March 7 Black Belt Class and Ceremony Practice 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
March 14 Black Belt Class and Ceremony Practice 11:00 am -12:30 pm
March 21 Black Belt Class and Ceremony Practice 11:00 am -12:00 pm
March 27 Rank (Belt) Testing 5:00 pm -8:00 pm Adult 6:30 pm -8:00 pm
March 28 Black Belt Class 11:00 am -12:30 pm
March 28 Black Belt Club 12:00 pm
Attention to all students
1) Everyone should have the school patch on their uniforms. If you need a patch, please see Grand Master Yang.
2) Testing Forms and fees should be turned in at least two weeks prior to testing to give time to prepare the necessary paperwork.
Happy Birthday to Students Celebration in March
Atharv Awastti, Pramith Pradeep, Liiana Menzies, Kevin Jiang, Barbara McLaughlin, Anthony Kurian, Lara Zalam, Yara Zalam, Carther Rher, Joseph Werner, and Rome Lee.
DVD OF PATTERNS AVAILABLE
A DVD with all patterns (including weapons) necessary for all levels-white belt to instructor- is available for $50. Please see Grand Master Yang to purchase this DVD.
Practice pattern (Hyung)
The martial artist seeks to develop and maintain balance and equilibrium, coordination, speed, agility, flexibility, power, strength, endurance and breath control.
Rules of Manners at Home:
I will always maintain a respectful attitude toward my parents.
I will always address my parents respectfully.
I will not ignore or disobey my parent’s instructions.
I will always sincerely help my parents with daily chores.
I will not fight with my siblings; instead, I will assist, compromise with and love them.
Black Belt Ceremony
There have been several questions about the upcoming Black Belt Ceremony. The following information should help: 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 will start 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, please make sure to turn you form and fee in to Grand Master Yang by early March. If you have not yet received your form, please ask Master Yang for one. As with previous ceremonies, there will be a pot-luck dinner following the ceremony itself. There will be a sign up sheet at the school in the near future.
By Instructor Troy Dougherty
There are many meanings to the term or title of “Master” as it applies to the martial arts. “Despite the long history of martial arts, there are only a few martial arts masters. Traditionally in Eastern culture, a master is a person who founds a style or is the individual appointed by the master to continue the lineage. In Western culture, a master is traditionally a person who devotes his whole life to the craft and who reaches a level of excellence that surpasses the average practitioner. In both cultures, masters have rarely considered themselves to be masters. Instead, they are designated as masters by their peers.” As stated by Grand Master Bong Pil Yang, “Finding the right master is not easy. For the beginner, looking for a right master without knowing what the right master should be is like looking for a mythical Pegasus that does not exist. So, even if you found one, you as an ordinary inexperienced person would not be able to evaluate and understand your master. But, if you are sincerely striving to study martial arts, the right master will find you naturally. This is the law of karma.” Karma struck me in May of 2009 when I walked through the door of Yang’s Martial Arts School. This was the first martial arts school that I visited, and I knew right away that I was at the correct dojang, with the right master. At the time I was looking at martial arts as a way to help calm my mind and help relieve stress. Before I was even able to express this to Master Yang, he began to tell me of the mental benefits or martial arts and told me that he had trained extensively in meditation and the art of Ki breathing. It seemed as though with every question that came to my mind about martial arts and meditation, Master Yang answered before I had a chance to ask. I did not even bother to visit any other schools; I knew that Yang’s Martial Arts School was where I belonged. Over the last five plus years I have learned what a true master is. Grand Master Yang has served as a mentor and great force in my life, teaching me not only the martial arts, but about Eastern ways and philosophy, meditation, community spirit and giving, family, tolerance and countless other things. I have learned from him not just in the school, but by also seeing all that he has done for our local as well as global community. I look at and interact with the world and people in a far different way than I did before I met my Master. He has led not just be teaching, but more importantly by example. Unlike the many other role models and teachers that I have had since childhood, I feel a far different connection with my master. Not only do I feel a higher level of respect and gratitude to Master Yang that I have others; I feel a strong loyalty. I now understand the relationship of master and apprentice as well. As an apprentice of the martial arts, I am not just learning a trade from my master, as I would be in other levels of society or with an occupation; I am learning how to live and how to interact with people and the world around me. As an apprentice, I know that I owe a great deal of gratitude and debt toward Grand Master Yang. I feel that I will never be able to thank him enough for all that he has taught me, not just about martial arts, but about life.