What is Tae Kwon Do?
Benefits of Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do at RPI
TKD characters



If you have any additional questions, please contact the president of the club:

Sean Kim, kims20 at rpi.edu

Is Tae Kwon Do really an effective fighting style?

The short answer to this question is yes, it is. The first thing most students realize is how unprepared they really were for a physical confrontation. As one beginning student has put it: "Wow, I'm really not Chuck Norris ..."

Right away, you will feel yourself become more coordinated, stronger, and better able to read the movements of others. This progression will improve from semester to semester until the techniques learned in class become second nature.

What is the time commitment?

In order to effectively progress in the art, students encouraged to come to class twice a week most weeks. Students that are only able to make one practice a week can still progress, but they should also expect to have to put more effort into practicing their forms and techniques out of class. Expect to spend a minimum of three hours a week, which will include time for changing and warming up.

How much does it cost?

The cost for a semester of instruction is $100, which is the flat rate that all students at RPI pay to participate in a martial art. Students must have a uniform to practice in, which they may purchase independently or through the club for $30. A final cost is the promotion test, which is $75 and goes directly to Master Grant.

What is the chance that I will be hurt?

First, we must make a distinction between getting hurt and getting injured. Getting hurt doesn't feel good; getting injured means bodily harm that affects subsequent practices and outside life. Getting punched while sparring, beong kicked while conditioning, or doing pushups on your knuckles probably won't feel good, but it's temporary pain. We are very careful not to push activities so far that students will actually injure themselves or each other. Remember: we are here to practice, and we can't do that when we're broken.

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