Master Yoo’s World Class Tae Kwon Do Celebrates Grand Opening In Carmel
Photographer / Brian Brosmer
Tae Kwon Do has made a comeback in recent years and one of the most popular martial arts schools around Central Indiana now has a third location.
Master Yoo’s World Class Tae Kwon Do is officially celebrating its grand opening with an open house event on October 19. The schools are owned and operated by Master Eun Soo Yoo and his wife Jin Park and are recognized as one of the best in the state in terms of quality of facilities and classes being offered.
The first Master Yoo’s Tae Kwon Do location was opened in Noblesville in 2007. After experiencing great success there, it wasn’t long before that location expanded in 2012 and a Fishers location was opened in 2014. Today, Master Yoo’s now serves Carmel and the surrounding communities, too.
“We realized there was a huge demand for a good martial arts school in the Carmel area while we were attending many local community and school events,” Park says. “We are very excited about this location. We are excited about being able to better serve our current students who live in West Carmel, Zionsville and Westfield. We are also excited about the outstanding new facility itself and the possibilities it gives our school for future programming that we have not previously been able to provide to the community.”
Master Yoo began Tae Kwon Do training at just five years old. He later received his Bachelor of Arts in Tae Kwon Do from Yong In University in Korea. He was a Korean Army instructor and also a member of the Korean National Demonstration Team before moving to the U.S.
Master Yoo has been teaching in the U.S. since 2000. His mentor, Grandmaster Sun Chong is a former head coach of the U.S. National Tae Kwon Do team and the founder of Master Chong’s World Class Tae Kwon Do in Buffalo, NY. From 2000 through 2007, Master Yoo served as Head Master Instructor for the Headquarters of World Class Tae Kwon Do, honing his own martial arts skills.
For Master Yoo’s, the goal isn’t simply to teach students martial arts. The training includes skills they believe are valuable to daily life like respect, focus, self-control and confidence. They hope to develop positive character in all of their students.
“At Master Yoo’s we are a Life Skill School,” Park adds. “The philosophy of Tae Kwon Do is to teach the body and mind by placing great emphasis on building character. We do this by teaching our students those skills that they can use in their daily life and improving their body. While studying with our Master Instructors, children gain focus, confidence, self-discipline and respect. Adults improve their physical fitness, relieve stress and learn self-defense in a positive, encouraging environment.
“Families are able to train and spend quality time together in an activity that everyone can participate in and enjoy,” she adds. “Our mission statement is to empower our students with valuables skills for their daily life by providing them the highest quality martial arts instruction, and we feel that our mission will meet the expectation of these Carmel families.”
The new facility also boasts top-notch features and amenities. The space is a state-of-the-art, 10,000 square-foot facility that offers multiple training rooms with Olympic quality mats, a group meeting room for special events and training, men’s and women’s changing rooms and viewing areas for parents and families to observe.
Classes offered start as early as four years old as well as classes from 6-12, teens and adults. Master Yoo’s also offers popular family classes where all family members train side-by-side.
Master Yoo’s has had a positive response so far from the Carmel community. The martial arts academy has always been a strong believer in supporting the community and local organizations. They continue to partner with the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. Since 2013, Master Yoo’s Board Break-A-Thon has successfully raised more than $168,000 for Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. That type of community support will only continue in Carmel.
“We also will continue to participate in Carmelfest, Carmel Safety Day and various community events,” Park says. “Master Yoo’s Tae Kwon Do runs a Partners in Education Program that supports the local elementary schools by participating in PTO fundraising events, after-school programs, Show-and-Tell, school carnivals and donating auction baskets, too.”
Master Yoo’s invites the community to join them at the grand opening open house event at their new Carmel location on Saturday, Oct. 19. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. and includes three special classes and activities for the public to attend free of charge. First, at 10:00 a.m., Little Tigers (ages 4 to 5) will be able to learn some basic Tae Kwon Do kicks and punches. At 11:15 a.m. an Anti-Bullying seminar for children (ages 6 to 12) followed by the grand opening ceremony and demonstrations at 12:30 p.m. Then the final event at 1:45 p.m. will be an opportunity for families and friends (ages 4 and up) to join in for a special class together.
Grandmaster Chong and other special guests will also be on hand to celebrate the grand opening.
For more information on Master Yoo’s World Class Tae Kwon Do and their programs. visit masteryootkd.com or call 317-733-8800. You can visit the new Carmel location at 2470 Harleston Street.