When Master Yoo’s World Class Tae Kwon Do had to close its doors at its three schools March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the schools’ black belt instructors quickly turned the training rooms into digital studios and created lesson plans.
The online kickoff was March 27, and more than 500 students participated.
“Due to COVID-19, there are many children and families staying at home with limited activities,” said Master Eunsoo Yoo, the owner. “Master Yoo’s Zoom Live Classes positively affect our students’ mental and physical health. In addition to the Zoom Live Group classes, our black belt Instructors provide 1-on-1 online private lessons so that they can give students feedback on their progress to keep them motivated. We constantly set the goals for student’s progress and reward them.”
A Carmel resident, Yoo has schools in Carmel, Noblesville and Fishers. Yoo said there are 47 free online classes for current students being offered weekly.
Fishers resident Katie Jensen and son Chandler have been taking advantage of the virtual classes.
“During the times we can’t connect and participate in the same physical space, we’ve been able still have the camaraderie, connection and friendship,” Jensen said. “It’s so nice to see the masters, and their smiles and encouragement make me want to work harder. That carries over to my personal interactions with my family. I’m happier, more kind, more patient.”
Fortville resident Staci Thompson trains with her two children, Ava and Oliver.
“My kids are always beaming with pride afterwards,” Thompson said. “They need to hear that positive feedback from someone that isn’t in the same household right now. The weekly live zoom classes also help keep us in a somewhat ‘normal’ routine. Seeing demos from other kids and adults also helps us feel like we are right there with everyone.”
More than 200 participants took part in a Mother’s Day virtual celebration May 10.
For more, visit masteryootkd.com.