Category: Master Yoo’s Training Guide
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..
• 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.
To begin this training there are four steps to follow. These steps will bring you to the point of being able to deliver SVA (Smile Voice and Action) to your fellow students and others.
1. Build self-respect by through Jung-Ki-Shin training
2. Grow your self-confidence through Jung-Ki-Shin training
3. Share your achievements with others
4. Deliver SVA Energy to your fellow students, family and others
SVA is the energy that you put into your own training and that you can share when training with others.
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.
Make the choice to take positive action today. Build up yourself so you can deliver SVA Energy to your friends, family and fellow students.
Meditative squats can provide numerous health benefits, including:
•Strengthening of weak leg muscles
•Renewed flexibility for stiff joints (ankles, knees, hips)
This exercise will bring you to an optimal condition called Saang Hur Ha Sil:
strong, firm, stable foundation (below navel)
flexible, relaxed, tension-free state (above navel)
Directions to Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Use http://maps.google.com for directions. Your destination is Peters Kill, Ulster, New York
Once you are on NY-55 West / U.S. 44 East, after approximately 8.8 miles you need to reach Peter’s Kill parking lot. On your way there you need to go past the steel bridge and the West Trapps parking lot, past Clove Road, past Trapps Road, and then look for Peter’s Kill parking lot entrance of Minnewaska on the right.
The gate to Peter’s Kill parking lot opens at 9am. When you pay for parking ($8), ask for a trail map.