"Being a student of Master Yu has increased my ability to focus and concentrate, and has enhanced my discipline. Master Yu's teachings have been beneficial to both my professional and personal life." - Jennifer Garner, motion picture and TV star
An incredibly moving, engrossing, and almost-mythological tale of how one man endured the highest of highs and the lowest of lows throughout his extraordinary life.
Born into Japanese-occupied Korea, young Byong Yu was diagnosed as developmentally retarded. Convinced that he would become a burden to his family, doctors told his parents to put him in the corner and let him die. Consequently, survival was an instinct that he honed at a very early age.
Byong was known to the village as “Ugly Boy,” yet he refused to give up. His destiny led him to a wise and gifted martial arts master who agreed to accept him as a student. In the years that followed, Byong used the profound wisdom instilled in him by his master to succeed at martial arts and triumph through the Korean War.
After emigrating to the United States, Byong struggled to live the American dream through years of poverty and homelessness. And a tragedy that finally drove him to the brink of suicide almost shattered his spirit once and for all. However, in the long and arduous process of rebuilding his life, he managed to become a martial arts legend—one who now trains some of Hollywood’s elite.
This is Byong Yu’s story, but even more important, it’s a guidebook to discovering your own true path—whatever that may be—and conquering any obstacle that stands in your way.
As Master Yu says: “I have triumphed over countless obstacles that I have faced in my lifetime. Yet through it all, I have managed to fulfill my destiny and come to intimately discover who and what I am. And if I can do it, so can you!”