2017 October Taekwondo Black Belt Outdoor Test Sunday 10/8/2017

Black Belt Outdoor Test Subjects
-backpack running 1.8mile
-middle distance running 1mile
-short distance running 0.5mile
-free style kicking
-duck walking
-3 reports



GRAND CHAMPION:    DOMINIC LAMSEN (New Rochelle location)







2017 Olympic Taekwondo Sparring Seminar

*Hosted by Grand master Yoo,JM
*Taught by Grand master Song
*New rule announced by Official referee Ji

– 2017 Changes in Sparring rules to encourage more action, excitement, and athletic display
– Footwork combinations to develop in and out fighting ability
– Olympic Taekwondo Sport specific kicking combinations for varying offensive strategies
– Partner Chestguard drills for body conditioning and practical application of seminar talking points
– Sparring with other location students under new rules


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


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)