Oom Yung Doe

Oom Yung Doe

5.0 (2)
2 employees
7 years in business

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I began my search for martial arts because I wanted more peace, self discipline, balance and a better understanding of who I was. I quickly fell in love with the calm, clear, strong feeling I got from practice. Now I have been teaching and practicing for over 10 years. My passion is to provide other with the same value I have experienced, while helping beginners feel comfortable and in control of their own practice. I am a 3rd degree black belt instructor and co- owner at Oom Yung Doe, 8 Martial Arts- Cambridge. Feel free to reach out with any questions!


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Cambridge, MA 02138
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  • Mark Sommer

    I had wanted to try martial arts for many years but only recently took the plunge, googling my way to a highly rated school nearby, Oom Yung Doe in West Cambridge. OYD, developed over centuries, integrates 8 martial arts. It’s designed to help each student gain broad exposure but also eventually specialize in a way that’s tailored to an individual’s needs and body. Think of OYD as cross training. “Balance” is a word you hear often. Mind vs. body. Hard strikes vs. soft fluid movements. Upper vs. lower body. Improving joint and tendon as well as muscle strength. While each lesson tends to focus on a single martial art, it usually has the same progression: deep breathing, warmup/conditioning, movement, and self-defense, the latter two interrelated. At the end of each class, the instructor gives the technique du jour more context with a brief anecdote or history lesson. Head Instructor Will and Assistant Head Instructor Danielle are awesome. Even in the context of group classes, there’s a lot of individual instruction and tailoring of activities to students at different levels of development. To help you along, they regularly invite regional and national experts to observe classes and offer advice. OYD in West Cambridge is challenging but surprisingly low-key. Will and Danielle are like most good teachers: they challenge you but are also quite encouraging. Students, men and women, range in age and are quite supportive and collaborative. More advanced students guide beginners. There are both youth and adult programs. At first, I wondered if the atmosphere would be hard-core, emphasizing a lot of sparring. That’s not the deal here. The emphasis is on developing more physical and mental strength, balance, fluidity, coordination and resilience. All these things – coupled with practiced technique - are essential to defending yourself, but they continually remind you that these are building blocks for the more commonplace goal of living a healthy, fulfilling life.

  • Douglas Lazarus

    That you get out more than you put in Other students are a pleasure to work with Multiple excellent instructors that make a wide range of experience available The instructors know their stuff and set a good example In the long run, the lessons are tailored to the students' focus and ability Attention to detail

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We will go over your goals and any limitations or body issues. Based of where you are and where you hope to go, we will formulate a set of movements for you. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a certified 3rd degree black belt Instructor at Oom Yung Doe. I am a state silver medalist. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students age 4 to age 80. I have worked with a broad range of students goals, anywhere from weight loss and toning, improving technical skill and ability, stress relief, self-defense and more. I have a lot of experience modifying movement for people that have body issues, who still want improve and move forward. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for Skill and Ability 
Many people can talk, but martial arts has always been about what you can do, not say. As you review a teacher, watch demonstrations, view videos or look for other evidence that instructors carry the visible benefits of martial arts training. If you can’t find evidence of martial arts skills, move on – you will not attain what your instructors do not have.

Determine the Lineage
You want to be connected to a living, growing school, where the instructors are not only teaching but learning. The school should have clear signs of a lineage and be connected to a Martial Arts Master. If a school does not have a connection to a Traditional Martial Arts Master it cannot teach traditional martial arts properly.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Does the school offer personalized training for a student’s level of physical ability and development? Traditional martial arts carries benefits for all age ranges and skill levels. An instructor who carries the knowledge to develop students far beyond their current abilities will adapt training techniques to the student.

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