Oom Yung Doe - Central Florida
Grandmaster “Iron” Kim Style

The Original "Eight Complete Martial Arts Taught as One" in the U.S. Since 1972

Community Events
The Oom Yung Doe Association of Florida is made up of instructors and students looking to build a better community for everyone.
Below is a list of a few events the association has been involved with.

 

Altamonte Springs Recreation – Special Needs Day – February 2014

Orange County Parks & Recreations is providing an opportunity for our youth to learn art, music, dance, and more while such programs are becoming less accessible through traditional education. Oom Yung Doe Association of Florida, Inc. is a proud participant in this Rec & Roll Program since January 2007.

“Multifamily Florida” Magizine Pubication
“2006 Education Conference a Winner”
Stated, “Oom Yung Doe Instructor Wayne Lenihan closed out the meeting again this year with a session on stress relief and self defense. He took the large group through Tai-chi, breathing exercises and a few self defense moves.”
Instructor Wayne Lenihan and Assistant Instructor Lindsey Bravo presenting a Distinguished Citizens Award to the President and founder of the Mustard Seed, Carol Kane, during a fund raiser for the victims of the Tornados that hit central Florida in January 2007.
“Winter Springs Heath & Fitness Expo”;
Winter Springs Civic Center
Saturday January 6th, 2007
Academic Awards
Every year the young students are recognized for the hard work and devotion to their school work and given awards for maintaining high levels of academic excellence.
Girl Scout Defense
Girl Scouts: “I would like to thank you for agreeing to be part of “Choices Weekend” for the Girl Scouts…..It is only through caring people like you and your staff that Girl Scouts can continue to offer these young women this opportunity….You provide tremendous community service to our organization, and for this, we thank you.”Sincerely, Joy D. Stringham
Honorary First Degree Black Belt Citizens
Honorary First Degree Black Belt Citizens:

  • John Grant – State Senator
  • Don Sullivan – State Senator
  • Patrick McCaffrey – Director, Government Affairs, Cattlemen’s Association
  • Jerry Halstead – City Administrator, Pinellas Park
  • Yolanda Fernandez – News Reporter, WFLA-TV,Channel 8, Tampa Bay
  • Ann Shepard – Radio Broadcast Personality, WARM 107FM, Tampa
UCP
Chili Blast
All proceeds from “Chili-Blast” benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida’s Early Intervention and Pediatric Therapy Centers. UCP provides early intervention educational programs as well as speech, physical, and occupational therapies to children with all types of developmental disabilities, in addition to cerebral palsy. UCP also provides support services
to the families of these children. Ninety-one cents of every dollar raised directly benefits our neighbors in the community who receive services from UCP.
Kick A Thons
Fund Raising for United Cerebral Palsy: Since 1997, we have raised over $8,000 through Chung Moo Doe sponsored Kick A Thon community events.“Dear Rich,Congratulations on a very successful kick for kids! I’m so glad I was able to come out and watch! I was really impressed with what a positive program you have! Teamwork, encouragement
and respect for others was
very evident! Thanks again, your efforts made a difference.” Amy Causey
Seminole recreation
The Orlando Sentinel, Saturday August 2, 1997 
OVIEDO – Kimberly Tarcynski stands poised in the center of the Oom Yung Doe studio, her white-robed arms outstretched. Suddenly, her foot shoots out in a karate-like kick. Her mother, Bena, stands in the corner marveling at her daughter?s progress. Two years ago, the 10-year old could barely lift her leg. What may seem like a simple kick for most children who learn martial arts is a testament to Kimberly’s determination and some good exercise. Kimberly has cerebral palsy, a condition that
hampers the muscle skills in her legs and arms. With the help of Moo Doe Instructor Rich McDonald, Kimberly is walking better, standing taller and kicking higher. Oom Yung Doe is a combination of eight different martial art disciplines that work to develop the mind and body. McDonald, who runs the center Kimberly attends at the (old site) Publix plaza on Red Bug Lake Road, says Kimberly?s workouts are designed to increase strength and flexibility, something everyone could use more of. Kimberly?s mother says the exercise has made quite a difference in her daughter’s life. “Kimerly used to lose her balance,” said Bena Tarcynski. “She used to go “timber” a lot.”
Kimberly began taking martial arts two years ago after hearing friends rave about their classes. “I just thought it was neat,” she said. “It helps me run and get more movement.” Kimberly has had a variety of physical therapy since birth. But with Oom Yung Doe, her father said, her progress has accelerated. “It’s phenomenal,”Dan Tarcynski said. Kimberly once had a curve in her spine, but now her back is straight, he said. Doctors who have examined Kimberly have encouraged her to keep up the exercise.
The Tarcynskis are so convinced of the therapeutic benefits of Oom Yung Doe that they posted a note about it on a bulletin board at Kimberly’s therapy clinic. Now five more children with cerebral palsy are attending the martial arts school. One of the newer students is 9-year-old Jonathan Giza, who practices kicks from the walker he uses to get around.
His mother said she already can see a difference. “Jonathan just started three months ago, and he is already standing straighter,” said Geannie Forthuber. Jonathan goes to regular physical therapy three times a week, something he doesn’t always look forward to
(above) Kicking up a storm. Kimberly Tarcynski, 10, attacks with determination, putting aside thoughts of her bout with cerebral palsy.(Right) Kicks are next. Rich McDonald instructs Jonathan Giza, 9, in stretching exercises. (Dennis Wall/ The Orlando Sentinel)
Even Kimberly and Jonathan?s physical therapist is pleased with the way Oom Yung Doe is helping her charges. Therapist Marie Staight with Orlando Pediatric Multi-Therapy Clinic said the children are more motivated. “They are sick and tired of physical therapists telling them to stretch,” Staight said. “They think they are doing martial arts. It is great therapy.” McDonald said martial arts is not a replacement for conventional therapy. He said he discusses potential activities for the children with Staight. “We go hand in hand,” McDonald said. But he pointed out that he doesn?t have to change his teaching techniques for students with disabilities. “I deal with people all day with some kind of need, whether it’s to relieve stress or gain mobility,” McDonald said. “They want to do what all kids want to do.”

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