Category: Master Yoo’s Training Guide


Essential elements to become Leaders are SVA Smile + Voice + Action= SVA

Essential elements to become Leaders are SVA
Smile + Voice + Action= SVA

Taekwondo leader

Smile Energy – This is more than just smiling.  It means keeping a positive attitude even in difficult conditions.  Smile helps to release fear and grow confidence.

Voice Energy – Sound is one of the fundamental energies of the universe.  Having a strong, confident voice when teaching, answering and speaking builds your own confidence and inspires those around you.  A proper healthy sound helps to open one’s mind.

Action Energy – Taking positive action steps to do whatever is needed to help others.  This can be anything, such as standing and running right away to people who need help and taking action right away if you think the action is good to do, or helpful.  More action brings us self-trust.

Written by Ji do ja nim Yoo.  Edited by Master Myung Duk and Susa Carlos Stern


Meaning of Jeol(=bow)

‘Jeol’ is a expression of both ‘저:Jeo(My)’ and ‘얼:Eol(Spirit)’.
A ‘Jeol’, which is expressed from a healthy body and a bright mind, is not only beautiful and noble, but also delivers a communication with mother nature.
Depend on mental states of person, ‘Jeol’ can be expressed whether beautifully or perversely.
When a person ‘Jeol’ on one’s opposite, it is a gesture of respect for human beings.
On the other hand, if a person ‘Jeol’ in front of nobody, this person expresses his or her gratitude to the other human being or mother nature through spiritual connection.
Accordingly, we can persue harmony with the others and mother nature through proper ‘Jeol’ that makes energy filled with respect and gratitude.

Written by Ji do ja nim Yoo
Translated by Hyun soo Chung
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Master Yoo’s Self Defense Techniques

Groin Kick
Groin Kick
No. 1
Useful when opponent is in open stance (feet even). Apply front snap kick using instep of foot, targeting the genitals. Be sure to apply full snap and stay at safe distance by leaning upper body backwards as you perform the kick.

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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

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..