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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For more information contact: Sonya Versluys, 949.231.9301

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ATU President Grand Master Lee opens the National Championship

ATU President Grand Master Lee open National Championships


Photo by: Sonya Versluys

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