April 2014 Announcements

[APRIL 7, 2014]
Self-Defense Volunteers
As mentioned after TKD class last week, I am looking for some volunteers for a self-defense workshop for Hopkins Hall on a Thursday evening in April. the event will take place on either Thursday, April 17th or Thursday, April 24th. If you are interested in helping out with the self-defense workshop than let me know via email by the end of the week and I’ll keep you updated with the exact date and other particulars.

Google+ Hang-Outs for High Belt Class available
For the last couple of high belt classes we have offered an online Google Hangout option for those higher belts that are located off-campus. If you have recently graduated and or studying abroad and have a place to train suitable for Tae Kwon Do on Sundays at 11am (Central Time). Feel free to join us as we will be in the ARC Combat Room. I can continue to email out invitations or post it to the facebook group.

[APRIL 1, 2014]
Belt Test and Potluck – Sunday, April 27th
The end of the semester belt test is scheduled for Sunday, April 27th followed by a potluck. Warm ups will start promptly at 9:30AM! 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, 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 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. Also, I would like to take an updated club picture for the website right before the test so try to be on time. Afterward, there will be a traditional potluck at my place in Savoy, IL starting as early as 5pm.

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

    • 9:30am – 10:00am : Warm-ups & basic kicks
    • 10:00am – 11:30am : white – yellow, yellow – green, green – high green
    • 11:30am – 1:00pm : high green – blue, blue – high blue, high blue – red
    • 1:00 – 2:30pm : higher belts demonstration & testing

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: 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. If you are testing for Blue Belt level or Red Belt level you need to email me a short essay about “What Blue Belt / Red Belt Means To You” prior to the test.