The University of Pennsylvania Tae Kwon Do Club accepts beginners and novices in Tae Kwon Do to all classes. All members of the University City community interested in learning this Korean martial art, taught in a traditional setting, are welcome to attend any class. New and advance students train together with an emphasis on techniques and mental/physical conditioning, though beginners are usually introduce to basic technique on a one-to-one basis. [ 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, don't worry, beginners are welcome in all classes. All levels will start the class together, and beginners will break out with senior students to be taught level appropriate techniques. 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, feel free to 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 the ARCH rm304 (ARCH), Houston Hall (Hous), Hill College House (Hill), Irvine Auditorium (Irvine), or Vance Hall, Hoover Aud. (Vance) « 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. In the summer, and warm weather, we may hold classes outdoors, in which case you will find us on the green in front of College Hall.
Fifth Degree Black Belt
Student of Master D'Amico since 1987
Fourth Degree Black Belt
Second 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.