Category: Master Yoo’s Training Guide

05
Jan

Training for Partner Dummy Kicking

Benefits:

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

27
Dec

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
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.

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)

25
Jul

TURKEY MOUNTAIN MEDITATION HIKING

​July 9, 2017

1. Place feet shoulder width apart and look gradually to the end of the horizon
2. Straighten your spine from your tail bone up to your neck, and close your eyes
3. Relax your facial muscles, shoulders, chest and abdominal muscles
4. Slowly rise both hands in front of your belly button, with fingertips touching each other
5. Bring your attention to your fingertips and feel the pulse on each one.

6. Slowly move your palms apart, and then closer (repeating continuously)
7. Stay focused on palm sensations

8. Slowly rotate your palms so that one palms is above the other (without touching)
9. Rise your top palm up to your forehead, and then down again toward the bottom palm, repeat
10. Rotate your palms (palm that was on top is now on the bottom), and repeat #9
11. Stay focused on the magnetic force between the palms.

12. Slowly rise both hands to the side of your head
13. Make circles surrounding your brain
14. Feel the sensations in your brain

15. Slowly bring your palms in front of the upper abdomen area with both palms facing up
16. Feel the weight on your palms

17. Slowly open your eyes, compare your condition before meditation and after