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Rubber Band Man

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The rank of 4th degree black belt takes close to two decades of continuous training to achieve. Within in that time frame, there are periods of progress, stagnation, and even decline in energy level and skill. A rubber band by itself already has a certain shape. You can, however, stretch it out with some effort. Furthermore, with extra pull, it stretches out exceedingly, and with less pull it shrinks back closer to its original shape. That is where the similarity lies between the journey towards attaining 4th degree black belt and a rubber band. It is not uncommon for a student to train with high intensity and dedication in the months leading up to their black belt tests, not just 4th degree.

Master Yoo’s Training guide – Part 2 Method of meditation before and after martial arts training

THREE-MINUTE MEDITATION METHOD BEFORE TRAINING Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, place your palms together. Grab the floor with your toes (“tiger toes”) and feel the soul of your foot (yong-chung) Pull your tailbone slightly in and upwards – you should feel pressure/awakening of your lower dahn-jun As you...