What is the Wake Forest University Tae Kwon Do Club?
The Wake Forest University Tae Kwon Do Club
is one of the oldest university recognized club sports on campus. It is
made up of WFU undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and
What do we do?
We teach and practice the Korean fighting
art of Tae Kwon Do meaning "the art of punching and kicking" (Tae means
"to kick," Kwon means "to punch," and Do means "the way"). We practice
self defense techniques, fighting combinations, traditional forms, non
traditional forms, and fighting (sparring).
Who is in the Tae Kwon Do Club?
The Club is composed of undergraduate
students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and family members of people
who are affiliated with WFU in one of these ways. The current make up
of the Tae Kwon Do Club is about 50 percent male and 50 percent female.
What will I gain from the WFU Tae Kwon Do Club?
You will gain experience in self defense
and fighting, increase physical conditioning and flexibility. You will
enjoy watching your skills and advancement as a martial artist. You may
even one day use your skills to save your life.
The WFU Tae Kwon Do Club promotes confidence,
self reliance, discipline, skill development, and leadership. We encourage
a team-oriented environment -- everyone strives to be the best he or she
can be while being supportive of classmates. Above all, your effort, dedication,
participation and performance are the deciding factors of how much you
will gain from the Wake Forest University Tae Kwon Do Club.
What is the order of belts?
No belt, White Belt, Gold Belt, Orange
Belt, Green Belt, Purple Belt, Blue Belt, Red Belt, Second Degree Brown,
First Degree Brown (with a stripe), First Degree Black, Second Degree
The reason Second Degree Brown Belt
precedes First Degree Brown Belt is based on the military system where,
for example, a second lieutenant is lower ranking than a first lieutenant.
What are the criteria for advancement?
Criteria for advancing to any belt level
are based on a student's attendance, attitude, and ability to execute proficiently
the required techniques at each belt level. At each belt level, a student
will be required to demonstrate specific self defense techniques, kicking
techniques, fighting combinations, and traditional forms. At the intermediate
level, sparring (fighting) is also required. At the advanced level, sparring
and forms put to music are also required. To advance, we require a belt
test. These opportunities are provided at the middle and end of each semester,
and once during the summer session.
Besides belt testing, how do Tae Kwon Do Club
members demonstrate ability?
The Tae Kwon Do Club participates in local,
regional, and national tournaments. At tournaments, events are broken
down by belt level, age, and sex. Tae Kwon Do Club students and instructors
compete against students and instructors from other schools in both fighting
and traditional forms.
When are students in the Tae Kwon Do Club allowed
to spar (fight)?
At the Orange Belt level (third belt)
Tae Kwon Do Club students begin sparring (fighting). It takes two belt tests
(one semester) to advance to Orange Belt. The Club believes it takes at
least until the Orange Belt level to develop proper fighting technique,
fighting combinations, flexibility, and control.
How long does it take to advance to Black Belt?
Not everyone who joins the Tae Kwon Do Club
or any other martial arts school will achieve the rank of Black Belt.
A student's attitude and attendance are critical. In becoming a Black
Belt, a student is becoming an instructor and must not only be able to
demonstrate excellence in performing Tae Kwon Do, but excellence in teaching
it as well. The minimum time to reach Black Belt is six semesters.
How much do other Tae Kwon Do / Karate schools charge?
A survey of Karate and Tae Kwon Do schools
in Winston-Salem and the surrounding area revealed that on average these
schools charged $30 to $120 a month and offered classes only twice a week
for 45 minutes to an hour and fifteen minutes per class. We charge $40 a semester for
returning students (with no uniform) and $55 a semester including a uniform and provide lessons three times
What training equipment does the WFU Tae Kwon Do Club provide?
The club provides an air conditioned dojang
(training room) with a mirrored wall and rubber coated floor with sparring
rings marked. The club also provides two heavy bags (punching bags) including
one "wave" bag, a stretch rack, padded hand targets, large padded targets,
a re-breakable board, mats for self defense, head gear, hand pads, and
foot pads. The Club also staffs many experienced Black Belt instructors.
Where do I order ultra-cool WFU Tae Kwon Do Club merchandise?
Look no further than our own Cafe Press Store, found by clicking here.
If you get a gray or white t-shirt, those can be worn on formal practice
days instead of your dobok top.
Does the Tae Kwon Do Club do breaking?
The Tae Kwon Do Club performs breaking demonstrations
at the beginning of each semester. The boards used are 3/4 to 1 inch thick
and are made of pine. The Club does not practice breaking boards, the
Club practices perfecting the punching and kicking techniques that
are capable of breaking boards.
What do my Tae Kwon Do Club fees paid and University funding go toward?
All of the University funding and one
half of the semesterly dues go back to Tae Kwon Do Club students in the form
of reimbursement for tournament fees and to help pay for Tae Kwon Do Club dinners
and club equipment. The other half of the semesterly dues and the fees for belt
testing go toward compensating the staff of instructors.
Does the WFU Tae Kwon Do Club have elected officers and what are their
The Tae Kwon Do Club has four elected officers.
The four positions are President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
Elections are held once a year during the spring semester. The officers'
responsibilities include advertising for new students, petitioning funds
from the student government, attending Club Sports meetings, and managing
the Tae Kwon Do Club's budget.