Is there one form of martial arts which is better than another?

In academics, children are required to learn multiple subjects, not just reading, math, or social studies. In order to be a well-rounded individual, knowledge from multiple disciplines is necessary. The same applies to the martial arts.There are a few different martial art style names. However, long ago, there were not multiple style names: these different names appeared in modern times. Martial Art is the ONLY Art: We say, “Mu Suul”, (meaning “martial arts skills”), and “Mu Do”, meaning, “martial arts way; the way of discipline/harmony”. Tae Kwon Do, Dangsudo, KungFu, Kumdo, Hapkido…these are all names referring back to Mu Do, which is Martial Art, which means the training and exercise of the body, mind, and spirit.

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How does your belt system work?

We have a belt system which trains children how to work hard to earn something: I do not sell belts. I am ashamed by many martial arts schools that merely promote students haphazardly after they attend classes for one month.

I test my students personally every quarter: children are required to work hard for three months to improve their strength, flexibility, discipline, school grades, and skill. I also require my students to write an essay for the test, on a topic relating to the values and lifestyle we promote. This gives children the opportunity to discuss with their parents topics such as, “How can I continue to Challenge Myself”, or, “Why do we follow a Creed when we study the Martial Arts”.

Belt promotion requirements are published and posted in the dojhang. Students who take class regularly should expect to be invited to test quarterly. Testing is always optional, although we encourage our students to be ambitious.

During our Promotion Ceremony, children stand individually and present themselves, even the small children. Some children who are not as verbal draw pictures, or present with their mentoring older classmates.

We provide an awards and recognition program at the school that inspires achievement (i.e. Student of the Month, and our Annual, Student of the Year Award). We are studying Martial ART: Mental & Physical strength and skill (Martial) with Beauty (Art). I emphasize the origin of Martial Art, which was for the purpose of health and wellness.

Master S.H. Yu Martial Arts uses the awarding of different colored belts to emphasize the acquisition of skills, distinguish different levels of achievement, and to certify goal achievement. Belts and their colors are symbolic of the mental and physical skills expected for each level, and the corresponding understanding and wisdom represented by each color.

Why have you chosen to teach martial arts to children, teens and adults?

I did not choose…this is My Life. It is not my job, it is my Life. It is a Mission to teach children: if you do not have passion and patience, students will not respond to their maximum potential. Our school has a motto of patience, endurance, persistence.

Why do I teach all ages? Because everyone needs exercise! When someone says, “I’m Old”, their body is not old, their Mind is Old! Preschoolers , young kids, teenagers, adults…everyone…women, men…they need exercise, they need to sweat…not just machine exercise.

What are the most important benefits of your instruction?

I teach the Martial Arts not as a hobby, but as a way of life. A healthy strong body produces a healthy strong mind, and a healthy mind keeps the body healthy: The Chinese Character, “Fa”, meaning the Harmony, is our life: Yin and Yang, Body and Mind, Health/Happy. For example, if one wants to be a Great Chef, one must learn how to sharpen your own knife: in this way, the food looks pretty and appealing. If the knife is not sharp, the appearance of the food is sloppy; not attractive.

This is why we train hard: to polish our body and mind. If we do not sweat, our body is clogged with a lot of toxins; the toxins make you ill, causes disharmony, disease, dissatisfaction, and unhappiness. Illness comes from lack of exercise: Any kind of exercise is good for our health, but only Martial Arts has Mental concentration, focus in each movement, kihap (shouting/collection of energy, “Ki” or “Chi”) breathing exercise, moving out the stress and clearing the mind.

Everything is secondary to our basic good health. In Asia we say, “If you lose some wealth, you lose some, if you lose your fame, you lose a lot, but if you lose your health, you lose everything.”