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June 12th Events Schedule


June 12th :

[10:00 am – 12:00 pm]  Yi dan, Saam dan and Sa dan Black Belt test candidates special class
[1:00 pm – 2:30 pm]  5th MST(Masters and SUSA training)


Fair Lawn

June 12th :

[1:00 pm – 2:30 pm]  5th MST(Masters and SUSA training)


What Does a Tae Kwon Do Black Belt Mean?

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Everyone has heard of the colored belts that signify different skill levels in Tae Kwon Do and many martial arts, but not many people know exactly what these different ranks signify, particularly in Tae Kwon Do where they can be a little different than what you might expect. In addition to the skills they have gained in Tae Kwon Do martial arts in a physical sense, the belt color also reflects the progress they have made in understanding the philosophy of Tae Kwon Do. What this means is that you do not simply get an upgraded belt for spending enough time training? That is, belts are not like moving up through grades in school. There isn’t a yearly graduation or anything like that. Instead, to move up a belt, you have to show that you have mastered the skills that were part of the previous belt level. These can include different martial arts forms and basic moves, as well as excelling in sparring.

The different belt colors also have symbolic meanings. For example, a white belt signifies a pure, clean slate. That is, the student does not yet have any knowledge of Tae Kwon Do. As the student progress up the colors to black, he or she will gradually be mastering all of the skills present in Tae Kwon Do. When the black belt is attained, the significance is that the student has absorbed all of the knowledge about Tae Kwon Do that can be taught by his teachers, just as an object that is black absorbs all colors of light and doesn’t let any escape. After this, the black belt is still in training, but he or she must now learn on his own, gaining wisdom and seeking out new techniques and training methods to improve themselves.


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.