April 3 Good Friday - No Classes
April 4 Black Belt Class and Ceremony Practice 11:00 am -12:30 pm
April 11 Black Belt Class and Ceremony Practice 11:00 am -12:30 pm
April 18 Black Belt Class and School Cleaning 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
April 18 Demonstration at North Penn High School 2:30 pm
April 24 Rank Belt Testing 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
April 25 Black Belt Class 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
April 25 Black Belt Club Meeting 12:00 pm
Happy Birthday to Students Celebration in April
Ron Lejman, Cole Abercrombie, Olivia Yoon, Noah Cylich, Vanessa Ksiazek, Adam Zlam and Hunter Sergeant.
Mothers Day Celebration
On Saturday, May 9th, YMAS will be holding our annual Mother’s Day Celebration. The event will begin a 10am and will include a demonstration by the children, refreshments, a reading of the Mother’s day poem and a gift for each mother, grandmother, or caretaker. Please sign up on the sheet at the school to let us know how many will be attending.
The YMAS demo team will be performing at three upcoming events: 1) The cultural celebration at North Penn High School on Saturday, April 18th 2) The Mother’s Day celebration at YMAS on Saturday, May 9th and 3) the 19th Black Belt Ceremony on Sunday, May 31st. Anyone who is planning on participating should be practicing their form/forms. Please see Grand Master Yang, Dylan or Turner for further information and practice times.
19th Black Belt Ceremony
Any student who has passed their black belt test since the last ceremony will formally receive their black belt at the ceremony.
All 1st Dan Black Belts will pass red belts down to students who show great promise and dedication (know as an honorary red belt)
All students who are receiving a black belt or honorary red belt are required to attend Saturday practices. This is a very formal ceremony and much practice is necessary to make sure that it runs smoothly. Practices started on Saturday, March 7th and be held at 11-12:30 each Saturday until the ceremony (May 31). If you are receiving a Black Belt or Red Belt, and have not yet turned in your form and fee, please do so as soon as possible so that the belts can be ordered and the program printed.
As with previous ceremonies, there will be a pot-luck dinner following the ceremony. The Black Belt Club will be providing drinks/refreshments, everyone should bring a dish to share with everyone. There is a sign-up sheet in the back of the school. Please sign up with number attending and what food you will be bringing.
By Instructor Andy McCulley
My Master is Bong Pil Yang. He has a long and dedicated history in the Martial Arts Community. His lineage is prestigious and his knowledge and technical expertise are well known.
These characteristics are essential for a Martial Artist to be considered a true Master. These are the characteristics that most people think of. However, there is another set of criteria that I believe is equally as important. One that is not as commonly thought of nor as easily ascertained. Integrity, generosity and caring, in my opinion, are just as important to being a true Master.
It is quite possible for a student to train under a Master, learn all of the techniques and develop the skill to perfectly execute the techniques and still not be a Master Martial Artist. If he doesn’t live his life with integrity he can never attain the title of Master. Integrity means living a life that is true to the principles that the Martial Arts were established on; that of striving to be the best person you can be. You can not be a Master without being honest and trustworthy.
Being generous with the knowledge of how to develop your mind, body and spirit that others have given you is a must. If you don’t share the knowledge and philosophy established and passed down over the centuries, that information will die with you and future generations of students will not have the benefit of such wisdom.
And finally, caring for others. If you don’t care for family, friends, community, even strangers, you have no desire or need to share the knowledge with them. And without that desire, all of the years of training and learning are wasted. No true Master would waste such a treasure.
I, by no means, consider myself a Master. However, I feel very fortunate to be studying and training under a true Master. Over the years, I have seen Grand Master Yang demonstrate all of the characteristics that I feel a Master must possess. Seeing this encourages me to continue to train, study and strive to be the best person I can be.