-When: Saturday, January 27th, 2018 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

-Where: Yoo’s Martial Arts, Tarrytown NY 10591

– 5 Schools from 3 states New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

Application Deadline: 1/25/2018

Application PDF


Training for Partner Dummy Kicking


Improve speed and reaction time by cooperating with partner


Method of checking speed and reaction times:

If the dummy leans toward you – opposite from your kicking force — then your speed and reaction time are slower than your partner’s.


Method of improving speed and reaction time:

Speed and reaction time are not only the result of physical conditioning; it is possible to improve through your mindset. It is a similar situation when sparring: your eyes can see when your opponent is about to kick – you must use this split second moment to beat your opponent’s timing by countering with an faster kicking that will beat your partner’s speed, even if your counter-kick started after your opponent’s.

Such reaction time is only possible with an alert and clear mindset.


If the trainee is able to apply this mindset on Partner Dummy Kicking Training, he or she will find improvement in both speed and reaction time, which will translate into better sparring skills.


Written by G. Master Yoo       Edited by HyunSa Carlos Stern and Melanie Zessos


Musa Rank Promotion Test Requirements


The First Phase Olympic Style Sparring One on one 3 round, Two on one 1 round
The Second Phase Street Fighting Technique KwonBub(Hand Method) and KaakBub(Feet Method)
The Third Phase Sword Basic Cut part 1.2.3
The Forth Phase Combination Course Speed Roundhouse Kick+Jumping Roundhouse Kick
Agility Blocks+Jumping Front and Roundhouse Kick in the air

Completion of 21 days self-training to strengthen his physical body in order to achieve high leveled concentration

Adrian has had a tremendous physical improvement since joining Master Kim’s class. Any feedback that has been given to him during his promotion tests, ge takes very serious. This 21 day squat challenge was no different. I know how hard Adrian can work, when he wants. Although the 21 day challenge was for once a day, I had Adrian do the set twice a day. The agreement was that he would have to focus and not get distracted, if he talked or moved he would need to start the set over. Each day we would work on how to improve from the previous day. From keeping his feet from moving, not rushing through the set, keeping his balance, keeping his back straight, and really strengthening his muscles. There were days that he would wake up and do the set, other days he would do one set in the morning one before bed. We also had one night that I was working late, he went to bed without completing his one set. I woke him up at 1030pm for him to do his set. This small assignment has really helped him focus and get himself more centered. Towards the end it became a family activity, we would all have him teach us how to properly squat. Even after the challenge was over, he still continues with squats daily, there are days he skips but o would say at least 5-6 days a week he does it. As well if we are doing homework and he can’t focus, I have him do squats and it helps him reset and focus. Overall amazing experience for Adrian and our family. We are so proud of him and his accomplishments. I know he still has work to do, focus, work on his posture and he needs to stop being so caught up on getting it right the 1st time.

-Completed by Adrian Ajdinovski
-Written by Olgica (mom of Adrian)


Tae Kwon Do Philosophy

-Written by new Taekwondo Black Belt Bryan Wong


When we first moved to Tarrytown, I decided to visit Yoo’sMartial Arts because I was interested in getting Tyler involved in an activity that would improve his confidence, physical conditioning and discipline.  I then realized this was an opportunity for me to pursue a martial art which was something I’d always wanted to learn as a kid.  Of course, the first thing you think about is how cool it would be to break a board or throw a spinning roundhouse kick.  But you quickly realize that the benefits of Tae Kwon Do are much larger than improving your physical capabilities.

The principles we study as part of each belt’s curriculum provide the balance to the physical aspects of the martial arts.  Understanding the importance of the brown belt principle of Do & Tae Kwon Do is essential.  It is the balance of physical skills and a focus on living life in a way that benefits humanity is what makes us complete.  Without the focus of leading a “good way of life”, the benefits of the physical combat skills of Tae and Kwon will lead to aggression and a negative impact on society.

The starting point of the journey is the white belt principle of Respect.  The important aspect here is that without first respecting yourself, you will be unable to show respect to others.  In order to improve your self-respect, you must align the three aspects of who you are – mind, body and spirit.  The physical training (Jung Choong) of Tae Kwon Do sets the foundation of building your overall Ki.  Secondly, we must clear our mind of negative emotions via KJaang training via meditation and a positive outlook.  The third aspect is Shin Myung training to build up our spirit.  This requires that we remove the preconceptions in our minds that keep us from realizing our true potential.  Once you have a better position on respecting yourself, you can look to extend that respect to those around you.

Now that the journey is in progress, we must understand that the journey never ends.  While we must strive to achieve the red/black belt principle of Conquering mountain of Tae Kwon Do, it is the journey itself that is the true purpose.  It is critical that we don’t end up in a place of arrogance by thinking that we have conquered the mountain and achieved all that there is to achieve.  The yellow belt principle of Humility is where we must focus as we journey up the mountain.  It is the realization that there is always more to learn that helps to set the context of our journey and to avoid the pitfalls of an arrogant lifestyle.

The journey to be a better person and to benefit humanity is a difficult one.  There are constant distractions that will attempt to side-track us from our goals.  In order to combat these challenges, we have several tools at hand.  When we were orange belts, we learned the importance of Perseverance.  In the face of challenges, we must continue to move forward step by step.  This requires the green belt principle of Self Control.  We will have to battle frustration, anger and the desire to quit by maintaining control over those states of mind.  One way to do this is to use meditation to enhance our concentration (purple belt) on our goals.

As we build up our inner strength, we are enabled to share that strength and positive energy with those around us.  The blue belt principle of Honesty is critical to being able to share our wisdom and energy in efforts to serve the greater good.  If we are sincere, people will see that in how we live our lives and will be more receptive to what we have to offer.

All of this leads to us becoming more complete at human beings.  The many principles are interlinked and work together to equip us as servants of humanity.  Our training in both physical and mental discipline will help us to build a strong belief (red belt) that we can make a difference in this world and that our Tae Kwon Do journey is a core foundation that empowers us.