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A Black Belt is

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2016 May Black Belt Ceremony




On May 28th Yoo’s Martial Arts in Tarrytown held a Black Belt Ceremony. Twenty-three students were in attendance to celebrate a major accomplishment – reaching the rank of 1 st degree Black Belt in Taekwondo. Families and friends joined them in recognizing their 2½ – 3 years of hard work and dedication. Several masters were present, including Grand master Yoo, Master Myung Duk, Master Kim, Master Shin Min and Master Ji Sun. Both Master Kim and Master Myung Duk followed a traditional presentation, individually awarding each student their respective black belt, with traditional bows displaying deepest humility, respect and appreciation.

Grand master Yoo commended everyone’s efforts and then invited some of the candidates to share their personal feelings, their gratitude towards their parents, and their goals in furthering the Hong-Ik mission of YMA.

We congratulate all new black belts and wish them great success in their ongoing journey and continued dedication.

– Reported by Susa Carlos Stern


SUSA Lucia’s class at Colombia

On my recent trip to Colombia, I visited my friend who teaches school in a rural area. Most of the children’s parents are farmers or have some role in the agricultural business. My family had collected a plethora of school supplies to be distributed amongst the students. While I was visiting the school, my friend had announced that I was from the United States and that I taught tae kwon do. The children’s interest peaked and kindly asked if I could teach some basic English and demonstrate a little bit of tae kwon do. After teaching English, instead of demonstrating tae kwon do I decided it would be more interesting if I lined them up and had them practice as if they were a class in a dojang. Many of them excelled in basic techniques and surpassed my expectations. They all thanked me for my interest in helping them and I had a wonderful time with them. This experience was extremely rewarding and I was more than pleased that I was able to share some of my knowledge with others who were extremely excited about this learning opportunity.

– Written by SUSA student Lucia Robinson


Detail Your Own Philosophy of “Do” for Brown Belt Test


To me, Do is a sort of morality, a way of living (after all, it is the “way of life”). Do is what keeps us from using our Tae Kwon Do skills selfishly and to cause harm to other unnecessarily. It tells us what is right and what is wrong and shows us that there are certain principles we should all live by if we want to achieve happiness. Do is the truth that makes up these principles. It tells us to be honest, accept our faults, and always strive to better ourselves, but not to demean or cause harm to others.
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Masters Bio

Taekwondo Master Yoo

Grand Master Sung Keun Yoo

  • 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.