Saturday Belt Test/Potluck Reminder & Finals and Winter Break Training

Saturday, December 9th Belt Test and Potluck Reminder
Excited about the upcoming belt test this Saturday, December 9th in the ARC Combat Room. Warm-ups will start promptly at 10:00 AM. 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, those participating in the second test 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 9 AM on the weekends so 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. Due to the number of white belts testing the yellow-green belt testing has been moved to the second test.

Belt Test Schedule:
  • 10:00 am – 10:45 am | warm-ups and basic kicks
  • 10:45 am – 12:15 pm | white-yellow belt testing
  • 12:15 pm – 1:45 pm | yellow-green / red-high red belt testing
  • 1:45 pm – 2:00 pm | belt test promotion ceremony
Potluck
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 spouse/significant other. Also, if you are attending sign-up to bring an item using the shared Google spreadsheet so that everyone doesn’t end up bring chips.
No Class on Monday, December 11th 
The Shotokan Karate clubs graciously allowed us to use their space reservation this Saturday for our belt test. In turn, we have canceled our TKD practice on Monday, December 11th so that they can use the space. Belt Test results will be announced on Saturday after the higher belt test. Regular TKD classes resume on Wednesday, December 13th.
Finals Week and Winter Break Schedule
Regular TKD classes scheduled during Finals Week
  • Saturday, December 16th at 12 PM
  • Monday, December 18th at 6 PM
  • Wednesday, December 20th at 6 PM
From Friday, December 22nd – January 7th the ARC will be closed and TKD practice will be held at CRCE in an available multi-purpose room.
  • Saturday, December 23rd 12 PM
  • No TKD Class December 25th – January 1st
  • Wednesday, January 3rd at 6 PM
  • Saturday, January 6th at 12 PM
Starting on Monday, January 8th we will resume TKD classes at the ARC Combat Room as the same days/times as the fall term (Mondays 6pm, Wednesdays 6pm, and Saturday 12pm).
There will not be Sunday high-belt class during Finals week or Winter Break.
See several of you in class tonight!

Congrats to Tournament Champions & Belt Test/Potluck Reminder

I hope everyone is having a terrific Fall Break. Below are a few announcements:

Congrats Kirsten and Oleksiy
This past Saturday two of our club students competed in the Midwest Open TaeKwonDo Championships in Decatur, IL. Both Kirsten and Oleksiy earned first place in their division in forms! Oleksiy earned second place in his division in sparring! Also, Kirsten was crowned Grand Champion in forms!

Belt Test – Saturday, December 9th
The location for the end of the semester belt test has been confirmed! As previously announced the belt test is scheduled for Saturday, December 9th in the ARC Combat Room. Warm-ups will start promptly at 10:00 AM! 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 9 AM on the weekends so 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 
  • 12:15pm – 12:30 [time permitting black belt demonstration/board breaking]
  • 12:30pm – 2:00pm higher belt testing 
Fee
The belt testing fee is $10 and this can be paid by 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.
Potluck:
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 spouse/significant other. Also, if you are attending sign-up to bring an item using the shared Google spreadsheet so that everyone doesn’t end up bring chips.

Enjoy the time with family and friends and I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving

Fall Break Training Schedule

Congrats
Congratulations to our newest student Qiuying Yang!

Free-Sparring Class Tomorrow
Those that haven’t left campus yet and are interested in helping those participating in the tournament there is a free-sparring class tomorrow (Friday, November 17th) ~5 p.m. We will meet in the Combat Room and relocate if that space is too crowded. Also, help me in wishing those that are traveling and competing this Saturday good luck.

Fall Break Training Schedule (Saturday 11/18/17 – Sunday 11/26/17):

  • Saturday, November 18th – NO CLASS (TKD Tournament in Decatur, IL)
  • Monday, November 20th 6:00pm-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 22nd – NO CLASS
  • Saturday, November 25th – NO CLASS

The ARC will be closed during Fall break so the above Monday training time will be held at the CRCE facility in an available MPR. The ARC reopens Monday, November 27th and our regular training schedule will resume at that time. 

Saturday, December 9th Belt Test Reminder
The end of the semester belt test is scheduled for Saturday, December 9th followed by a club potluck dinner at my home.

The following students have expressed interest in testing this term: Kathleen, Danielle, Carli, Aditi, Adam, Yuki, Qiuying, Gary, Jim, Elizabeth, Becky, Max, Kirsten, Kevin, and Oleksiy. If other students are interested in participating let me know by November 27th. 

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. More testing details and potluck information will be shared after the break.

Candice Solomon-Strutz