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I Haven’t Felt This Good About Myself in 10 years

I signed up for the International Training program on faith. Faith in my Instructor, Assistant National Instructor Rich and faith in the Moo Doe Moral beliefs. My only concern was making myself practice at home, which I rarely did.

I also signed up because I am in excellent health for someone 50 plus, besides being overweight and out of shape. Although I felt I would be able to keep up after being in Chung Moo Doe for 2 ½ years and reaching 4th section.

The results have exceeded my expectations. I “did” make myself practice the movements designed for my body type from the National Instructors.

At the same time I began the program I started losing weight under a doctor’s care.

I faithfully practiced my movements and attended the 3 International training sessions a month which left little time for regular lessons because of my own scheduling conflicts.

It wasn’t until I attended a regular lesson that I realized the improvements I had been making. My Instructor hadn’t seen me for several weeks and couldn’t believe the change in my body. Not only that, he had to call his Instructor to ask how to instruct me.

Just that little encouragement from Instructor Todd boosted my confidence and self worth tremendously. I then noticed I was kicking higher and bending lower during my lessons. I even jumped a little. I have since lost 20 pounds and been able to pick up movements quicker. I haven’t felt this good about myself in 10 years.

Thank You Moo Doe!
Sue Graham
Winter Springs FL

My Stamina is better, My Mind Sharper

I began my training in January, 2002 as a new white belt student. Having led mostly a sedentary lifestyle until that point, I was more than a little nervous about what I had undertaken at Oom Yung Doe. It was clear that my training was going to be a very challenging experience and at age 49, I wasn’t sure that I had the stamina or strength to succeed. In the beginning, everything hurt. I was tired and had to really push through each lesson synthroid pill. Also, my body could only tolerate training sessions 3 times a week. However, the National Instructors, Regional Instructors, Instructors, Assistant Instructors and students could not have been more supportive and encouraging. There was a team behind me.

After only a few months, I could tell that my body and mind were changing. My stamina was much better, my mind sharper and I felt that this was going to work. Eventually I worked up to my current schedule of coming 5 times a week and sometimes twice a day. I also participate in the Sae Gae offerings and every international lesson that is given. I now look forward to each lesson with enthusiasm. Yes, there are still injuries, pains and strains but that is secondary. I know that I have a lifetime of learning ahead of me, which is one of the attractions. The more I learn, the more humbled I feel. But, at the same time, I am feeling more confident that my body and mind are now improving rather than deteriorating as I grow older. That is a rather remarkable thing!

My body is becoming more flexible, stronger and my mind is more at peace than I have felt in many years. As a side benefit, I’ve lost 30 pounds without even trying to lose weight.

I summed it up best just a few nights ago to a group of fellow students: The more I come, the better I feel – both physically and mentally. There were nods around the changing room. Everyone there knew and agreed with what I was saying. I want to express my deep appreciation and thanks for the dedication of all Oom Yung Doe Instructors.

Jeffrey W. Moore
3rd. section International Student
Framingham, Massachusetts

Families Find Calmer Deeper Meaning of Life

<img class="size-full wp-image-575 alignright" src="https://martial-arts-pittsburgh find out here.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/KRice1.jpg” alt=”” width=”271″ height=”352″ srcset=”https://oomyungdoepgh.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/KRice1.jpg 271w, https://oomyungdoepgh.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/KRice1-230×300.jpg 230w” sizes=”(max-width: 271px) 100vw, 271px” />My name is Kent Rice, I’m a 40 year old electrician, father of two, Carl age 12 and Lyn age 10, and husband to my wife Leslie age 45. A couple of years ago I began to feel the wear and tear of construction work on my body. Old injuries, circulation problems and stress caused me to miss work all too frequently. I became moody and hard to get along with at home. Then, an auto accident left me injured, in pain and unable to work. I couldn’t do much more than sit in a chair. I had been through physical therapy and though it helped some, I was still in pain and a long way from returning to work. I called the Oom Yung Doe school and spoke with the instructor. He asked about me, why I called and what I was looking for.

After a full explanation of my injuries, the instructor gave me a few special movements and started me with Tai Chi Chung and Qi Gong breathing. After a few days of practice, the agonizing pain in my lower back was gone. After a month or so, I was able to return to work. My doctors and other care givers were surprised at the turn in my recovery and attributed it to Oom Yung Doe. I began to see other benefits of Oom Yung Doe and signed up for black belt training.

I soon started my children on black belt training, and my wife started Tai Chi Chung. As we all continued to practice, our family life began to improve. I had more patience and we all started to show more respect for each other. My wife’s complaints of low energy and work related pain faded and were replaced with a more youthful and energetic vigor. My children began to show more consideration for others and were able to concentrate on homework and household tasks. We all began to use what we learned in the practice room: patience, hope, concentration, make an effort, and applying this knowledge to our daily lives. We enjoy practicing forms together. Oom Yung Doe has refocused our family.

