|Tae Kwon Do||Location|
|Monday||6:00pm – 7:20pm||Linus Pauling|
|Tuesday||6:45am – 7:15am Morning Run||See Instructor|
|Wednesday||6:00pm – 7:20pm||Linus Pauling|
|Friday||6:45am – 7:15am Morning Run||See Instructor|
|Saturday||See Instructor||See Instructor|
What to Expect
Tae Kwon Do is focused on stand-up fighting, especially with the use of powerful kicks to attack from a distance. But also with a mix of hand techniques and simple self-defense techniques to defend and attack at close range as well.
Tae Kwon Do is a very aerobic martial art and the physical demands engender strength, balance, and fitness. In addition, the practice of Tae Kwon Do stresses the mental skills of focus and control.
Class usually begins with warm-up exercises consisting of a short run, sit-ups, push-ups and then stretching. Class then proceeds to “Basics”, a set of 15 basic exercises consisting of various kicks, punches and blocks performed as a class.
After warm-up and basics, the class proceeds to forms (a structured series of moves different for each belt level), 3-step (a one-on-one counter-attack practice) and freestyle sparring. Occassionally, one of these three activities will be skipped or shortened to allow for a rotating set of additional execrises that stress fundamentals: side-kick and roundhouse-kick exercises, one-on-one kicking, self-defense techniques, extra kicks, hand and foot targeting practice, board breaking, heavy-bag work, light bag, and others.
What to Bring
For the first few classes, loose fitting clothing is acceptable. In order to proceed to yellow belt, a gi will be required. We wear traditional white karate gis (not the pullover shirt style TKD gis) which can be ordered through the instructor or online for relatively little cost.
For freestyle sparring, we highly recommend a mouth guard, but no protective equipment is required. All sparring is “no-contact”.
Oregon Pound Tae Kwon Do is descended from a more traditional style of Korean Martial Arts, stressing no-contact sparring rather than full-contact sparring for example. While our school is not directly affiliated with any other organizations, our style and content are heavily influenced by the World Tae Kwon Do Association.
Poul, 5th dan, is the head instructor for the Oregon Pound Tae Kwon Do class. Poul began TKD in 1985 under Glen Sweeney and became the head instructor in 2003.
Jeff was promoted to 3rd dan in 2013 and is an assistant instructor.
Musa was promoted to 1st dan in 2014 and is an assistant instructor.