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A personal reflection on the benefits of Tae Kwon Do

Joan

By: Joan A. Ferraro
I began taking Tae Kwon Do classes at “Yoo’s Martial Arts” almost four & half years ago.
The school is located on Main St. in Tarrytown, just a little less than a mile from my residence in Sleepy Hollow, NY. I note the distance as, oftentimes, many folks utilize the travel involved with exercise as a deterrent (i.e., “excuse”) to regular attendance.

Master Yoo’s Push-ups

General Posture

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• Palms are shoulder-width apart
If palms are too wide, this will eventually result in excessive vibration on your arms and lower Dahn-jun, causing you to lose energy
• Head line is straight, with eyes looking straight down
If you tuck your head up and look toward the front, it will bring heat energy too fast to your face because such angle blocks the cooling energy channel (Dok-Maek)
• Keep your bottom gently tight, tail bone in, keeping pressure on your lower Dahn-jun
• Thighs, calves and heels together
• Do not raise or lower your bottom
Raised bottom results in energy leaking through the Hoe-eum, and sinking bottom may cause lower back pain.

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Master Yoo’s Meditation Trail

Directions to Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Use http://maps.google.com for directions. Your destination is Peters Kill, Ulster, New York
Once you are on NY-55 West / U.S. 44 East, after approximately 8.8 miles you need to reach Peter’s Kill parking lot. On your way there you need to go past the steel bridge and the West Trapps parking lot, past Clove Road, past Trapps Road, and then look for Peter’s Kill parking lot entrance of Minnewaska on the right.
The gate to Peter’s Kill parking lot opens at 9am. When you pay for parking ($8), ask for a trail map.