Healthkick Volunteer Meeting 8/27 @10am


Taekwondo Competition

Talium’s Mario Maltezos (red) at the ATU Nationals July 2nd, 2011

As you get better in taekwondo, you may want to get experience as a competitor. Taekwondo competition is safe and fun, but you’ll have to practice a lot to be ready. You’ll also have to know the rules of taek- wondo competition. There are two ways to compete: in forms and sparring. During forms competition, you do the form you know for your belt. You are judged by three judges, and whoever does the best job and gets the highest score wins. The judges will look at many things: The way you introduce yourself, you appearance, and the way you do your form are all important.

Many people find sparring competition to be the most exciting part of a tournament. To win in sparring, you have to score more points than your opponent. To make a point you have to kick your opponent hard enough for him to have been shaken up by it. It is possible to win a point for a punch, but most people get points for their kicks instead– as you know, kicking is much more powerful. During your match, you will see that there are four judges and a referee. The judges each sit in a corner, but the referee stays in the ring with you throughout the match to watch out for your safety and to enforce all the rules.

Before you begin sparring, you bow to your opponent and the jury. The jury is made up of at least one master. He makes sure that everyone is being fair. After the match he tells the referee who the winner is after reading what the judges have decided. Kicks to the face are allowed, but they must be made with light contact. If you break the rules by kicking your opponent in the face too hard or by doing something else that’s against the rules, you could lose a point or even be disqualified.  This means you lose automatically.

In the State Championships the top three winners can compete in the National Championships. This is a great honor, and any student who has come this far should feel very proud! Competition is a great way for you to get better in taekwondo, to boost your confidence and to make many new friends along the way!

Be Loyal to Your Country

All taekwondo people are taught to appreciate and be loyal to their country. We live in a world where selfishness seems to be the rule of the day, and personal gain the objective of most relationships and endeavors. One of the most honorable Taekwondo character traits a person can develop is the ability to be loyal, whether to family, friends, or country to which we may belong. You must be willing to allow your own interests to take second place to be truly loyal to another or cause.

Loyalty is simply the act of putting someone or something else ahead of one self. You may not be running for congress, senate or the presidency but we can be active to make our world a better place. Be active in the community, help others, pick up trash from the ground when you see it, hold a door for someone, smile at others, say hello to someone passing by, offer help to someone in need. Be part of your community watch, look out for others not only yourself. Being loyal to a friend or your own family can also require sacrifice.

Taekwondo students also are taught to respect Korea. This is the country where taekwondo began. As you know, if there was no Korea, there would be no taekwondo for us to practice. The greatest masters teaching in the United States all came from Korea. As a taekwondo student, you will learn lots of interesting things about Korea and its history and culture (culture has to do with the way people live).

You also will learn how to count in Korean, and many of the names of the techniques you hear about in class will be in Korean. If you are lucky, your master/instructor might even introduce you to Korean food. So, it is important that you respect Korea as the place where your master and your art of taekwondo came from.

Broadcom rep. Vafa Rakshani with Grand Master Lee

Broadcom rep. Vafa Rakshani with Grand Master Lee at Healthkick 2010.


Photo by: Sonya Versluys


Broadcom has been a valuable supporter of our Healthkick fundraiser for CHOC since we began the program four years ago.  They continue to offer their support for us, to the Children’s Miracle Network, and to The CHOC Foundation.   Thank you Broadcom!

Being a Black Belt

A black belt must set an example for how others around him or her ought to behave. He has little fear of being harmed by bullies and is more interested in helping weak or needy people. Being a black belt is a great honor. However, it is also a responsibility.

When you become a black belt, the reputation of your taekwondo master, your school TALIUM, your art, as well as yourself, all depend on your good behavior. Others in your school and outside it will think of you as a very important person. You will have accomplished something great, and people will try to copy your behavior. This means you must always act in a way that makes you feel comfortable and your taekwondo master proud.

Taekwondo students are required to help their parents as much as possible. But taekwondo also teaches you to think independently. This means being able to decide what is right and wrong, and to act in a way that is right, without having to ask a grown-up for help.

If this sounds like a lot, don’t worry. Your master is not only a teacher but your friend. He will be there to guide you as you get better and better in taekwondo and when you have questions, about life in or out of TALIUM, he will be there to help.

Healthkick News

Each year, Master Lee’s Talium of Irvine and Tustin organizes a fun board break-a-thon event to raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC).  To date we have raised more than $100,000 and continue to grow each year in both goals and donations.  This event is possible due largely in part to the generous sponsorship and support of local businesses, family and friends and to the many volunteers who make it possible.

