May 2016 Announcements

[May 15, 2016]
Congratulations again to our graduates!
As previously mentioned our club trains year round so if you are in the CU area during the summer below is the summer I training schedule.
TKD Summer I Session Training:

Summer I Session (Monday, May 16th – Saturday, June 11th) | same training days and similar times as the Spring 2016 term.

Mondays 6pm – 7:30pm, Wednesdays 6pm – 7:30pm and Saturdays noon – 2pm

We will train in uniform at ARC – Combat Room. iCard access is still required and those that were registered for classes in the spring term will still be able to use their iCard to access the campus rec facilities during the summer I session.

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For those recent graduates if you would like to unsubscribe from the TKD-UIUC-L listserv instructions are listed below:

From the address with which you subscribed to the list (, send a message to In the subject line of your email, type in: unsubscribe tkd-uiuc-l . Leave the message body blank.

You can also unsubscribe through the mailing list web interface:

  • Go to the list environment homepage and log on.
  • Go to the information page of the list you want to unsubscribe from.
  • In the left menu, click on the ‘Unsubscribe’ link.

April 2016 Announcements

No TKD Class Saturday, April 30th
Due to the Illinois Marathon there will not be an official TKD class Saturday, April 30th. There will be an increased amount of traffic and multiple roads shut down in that area of campus, however if you are able to access the ARC on Saturday you can definitely review forms and favorite techniques prior to the belt test in the Combat Room.

Belt Test and Potluck – Sunday, May 1st
The end of the semester belt test is scheduled for Sunday, May 1st followed by a potluck. Warm ups will start promptly at 10:00AM! In turn, I recommend showing up 15 minutes early to ensure you are there on time. If you plan on testing you must be at the warm-ups. The ARC opens at 9AM on the weekends so I wouldn’t recommend showing up any earlier than 9am but please set your alarm clocks if you are not an early riser!

Also, if you are not testing please still wear your uniform since you can definitely help out during the test by holding targets, free-sparring, taking pictures and encouraging your fellow club members. Afterward, there will be a traditional potluck at my place in Savoy, IL starting as early as 5pm.

Belt Test Schedule (subject to change depending on how many students testing)

      • 10:00am – 10:30am : warm-ups & basic kicks
      • 10:30am – 1:00pm : belt tests for all belt ranks

The belt testing fee is $10 and this can be paid in cash or check on the day of the test. The fee covers boards, belts and other testing items. If you are re-attempting for the same belt level there is no fee required.

Other Items:
Please review the techniques for each belt rank that will be evaluated during the test on the club website: Also, everyone that is testing should review the rules sheet with the Korean terminology (click here for rules sheet) and have a favorite technique prepared. You should be able to demonstrate your favorite technique on both sides. If you are testing for Blue Belt level or Red Belt level you need to email me a short essay about “What being blue belt / red belt means to you” prior to the test.

Potluck starts at 5PM:
Remember you are all invited to my house on Sunday for the TKD club potluck dinner. Feel free to bring any board or card games that you want to try out. Also, you can arrange rides and sign-up to bring a tasty dish using this online form: 

March 2016 Announcements

[March 28, 2016]

I hope everyone had an enjoyable break and it was nice to have several students in town to train with last week.
Monday, March 28th TKD Class Location Change
This Monday, March 28th our club doesn’t have the Combat Room reserved at the ARC for class. As a result, TKD class tonight will be held at 6PM in a nearby multi-purpose room on the entrance level or a racquetball court on the lower level. Location details will be posted on the facebook group page & on the door of the Combat Room.

Participating in Belt Tests – Sunday, May 1st
If you plan on participating and being evaluated for the next belt ranking please let me know either in person or via email so that I make sure to order enough boards and supplies. Also, to help prepare for the evaluation please review the belt ranking information and school rules available on our website

Next week I will send out another email with the belt test schedule, fees, other testing items and club potluck dinner information.

[March 7, 2016]

Congratulations to our most recent white belts: Erik and Elizabeth.

Also, this Saturday, March 12th Instructor Austin Happel, Guillermo Ruiz and myself will be participating in black belt evaluations on the east coast. Instructor Zach Duray will lead TKD class on 03/12/16 and there will NOT be high-belt class on Sunday, March 13th.

Spring Break Training: Below is the TKD training schedule over Spring Break (Saturday, March 19th – Sunday, March 27th) for those that may still be on campus.

  • Saturdays: 12pm – 2pm, Monday / Wednesday: 5:30pm – 7pm
  • The ARC will be open over Spring Break so we will train in the Combat Room.

TKD Belt Test DATE REMINDER – Sunday, May 1st
As mentioned previously the end of the semester belt test will be Sunday, May 1st to accommodate the Illinois Marathon (on Saturday, April 30th). There will be more details about the belt test after Spring Break and the reservation has been confirmed. Nonetheless make sure to keep your calendar clear on that date.