July HST was held on a beautiful Sunday morning at Turkey Mountain, near Yorktown Heights, NY.
Approximately 25 participants, including a few parents and Masters, met up at 8am. We climbed up the blue trail at a comfortable pace for approximately 1.5 miles, reaching the top in less than 40 minutes. The peak offered sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline as well as the Croton Reservoir.
After admiring the view and enjoying a refreshing drink, Master Yoo proceeded to guide us through some meditation. We eased into relaxation and deep focus on specific parts of our body, including fingertips for pulse sensation, moving palms together and apart to experience magnetic resistance, heat, warmth, etc. while levelling emotions. We finished with palms surrounding our head and visualizing cleansing all four corners of the brain.
After about 20 minutes of meditation we proceeded back to the bottom following the white trail and reaching the parking lot (0.7 miles). Everyone looked energized and refreshed, and the day was still young as the hike was completed by 10am. We thank all participants and hope you share this experience with your families and friends.
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“Today’s HST Class was the best class I’ve attended In a long time. My knee injuries are a lot better but not 100% however I am very happy that I made it without much discomfort.
Today’s class was physically very challenging due to the offense and defense drills, the sparring and then the agility drills which really tested me anaerobically. The sit-ups and squats were challenging but it was perfect for me because they were strengthening exercises and flexibility exercises that I specifically need to help my knees heal.
Another reason that I say it was the best class is because of our classroom session about devotion, self-training and pleasure. Our lives constantly balance these three energies and after a little extra thought we can see how devotion, self-training and pleasure guide us in our day to day lives. Too much of one of these may have negative results. What I will remember is to not use devotion and self-training in the name of pleasure. I should remember not to say I’m training or I’m devoted when I know that I’m doing it to receive pleasure in the future… this will not be a proper balance. Each is its own action but I think too much pleasure seeking may lead to the most bad results.
Lastly, we were challenged to test our devotion and clean the streets! If we really believe in a clean environment, would we really go outside and clean? Master Yoo challenged us to do it and it felt very different and a little funny but I learned that is a part of true devotion.
I’m happy I completed all the challenges of today’s class.
-Written By SABUMNIM Ed Beusse”
“From today’s class, there were a few lessons to embrace. The first lesson is the structure of the classes themselves. I’ve noticed over time that the pattern is set in such a way to allow the SUSA a maximum chance to be open to learning. The physical drills and the concentration required for them release good hormones which are circulating in their system by the time we sit for the curriculum or philosophy portion.
The second lesson is from the second portion, which is reinforcing that how we choose to spend our time, and the intent behind those choices is how we reflect our energy outward. These choices also determine whether or not we reinforce our goals, by drawing in enough energy to support them, or whether we simply trod along doing what may be the right thing but not making a lasting impact in helping our community.
Leaning too much or too little on any of the three pools (pleasure, self-training and devotion) leads to imbalance internally, which undercuts our ability to fulfill our goals externally. Too much pleasure can lead to excess and laziness, too much self-training, or for the wrong reason, leads back to pleasure and is a distraction. Even too much devotion, if done for the wrong reasons (attention, admiration, accolades, etc.) can lead back to pleasure and lessen the impact of our actions.
For these reasons (as well as others), it is important to remember that balance (which does not mean everything is done equally, just appropriately) is important in our lives, but so is our intentions.
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
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.