February 2017 Announcments


First, congratulations to our newest white belts Gary Guan, Jim Choi and Becky Arriola! There will be additional white belt testing opportunities for the remainder of the month.
IU Tournament Saturday, March 4th
Thank you to those that indicated their interest in attending the upcoming tournament at Indiana University (Instructor Ruiz, Olivia, Oleksiy, and Kirsten). I will be available this Friday afternoon in the Combat Room for additional training and preparation for the tournament. If anyone else is planning on attending let me know as soon as possible so that you can be included on the travel arrangements email message.
Spring 2017 Apparel
Feel free to comment some suggestions for apparel for this term on the facebook group. Any suggested colors, text, layouts, etc. are welcome and encouraged. Tentative Prices: t-shirt $11, long-sleeve shirts $13, hooded sweatshirt $25. Below is an example of simple design:


As announced in class there will be a few upcoming Tae Kwon Do events. If you are interested in attending the March events that involve travel, you will need to sign-up in advance so that appropriate transportation can be arranged.

First, thanks to those that voted on the facebook poll. We will go out to eat on Green Street as a club this Saturday (February 4th) after class to welcome several of the new students. The specific eating establishment will be chosen on Saturday. 

Also, our club has been invited to participate in Indiana University Don Burns Tae Kwon Do tournament on Saturday, March 4th. The tournament will start out with forms competitions: lower ranks progressing to higher ranks. After the forms, we will move onto the sparring competition in the same manner. Click here to sign-up for the IU Tournament.

Finally, this year’s black belt evaluation on the east coast is Saturday, March 18th. Senior belt Zlata Gvozdenoz will be evaluating so any additional TKD @ UIUCers that would like to go for support are more than welcome. Email me if you would like to attend and I can share our travel arrangements. More info can be found at http://damicotkd.org/events/

Look forward to seeing several of you in TKD class tonight!

January 2017 Announcements

RSO Involvement Fair Volunteers

This year the RSO Involvement Fair is in Illini Union – Illini Rooms A, B, C from 11am-3pm. The exact location of our booth on RSO Involvement Fair/Activity Day will be announced after check-in (Wednesday, January 25th).
  • 10:30am – 11:45am (setup crew) at least 2 volunteers
  • 11:45am – 12:45pm 2-4 volunteers
  • 12:45pm – 1:45pm 2-4 volunteers
  • 1:45pm – 3:00pm 2-4 volunteers

Overall, your duty as a volunteer is to pass out fliers, collect email addresses and answer basic questions about our TKD club. If interested in volunteering please sign-up online.

First Class for New Students
Our first class for new students is Wednesday, January 25th from 5:30pm – 7pm in the ARC Combat Room. Please encourage your friends to attend and try out our club on this date. If you are on facebook you can share the public event with your friends https://www.facebook.com/events/1394359177275417/
New students should wear comfortable clothing got working out and be prepared to stay for the entire class. Also, please be on time and in uniform in order to help out with a large amount of potential new students.
Tonight’s Contemplation
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
Often in the do-chang, I witness someone’s true test of character when they are struggling with a technique or completely exhausted after a conditioning drill. Think about the words from Dr. King’s quote and think about how you can use them as motivation for your martial arts training. 

It was great to already see a few of you back on campus for class this past Saturday!

Winter Break Training Opportunities
As a reminder, the ARC is open for the remainder of Winter Break and we will continue to train informally in the Combat Room until the start of the term. Please note: class this Wednesday, January 11th will be at a later time.
Monday, January 9th at 6PM
Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30PM
Saturday, January 14th at 12PM
Monday, January 16th at 6PM (Martin Luther King Jr. Observed Holiday) 
MLK Day of Service – Volunteer Opportunities Monday, January 16th
MLK Day of Service is an opportunity for students to learn about the impact Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had on the world and participate in hands-on service project that will benefit community organizations on Monday, January 16, 2017. Pre-register as an individual or group online go.illinois.edu/mlkday Walk-ins also welcome. Check-in begins at 12:30 pm.
Spring 2017 TKD Training Schedule
Our spring schedule is the same as the fall term. See below for details:
Mondays: 6pm-7:30pm | ARC Combat Room
Wednesdays: 5:30pm-7pm | ARC Combat Room
Saturdays: 12pm-2pm | ARC Combat Room

December 2016 Announcements

Happy Friday Everybody,
This past Wednesday was our last class during 2016 in the Combat Room. Also, there will not be high-belt class during Finals week or Winter Break.
TKD Winter Break Schedule

From Saturday, December 16th – January 6th the ARC will be closed and TKD practice will be held at CRCE in an available multi-purpose room.
  • Saturday, December 16th 12pm-2pm
  • Monday, December 19th 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 21st 6:00pm-7:30pm
No TKD Class December 24th – January 1st
  • Monday, January 2nd 6pm-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 4th 6pm-7:30pm
Starting on Saturday, January 7th we will resume TKD classes at the ARC Combat Room as the same days/times as the fall term (Mondays 6pm, Wednesdays 5:30pm and Saturday 12pm).
I hope everyone had a terrific Finals week!

Candice Solomon-Strutz