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Be Ryong is Open and Holding Classes Safely

Master Yun teaching a Hapkido class

It’s the new year and many of us have health and wellness goals for 2021. If you’d like to be in the best shape of your life, come on down to Be Ryong and sign up to become a member.

Yes, Be Ryong is open! We’ve been open since July, when the Governor of VA allowed gyms to open up. We offer in person AND Zoom classes. Here are some of the safety protocols that Be Ryong uses to keep all students and instructors safe:

  • The mats and equipment are wiped down with disinfectant and bleach between classes
  • The studio undergoes a thorough deep cleaning at least once a week
  • All students must undergo a temperature check when they arrive
  • We limit the number of students who can be in any single class so that we can maintain social distancing
  • Masks are always worn
  • Parents are not allowed in the studio, only students, to limit the number of people in the studio

Because of our strict protocols, we have remained opened since the summer and our students are enjoying healthy and fun classes. Come join us!

Be Ryong to Begin Offering Online Classes Starting March 30

Since the Governor of VA has closed all gyms, Be Ryong remains physically closed. But Master Yun and the other instructors will begin online classes starting Monday, March 30.

Master Yun and the other instructors will use Zoom to lead students in a warmup, and then demonstrate the normal kicking, form and breaking techniques. The instructors will also ask the students to show their own forms and kicks so that the instructors can give them feedback.

On Monday, March 30, Master Yun and Trulyn will hold an all-belt class at 5pm. Be sure to watch out for your Zoom invitation. Thereafter, Be Ryong will hold online classes according to the schedule below. If you have questions, as always, you may call the studio at (703) 535-3334.

While this is not an ideal situation, we’re committed to you, our students. We know that the martial arts are important to you, and you and your families are probably going stir crazy. So let the whole family join the classes, get a good workout, and learn some martial arts in the process.

See you online! Be safe!

Be Ryong Closed from March 16-28

Out of an abundance of caution Master Yun will be closing the studio March 16 – March 28 to help keep us safe from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) exposure.

Master Yun will re-evaluate the situation over the next week to determine whether to re-open the studio, or stay closed for another week.

The safety and health of our students, instructors, master, and our families is at the heart of this decision.

Please also know that on March 8 and March 15, instructors and students helped Master Yun do a thorough sanitizing of the studio. In addition, during the week, instructors wiped down commonly touched areas, checked for sickness among the students, and asked all student to wash their hands upon entering the studio.

Thanks for your understanding.

Master Yun reminds everyone to keep working out and practicing your forms and techniques at home.

Be Ryong Open House Coming Up on September 27 & 28

Be Ryong is holding its 15th annual Open House on Friday, Saturday, September 28. Everyone is invited to attend free classes and watch amazing TaeKwonDo and HapKiDo demonstrations. Current students are also invited to participate in the student performance! Here’s the schedule:

Friday, September 27 – Free trial classes at 5pm and 6pm

Saturday, September 28
10:00am – Free trial classes
11:00am-Student Performance; current students will do a warm-up, then do breaking and forms
11:30 – HapKiDo demonstration
12:00 noon – TaeKwonDo Elite Team demonstration
12:30pm – Free trial classes

No need to register and this event is free and family-friendly. Bring your family and friends! If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the martial arts, come on down!

Be Ryong Demo Team Takes Third Place at Delaware Martial Arts Tournament

Congratulations to the Be Ryong demo team! The team took third place in the team competition at the Delaware Martial Arts Tournament held last Saturday, May 18, in Dover, Delaware.

The demo team has been practicing all year for this tournament. Each year, Master Yun, along with instructor Trulynd Hall, choreographs a new routine that includes forms, breaking, and acrobatics.

A highlight of this year’s demo team performance was Hanna’s routine, which involved Hanna running up to Master Yun, climbing onto his shoulders, then executing a backwards somersault to break a board over 10 feet in the air. We’ll be posting a video of the entire performance on YouTube in a few days!

