The MSU Taekwondo Club offers an opportunity for members of the MSU community to study the art of taekwondo. The club allows practitioners a chance to explore the mental, physical, and spiritual demands of the art. Individuals will be introduced to the many facets of taekwondo as an art form, including kibondongjak (basic techniques), poomsae (forms) and kyorugi (sparring.) As participants become more experienced and are able to meet the criteria, they will be invited to promote within the taekwondo ranking system. With each rank, students will find new information, new responsibility, and new challenges. Advanced students will be encouraged to study other facets of taekwondo, including its roots in Asia, modern practice methodology, taekwondo as a sport, and much more.
Taekwondo is a modern Korean martial art organized in the 1950’s. Although taekwondo continually evolves, it is derived from ancient fighting arts indigenous to Korea and its neighbors. The name of the art refers directly to its nature, and is composed of three Korean words. The first, “tae,” means ‘kicking’. “Kwon” means punching. “Do” means ‘way of.’ The word “taekwondo” therefore translates to mean ‘the way of kicking and punching.’
The practice of taekwondo develops the body through rigorous physical training. It develops the mind by imparting systems of etiquette, learning, and reason. It also develops the spirit, by requiring each individual to face and overcome weaknesses and difficulties. All three of these will serve to strengthen the taekwondo practitioner, both inside and outside the dojang (training hall).
The MSU taekwondo program was founded by Jongoon “Jay” Kim in 1960, and is one of the oldest taekwondo programs in the country. Participants are encouraged to seek a balance benefiting their martial art skill, work, academics, and overall well-being. MSU taekwondo practitioners strive to better themselves by seeking excellence in all things, not perfection.
Affiliations: The MSU Taekwondo Club is a member of USA Taekwondo and the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association. All instructors hold certification through the Kukkiwon, which is the international governing body for taekwondo instruction.