Tae Kwon do is one of the most popular martial arts in the world today because it is accessible to men, women, and children of all ages and abilities. It’s characterized by fast and powerful hand strikes and kicks, though it embodies much more than physical strength and speed. Tae Kwon Do focuses on the connection between body, mind, and spirit. It stresses the moral principles of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit, and we honor them in class every day.
Our students choose to train with us for many reasons. Some say self-defense is their main reason; some say physical fitness. Others name artistic expression, character development, or competition as their motivation.
Our Tae Kwon Do classes offer a well-rounded curriculum that teaches the fundamental skills of blocking, punching, kicking and footwork. These skills are further developed through the practice of (ITF) forms, which are prearranged movements against imaginary opponents. We also practice our skills against more realistic attacks, some of which are choreographed and some involving free sparring (with control and while wearing protective gear).
We test the effectiveness of our techniques on various targets, including heavy hanging bags and, at times, by breaking wood. In the classroom we are guided by the Tae Kwon Do creed that states there are three ways to build self confidence: through knowledge in the mind, honesty in the heart, and strength in the body.
Learning From the Source
Founder of Tae Kwon Do Institutes of America, he is recognized as a respected expert in his field by major martial arts organizations nationally and internationally. He trained directly under General Choi Hong Hi, the founder of Tae Kwon Do. Unfortunately, General Choi has passed away but, his legacy lives on through his family, friends, and through Tae Kwon Do students from all over the world.
Master Yu is the founder of the Eurhythmic Method: Mind-Body in Motion. His approach to martial arts instruction is based on the fact that body memory learns faster and remembers better when physical movements are repeated quickly and rhythmically. The purpose of the training is to teach the human body to react automatically in dangerous situations, without the brain having to think about what to do.
A graduate of Oberlin College, Grand Master Yu received his M.A. degree from the University of Michigan. He has been teaching Tae Kwon Do throughout the state of Michigan for over 40 years, and has several studios located throughout the United States.