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This past weekend, I participated in an Il Dan Han Gulum test and was reminded of my yellow belt promotion test. That was about four years ago, and I remember how significant it was for me to take my first promotion test, a culmination of all the skills we practiced for three months. As a yellow belt, I studied the principle of humility, which has been important throughout my Tae Kwon Do practice. Through Tae Kwon Do, I have learned that humility is important because even when you accomplish something, you can always learn more and improve. In Tae Kwon Do, there are many mental and physical milestones that you can continually reach.


Now that I am a black belt, there is a lot of emphasis on energy cultivation and concentration. We are reminded to always put forth our best efforts and try to improve ourselves. This touches back on the principle of humility because even though you have reached many milestones in your Tae Kwon Do training, there are always more milestones to come.


When I first began Tae Kwon Do, I was mentally and physically weaker. I had less confidence, concentration, and discipline. As I have continued my Tae Kwon Do practice, I have developed positive energy and habits. I have become a better student at school, a more considerate family member at home, and a healthier human being. I will strive to develop more positive habits and to make a positive impact on the community.

-Sayako Aizeki-Nevins


Hong Ik Martial Arts Festival

– March 18, 2018 at Hackley School, New York

Martial Arts instruction for Hackley School’s Wellness Fair for Middle and High school


1. How to help to make better circulation

2. How to increase energy level

3. How to be aware of my thoughts

4. Key to maintain good wellness;

Proper excise > Keep up the energy level                  > Think positive


Masters Bio

Taekwondo Master Yoo

Grand Master Yoo, JM

  • 7th Degree Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do
  • 4th Degree Blackbelt in Hapkido
  • 4th Degree Blackbelt in Kum Ye Do (Swordsmanship)
  • 3rd Degree Blackbelt in Judo
  • Graduate of Yong In University, Korea (major in Tae Kwon Do and Physical Education)
  • Korean Tigers Demonstration Team and Self Defense Coach
  • World Tae Kwon Do Championships, Demonstration Coach 1993 Madison Square Garden

Master Kwang Tae Kim

  • 5th degree black belt – Tae Kwon Do.

Master Kim is a graduate of Kei Myung University, South Korea and was a member of their demonstration team. He regularly competes internationally and has won Tournament Champion.


Master Drew Vanover

  • 5th degree black belt – Tae Kwon Do
  • 4th degree black belt – Kum Ye Do

He is a two time Hong-Ik Tournament Champion and New York State Champion. Most recently he earned the 2011 Bronze medal at the US Open. He is a World Tae Kwon Do Federation certified Master with over 15 years teaching experience.


Master Joe Lipman

  • 4th degree black belt – Tae Kwon Do

Master Joe has continued his training at the Yong-In University Sparring Team Training in South Korea. He regularly competes in National and State tournaments and holds a bronze medal in the Yong-In University Presidential Cup.

Master Patrick Malonso

Master Patrick Malonso

  • 5th degree black belt – Taekwondo
  • Master Patrick has continued his training at the Yong-In University Sparring Team training in South Korea. He regularly competes in National and State tournaments and holds a Gold medal in the Yong In University Presidental Cup.

Master Carlos Stern

  • 4th degree black belt – Taekwondo
  • Master Stern is the first qualified Master to Graduate from the elite martial arts leadership SUSA program. He has placed in several state championships in sparring and forms. He has over 10 years teaching experience.