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7th Annual HONG IK Martial Arts Festival


Combined form and board breaking
Invitational sparring
Saturday, February 11

At: Yoo’s Martial Arts
10 Main street, Tarrytown, NY 10591


Taekwondo Philosophy | ITF Philosophy

The ITF Philosophy

According to the ITF philosophy of taekwondo, this art is focused on the attainment and creation of a more peaceful existence. In order to achieve the creation of a peaceful world, taekwondo teaches that the beginning of peaceful interaction requires a focus on the individual. The individual is considered the foundation of the art and through practice one is able to develop character, a personality, and increase morality and ethics. Building on the foundation allows one to obtain positive attitudes and traits; thus, achieving the ultimate end goal.
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All You Need To Know About The Philosophy Of Taekwondo

The various taekwondo associations and federations (ITF, GTF, Kukkiwon/WTF, ATA, and many more) all express their philosophy of the martial art in a different manner. While the philosophies differ greatly, there are several constant themes present due to the adherence to the code of the Hwarang. The Hwarang are groups of young scholar-warriors existing in the middle-age Korea timeframe using taekwondo as a philosophical grounding. The foundation or core of the philosophies based on this code includes common themes, such as:

– Respect for teachers and parents.
– Promoting peaceful interactions.
– Courtesy.
– Integrity.
– Self-control.
– Perseverance

The following table briefly summarizes the philosophies and tenents of some common styles of taekwondo.

Hwarang Code 3

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.