At the present time, I am a 6th section, soon to test for 1st Degree. My wife is about to test for 4th section on black belt training and my children are 4th section, on to test for 5th section. Life at work has completely changed. My strength and circulation have improved so much I feel and move like a 25 year old men on the job. I no longer feel stress at work or home, which has improved my communication skills greatly. Our family life continues to improve as we all continue to practice Oom Yung Doe. I hope to be accepted to instructor training after I reach 1st Degree. I want the opportunity to help Oom Yung Doe grow in my area as much as I can. I hope other people and families like ours will find the calmer, deeper meaning of life we have through Oom Yung Doe.

Kent N. Rice

Investment in the future for improved physical and mental health

In mid-April, 2006, a flyer arrived at my home. Usually, it would have ended up in the recycle bin or got plopped upon my table already laden with inches of read later mail. I am not sure of why this particular flyer caught my interest but it did! Being in a rather procrastinating frame of mind, to my own surprise, I telephoned the number provided and, after an initial hit and miss, I met with Assistant Instructor Nate Patterson, whom I called Nate, not knowing the proper protocol. The rest is history, a history still to be written….but it will be of a most positive nature, I am certain!

Just for some background, in October of 2005, I had a rather severe fall. My dogs, who are escape artists, with a combined weight of about 120 lbs., and who, after having been retrieved by me and put into their harnesses, (I had wrapped the leashes around my wrist to get a better hold and held the leashes very taut) pulled/dragged me hard on the way home. Having no leverage as I was wearing improper shoes, I went down unto the asphalt when they saw a dog across the street. I just could not free my wrist in time so I fell into the street with my right arm outstretched but I don’t remember much from that point on.

I was in a comatose state (as I was told later on…little solace… my beloved dogs sat right beside me and barked at everyone coming near), until, some time later, an ambulance arrived. I did suffer hematomas, brain contusions/concussions, bruised right side of my body, as well as a fractured humerus (at the shoulder), and brain damage. Black eye (I look good in purple but green and yellow…hmmm…not my color), hematomas all along my right side but luckily, no fracture of hip or wrist. After a few days in the hospital, arm/shoulder immobilized, I was stuck at home, unable to drive anywhere on my own, dependent upon some medical home care services my insurance provided, the kindness of friends and my children. I followed a regimen of go see this doctor, this neurologist, this orthopedic physician, go there, do that, don’t do that…but eventually, I had to discontinue the physical therapy ordered due to expenses that my budget did not allow (I am a retired employee of our local school system).

In March of 2006, after suffering a series of mini-strokes (paralyzing the entire left side of my body), again, I was hospitalized. Ct. Scans showed bleeding on the brain, to put it into non-medical terms. Another cat scan, MRI, angiogram, etc. were done but finally, I was discharged with undetermined cause. There I was, once again, without permission to operate my vehicle, with a rather high level of cholesterol to boot….all bad (even the good one). I was prescribed a statin-based drug. After two weeks, I could not even hold a postage stamp. I discontinued taking the drug and still shudder at the thought of having taken it. Next visit the doctor brought diagnosis of osteoarthritis, something I had not heard about before, in addition to other medical problems, i.e. high blood (long treated and controlled) pressure. I also have a benign brain tumor (Acoustic Neuroma) which affects my ability to hear in my right ear but mostly, it affects my balance….and then, there was the matter of neglected teeth needing repair…on and on it seemed to go. I wondered, it had been 40 plus years since I had been hospitalized (last was when I delivered my youngest child)…. What gives, I asked myself? My morale was at a very, very low point!

Back to the positive part though. After waddling in (I had left my cane in the car) to the school of Oom Yung Doe and having met with who was to become my future instructor, it was an almost instant decision on my part to participate in the two months program offered.

Now, after two months of almost daily sessions….What can I say? With the guidance and teaching of two Assistant Instructors, as well as input from a visiting instructor at a higher level, with support of fellow students, friends, even family members, the range of motion in my shoulder is near where it should be, my balance has improved, my skin no longer has that sallow hue, muscles are regenerating, my balance has improved, my overall health has as well… perhaps even better than before (many days, I feel like I am in my mid-thirties rather than in my sixth decade of life). I no longer waddle and can skip down the aisles at my local grocery store. Better still, my energy level is higher than ever, my outlook is positive. The response I am receiving from others is absolute amazement and positive feedback.

