First, congratulations to our newest white belts Mary and Yuhan
Belt Test Information:
As mentioned previously there will be two belt tests this term (lower belt ranks in Sunday and higher ranks on December 3rd). This Sunday, November 13th warm-ups will start promptly at 11:00AM! In turn, I recommend showing up 15-20 minutes early to ensure you are there on time. If you plan on testing you must be at the warm-ups.
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 4:30pm. View the facebook event for the address and details.
Belt Test Schedule (slight changes from previous email since there are less participants)
• 11:00am – 11:45am : warm-ups (lead by high belt) & basic kicks
• 12:00pm – 1:00pm : white – yellow, yellow – green
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.
Please review the techniques for each belt rank that will be evaluated during the test on the club website: http://publish.illinois.edu/tkd-illinois/belt-ranks/. 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.
The potluck will take place at my house and begins at 4:30PM. The earlier start is to accommodate those that choose to support Instructor Martin’s Final Conducting Recital which starts at 7:30pm.
Things to bring to the potluck: A tasty dish, dessert or beverage to share with the club and feel free to bring a friend or significant other. Also, if you are attending sign-up to bring an item to share on the shared Google spreadsheet so that everyone doesn’t end up bringing brownies.
As announced after our last class, there will be two TKD Belt Testing dates this fall term!
The first date is Sunday, November 13th – This date is reserved for those students testing for white – yellow, yellow – green and green – high green. The next date is Saturday, December 3rd – This date is reserved for those students testing for blue belt or higher. Also, as tradition, I will host a potluck dinner after each belt test for the club to socialize.
Please review the techniques for each belt rank that will be evaluated during the test on the club website: http://publish.illinois.edu/tkd-illinois/belt-ranks/. Also, everyone that is testing should review the school rules with the Korean terminology (click here for rules sheet) and have a favorite technique prepared.
I will provide more details about the belt tests (starting/ending times, board breaks, etc.) in the upcoming weeks but at this time please save these dates on your calendar.
Also, we have been invited again to the Purdue hosted Taekwondo tournament. If you are interested in participating let me know by signing up using the facebook event. There will be a form to complete so that they can design brackets, (preferably before October 21st). In addition, travel arrangments would need to be determined.
Time: Starts at 11am on October 29th in the feature gym.
Events: free sparring ($15) and forms ($10) ($20 for both).
Good luck with midterm exams and stay healthy!
Curtis Orchard Trip: Saturday, September 24th at 3PM
Thank you for those that participated in the poll regarding your preferred date for the next social club outing. We will be going to Curtis Orchard & Pumpkin Patch on Saturday, September 24th at 3PM. If you won’t be at class next Saturday and need a ride. Comment on the facebook poll to ensure you have transportation to/from the event.
Going Away Dinner at Papa Del’s: Wednesday, September 28th at 8PM
Instructor Zach Duray has accepted a full-time job at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln! Come on out to Papa Del’s after Tae Kwon Do class to congratulate him and enjoy some pizza. I’ll order some pizzas in advance so it will be ready when we arrive. So RSVP on the facebook event and let me know if you will attend and what type of pizza you enjoy.
White Belt Tests
For those new students that are interested in taking the white belt test please either email or inform the instructor prior to class. The white belt test is a brief physical test that will take place at the end of a regularly scheduled class and be followed with questions. If you feel you comfortably know Chun Gi (first form), the school rules, and the Korean counting/terminology on our website then you are ready to take the white belt test. You can find the school rules, the definition of TKD, aims to achieve, Korean exercise counting and terminology on our website.
After new students pass the white belt test they have the opportunity to purchase a uniform for $18.