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WELCOME TO UNIVERSAL MARTIAL ARTS "NEED TO KNOWS."

We like to inform our students with as much information pertaining to their classes, student ethics, tournaments, and memberships'.
 Please see below a variety of information, so that you can become familiar with forms, belt levels, and levels of Zen:



To All students and staff. If you have not renewed your USA Tae Kwon Do membership please see the link below:
 



Student Creed
  1. To build true confidence through honesty in the heart, knowledge in the mind, and strength in the body.
  2. To keep friendship with one another and to build a strong and happy community.
  3. Never fight to achieve selfish ends but to develop might for right! 


5 Tenants of a Black Belt:

1st Courtesy

2nd Self-Control

3rd Integrity

4th Perseverance

5th Indomitable Spirit


Black Belt Club Requirements:

 Being chosen to be in the B.B.C. (Black Belt Club) is one of the highest honors that we bestow on a student.  It says that you (the student) have shown a level of dedication to the martial arts that has uplifted Universal as a whole.  But getting there is only have the battle.  The other half is staying in the BBC.  You must always remember that BBC is a privilege that was gained through hard work. Should the hard work stop so would the privilege of being in the BBC.  Unlike the other classed BBC requires you to complete both the spiritual and physical whether you are testing or not.  Non-compliance will result in suspension from BBC for 2 WEEKS, 2nd offense 2 months, 3rd offense student is sent back to regular classes and must be chosen again by the instructors(Return is not Guaranteed)..

 

1-20 In Korean

  1. (hahn ah)
  2. (tul)
  3. (set)
  4. (net)
  5. (tah-sawt)
  6. (yah-sawt)
  7. (eel gope)
  8. (yaw-dawlp)
  9. (ah hope)
  10. (yawhl)
  11. (yawhl hana)
  12. (yawhl tul)
  13. (yahl set)
  14. (yahl net)
  15. (yahl tah sawt)
  16. (yahl yaw -sawt)
  17. (yahl eel-gope)
  18. (yawl - yah dawlp)
  19. (yahl- ah- hope)
  20. (sew-mewl)

Hogu Colors

Red=Hong

Blue=Chung

Belt Requirements

Level
Form 
Sparring
 Physical  Spiritual Break

 White Belt

Yellow Stripe

 Basics Blocks Through Slice-chop  None  5-10 Pushups

 Meaning of TKD

3 rules

 None

 Yellow Belt

half Ill-Jang

all blocks

 None

 5-15 Pushups

5-10 Situps

 7 Rules
 None

 Orange Belt

Ill-Jang
 1 Peer

 10-20 Pushups

5-15 Situps

20 Jumping Jacks

 Belt Tying
 Side Kick

 Orange Belt

Green Stripe

 half Ee-Jang  1 Peer

 15-25 Pushups

10-20 Situps

25 Jumping Jacks

 Korean Numbers 1-5

10 Rules

 Front or Ax Kick

 Green Belt

  Ee-Jang  1 Peer

 17-25 Pushups

15-30 Situps

30 Jumping Jacks

 Korean Numbers 1-10

All Rules

 Hand Break and Side Kick

 Green Belt

1st Blue Stripe

 half Sam-Jang

Master's Choice (1-2)

 1 Peer

 20-25 Pushups

15-30 Situps

35 jumping Jacks

 Student Creed Part 1
 Hand Break weak-side Side Kick

 Green Belt

2nd Blue Stripe

 Sam-Jang

Master's Choice (1-2)

 1 Peer

 20-30 Pushups

20-35 Situps

40 Jumping Jacks

 Student Creed Part 2
 Hand Break Front or Ax Kick

 Blue Belt

 half Sa-Jang

Master's Choice (1-3) Direction Changes

 1 Black Belt

 20-30 Pushups

20-40 Situps

50 Jumping Jacks

10 Squat Jumps

 Student Creed Part 3
 Spin Kick and Hand Break

 Blue Belt

1st Red Stripe

 Sa-Jang

Master's Choice (1-3) Direction Changes

 1 Black Belt

 20-30 Pushups

20-40 Situps

70 Jumping Jacks

15 Squat Jumps

 5 Minute Meditation
 Spin Kick and weak-side Hand Break

 Blue Belt

2nd Red Stripe

 half Oh-Jang

Master's Choice (1-4) Direction Changes

 1 Black Belt

 20-35 Pushups

20-40 Situps

90 Jumping jacks

15 Squat jumps

 Breathing Control
 weak-side Spin Kick and Hand Break

 Blue Belt

3rd Red Stripe

 Oh-Jang

 Master's Choice (1-4) Direction Changes

 1 Black Belt

 20-35 Pushups

20-40 Situps

90 Jumping Jacks

15 Squat Jumps

 Must have taught a new student to tie belt
 weak-side Spin Kick and weak-side Hand Break

