Harvard Taekwondo Club
Contact: Memie Osuga ([email protected])
Student-Run Website: http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~htkd
Overview: Harvard Taekwondo (HTKD), formerly known as the Harvard World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), was started in 1999 by six black belts looking to train in the World Taekwondo (WT) style. Harvard Taekwondo is currently the only taekwondo club on campus, and competes in both poomsae (forms) and kyurogi (sparring) in the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference (ECTC), the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association (NCTA) and other events. Harvard Taekwondo also has a demonstration team, which perform increasingly popular Taekwondo demonstration sequences at various cultural events on campus.
Taekwondo (pronounced “teh kwon doh”) is a martial art that has its origins in Korea. Though Taekwondo literally means “the way of the hand and foot,” the sport relies mainly on kicks – stationary, spinning and jumping – using punches and body placement to set up its powerful kicks.