On June 30th, 2018 Bruce Taekwondo Academy had a few families travel to Bloomington, IL to compete at the Walker’s Tournament of Champions! We are very proud of our competitors! As usual they represented BTKDA and Iowa with professionalism and good sportsmanship. Special thanks to Master Ally Edwards for her leadership and commitment!! Tournament Stats: Kadija 1st in Forms, 3rd in Breaking Parker 1st in Forms, 1st in Breaking, 1st in Sparring Wow!! Bella 2nd
BTKDA had a great morning of color belt testing today. We are very proud of all of our students that practiced hard and earned their next rank in Taekwondo! Congratulations to our BTKDA testers!!
Over the past weekend we had 16 athletes and their families travel to Decatur, IL to compete in the Midwest TKD Championships. As our fearless leader Grand Master Bruce said “My students displayed what the world needs more of; kindness to each other, love for one another, respect towards all, acceptance of ALL, celebrations of victory, and empathy towards ones defeat and struggles. These mannerisms were not only displayed between their team mates but other
We believe that discipline is a freedom. It should be understood by members that the purpose of these rules is primarily to ensure maximum benefit from the study of Taekwondo. The basic principles found in these rules have been a part of Taekwondo from its inception. 1. Bow to the flags and your instructor when entering and leaving the school. This is to show courtesy and respect. 2. Do not enter or leave class without permission
The Last Stage before Black Belt which in essence means to be Prepared for a whole New Beginning ALL Taegeuk Forms Taegeuk Il Jang Taegeuk Yi Jang Taegeuk Sam Jang Taegeuk Sa Jang Taegeuk Oh Jang Taegeuk Yook Jang Taegeuk Chil Jang Taegeuk Pal Jang Belt Color Definition: Signifies the heat of the sun which helps the plant grow. Knowledge of Taekwondo is what will allow students to progress to this rank. Students are
Taegeuk Pal Jang Gon Earth – The Earth is that from which all life springs, matures, and dies. Things take life from gon; they grow from it, drawing limitless energy from it. Gon is defined as being completely receptive. Its metaphysics is pure yang. The earth is where the creative force of heaven and light (keon) is realized into physical form. The earth is always wordless; it hugs and grows everything. Belt Color
Taegeuk Pal Jang Gon Earth – The Earth is that from which all life springs, matures, and dies.Things take life from gon; they grow from it, drawing limitless energy from it. Gon is defined as being completely receptive. Its metaphysics is pure yang. The earth is where the creative force of heaven and light (keon) is realized into physical form. The earth is always wordless; it hugs and grows everything. Belt Color
Taegeuk Chil Jang Gan Mountains – will always look majestic, no matter the size. This Poomse should be performed with the feeling that all movements are this majestic and deserved to be praised. Belt Color Definition: Brown represents the earth. Here the student must work to till the soil of the martial arts, to dig out the riches of knowledge needed to reach the next level in Tae Kwon Do. Self Defense
Taegeuk Yook Jang Gam (23 movements) Water – Water can move a mountain. The movements of this poomse should be performed like water, sometimes standing still like water in a lake, sometimes thriving as a river. Belt Color Definition: Signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwondo progresses. Self Defense (Hosinsul): (elbow grabs) #25 Single front elbow grab – As the attacker grabs your elbow,
Taegeuk Oh Jang Seon (20 movements) Wind – although there are horrible and destructive winds, such as the typhoon, hurricane, and tornado, the wind’s true nature is gentle but penetrating. The wind teaches humility and good-natured actions. Like a gentle breeze, this form is simple. Yet like a storm, it is strong and powerful. Belt Color Definition: Signifies the Heaven towards which the plant matures into a towering tree as training in Taekwondo
Taegeuk Sa Jang Jin (20 movements) Thunder comes for the sky and is absorbed by the earth. Thunder is one of the most powerful natural forces, circling, gyrating. This Taegeuk should be performed with this in mind. Belt Color Definition: Signifies the plant’s growth as Taekwondo skills begin to develop. Self Defense (Hosinsul): (choke from the front and back) #17 Double throat grab from the front – make a large circular motion
Taegeuk Sam Jang Ri (20 movements) Fire – Fire contains a lot of energy. Fire helped man to survive, but on the other hand had some catastrophically results. This form should be performed rhythmically, with some outbursts of energy. Belt Color Definition: Signifies the plant’s growth as Taekwondo skills begin to develop. Self Defense (Hosinsul): (front lapel and shirt grab) #13 Single lapel grab – circle your arm inside opponents grabbing arm
Taegeuk Yi Jang Tae (18 movements) Lake or Joyfulness. In the depths of the lake are treasures and mysteries. The movements of this poomse should be performed knowing that man has limitations, but that we can overcome these limitations. This should lead to feeling of joy, knowing that we can control our future. Belt Color Definition: Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwondo foundation is laid.
Taegeuk Il Jang Keon (18 movements) Keon means Heaven. The first Taegeuk is the beginning of all Poomse. The associated trigram represents yang (heaven, light) therefore, this poomse should be performed with the greatness of Heaven. Belt Color Definition: Signifies the earth from which a plant sprouts and takes root as the Taekwondo foundation is laid. Self-Defense (Hosinsul): (single and double wrist grab with takedown and finish) #5 Single same side front
Meaning of Taekwondo: Tae means, “To strike with feet” Kwon means, “To strike with hand or fist” Do means, “Way” or “Art” Taekwondo literally means “The Art or Way of the Hand and Foot” Taekwondo is a Korean Martial Art. It is a form of mental as well as physical training. Tae Kwon Do incorporates many facets such as self defense, flexibility, discipline, fitness and confidence building. Tenants of Taekwondo: Courtesy