Category: Master Yoo’s Training Guide

21
Oct

Proper way of Double Knife-Hand Back Stance

Proper way of Double Knife-Hand Back Stance

  • Empty your thoughts
  • Set your eyes to the horizon
  • Relax facial muscles
  • Loosen your shoulders
  • Drop your elbows
  • Bend your front wrist at a 90 Degree angle
  • Make your rear palm parallel with the ground
  • Relax your chest
  • Feel a gentle pressure on your lower abdomen
  • Straighten your spine and slightly pull your tailbone in
  • Bend both your knees comfortably
  • Equalize your body’s weight between both feet
  • Have your body’s center of gravity drop under the anus
  • Make both your inner thigh and anus make a round shape.
  • Seal both feet on the ground – toes gently grip the floor
  • Pull your heels toward your anus – at that time feel the anus gently tighten and the pressure on the abdomen increase
21
Oct

Achieving Yellow Belt

Achieving Yellow Belt
Achieving yellow belt is a milestone that that is more than symbolic of having completed a three-month training period. This initiation period into the art of Taekwondo is a turning point in a student’s athletic and personal life.
Students learn basic kicks, punches, blocks and stances that will lay the foundation for fancier kicks and other more advanced techniques that will follow. However, students learn that these basic techniques can be vastly enhanced with the expression of an inner energy that in many cases was “trapped” inside of them. This inner energy, expressed through their “Ki-hup” sound, supports their physical energy as they start to improve their physical conditioning. This new expression of energy is transformative, with new students undergoing a surge in self-confidence and a thirst for taking on new challenges. For many, progress in goals including weight loss, greater speed and increased flexibility are already palpable by the time they earn their yellow belt.Continue Reading..

21
Oct

Hand Techniques

Pig Foot

pig foot
No. 1
Energy flows in two directions. One towards the thumb, another towards the four fingertips.

Duck Foot

duck foot

No. 2
Spreading palms as wide as you can, energy flows towards all five fingertips. Central holder is Jang-Shim located in center of palm, connected towards all five fingertips.Continue Reading..

21
Oct

Proper Posture to Increase Energy Level

Martial arts 1) Straight vertical line from Baek-Hwe to Hoe-eum*
2) Relax both shoulders and drop elbow joint slightly lower than shoulders
3) Bend wrist 90degrees
4) Do not expand rib cage -> expand lower abdomen instead
Energy Sense – feel warm temperature on center of palm and electricity flow from armpit to palmPosture
increase power 1) Use same posture as above for upper body
2) Make round circle with inside quadriceps
3) Bend knees at good angle
4) Tuck tail bone in
5) Grip the ground gently with toes
Energy Sense – feel gentle pressure on lower Dahn-jun*, feel connection of energy channel from Yong-Chun (soles of your feet) to lower Dahn-junfoot
 face 1) Eyes level with horizon (overview)
2) Relax your face muscles
3) Clear your thoughts
Energy Sense – feel the forehead (In-dang) opening up and feel clarityface

“Note* for details on Hoe-eum and Lower Dahn-jun refer to Master Yoo’s Push-ups under Master Yoo’s Training Guide (www.yoosma.com)”

21
Oct

How to do Sit-Ups and Tiger Pose

Sit-ups and Tiger Pose will build your core strength by accumulating heat energy in the lower Dahn-jun (located 2 inches below navel).

Beginner’s Sit-up Posture
• keep eyes focused on horizon, with shoulders and elbows relaxed
• seal both feet on the ground
• gently grab knees with both hands
 Beginner’s Sit-up Respiration
• on the way down, inhale and focus on pressure in lower Dahn-jun
• on way up, exhale and remain focused on pressure in lower Dahn-jun

Advanced Sit-up

Beginner’s Sit-up Posture
• keep eyes focused on horizon, with shoulders and elbows relaxed
• seal both feet on the ground
• place both hands on lower Dahn-jun
 Beginner’s Sit-up Respiration
• on the way down, inhale and push lower Dahn-jun up, focusing on lower Dahn-jun pressure
• on way up, exhale and pull lower Dahn-jun in, focusing on Yong-Chun (soles of your feet)
• on way up, avoid shoulders/elbows rising, do not “snap”

Beginner’s Tiger-Pose

Beginner’s Sit-up Posture
• focus eyes on big toes (or close eyes)
• hands up (palms facing sky) and seal your lower back against the floor
• upper body and thigh at 90 degree angle, with knees apart (approx. 2 fists distance)
• keep ankles slightly higher than knee level, with toes pulled back towards your face (or toes relaxed)
Respiration
• during inhale, push lower Dahn-jun up (5 seconds)
• during exhale, pull lower Dahn-jun in (5 seconds)

Advanced Tiger-Pose

Beginner’s Sit-up Posture
• same as a Beginner’s Tiger Pose (see above)
• head up, with eyes focused on lower Dahn-jun
Respiration
• during inhale, push lower Dahn-jun up (5 seconds)
• during exhale, pull lower Dahn-jun in (5 seconds)

Ending Posture

Continue the same breathing pattern used during Tiger Pose for an additional 5 minutes. Then, slowly sitp up and finish your training.

Beginner’s Sit-up

Tips

• While holding Tiger Pose, you may feel heat rising to your face. If this happens, first relax your mind, stop concentrating on your breath, and bring your visualization to the lower Dahn-jun (visualize rising red color of the Sun). When face temperature turns comfortable, resume your respiration as guided.
• The recommended Tiger Pose time is 5 minutes at first. You can then gradually extend your holding time.
• If you feel relaxed, with warm sensation on your lower Dahn-jun, this is a good indication that you performed your training correctly.