He Yee Dao Karate Association

The martial art we practice is Tae Kwon Do, which is Korean Karate and is purported to be the oldest of all the martial arts. The literal translation of Tae Kwon Do is "The Art of Kicking and Punching."

He Yee Dao, the name of our school, is Chinese for "The Universal Way"; universal because Tae Kwon Do is the most widespread of all the martial arts. The proper pronunciation of He Yee Dao is best explained as follows: Huh E Daho (enunciated as one word). Association was chosen over club or school since association means fellowship, companionship, or organization of persons having common interests and purposes. What better way to explain our group?

Our uniform patch is an original design depicting "The Path to Enlightenment." Note the silver path starting in the darkness of beginning, progressing through the gateway into the golden light of knowledge, and on to infinity, the goal of perfection. On the left side of the gate are the Chinese Characters for He Yee Dao, on the right is script for the same, and surrounding the whole is the English translation, "The Universal Way."

New Students

New students are welcomed to start at any time.

Private Lessons

Private lessons available by appointment.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

2015 Winter Semester Classes Begin, Happy New Year

The He Yee Dao Karate Association 2015 Winter Semester Classes, January through March, will begin this week for all returning and new students.  Specifically:

Mohawk School Classes will begin Tuesday January 6, 2015 in the multipurpose room. Youth Class runs 6 pm  to 7 pm for students ages 5 through 12. Cost is $45 for the three month semester.

The Adult/Teen Class, for men and women of all ages,  at the Mohawk School starts Tuesday January 6, 2015, 7 pm in the multipurpose room. Cost is $60 for the three month semester.

Norwood Norfolk Classes will begin Monday January 5, 2014, in the elementary cafeteria. Youth Classes begin at 6 pm to 7 pm for students ages 5 through 12. Cost is $45 for the three month semester.

The Adult/Teen Class, for men and women of all ages, at Norwood Norfolk also begin January 5, 2015 at 7 pm in the elementary cafeteria. Cost for the three month semester is $60.

New students, men and women, boys and girls of all shapes, sizes, and physical abilities are welcomed to come visit, watch, and  try a class or two for free. No previous experience is required. People with special needs are welcomed here.

Private individual and or group lessons are available upon request,

Any questions, please contact this site and or phone 315 244 0753.

We look forward to another great semester. See everyone very soon.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Thank You" From Norwood Norfolk School

On November 10, He Yee Dao offered a special self defense class to Norwood-Norfolk students and their parents.  The class was an interesting change of pace for He Yee Dao and an effective teaching opportunity.  Recently, the following appeared in the Norwood-Norfolk Central School District Board of Education Update (December 12, 2014):


A big thanks to Sensei Joe Colarusso and his team from the He Yee Dao Association who hosted a free self-defense night on November 10th fro Norwood Norfolk students and parents. Joe and his team provided both group and individualized self-defense training.

Joe expressed to the group that the best self-defense is to be aware of your surroundings. This was made very clear and evident with the mock demonstration Joe and his team put on. The evening events made for a very exciting and educational experience for all those in attendance. All of the participants had a great time while gaining a valuable education on self-defense skills.

It should be known that Joe and the He Yee Dao Association have been doing classes at NNCS for the past 16 years. The He Yee Dao Association holds classes on Monday and Thursday with children ages 6-12 participating from 6-7pm and adults participate 7-8:30 pm. Classes are held year round and for anybody interested in learning self-defense the first couple of classes are free.

Thanks to NNCS for being such gracious hosts!

Monday, August 15, 2011


In the September 2011 issue of Black Belt magazine, there is an article by Kim Soo entitled TAE KWON DO FOR HEALTH. Within the article there is a definition of the martial arts that is very much in line with the philosophy of the He Yee Dao Karate Association,in what we believe and strive to teach. Specifically:

"THE MARTIAL ARTS are more than a sport, more than tournament fighting, more than self-defense. When taught right, they are a way of life that combines philosophical insight with physical training to create mentally strong and independent individuals who can fight frailty and weakness as well as internal enemies like doubt, insecurity, and stress"

We believe the above to be true and applicable to all who join He Yee Dao, regardless of physical ability, age, size, previous experience, and personal challenges.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Reference Text

For everyone's general information, the He Yee Dao Karate Association's primary reference source for history, a variety of skills, forms, and self defense techniques we utilize, is the book, TAE KWON DO, THE KOREAN MARTIAL ART, by Richard Chun.

This book provides detailed information in narrative, pictures and diagrams of nearly all of the skills required to advance from White to Black Belt. It is not required that students purchase the book. For the students who may want to enhance their practice outside of class, this is an excellent resource.

Amazon.com is the best source to explore purchase options if interested. If you would like to preview the book, see Sensei.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Welcome to the first official Blog of the HE YEE DAO KARATE ASSOCIATION. As this is a work in progress, the Blog will continue to be refined and expanded in the future.

It is our goal for the Blog to help keep current students informed of class updates, techniques utilized, self defense and to provide additional information to assist with individual practice and study outside of class. In addition it is hoped that the Blog will  peek the interest and provide contact information to people who may be interested in becoming involved in the martial arts.

The HE YEE DAO KARATE ASSOCIATION wishes to thank Tim Brown, who's initiative, technical expertise and patience has made the Blog possible.

Please check the Blog regularly for updates. Student suggestions are encouraged. Email, heyeedao@gmail.com  , and click Follow,  to receive updates automatically.