About 20 students gathered in the John W. Hart Building Oct. 10 to learn tae kwon do fighting techniques and life skills.
“We recite the tenants and oath to reinforce the purpose of the art and self-discipline,” said James Stakebake, a junior studying computer science.
According to the American Taekwondo Association (ATA), the martial art is a personal activity of self-improvement focusing on fitness, self-confidence and self-defense.
Each month of the year has a particular life skill assigned to it, which teaches leadership, respect, self-control or goal setting. All tae kwon do students are sposed to focus on each month’s skill.
This October, the skill of “goals in the community” is highlighted and centralized.
“I’ve studied three other martial art forms in my life,” said Chris Francisco, a junior studying forestry. “I do tae kwon do because it’s a great physical activity that works your core and legs a lot.”
According to ATA’s official website, www.ataonline.com, the only requirement for participation in tae kwon do is a willingness to try.
Mental and physical preparation take place before and during class. Participants use meditation or prayer to calm their minds, and stretching and slow purposeful movements to invigorate the body.
Tae kwon do classes are offered every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Hart 146.