New Be Ryong After School Pickup Van

Be Ryong van

Master Yun recently purchased a new van for his after school program. In case you didn’t know, Master Yun will personally pick up students after school at any¬† Alexandria school, take them to the studio, and supervise homework and playtime until regular classes begin at 4:30pm.

Be Ryong has a quiet room at the back of the studio where students can do homework, read or just relax. Once homework is done, students may stretch, practice forms and kicking, or play games until classes begin.

After school students may take one or more classes at the studio. And if your child is a higher belt, the after care program is a great way for him/her to get extra one-on-one time with the instructors.

If you’re looking for an after care program for your child every day or just a few days a week, please come see Master Yun to inquire about schedules ad fees.



Watch the Hapkido Demo from the October 6 Open House

Hapkido students at Be Ryong did a demo during yesterday’s Open House. This was the largest group of students to do a demo since we can remember! Watch the video to see some amazing techniques, including Jess breaking a cinder block with his elbow, Chris and Dave throwing each other around, and some white and orange belts demonstrating arm-breaking techniques.. Thanks to everyone who participated this year!

Free TaeKwonDo and HapKiDo Classes on Friday, October 5, 2018

As part of the Open House celebrations, all classes at Be Ryong on Friday, October 5, 2018 will be free and open to the public. Here’s what you need to know:

  • All classes, all day, open to the public for free.
  • No need to register. Just come 10 minutes before the class starts and check in with Master Yun.
  • Wear comfortable you can move in. You will be barefoot on the mat.
  • There will TaeKwonDo classes at 4:30pm (kids), 5:15pm (kids and teens), and 6:00pm (kids, teens, adults).
  • There will be a HapKiDo class at 6:45pm.

If you or your child is even a little bit interested in the martial arts, this is your chance to experience a real class, meet Master Yun, talk to some instructors, and meet other students.

So come on down on Friday, October 5!

Be Ryong Open House Coming up on Saturday, October 6

Be Ryong will hold its annual Open House on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6. This is a great chance to explore the martial arts, talk to students and parents, and see some amazing demonstrations. Here’s the schedule:

Friday, October 5, 2018

  • All classes, all day, open to the public for free.
  • No need to register. Just come 10 minutes before the class starts and check in with Master Yun.
  • Wear comfortable you can move in. You will be barefoot on the mat.
  • There will TaeKwonDo classes at 4:30pm, 5:15pm, and 6:00pm.
  • There will be a HapKiDo class at 6:45pm.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

  • 10:00 – 11:00am – Free trial lessons.
  • 11:00 – 11:30am – Demonstration by HapKiDo students. There will be techniques, self-defense and breaking.
  • 11:30am – 12noon – Student demonstration.
  • 12noon – 12:30pm – Performance by the Be Ryong demo team. There will be forms, breaking and self-defense.

This event is free and open to the public. Bring the whole family! Be Ryong is located at 218 W. Glebe Road, Alexandria, VA. The studio is located on the corner of Mount Vernon and W. Glebe, in the same shopping complex as the Food Star grocery store. There is plenty of free parking!

See you at the Open House!

James Thompson is First Third Degree Black Belt at Be Ryong

James Thompson making speech at Be Ryong Belt Ceremony

Master Yun awarded a third degree black belt in Hapkido to James Thompson during a belt ceremony on June 9.

James is the first student at Be Ryong to receive a third degree black belt. This is quite the accomplishment. James has been a student at Be Ryong for over ten years. For his belt test, James had to execute all the techniques, kicks and jumps from the first and second degree curricula, over a thousand push-ups and sit-ups, fight against (yusul) against four black belts, and break 2 concrete blocks with his bare hand. To say the test was grueling is an understatement.

In addition to being a student at Be Ryong, James is a HapKiDo instructor at Be Ryong. He is also a second degree black belt in Taekwondo.

Congratulations to James!