Classes

Schedule

Club Practice

Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Martial Arts Room in the Recreational Sports Center (RSC 1.138) from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Prospective members have the opportunity to attend classes free of charge during our Open House practices, offered at the start of every semester. Specific dates are announced on our Facebook page. We generally do not accept new members later in the school year.

Texas Taekwondo is a student organization sponsored by the Division of Recreational Sports. It is open to all UT Austin students, staff, and faculty with a RecSports membership (RecSports membership is generally included as part of full-time students’ fees).

Fitness Classes

Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.

Competition Team Practice

All members of the competition team are required to attend all the club and fitness practices scheduled above.

Poomsae Classes

For those wanting to learn traditional Taekwondo forms (set patterns of movements and techniques), poomsae classes are offered on Saturdays at 9 am in the Recreational Sports Center (RSC 1.138).

Equipment

Sport Taekwondo requires specialized equipment as part of scoring and in order to minimize injuries. Members who have paid their semester dues are eligible to borrow sparring gear, though we also offer the opportunity for members to purchase their own at wholesale rates. We also lend out uniforms and belts when they are needed. Below is a list of gear required for regular class and competition:

  • Hogu (chest protector)
  • Head Gear
  • Mouthpiece*
  • Forearm/Elbow Guards
  • Shin/Instep Guards
  • Groin Cup* (men only)
  • Comfortable workout clothes* (regular practices)
  • WTF-approved uniform and belt (tournaments only)

* Must be supplied by members individually. Mouthpieces and cups are available for purchase at wholesale prices through the club at various points in the semester.

Our Sport

We practice Olympic-style Taekwondo sparring, also known as Sport Taekwondo. The sparring tournaments in which we compete are governed by World Taekwondo, and many are sanctioned by USA Taekwondo, the national governing body for Taekwondo. Every year, Texas Taekwondo sends a team of competitors to the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association Championships, a USAT-sanctioned event for collegiate Taekwondo practitioners of all levels.

Benefits

Our members join Texas Taekwondo for various reasons:

  • Learn basic Taekwondo hand and foot techniques
  • Improve their overall physical conditioning
  • Achieve mental focus and discipline
  • Practice techniques applicable to self-defense situations
  • Develop and advance their skill in competitive sparring
  • Represent the University of Texas at state, national, and international competitions
  • Have fun while forming long-lasting friendships

New Members

We understand that many prospective members are hesitant to join a collegiate club or competitive sport because they’ve “never done it before.” Historically, over half of our active members have had no previous martial arts experience whatsoever; in fact, many end up medaling at Collegiates the same year that they join. Our goal is to make sure that everyone receives the instruction they need to excel, regardless of their skill level or previous belts. We ensure that all members have the opportunity to succeed in their divisions but are also challenged appropriately.

Competitive Team

For those who wish who represent UT at the collegiate level and are willing to train outside of regular practice days, we offer the opportunity to join a select group of student-athletes who sweat, bleed, and kick together in pursuit of becoming the best collegiate Taekwondo fighters in the nation. If you are interested, please ask the coaches for additional information at the start of the semester regarding tryouts.

Fitness Camp

Fitness camp is offered to those club members who want more cardio or strength training beyond club practice. These practices are not mandatory like team practices, but are aimed at helping students who want to become more competitive in Taekwondo, struggle with weight loss, or suffer from injuries due to strength and mobility issues.

Private Lessons

In addition to club practices and fitness camp, students who seek individualized attention may schedule private lessons with our Texas Taekwondo coach anytime from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.