History of Tae Kwon Do Glossary of Terms Photos Links

Tae Kwon Do is a relatively new Korean martial art though its roots are hundreds of years old. Loosely translated Tae Kwon Do means "Way of the Hands and Feet". Tae Kwon Do is a hard and linear style. It uses strong blocks, punches, and kicks to disable an opponent. One facet that distinguishes Tae Kwon Do from other martial arts are the quick and powerful kicking techniques for which Korean arts are known. Tae Kwon Do has several physical and mental benefits. Conditioning, building endurance, and developing muscle tone are just a few of the physical benefits. Increased concentration and focus are just some of the mental benefits.

Classes are taught at RPI by Master Ray Boccagna, a 5th degree black belt in the art. The RPI club is run under heading by Master Daniel Grant, a 6th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, who runs a school in Hudson, New York.

Classes consist of a 15 minute warmup and stretching period before class. Generally classes begin with practicing series of different blocks, strikes, and kicks. Forms are then practiced which build balance and proper technique. One steps are practiced in which a rapid series of strikes, kicks, blocks, throws, and joint locks are executed against an attack. Some free sparring is also done to build speed, timing, and quick reactions.

The club meets in the Armory Basement every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:45 pm to 7:15 pm.

Our club welcomes all ranks of martial artists. From beginners to those with much more experience - we believe that we have something to offer everyone. If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by during class to see us or contact us via email.

Questions or comments about the club?
Eric Carasze (carase@rpi.edu), President

Bryan Swarthout, Vice President

Certain images on this page were taken Courtesy of the Clemson University Tae Kwon Do Club