 Red Belt

 half Yook-Jang

Master's Choice (1-5) with blindfold

 2 Fights

-1 Black Belt

-Multiple opponents, peers

 

 30-40 Pushups

30-50 Situps

100 Jumping Jacks

20 Squat Jumps

 Must have previously aquired Student of the Month Award

 2 techniques

Must include foot, hand, and spin

 Red Belt

1st Black Stripe

 Yook-Jang

Master's Choice (1-5) with blindfold
 2 Fights

-1 Black Belt

-Multiple opponents, peers
 

 35-40 Pushups

30-60 Situps

125 Jumping Jacks

35 Squat Jumps

 Must assist teaching a class once a week(through entire red level)
 2 techniquesMust include foot, hand, and spin

 Red Belt

2nd Black Stripe

 half Chil-Jang

Master's Choice (1-6) with blindfold
 2 Fights

-1 Black Belt

-Multiple opponents, peers
 

 45 Pushups

75 Situps

150 Jumping Jacks

40 Squat Jumps

 Must have helped on 1 major do-jong improvement job
 2 techniques
Must include foot, hand, and spin, and must differ from previous test

 Red Belt

3rd Black Stripe

 Chil-Jang

Master's Choice (1-6) with blindfold
 2 Fights

-1 Black Belt

-Multiple opponents, peers
 

 45 Pushups

80 Situps

200 Jumping Jacks

45 Squat Jumps

 10 Minute Meditation  2 techniques
Must include foot, hand, and spin, and must differ from previous test

 Recommendation

(4th Black Stripe)

  Pal-Jang

Master's Choice (1-7) with blindfold
 2 Fights

-1 Black Belt

-Multiple opponents, Black Belts
 

 50 Pushups

100 Situps

300 Jumping Jacks

50 Squat Jumps

 3 Black Belt Endorsements

-Speech to Master on why student should be considered for Black Belt

 3 techniques
Must include foot, hand, and spin, and must differ from previous test

 Jr. Black Belt

 Pal-Jang

2 Master's Choice (1-8) with blindfold, Direction Change

 2 Fights

-1 Black Belt

-Multiple opponents, Black Belt chosen by Master

 

 50+ Pushups

100+ Situps

300+ Jumping Jacks

50+ Squat Jumps

 Speech on personal meaning of TKD
 3 techniques
Must include foot, hand, and spin, and must differ from previous test

 Jr. Black Belt

(All COLORS  to Black)

 Master's Choice  Master's Choice  Master's Choice  Master's Choice  Master's Choice

 Black Belt

 Master's Choice
 Master's Choice
 Master's Choice  Master's Choice
 Master's Choice


Taegeuk Forms:

Ij-Jang : Heaven

(South, Father) The first Taegeuk is the beginning of all Poomses. The associated trigram represents Yang (heaven, light), therefore, this Poomse should be performed with the greatness of Heaven.

Ee-Jang: Lake

 

 (South East, Youngest daughter) In the depths of the lake are treasures and mysteries. The movements of this Taegeuk/Palgwe should be performed knowing that man has limitations, but that we can overcome these limitations. This should lead to a feeling of joy, knowing that we can control our future.

Som-Jang: Fire

  

(South East, Youngest daughter) In the depths of the lake are treasures and mysteries. The movements of this Taegeuk/Palgwe should be performed knowing that man has limitations, but that we can overcome these limitations. This should lead to a feeling of joy, knowing that we can control our future.

Sa-Jang: Thunder

 

 (North East, Eldest son) Thunder comes from the sky and is absorbed by the earth. Thunder is one of the most powerful natural forces, circling, gyrating. This Taegeuk/Palgwe should be performed with this in mind.

Oh-Jang: Wind

 

(South West, Eldest daughter) Wind is a gently force, but can sometimes be furious, destroying everything in it's path. Taegeuk Oh Jang should be performed like the wind: gently, but knowing the ability of mass destruction with a single movement.

Yook-Jang: Water

 

 (West, Second son) Water can move a mountain. The movements of this Poomse should be performed like water. Sometimes standing still like water in a lake, sometimes thriving as a river.

Chil-Jang: Mountain

 

(North West, Youngest son) Mountains will always look majestic, no matter the size. This Poomse should be performed with the feeling that all movements are this majestic and deserved to be praised.

Pal-Jang: Earth

 

 (North, Mother) The associated trigram of this Poomse is Yin: the end of the beginning, the evil part of all that is good. Even in this darkness, there is still some light. Performing this Taegeuk/Palgwe, one should be aware that this is the last Taegeuk/Palgwe to be learned, it also is the end of a circle, and therefore it is also the first, the second etc... 