The best yet though, after having lost a granddaughter in 2004 (she could only be with us for three or so weeks) I now can scoop up and hold my new 18 month old granddaughter. We go for walks, stepping on cracks (she calls them quacks), feed the fish in my goldfish pond, toss balls for touchdowns, and act silly as grandmothers are allowed to do.

I still freeze up and wander in circles when I become frustrated (the latter word that really is banished from my instructor’s vocabulary) but, in my estimation and, though not totally mastered, I can do some movements which I, previously, thought of as impossible.

Still, I have to work on calming my mind, abandon some self-destructive habits of long-standing. It may take a long time to achieve true balance of mind and body so to achieve harmony in my life. LIFE IS GREAT where I am now and once again, enjoyable! Perhaps it was divine intervention. I am not particularly religious but I believe, it may well have been.

Just recently, I extended my association with the School of Oom Yung Doe in Largo and signed up for the senior degree program, not so much to obtain a degree but to keep in focus and learn the discipline that will keep me on track and on the right road. Challenges are ahead but, in my mind, I could not have chosen a better investment for the future to improve my physical and mental health


Mind, Body, Harmony!

Sigrun Sigi Donegan Largo, Florida June 2006

Improve Your Condition

When I began training in Oom Yung Doe almost 6 years ago, I had hoped to achieve many goals, but little did I know how much of a life changing experience it would be. I had just moved to Minnesota to start a new job, and since I was moving away from all of my family and friends, I wanted to find something to be involved in. I thought that martial arts training would be a good choice since it would not only improve my physical condition, but would help to strengthen me mentally, too (especially my confidence). I also thought that it couldn’t hurt to learn self defense since I was a young woman living on my own in a larger city.I found Oom Yung Doe in a phone book ad, and went in to take a free lesson. At the end of the lesson I remember thinking “I’m not sure if I can do this, but I have to try”. There were many challenges. My coordination was poor, and memorizing movement was very difficult for me. Instructors would have to show me the same movements again and again, but they never gave up on me and always taught with great patience. At first I doubted myself quite a bit, but gradually I began to grow and improve in every way. Not only did I lose weight, and improve my strength, coordination, and flexibility, but I improved mentally as well.

I began to pick up movement on the first or second try, rather than having to see it half a dozen times. I improved my mental focus and concentration. I began to sleep better, gain more energy, and deal with stress much more effectively. And most of all, my confidence grew immensely. I began to carry myself differently. Even my voice began to sound different, stronger. I went from someone who was timid and nervous speaking in front of others, to becoming an Instructor capable of teaching an entire room full of people. But the most extraordinary improvement was in my health. Since I was a young child, I had suffered from severe asthma and allergies. I used to wake up at least once (sometimes several times) a night with severe asthma attacks and would usually need to wait for at least an hour, gasping for breath, until the minimal 4 hour time period between inhaler doses had elapsed. Gym class or any sort of playing that involved running would lead to an attack, and usually I would end up watching from the sidelines. Every time any sort of illness circulated, even a minor cold, I would get it.

And a simple cold always meant a much more serious condition for me, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. I was diagnosed with pneumonia 8 times during my childhood. As I reached my 20’s, my asthma gradually began to improve and I became sick much less frequently, but it was still an issue particularly during allergy seasons and illnesses. In my late teens and early 20’s, I saw other health conditions start to emerge. I developed acid reflux disease and needed to take a prescription antacid daily. If I missed even one or two doses of the medication, I would become so sick that I could barely eat. And although I had always had a lot of headaches, I started to have migraines, too. But now at age 31, after 25 years of taking an average of 4 or 5 medications at a time, I can proudly say that I am completely free of all of my medications. I have been taking the herbal tea every day, and 2 to 3 chi herbal meditation baths a week (as well as my physical practice) in substitution for my medications for one year now, and I am free of all of my symptoms. I haven’t had a migraine in at least six months (in fact, I rarely have headaches at all), and I now have two cats that sleep with me every night without any sign of asthma or allergies. And I have also gone over a week without using the herbal products when my order was delayed without getting sick at all. I now know that my medications were covering up my symptoms, but with the help of traditional Moo Doe knowledge, which has been used for health and longevity for centuries, I am now healing. I now have the peace of mind of knowing that I can improve and maintain my condition for the rest of my life without the risk of harmful side effects from prescription medications. And I have peace in general, since my training has given me calmness and has helped me to better face many challenges and deal with the many changes in my life over the past couple of years. All of these reasons are why I have chosen to become a Moo Doe Instructor, so that I may help many people to find a better quality of life. I am continuing to learn and grow everyday, and I have found great meaning in my life through the ability to not only improve my own life, but to be a part of passing knowledge which is benefiting the lives of others. So now I think back to that first lesson when I wasn’t sure I could do this and I laugh at myself, because even though I have so much more to learn, I have come so much farther than I ever thought I could. I now know from experience that anyone who truly wishes to improve their lives and conditions through traditional Moo Doe training can achieve it as long as they are willing to apply themselves.