This year we are raising money specifically to buy CHOC a Radiology Consultation Room on the 1st floor of the new building.  The cost of  this room is $50,000 and we are $14,000.00 away from our goal. Once we have raised $50,000 we will place a plaque in the room dedicating it to CHOC from Master Lee’s Talium.  This is a much needed item at CHOC.

Sign up sheets will be posted at the studios for various volunteer positions on Healthkick day–from set-up, holding boards, distributing t-shirts, taking donations, drinks, bounce house supervision, clean up and more. This event could not happen without the support of all our students and parents.

Please come show your support for Master Lee’s Talium, The Children’s Miracle Network and CHOC.  Let’s all work together to make this a smooth, fun, worthy event!

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Korea Trip

Master Lee’s Talium is planning a 10 day cultural trip to Korea in August of 2012.  Please see Master Lee for details on this exciting opportunity!


More details are pending and will be updated here.

ATU National Championship

Talium's David Kim emerges with medals for forms and sparring

Master Lee’s Talium sent a team to the ATU National Championships in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 2nd where more than 1000 competitors from around the United Staes vied for state selection in the hopes of going to the Korea Open.  Competition was held for forms, sparring, and team demonstrations.

Talium Taekwondo emerged victorious in many division, taking home several medals.

Talium's Coaching Team with some Talium competitors.


Talium Women


In the Irvine World News


Black Belts would not spend so much time developing it, and opponents would not try so hard to break it, if concentration was not important. To be a winner, you must

Talium students learn meditation techniques.

concentrate on the individual match or the performance of your form. Concentrate on every move, every technique, with such intensity that you can not be distracted into making a mistake. Concentrate totally on what you are doing and you will be in a better position to succeed.

Intense concentration, applying your mental powers, is a trait that must become habit to you. You’ll need it throughout your training, especially in pressured situations. It shields you form intimidation. It prevents you from becoming rattled or distracted by pressure from an individual or a group.

Everyone can improve concentration. Basically, concentration is simply a matter of saying to yourself, “I will concentrate on this!”, and then block out everything eles. Concentration is simply a matter of, for a few seconds, thinking of performing a flawless technique and ignoring everything else. That is something anyone can do.

Be Loving and Show Fidelity to Your Parents

Respect is one of the most important parts of taekwondo. Above all, taekwondo practitioners must respect themselves. Bad things like drugs, alcohol, abu- sive language or bad behavior have no place in the life of a taekwondo person. When you respect for a person, including yourself, it means that you have a feeling of honor for them. Someone who respects himself would always act in ways that brings honor to himself, his family and friends. Someone who does not respect himself does not care about his mind or body. He or she probably doesn’t try very hard in school and doesn’t worry about important things like staying to others. You will learn as a result of your training that the more you show respect to others, the more they will respect you. Taekwondo people must know a lot about history. The history of your country, of your art of taekwondo and of yourself. Often, we forget how much support our parents have given us and may not appreciate them. Your parents work every day to make a better life for you and your family. If your mother or father come home tired, you should be patient and do everything you can to make both of them more comfortable. If you come home before them, for instance, you should make sure they come home to a house or apartment that is neat and clean. If you do everything possible to make your parents lives easier, you find that they appreciate your efforts. As one result, they will trust you and treat you more as a grown up than a kid. As we have said before, a taekwondo person must set an example for how others should behave. You must therefore always be respectful to your parents. In the long run, the respect you show your parents will lead to a healthier, happier life for everyone.

Irvine Teens Win Second at International Tournament



Irvine Teenagers from Talium Taekwondo Win Second Place at International Taekwondo Tournament


Irvine, CA – August 22nd – Irvine 2nd dan black belted teenagers Janny Jang and David Kim from Master Lee’s Talium Taekwondo have just returned home from The World Taekwondo Hanmadong 2011 tournament after having placed second in the International tournament.


Janny and David competed in the category of “Poomse (form) Doubles Junior” against teams from USA, China, Taipei, South Africa and Malaysia.  They performed two forms, geumgang and sibjin, to receive an average score of 7.85 and taking second place.  The event was broadcast by Korea’s National Broadcasting Station, SBS ESPN live.


“The World Taekwondo Hanmadang 2011, a large-scale international festival for taekwondo practitioners, began on August 10 in Namyangju, Gyeonggi Province.

More than 3,700 people from around the globe will participate in a total of 52 competitions in 11 events over the course of the four-day festival.

This festival is jointly held by Kukkiwon, also known as the World Taekwondo Headquarters, and the city of Namyangju.

The competitive events are open to any taekwondo practitioner holding a “dan” rank qualification from Kukkiwon.

During the festival, visitors can learn more about taekwondo, enjoy local specialties and join in various cultural programs run by the city.

The festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

By Yoon Sojung Staff Writer”


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