The Tae Kwon Do Club at UCF was founded in 2001 in an effort to encourage and promote martial arts on the UCF campus. There were other martial arts clubs on campus as well at the time, but none offered the exact same style that our founder Chris Ekberg had studied. Since that time our club has gone through many changes. We were originally a daughter school to the Family Martial Arts Center in Mount Dora Florida. Our students would go to this school for special instructional seminars and for testing under their Master Instructor, Master Gary Wayne.
Our club has since broke affiliations with the Family Martial Arts Center and has become an independent club. We realized that what many people in the UCF community wanted in a martial arts club was not necessarily a formal school atmosphere, but a place to learn, train, trade ideas and methodologies while at the same time perfecting what they were learning. We are attempting to fill this role for advanced students while also providing a traditional learning atmosphere for those new to martial arts.
For new students we provide the ability to test, and to learn a systemized style of martial arts. We also attempt to embrace the diversity between the different styles of Tae Kwon Do by allowing those that have studied under different styles or similar martial arts (ITF, WTF, ATA, Tang Soo Do, Hapkido, etc) to bring to class what they have learned and share with the group so that experienced and new can gain knowledge from the synthesis of many perspectives.
We feel that by providing a traditional atmosphere, but also embracing some diversity of ideas that we can provide our members with a very unique and special experience that is difficult to come by in any other environment.If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please come and join us for a class and try the club out for yourself.New Student Information Packet
Tae Kwon Do is the most popular Korean martial art. It was officially founded by General Choi in 1955. Since then Tae Kwon Do has exploded in popularity and is practiced all around the world. In general, the art focuses on kicks thrown from a mobile stance. Training also consists of a variety of hand striking techniques and blocks, but usually will not emphasize grappling.
Tae - To kick or to smash with the foot
Kwon - To punch or to strike with the hand
Do - The way or art of
Literally translated, Tae Kwon Do means "The way of kicking and punching."
In 2000 Tae Kwon Do was recognized as an official olympic event. More information for olympic Tae Kwon Do can be found at the World Taekwondo Federation website.
The tenets of Tae Kwon Do reflect that Tae Kwon Do is not only a physical discipline, but also a mental one. They are:
4. Self Control
5. Indomitable Spirit