Instructor Erin Huntley
2nd Degree Instructor School Owner

Kids Can Not Keep Up With Me

I have been training for nearly a year and have never felt better than I do right now. I am stronger and far more confident than I have ever been. As a nanny of four, I was discouraged to realize at 22 years old I was having trouble keeping up with the kids. Now after 11 months of training, the kids can’t keep up with me.

As well as the changes I have experienced physically, I have noticed a change in how I view things. I was very much an “I Can’t!” person for the majority of my life. I didn’t have much faith in my abilities, and was often second-guessing myself. Since I began training I noticed little by little that I was becoming much more of an “I Can.” person. If an instructor told me to do something, I no longer hesitated or wondered if I could do it, over time I just did it. Whether it was how high I could jump or how low I could get into a position I learned to trust my instructors as well as myself.
This quickly spilled out into my life helping me to become more of the self-sufficient, confident woman that I now am.

What most impressed me about Oom Yung Doe was that not only was I learning from skilled instructors, I was also given personal attention and instruction from Regional, National and International Level Instructors. Of all the martial arts that I looked into and attempted there were none that offer so much.

I have had the privilege of attending three International Level lessons since I began training and have been amazed at what I have learned. Each of the instructors knows who I am and where I am in my training. This multi-leveled attention and guidance has been a key factor in my progress as a student over the last eleven months. I can’t wait to see what the next year of training will have in store for me.

Samantha Bashor
3rd Section Student
Waltham, MA

Best Investment I Ever Made

My name is Robert Wysong and I am a twenty-six year old graduate student in physics, and will graduate this summer with my doctorate. What is special about this is I will graduate one year before expected, due to the benefits of my Oom Yung Doe training.

Working towards my doctorate was very stressful. My health was generally poor, and I was often sick. In order to relax and improve my health, I tried several types of exercise, including weight lifting, but was never satisfied with the results. The exercises I tried were time consuming and often left me with sore joints and little energy. Because of these reasons, and the fact that the exercises were relatively boring, I found it hard to continue on a regular schedule.

Since there was an Oom Yung Doe school close to my university, I decided to stop in for a free demonstration to see if it could help. I was not willing to invest much time, since I was busy with my research, but I needed some form of exercise. I very quickly learned, however, that the more I practiced, the more effectively I could use my time.

The benefits I have gained from Oom Yung Doe training apply to every aspect of my life. The physical benefits of speed, coordination and strength are just part of these. I feel more healthy in general, and in fact, I have not been sick since I began my training. Also, for the first time in my life, my eyesight has actually improved.

Memorizing movements and forms has improved my concentration greatly in a very short period of time. By challenging myself mentally and physically through Oom Yung Doe, I have developed a different outlook and become more creative, able to handle any challenge that comes up in my daily life. The confidence I have gained through training has given me self respect I never had before, and enables me to use my skills and abilities to the maximum benefit.

As such, I have accomplished as much in the past 8 months since I started my training as I have in the previous three years before I started Oom Yung Doe. One of these accomplishments, the development of the fastest magnetic resonance imaging technique in the world, has set me apart from others with similar abilities, and I owe this to the confidence gained through my Oom Yung Doe training.

Considering the cost of tuition for a year and the increase in my salary, I will make more than $51,000 during the first year that I would not otherwise make if I were still in school. Even if it was not for he monetary gain, Oom Yung Doe would still be the best investment I have ever made in myself. I have gained a quality of life I never knew before, and what is more important than yourself? Even for the short time I have been training, I am realizing the potential of my mind and body, and am truly happier now than I have ever been in my life.

My Oom Yung Doe training has given me the confidence to accomplish all these things, and given me the determination to strive for even more. I cannot properly do justice to what I have gained, nor can I truly show my appreciation to my instructors for their concern that went far beyond teaching movements. It is my hope that others will see for themselves what Oom Yung Doe training can do for them. There is not one person who would not benefit from this as well.

I never knew it was possible to feel this well

Thinking back as I prepare for my Black Belt test to the beginning of my time practicing Oom Yung Doe is to realize how great I feel. I believe it is safe to say, “I never knew it was possible to feel this well.” The movements have made me strong physically. I began the program with a goal of increasing …

Holistic Healing

Thinking back on the reasons why I first decided to try out Oom Yung Doe, I think the reason was really simple. I think I was only looking to try out a second form of martial art that sounded cool so that it can help sharpen my skills so that way I won’t embarrass myself if I do decide to …

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