The University of Pennsylvania Tae Kwon Do Club offers special classes to beginners and novices in Tae Kwon Do on Wednesday evenings. All members of the University City community interested in learning this Korean martial art, taught in a traditional setting, are welcome to attend. New and advance students train together with an emphasis on techniques and mental/physical conditioning geared toward the beginners. [ get started ]
Wether you are new to Tae Kwon Do or to martial arts all together, you are welcome to come to any or all of our classes. Students train together, from beginners to black belts, in a friendly supportive environment with no discrimination towards ability, sex, race, etc. We encourage people to come visit the club so they may decide whether it might offer them what they are looking for in a martial art.
If you have never done any martial arts before, you might want to start by coming to our Wednesday beginner classes which are geared towards the newest students. But, knowing that student's schedules are difficult, beginners are also welcome to all other classes, where they will be taught by senior students with the context of a normal class. When you come, be sure to wear comfortable exercise clothing (i.e.., sweat pants and a t-shirt) and don't worry about shoes :-)
If you already have experience in Tae Kwon Do or another martial art, you may still wish to start by coming to the Wednesday classes until you are comfortable with our club, or start right in on any of the classes scheduled. Bring your uniform and belt if you desire (especially if you hold the rank of black belt) -- ranking within our club for colored belts will be determined later, on an individual basis.
Should you have any questions not covered here or elsewhere on this web site, please feel free to contact us.
Master Felice Macera
For the fall and spring semesters, classes are held in either Houston Hall (Hous), Hill College House (Hill), Irvine Auditorium (Irvine), Vance Hall, Hoover Aud. (Vance) or the ARCH Auditorim (ARCH) « click for map », on Mon., Weds., and Fri., but please check back to this page or contact us for possible class time and/or location changes.
Fifth Degree Black Belt
Student of Master D'Amico since 1987
Third Degree Black Belt
First Degree Black Belt
Seventh Degree Black Belt
Ninth Degree Black Belt
Instructor to Master D'Amico
TAE KWON DO is a Korean martial art, which requires the use of only hands and feet, without weapons. The main goal of Tae Kwon-Do is to achieve total mind and body control.
Tae Kwon Do Aims to Achieve
Theory of Power
1) Students must bow to the flags, Sah-Bum-Nim (Instructor) and all other high-ranking belts when entering or leaving the Toe-Chang (place of practice).
2) Students must always RESPECT and OBEY the Sah-Bum-Nim and all other high-ranking belts.
3) Students must use the words "SIR" and "MAAM" when speaking to a Sah-Bum-Nim or other high-ranking belts.
4) When a Sah-Bum-Nim enters the Toe-Chang, the highest-ranking belt must call the class to attention and have the class bow.
5) There should be an absence of unnecessary conversations in the Toe-Chang.
6) Students must take class; they are not allowed to practice by themselves when class is in session.
7) When a student must leave the Toe-Chang during training, he or she must first receive permission from the Sah-Bum-Nim.
8) The Toe-Chang must always be kept clean.
|Stop||Ko-Man, Ba-Ro||Four (4)||Ni-Et|
|At Ease||Shee-Ut||Six (6)||Yo-Sut|
|Turn Around||Tiro-Dira||Seven (7)||Il-Gop|
|Place of Practice||Toe-Chang||Nine (9)||Ah-Hop|
|Thank You||Com-Sum-Nee-Da||Ten (10)||Yul|
These rules must be read and memorized. You should be able to recite them upon the instructor's request.