Irvine Taekwondo Students Kick it up, Breaking Boards for
Radiology Room at Orange County Children’s Hospital – CHOC
Master Lee’s Talium Taekwondo plans their annual Healthkick board break-a-thon, to raise money for local Children’s Hospital for Saturday September 24th, 2011. The goal is $50,000 to fund a radiology consultation room in the Hospital’s new building.
Irvine CA (PRWEB) September 12, 2011
Students of Master Lee’s Talium Taekwondo school in Irvine continue their annual tradition of raising money for Children less fortunate. Practicing their taekwondo kicks and board breaking skills to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Orange County – CHOC – the students have been working hard towards gaining donations from local businesses, hoping to meet their goal of $50,000 which will fund the hospital’s Radiology Consultation room on the first floor of the new building.
The event, Healthkick, is in its fifth year and has now become a global initiative adopted by the governing bodies of olympic taekwondo, the Korean based Kukkiwon organization and The World Taekwondo Federation, thanks to Talium’s owner and American Taekwondo United’s (ATU) President, Seung Hyung Lee.
Lee, an 8th dan black belt with over forty years of taekwondo experience, began the cause to help his students learn the value of community service. “It is an event that promotes one of our core values here at Talium,” says Lee, “that finding compassion, and acting with kindness, brings harmony to my taekwondo students. I want my students to know the benefit of sharing their skills in a positive way with the community they live in. Take nothing for granted.”
With local Orange County businesses behind them, such as Broadcom Inc, CapFin Partners, Chocolates a la Carte, Artistique Whisper, Crayne Scientific Inc, Children’s Hope International Literacy Development (C.H.I.L.D.) , and generous donations from local family, the Bridenbeckers, Talium Taekwondo is well on the way to achieving their fundraising goal.
On September 24th, 2011 at Colonel Bill Barber Park in Irvine you can find President Lee along with Irvine’s Mayor Sukhee Kang supporting the students in their board breaking tournament and presenting the CHOC Foundationwith a fundraising check.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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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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.
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
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.