End of Semester Belt Test and Potluck – Saturday, April 27th

Happy Monday Everyone,

Belt Test – Saturday, April 27th
The end of the semester belt test is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th followed by a potluckWarm-ups will start promptly at 12:00 PM! Please note: this is the same day as the Illinois Marathon so there will be an increased amount of traffic and multiple roads shut down near the ARC/Memorial Stadium. If you plan on testing you must be at the warm-ups. In turn, I recommend showing up at least 20 minutes early to ensure you are there on time. If you need to drive to get to the facility leave even earlier.

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:
  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm warm-ups and basic kicks
  • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm lower and higher belt testing combined

The belt testing fee is $10 and this can be paid by cash 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 (Young Instructor) level you need to email your instructor a short essay about “What being blue belt means to you” prior to the test.

The potluck will take place at my house and begins at 5:30 PM. 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 game to play or 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.

Welcome Back, Congrats and High-Green Belt Leading Warm-Ups

Welcome back everyone,
I hope everyone had an enjoyable break and it was nice to have a few students in town to train with this past week. 

First, congratulations to our newest white belt Tyler Smiley!

TKD Class Schedule Remains the Same
  • Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm – 7:30pm
  • Saturdays 12pm – 2pm
  • Sundays 11am – 12pm (high-belt class for green belts and higher)
High-Green Belts Leading Warm-Ups
This upcoming week and in early April there will be several higher belts leading warm-ups to prepare for the young instructor level (blue belt). Please remember school rule number two and give these students the utmost respect as they challenge us physically at the beginning of class.
IU Tournament Spring 2019 Cancelled 

Indiana University notified me over spring break that their spring 2019 invitational tournament was cancelled. There is a local open adult taekwondo tournament on Saturday, August 24th in Urbana, IL. Note: this is the weekend prior to the fall term starts but I will collect additional information and share on social media for those interested.

Hope to see several of you tomorrow evening in class

Spring Break 2019 TKD Training Schedule

Reminder: Daylight Saving Time is Sunday, March 10th and there will be high belt class at 11 am in a Multi-Purpose Room nearby the Combat Room. No uniform required for our high-belt classes.
Spring Break (3/16/19 – 3/24/19) TKD Training Schedule 
  • Saturday, March 16th – NO Class
  • Monday, March 18th – Class 6 pm – 7:30 pm in the Combat Room
  • Wednesday, March 20th – Class 6 pm – 7:30 pm in the Combat Room
  • Saturday, March 23rd – Class 12 pm – 2 pm in the Combat Room
Note: There will not be a Sunday high-belt class during Spring Break
Arriving Late – Perform the Late Warm-up Sequence
Please try to arrive on time for class. However, this is a reminder if you do arrive late to TKD class (after the class has finished the initial jumping jacks) please perform the late warm-up sequence, bow in and join the class. The late warm-up sequence is 50 jumping jacks, 50 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, and 50 leg lifts. It is extremely important to warm-up the body before beginning kicking drills and martial arts training.