Category: Master Yoo’s Training Guide



​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


HST Turkey Mountain Hike

July HST was held on a beautiful Sunday morning at Turkey Mountain, near Yorktown Heights, NY.

Approximately 25 participants, including a few parents and Masters, met up at 8am. We climbed up the blue trail at a comfortable pace for approximately 1.5 miles, reaching the top in less than 40 minutes. The peak offered sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline as well as the Croton Reservoir.
After admiring the view and enjoying a refreshing drink, Master Yoo proceeded to guide us through some meditation. We eased into relaxation and deep focus on specific parts of our body, including fingertips for pulse sensation, moving palms together and apart to experience magnetic resistance, heat, warmth, etc. while levelling emotions. We finished with palms surrounding our head and visualizing cleansing all four corners of the brain.
After about 20 minutes of meditation we proceeded back to the bottom following the white trail and reaching the parking lot (0.7 miles). Everyone looked energized and refreshed, and the day was still young as the hike was completed by 10am. We thank all participants and hope you share this experience with your families and friends.
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Contentment comes from a balanced life. A deep study of Martial Arts can help an individual in determining what priorities to set forth in achieving balance. Which aspects of life are valuable enough to continuously progress in? Our lives can be divided into three of main categories: pleasure, self-training (Su Haeng) and devotion (Hong Ik In Gan).


In life, no matter what, we wish to experience some pleasures. Examples of these pleasures are food and sleep. Although these do constitute basic necessities required for survival, their quantity and quality can sometimes be excessive. Everyone must eat, but it is not necessary to eat too often or more than is necessary. Everyone must sleep but not everyone needs to sleep as much as they want. You may need to go online to research something, but you don’t need to procrastinate or search unnecessarily. You may need a watch to tell the time, but you certainly don’t need an expensive watch. Pursuing pleasure to excess can be detrimental and take away from the two other categories of life.


Self-training is the development of oneself. Some examples of self-training in martial arts are pushups, sit-ups, running, meditation, etc.. Self-training by achieving goals makes us feel good and confident. During self-training positive hormones get released into our bodies. These hormones allow us to feel good, and benefit us in all areas of life. Once a person discovers the benefits of physical training and meditation, it becomes difficult to miss because of the negative feelings that harvest within us resulting from negative thoughts and hormones when we miss self-training. The Korean word Su Haeng means Clean out and Go! This term is used to describe the effect of self-training. It cleans out your body (physical body, energy body and spiritual body) and allows us to go towards devotion. Through Su Haeng, a corner stone of our life, we can better understand that there should be a shift from seeking material/physical pleasure towards self-training and devotion to others.


Devotion to what you may ask? Devotion is called Hong Ik In Gan in Korean, which roughly translates to achieving overflowing energy that helps the people around you. Devotion is doing our best with sincere efforts in the walk of life just given to us. By doing our best with sincerity, we already benefit humanity in our role as earth humans. But depending on our energy level built through self-training (Su Haeng), our energy could be overflowing or dried away, thus resulting in different degrees of benefitting humanity. Some may pick up the garbage on the public street forever, while others may become fine leaders of society and awaken people’s conscience rather than throw their conscience on the public street. We can easily distinguish which one is a higher degree of devotion. By achieving a higher level of devotion, our Hong Ik In Gan energy will move forward and amplify the sharing of good deeds.

Striking a balance between pleasure, self-training and devotion is the challenge. When excessive pleasure is sought it takes time away from self-training and devotion. Usually, it takes away more from devotion because most of us are reluctant to cut back on self-training since we have experienced benefits of self-training. Without self-training we are more likely to fall into a negative condition because our system is not releasing positive hormones. When this happens, the wiser choice to help ourselves is to cut back on self-training and keep the time committed to devotion unchanged. Receiving negative feeling from loss of self-training and lack of confidence in front of people while devoting ourselves to people will lead us to regret what we did and persuade us not to repeat it again. Through our Su Haeng and Hong Ik In Gan (self-training and devotion), we learn to relinquish pleasure that keeps us in bondage and instead lead a balanced life and pursue that which brings us spiritual illumination.

