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22
Sep

2017 October Black Belt Test Candidates Information

  1. How to prepare for the Outdoor Test?

Backpack running 1.8 mile + middle distance running + short distance running + free style kicking + duck walking etc.

  • Start jogging 2 times per week between 1.5 – 2 miles each time
  1. What is the written report?
  • Refer to the Black Belt Test Booklet
  • Due on the day of Outdoor Test, Sunday10/8/2017
  1. When to return the meditation chart?
  • Only Black Belt, not a Bodan Red Belt. 10/8/2017
  1. How to prepare for the sparring test?
  • Participate in sparring classes
  • You must bring your own gear or borrow from someone for the test
  1. Practice holding posture at home
  • Push up -4 minutes, may choose to hold additional time for a higher grade
  1. Attend 4 classes of practice sessions (DO NOT MISS)
  • You will be aware of what you need to do and what the flow of the Indoor test will be  
  • Sat 9/30/2017 1 pm – 4 pm at Tarrytown Headquarters
  • Sat 10/7/2017 1 pm – 4 pm at Tarrytown Headquarters
  • 2 more classes will be at your location
  1. Outdoor Test Sunday,10/8/2017 6:30 am
  • Map with starting station will be given on 10/7/2017 after special class
  • We do not wait if you are late
  1. Curriculum guide test
  • Will be at your location
  1. Indoor Test 10/14/2017 2 pm – 5 pm
  • Wear full uniform (No T-shirts)
  • Bring sparring gear and mouth piece
  1. Read Black Belt Test Booklet for details about the test
  • What to eat, what to wear, etc
  • How to manage your mind
19
Sep

CONCENTRATION

Concentration and its development provide many benefits in daily life as well as in Tae Kwon Do. Having a better capacity to concentrate allows for greater focus while performing tasks at work or school, or doing chores around the house. It enables learning and retention of new things.

There are two types of concentration cultivation; through tension and through relaxation. Tense concentration can occur when an individual is in a high pressure situation like attempting to score a winning penalty goal in a soccer game, taking a test, or trying to meet a deadline. Relaxed concentration is commonly experienced when in meditation or doing simple activities like walking in nature, or cleaning with mindfulness.

In both, the capacity for concentration and focus increases. The difference is in the effects and the duration. In a tense situation, one’s concentration rises quickly. However it is not sustained at that level for long and once the tense situation is over, the concentration drops to at, or even sometimes below, the starting point. The physical after effects typically leave one feeling drained, tired, and mentally foggy.

When building concentration through relaxation, the focus takes a longer time to develop. However this allows for a steady growth over time. While there are still peaks and valleys in the capacity of concentration, the overall trend is that one’s concentration grows for a prolonged period. Through relaxed concentration, the level of concentration cultivated rarely diminishes and the physical after effects are more positive; typically instilling a sense of calmness and clarity.

One of the effects meditation can have on a person is lengthening their breath. With deep breathing comes a slower heart rate and calm mind. All of these things relax the sympathetic nervous system and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. This relaxed state of concentration can be highly beneficial to balance out the normal stresses our body may experience from work, school, and family responsibilities.

Another point to consider is that there are changes in the brainwaves that occur for each method. Our concentration will impact the brain as well as other parts of the physical body. The universal vibration is set to 7.5 Hz, the natural frequency of infants. It is thought this attunes them to the universe and is why they are happy and inquisitive.

In the normal day to day living, our brainwaves are in the Beta range (13-30 Hz). In this range, attention is directed towards cognitive tasks and the outside world in the condition of tension and instability.

Below that is the Alpha range (8 to 12 Hz) which shows up when we are calm and awake, but the brain is resting.

Below that is the Theta range (4 to 8 Hz) which is where our brains go into sleep and deep meditation.

And the lowest for our purposes is the Delta range (0.2 to 3 Hz) which is where deep sleep and the deepest of meditative states occurs.

By changing the frequency our brains operate at, we can facilitate better learning and cultivate more capacity for concentration. How we manage our brain frequency (either through tension or relaxation) determines the long term benefits of heightened concentration.

— Spoken by JiDoJa YOO, JM
— Written by Hyun Sa Myung Duk (Drew Vanover) and Shin Min (Patrick Malonso); Edited by Hyun Sa Chun Shim (Carlos Stern)

08
Sep

Step up to the Challenge!

TOP POWER BREAKING Tournament

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

2:00 – 3:30PM * YOO’S MARTIAL ARTS TARRYTOWN

  • OPEN TO ALL BELTS * AGES 6 and UP
  • Total participants: Only 36 Elite Competitors
  • 3 Different Divisions
  • 12 Competitors in Each Division
  • 1st 2nd 3rd  4th Places will be Awarded for Each Division
  • One Grand Champion Out of 36 Elite Competitors
  • Competitors from 3 Locations of Hong Ik Martial Arts

Masters Bio

Taekwondo Master Yoo

Grand Master Yoo, JM

  • 7th Degree Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do
  • 4th Degree Blackbelt in Hapkido
  • 4th Degree Blackbelt in Kum Ye Do (Swordsmanship)
  • 3rd Degree Blackbelt in Judo
  • Graduate of Yong In University, Korea (major in Tae Kwon Do and Physical Education)
  • Korean Tigers Demonstration Team and Self Defense Coach
  • World Tae Kwon Do Championships, Demonstration Coach 1993 Madison Square Garden
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Master Kwang Tae Kim

  • 5th degree black belt – Tae Kwon Do.

Master Kim is a graduate of Kei Myung University, South Korea and was a member of their demonstration team. He regularly competes internationally and has won Tournament Champion.

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Master Drew Vanover

  • 5th degree black belt – Tae Kwon Do
  • 4th degree black belt – Kum Ye Do

He is a two time Hong-Ik Tournament Champion and New York State Champion. Most recently he earned the 2011 Bronze medal at the US Open. He is a World Tae Kwon Do Federation certified Master with over 15 years teaching experience.

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Master Joe Lipman

  • 4th degree black belt – Tae Kwon Do

Master Joe has continued his training at the Yong-In University Sparring Team Training in South Korea. He regularly competes in National and State tournaments and holds a bronze medal in the Yong-In University Presidential Cup.

Master Patrick Malonso

Master Patrick Malonso

  • 5th degree black belt – Taekwondo
  • Master Patrick has continued his training at the Yong-In University Sparring Team training in South Korea. He regularly competes in National and State tournaments and holds a Gold medal in the Yong In University Presidental Cup.

Master Carlos Stern

  • 4th degree black belt – Taekwondo
  • Master Stern is the first qualified Master to Graduate from the elite martial arts leadership SUSA program. He has placed in several state championships in sparring and forms. He has over 10 years teaching experience.