Korean National Team brings demonstration to Westfield High School
By Anna Skinner
To commemorate Master Yoo’s World Class Tae Kwon Do’s 10th anniversary, the Noblesville facility will host an open house featuring the Korean National Demonstration Team July 15. The team also will perform at 4:30 p.m. July 16 at Westfield High School. Both events are open to the public.
“This (demonstration) happens every two years in the United States,” Jin Park, director of Master Yoo’s, said. “This team will take a class with us. Our students come to regular classes and these team members are here, so they train with them. They are good mentors and good inspiration for (future students) and good motivation for existing students. After that, on July 15, we do a big open house.”
Open house attendees don’t need to know a student to attend. The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about taekwondo Do or Master Yoo’s classes. Korean National Team demonstrations will be at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. during the open house. Pictures, T-shirts, chances to win memorabilia, mini classes, board-breaking, food and more will be available at the event.
Park said student referrals have been strong through the years.
“We have a very strong family growth. Not only one child will train, but mom and dad do, and brother and sister,” she said. “That’s one very good thing about our studio, parents are involved. They kick together and do belt-testing together. The longest student has been here 10 years. They joined 10 years ago when they were a preschooler, and now they are a high school student. We have been growing.”
Park said there are more than 100 first-degree black belt students taking classes at the facility. It takes approximately three years to receive a black belt, and three years after for each consecutive degree. Park is a first-degree black belt and Yoo is a sixth-degree black belt.
Yoo studied at Yong In University in South Korea, where the Korean National Demonstration Team is from. He is on the alumni board for the university.
“This is good for students and showing the team from South Korea,” Yoo said. “So all the students and parents can see what the masters and initial team and the spirit of taekwondo is, mentally and with technique.
“Students and the audience review (the demonstration) and see the life skills we teach, such as focus and self-confidence and enthusiasm and perseverance. It inspires not only students and their friends, but it shows what martial arts is. It’s not only kicking and punching, I want them to see that. This will be very educational, and this is something we teach our kids.”
Master Yoo’s World Class Tae Kwon Do participates in many local events, including Relay for Life and Westfield Rocks the Fourth.
Tickets for the WHS performance are $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 4-12. They can be purchased at Master Yoo’s facility, 14765 Hazel Dell Crossing, Suite 700, Noblesville.
For more, visit masteryoo.com.