Koryo:

 

Koryo (Korea) is the name of an old Korean Dynasty. The people from the Koryo-period defeated the Mongolian aggressors. Their spirit is reflected in the movements of the Poomse Koryo. Each movement of this Poomse represents the strength and energy needed to control the Mongols.

Keumgang:

 

The definition of Keumgang is "Too strong to be broken", or "diamond". The movements of the Poomse Keumgang are as beautiful as the Keumgang-san (a Korean mountain) and as strong as Keumgang-seok (diamond).

TaeBeak:

 

The legendary 'Dangoon' founded a nation in Taebaek, near Korea's biggest mountain Baekdoo. Baekdoo is a symbol for Korea. The definition of Taebaek is "lightness". Every movement in this Poomse must not only be exact en fast, but with determination and hardness.

Pyongwon:

  

The definition of Pyongwon is "stretch, vast plain": big, majestic.

Sipjin:

  

Sipjin stands for decimal. This Poomse represents the orderliness of the decimal system. It also means the endless development and growth in a systematic order: stability.

Jitae:

 

 

Jitae is derived from the meaning of the earth. All things evolve from and return to the earth, the earth is the beginning and the end of life. 

Cheonkwon:

  

Cheonkwon means 'sky'. The sky should be seen as ruler of the universe. It is both mysterious, infinite and profound. The motions of Cheonkwon are full of piety and vitality.

Hansoo:

  

This poomse is derived from the fluidity of water which easily adapts within nature.

Ilyo:

 

 The state of spiritual cultivation in Buddhism is called 'Ilyo' which means more or less 'oneness'. In Ilyo, body and mind, spirit and substance, I and you are unified. The ultimate ideal of Tae Kwon Do can be found in this state. It is a discipline in which we concentrate on every movement leaving all materialistics thoughts, obsessions and extermal influences behind.


Levels of Zen by Nathan A.

Introduction:

Zen meditation simply put is coming to realize the world as it truly is without giving any thought towards it. In fact, thought supposedly makes the clear water of purity murky. The levels of achievement on this journey are split into 10 milestones. Based on the names and my imagination, I have broken down the levels into what I believe them to be. Please acknowledge the fact that these are not precise, the only way to look at it, or literal, and so I ask that you not over think, criticize, or under think this interpretation. My main request is that you enjoy.

 

Level 1: Seeking the Ox 

  

        I am making the decision to search for the Ox. I am preparing myself for whatever challenges may come. Despite the fact that I am young and my feet are soft as my knowledge, I walk through the jungle with pride and determination.

Level 2: Finding the Tracks 

          After a short amount of searching, I now have found the results of the Ox. They came in patches and I am unable to hold on to their course. My spirits rise as I let go of a portion of my luggage. As far as I know, it shouldn?t be too long.

Level 3: First Glimpse of the Ox 

 

         I grow weary and tired. I take a seat on a rock and relax. After I get settled on the rock, I see the Ox itself. I get excited and chase the Ox. It disappears from sight. But not for long.

Level 4: Catching the Ox

 

         After losing the Ox previously, I become disappointed. The jungle now seems frightening. I find a spot on the ground and take a seat. I glug down some cold water and play with blades of grass. The Ox comes to graze. I learned from the last time. I didn?t move. Its eyes come to me. It gets ready to charge. I stay still. It charges. Inches from my nose, I jump and catch the Ox. I don?t let it go.

Level 5: Taming the Ox

 

         The Ox will not will not relax, and so I may not either. The Ox is strong, and so to tame it, I must be stronger. To have more strength than the Ox, I will need the Ox?s strength. So I go with the Ox, and then away. It works. Now that the Ox is tame, I may put my luggage on the Ox?s back. It will trouble me no more.

Level 6: Riding the Ox Home

 

         With the Ox as a ride, I no longer have to worry about catching the Ox, or the luggage on my back, or getting lost. I am now able to truly enjoy the beauty of the wild jungle. I am in a placid state.

 

Level 7: Ox Forgotten, Self Alone

 

         The Ox brings me home and vanishes. It is clearly evident that without the Ox, I would not be able to make it through the jungle. The luggage makes all the difference. But now, the Ox is not here to hold the luggage. The Earth holds it. But soon, I must unpack the luggage so that it, like the Ox, may vanish from my sight.

 

Level 8: Both Ox and Self Forgotten

          The luggage has been unpacked and I now have a sense of independence. No longer do I look to or envy the Ox. I now have been transferred to the Land of Emptiness, where the Ox now dwells. However, we shall never meet. We don?t need to.

 

Level 9: Returning to the Source

 

      I, now alone and empty, observe life in the Land of Emptiness. I do not feel or grow tired, I just observe. It is time to understand.

 

Level 10: Entering the Marketplace with Helping Hands

    

      I fully understand. And so, I return home. I follow my own path. No other path matters. I am no longer the follower, but the followed.


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