Spoken by Ji do ja nim Yoo
Written by Hyun Sa Myung Duk (Drew Vanover), Shin Min (Patrick Malonso) and JiSun (Joe Lipman)
Edited by Hyun Sa Chun Shim (Carlos Stern)



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HAANG represents a frame. It is stable, simulating the parts of our lives that are basically unchanging and predictable. To illustrate, picture the rising of the sun and moon. They follow a specific pattern and we know, for instance, that the every 29 days the shape of the moon will be identical (whether full, new, waning crescent or waxing crescent). However we recognize that there is change within Haang. The moon changes shape, and the seasons change. However, these changes follow consistent patterns. Humans are very familiar. HAANG can represent the inevitable parts of life (birth and death) as well as the foundational structure of Martial Arts (basic mental and physical aspects)


BYUN represents change. The unexpected elements in our lives that occuror the variety that we pursue are examples of BYUN. We tend to seek outchange because without it life can be boring. An example is trying out all sorts of different hobbies or sports. The downside of excessive BYUN is that learning is more superficial. We become good at many things but masters of none. Even within Martial Arts, leaning too much on Byun can actually delay progress. It can be tempting to do sparring one day, Kigong the next, pad kicking the next, and so forth, instead of choosing one aspect and discovering subtle ways to improve on it.

The ideal combination is harmony (Taeguk) of both HAANG and BYUN. With true concentration and sincerity, one can find BYUN within HAANG. Even what seems routine often time is not if one observescarefully. No two sunsets are the same. No two snowflakes are identical. Every martial arts class is different if you increase your level of awareness.

Written by Master Yoo, JM
Edited by Hyun Sa Myung Duk (Drew Vanover) and Chun Shim (Carlos Stern)


How To Improve Power Of Your Round House Kick

1. Main Training

Engaging the core is fundamental for added power in a variety of taekwondo kicks, from more basic round house kicks to more advanced back hook kicks. Note that for taekwondo, the reference to “core” extends not only to the abdomen and lower back, but also to the quadriceps.

Practicing a shortened version of round house kicks by performing knee strikes (without kicking) is an effective way to assess and improve core strength for round house kicks. Lead with the knees when pushing off the floor. Practice in sets of two (right/left) so that you can isolate improving core engagement (rather than momentum, which sets in naturally after 3 or more kicks). If you have a partner you can also practice by striking target-mitts with your knees.

2. Additional Support for Power Roundhouse Kick

Developing strong quadriceps for explosive power is also important and can be achieved by practicing squats in your daily routine. However, rather than performing routine squats and burning out energy, perform meditative squats as part of your overall growth as a martial artist, connecting body, mind and spirit (Jung Choong, Ki Jaang, Shin Myung). Keep feet a little more than shoulder-width apart, slightly grabbing the floor with your toes. Squat slowly, inhaling on the way down, pausing slightly at 90 degrees, and exhaling on the way back up. Keep your spine vertical and your palms together in front of chest, with elbows down and shoulders relaxed. Focus on heat sensation in your palms and on your Dahnjun pushing out and pulling in with each inhale and exhale.

<Refer to Master Yoo’s training guide ->Oct. 21st 2015>

3. Finishing Training

Chuk Ki is a method to prepare for energy accumulation. Place your feet a little more than shoulder width apart. Bend your knees just to the point where your knees touch your pants. Place your palms together (as in the meditative squats described above). With your back straight (tailbone in), release all tension in your upper body. Relax your upper body, starting from your face, neck, trapezius muscles, shoulders, upper back between the shoulder blades, upper chest, lower chest, solar plexus, and down to your lower belly. Breathe comfortably through your nose only and focus on the Dahnjun sensation (pressure, warmth).


— Written by Ji Do Ja Nim Yoo; edited by Hyun Sa Chun Shim