Category: Master Yoo’s Training Guide

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.

21
Oct

A personal reflection on the benefits of Tae Kwon Do

Joan

By: Joan A. Ferraro
I began taking Tae Kwon Do classes at “Yoo’s Martial Arts” almost four & half years ago.
The school is located on Main St. in Tarrytown, just a little less than a mile from my residence in Sleepy Hollow, NY. I note the distance as, oftentimes, many folks utilize the travel involved with exercise as a deterrent (i.e., “excuse”) to regular attendance.Continue Reading..

21
Oct

Master Yoo’s Push-ups

General Posture

martial arts
• Palms are shoulder-width apart
If palms are too wide, this will eventually result in excessive vibration on your arms and lower Dahn-jun, causing you to lose energy
• Head line is straight, with eyes looking straight down
If you tuck your head up and look toward the front, it will bring heat energy too fast to your face because such angle blocks the cooling energy channel (Dok-Maek)
• Keep your bottom gently tight, tail bone in, keeping pressure on your lower Dahn-jun
• Thighs, calves and heels together
• Do not raise or lower your bottom
Raised bottom results in energy leaking through the Hoe-eum, and sinking bottom may cause lower back pain.
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