As a child I admired the heroes from martial arts movies like Kung Fu, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and many others. Humble, but able stand up for themselves, they were people with high quality of character, who had earned a powerful knowledge, skill, and ability through their martial arts training. They used their knowledge at first to protect themselves and eventually to protect and help other people; fighting for what was right. This is a key principle to traditional martial arts: First improve yourself, and then help others improve themselves; this is a truly meaningful life. This is why I study and teach traditional martial arts.
Initially I was attracted to the 8 Styles of martial arts taught by Oom Yung Doe, I also appreciated that Mind Body development was the focus of the training. After going through a short period of training, seeing my Instructor demonstrate, and learning from a group of high level practitioners, I knew that I had found a powerful source of martial arts knowledge and wisdom.
A significant part of Oom Yung Doe Instructor training entails working closely with several 8th Degree Black Belt Instructors, all with over 30 years of experience in Oom Yung Doe. Although they are all in their early to mid fifties, each one often demonstrates martial arts movements, forms, and self defense techniques that can be seen in both classic and modern martial arts movies. Their ability to move with such fluidity, speed, strength, and precision along with their proud calm bearing, even in middle age, motivates me to dedicate myself to Oom Yung Doe training so that I can also start to develop similar qualities of personal health and longevity with physical skill, and ability.
I studied Tae Kwon Do from 1999-2003 earning a 1st Degree Black Belt, competing in many local, regional, and national tournaments and becoming a certified Tae Kwon Do Instructor. I have studied Oom Yung Doe since 2005-present. I am currently a Certified 3rd Degree Black Belt, Assistant Head Instructor in Oom Yung Doe.
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