April 2017 Announcements

No TKD Class Saturday, April 22nd
Due to the Illinois Marathon, there will be no official TKD class this Saturday, April 22nd. 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 we have the Combat Room space reserved so you can definitely train by reviewing forms and techniques prior to the belt test.
 
Belt Test – Sunday, April 23rd
The end of the semester belt test is scheduled for Sunday, April 23rd followed by a potluck. Warm ups will start promptly at 10:00AM! In turn, I recommend showing up at least 15 minutes early to ensure you are there on time. If you plan on testing you must be at the warm-ups, in turn, higher belts you might want to bring a small snack (banana, energy bar or sports drink) to keep your energy up while waiting for your test to begin. The ARC opens at 9AM on the weekends so I wouldn’t recommend showing up any earlier than 9AM but please set an alarm if you are not an early riser!
 
Also, if you are not testing please still wear your full uniform since you can definitely help out during the test by holding targets, free-sparring, taking pictures and encouraging your fellow club members.
 
Belt Test Schedule:
10:00am – 10:45am warm-ups and basic kicks
10:45am – 12:15pm lower belt testing (white, yellow, green)
12:15pm – 12:30 [time permitting black belt demonstration/board breaking]
12:30pm – 2:00pm higher belt testing (high green and higher)
Fee
The belt testing fee is $10 and this can be paid in cash, check or electronically 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 Belt Test Items:
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, the Korean terminology (click here for rules on our website) 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:
The potluck will take place at my house and begins at 5:30PM. You can RSVP on the facebook event. Things to bring to the potluck: A tasty dish, dessert or beverage to share with the club and feel free to bring a spouse/significant other. Also, if you are attending sign-up to bring an item on the shared Google spreadsheet so that everyone doesn’t end up bring chips.

March 2017 Announcements

[March 30, 2017]
Congrats:

First, congratulation to our newest white belt KayLee Scott
 
Belt Test Information:
The end of the semester belt test is scheduled for Sunday, April 23rd followed by a club potluck dinnerIf you plan on participating and being evaluated for the next belt ranking please let me know either in person or via email by April 9th so that I make sure to order enough boards and supplies. 
 
Tentative Belt Test Schedule:
  • 10:00am – 10:45am warm-ups and basic kicks
  • 10:45am – 12:15pm lower belt testing (white, yellow, green)
  • 12:15pm – 12:30 [time permitting black belt demonstration/board breaking]
  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm higher belt testing (high green and higher)

Fee
The belt testing fee is $10 and this can be paid in cash, check or electronically 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 Belt Test Items:
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, the Korean terminology (click here for rules on our website) 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.

Spring 2017 Apparel Available Next Week:
Our apparel order was placed over spring break and will arrive next week. Prices t-shirts $13, long-sleeve $16 and hooded sweatshirt $28 can be paid to me either via cash or electronically. If you didn’t get to place your order before spring break and still want apparel just let me know as there were a few extra items ordered. 

[March 12,2017]
Congratulations
Congratulations to our newest white belts Delaney Bullinger!
 
Spring Apparel
Also, this is a reminder to submit your apparel order online https://www.customink.com/g/zsz0-00ax-8fn3 by Friday, March 17th. Apparel will be distributed in TKD class after Spring Break.
 
Spring Break Training
TKD training schedule over Spring Break (Saturday, March 18th – Sunday, March 26th) 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
  • If you will be available over Spring Break and have trouble with the above training times post on facebook as the schedule can be flexible. Any changes to the Spring Break training schedule will be shared on the facebook group.
End of the Semester Belt Test reservation has been confirmed for Sunday, April 23rd. More details about the date and potluck will be shared after Spring Break.
[March 1, 2017]
Congratulations
Congratulations to our newest white belts Eric Schneider!
IU Tournament Saturday, March 4th 
Help me in wishing those that are traveling and competing this Saturday good luck. Also, thank you again to our instructors and higher belts for leading classes while I am traveling or unavailable.

Spring Break Training: Below is the TKD training schedule over Spring Break (Saturday, March 18th – Sunday, March 26th) 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.
End of the Semester Belt Test – Save the Date: Sunday, April 23rd
Please place a hold on your calendars for Sunday, April 23rd (day after the Illinois Marathon) for the end of the semester belt test. The exact time, day, and location will depend on space request approval. Additional details will be provided prior to Spring Break. 

February 2017 Announcments

[02/20/2017]

Congratulations
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:

[02/01/2017]

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!