Category: Blog

20
Dec

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)

13
Dec

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.

27
Nov

Musa Rank Promotion Test Requirements

Musa Rank Promotion Test Requirements

11/4/2017

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
15
Nov

New York State Governor’s Cup TaeKwonDo Tournament at Baruch College in Manhattan.

Jorge: 3rd place in Sparring

Luca: 2nd place in Sparring

Aleksandar: 1st place in Breaking, 2nd place in Sparring and poomse

Dominic: 2nd place in Sparring

Max: 2nd place in Breaking, 3rd place in Sparring

Davis: 2nd place in Sparring

Luke: 3rd place in Sparring

Eduardo: 1st place in Sparring and Breaking

Everyone did a great job:)

From Kwangtae Kim
14
Nov

Philosophy of Taekwondo


have been doing Taekwondo for 3 years. Every year be more fun and better than the last. When starting out, the first five belts have a word each that is the word for that belt, and they are called the five aims to achieve. You know all five at white belt but learn each one in depth as you go from white to blue belt. Although they seem like simple things, I have noticed plenty of instances in which people have failed to achieve these five aims. White belts learn Respect. Although it seems very simple it is the most difficult for many people. Whether it be road rage or people cutting in line at a breakfast shop, people tend to be Respectful. Respect has helped my to open up and realize my faults in situations that I am wrong and make adjustments to better myself from them. Yellow belts learn Humility. In sports there are athletes that continually are being called the best and are making other players seem irrelevant. They clearly lack the humility to be a respectful person to others. Although contradictory by saying this, I do believe that in all situation I am most humble. In situations that I do succeed I will pretend as though I haven’t, as I wait for peers to succeed as well. Orange belts learn Perseverance. Many of my friends will attempt studying for tests or work hard at training during off season, but I consistently see them resting. I see these faults in myself as well and attempt to fix them. Whenever I get lazy I will tell myself “on 3 you will get up, 1, 2, 3” and for the most part I do, and get back to work. Green belts learn Self Control. This is a very important thing to develop especially when getting older. If control is lost, the you will be viewed differently and perceived as not the right person to be friends with. Obtaining self-control has allowed me with stand from anger exposure and focus on the positives in situations. Blue belts learn Honesty. Honesty is a virtue that can make or break relationships with people of close friends. It is never a good idea to lie, because once you are caught, there is no going back, it will takes years to rebuild the friendship that had be broken. Taekwondo has helped my physicality, mentally stability, and work that needs to be done. With the consistent meditation at the end of each close I am able to free my mind and lose myself from reality to focus on my breath. Taekwondo is easily one of the best things to happen to me.

 

– Luke William’s(17 years old) Report of black belt test