public Administration and has applied his education to administering martial arts schools. Having honed his business and management skills as an instructor at a one of the most successful martial arts schools in the mid-atlantic region Grand Master Fred Parks became familiar with the ins and outs of running a highly profitable school. He believes that the key to success is providing the best possible service to your students and creating a family atmosphere. As the senior consultant for the World Martial Arts Media Consulting Team, Grand Master Fred Parks shares with you each week in the newsletter ways to turn your school into a family of martial artists who support and care for each other. He also shares with you some of the best low cost and no cost marketing and publicity strategies ever used in the martial arts industry.

More recently Grand Master Parks has become somewhat of a celebrity in the martial arts industry by being featured in the martial arts documentary, “The Warrior’s Quest” produced and distributed by Action Star Media, Inc and is a principle character in the movie “Triple Threat”. He had a cameo appearance in the movie “Born to Compete” and is the co-host of “The World Martial Arts TV and Radio Shows”. As if that wasn’t enough, Grand Master Fred Parks is also the co-host of two world wide martial arts radio shows, “The Action Martial Arts Magazine Show” sponsored by Action Martial Arts Magazine and “The Martial Arts Success Show” produced by the World Martial Arts Media. In 2008 he won a “Gold Mic” award for excellence in radio entertainment for his work on “The Martial Arts Success Show”. Grand Master Parks is available for public appearances and seminars and can be reached at karateman558@yahoo.com .