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Tae Kwon Do, “A Korean martial art, which requires the use of only the hands and feet, without weapons.” was developed during the years of 1954-55 by General Choi Hong Hi. Its roots, however, lie in the ancient Korean martial arts of Taek Kyon and Subak.
The Choi Tae Kwon Do Club of the University of Wisconsin, Madison was started by Jack Nitschke and Carmen Alonso in 1998 after moving from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For its young age, the club already has grown large with an average practice receiving thirty or more participants. The club is dedicated to promoting individual growth through a non-competitive environment.
So, what should you expect out of an average class? Classes last around an hour and a half. The first 30-45 minutes is a workout / warmup which consists of pushups, situps, and stretching out. The second hour concentrates on technique appropriate to the individual’s experience level.
New students interested in participating in the club should simply attend one of the scheduled classes. Wear loose fitting, comfortable workout clothing (i.e. sweatpants, sweatshirt). Any questions can be emailed to any of the contact people listed in the Contact area.