Congratulations to the Be Ryong demo team! The team took third place in the team competition at the Delaware Martial Arts Tournament held last Saturday, May 18, in Dover, Delaware.
The demo team has been practicing all year for this tournament. Each year, Master Yun, along with instructor Trulynd Hall, choreographs a new routine that includes forms, breaking, and acrobatics.
A highlight of this year’s demo team performance was Hanna’s routine, which involved Hanna running up to Master Yun, climbing onto his shoulders, then executing a backwards somersault to break a board over 10 feet in the air. We’ll be posting a video of the entire performance on YouTube in a few days!
Master Yun recently purchased a new van for his after school program. In case you didn’t know, Master Yun will personally pick up students after school at any Alexandria school, take them to the studio, and supervise homework and playtime until regular classes begin at 4:30pm.
Be Ryong has a quiet room at the back of the studio where students can do homework, read or just relax. Once homework is done, students may stretch, practice forms and kicking, or play games until classes begin.
After school students may take one or more classes at the studio. And if your child is a higher belt, the after care program is a great way for him/her to get extra one-on-one time with the instructors.
If you’re looking for an after care program for your child every day or just a few days a week, please come see Master Yun to inquire about schedules ad fees.
Hapkido students at Be Ryong did a demo during yesterday’s Open House. This was the largest group of students to do a demo since we can remember! Watch the video to see some amazing techniques, including Jess breaking a cinder block with his elbow, Chris and Dave throwing each other around, and some white and orange belts demonstrating arm-breaking techniques.. Thanks to everyone who participated this year!
Be Ryong will hold its annual Open House on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6. This is a great chance to explore the martial arts, talk to students and parents, and see some amazing demonstrations. Here’s the schedule:
Friday, October 5, 2018
All classes, all day, open to the public for free.
No need to register. Just come 10 minutes before the class starts and check in with Master Yun.
Wear comfortable you can move in. You will be barefoot on the mat.
There will TaeKwonDo classes at 4:30pm, 5:15pm, and 6:00pm.
There will be a HapKiDo class at 6:45pm.
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:00 – 11:00am – Free trial lessons.
11:00 – 11:30am – Demonstration by HapKiDo students. There will be techniques, self-defense and breaking.
11:30am – 12noon – Student demonstration.
12noon – 12:30pm – Performance by the Be Ryong demo team. There will be forms, breaking and self-defense.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring the whole family! Be Ryong is located at 218 W. Glebe Road, Alexandria, VA. The studio is located on the corner of Mount Vernon and W. Glebe, in the same shopping complex as the Food Star grocery store. There is plenty of free parking!
Master Yun awarded a third degree black belt in Hapkido to James Thompson during a belt ceremony on June 9.
James is the first student at Be Ryong to receive a third degree black belt. This is quite the accomplishment. James has been a student at Be Ryong for over ten years. For his belt test, James had to execute all the techniques, kicks and jumps from the first and second degree curricula, over a thousand push-ups and sit-ups, fight against (yusul) against four black belts, and break 2 concrete blocks with his bare hand. To say the test was grueling is an understatement.
In addition to being a student at Be Ryong, James is a HapKiDo instructor at Be Ryong. He is also a second degree black belt in Taekwondo.
We include basic unarmed defense against a variety of attacks in the Be Ryong curriculum (especially HapKiDo), but let’s face it: if you have the chance to run, that’s your best option. Join us while we practice this valuable skill at the Crystal City 5K on Friday, April 6 at 6:00 PM. Register now!
This is the Friday in April during which taekwondo belt testing is going on at the dojang, so you won’t even miss a class!
Let Chris Murray know if you are registered and he’ll work out the group logistics. This is the 4th year that we’ve run this as a Be Ryong team. We typically gather before the run to warm up together. There are several of us doing this, and we run at a couple of different paces, from near light speed to very casual. You can run with one of us, or on your own. Afterwards, we’ll grab some pizza or something in Crystal City.
If you have any questions about logistics or even just want some advice about preparing for running in general, feel free to ask Chris or Laura Murray, our resident running enthusiasts.
At the request of many students, Master Yun has decided to offer women’s self-defense classes! The classes will teach women and girls the basics of disarming an attacker and getting away; getting away from wrist grabs; and the basics of pressure points. These will NOT be martial arts classes; these will be down and dirty moves for protecting yourself.
The classes will be held:
Saturday, January 27
Saturday, February 24
Saturday, March 17
1-2pm + short discussion afterward
Classes will be held at Be Ryong Martial Arts at 218 W. Glebe Road, Alexandria, VA. Classes are $20 per class, per person. There will be overlap between classes but if you want to deepen your knowledge of techniques, sign up for multiple classes!
These classes are appropriate for women and teenage girls. Don’t be a victim!
Congratulations to James, Jess and Chris! James passed his third degree HapKiDo black belt test, while Jess and Chris passed their 2nd degree HapKiDo black belt tests.
It was a grueling 3 1/2 hour test last Saturday. The candidates performed all the techniques for 1st and second degree, while James had to perform 3rd degree techniques as well. They did zillions of push-ups and sit-ups, broke boards and fought against other black belts during yusul.
The highlight of the test was the power breaking, or the breaking of cement slabs with hand strikes. James successfully broke 3 cement slabs, while Jess and Chris broke two. Amazing!
James is the ONLY student to ever take and pass a third degree test at BeRyong; James is also a 2nd dan in TaeKwonDo. Jess is also a 2nd dan in TaeKwonDo, while Chris is a first dan in TaeKwonDo. Congratulations!