Traditional Tae Kwon Do at The Citadel
1992 - 2013
The end of the year 2013 was also the end of this class. Therefore, some of the information below is obsolete.
Other parts of this site are still of interest to students of Traditional Tae Kwon Do, including cadets taking RPED149.
for faculty and staff
Organization of this class
Time and location:
Practice twice a week. If one of the times listed doesn't fit your
schedule: you may split your memberships with other
Open to: Citadel faculty and staff
Questions: about the organization of
this particular class? Call Dr.
Unsure about Tae Kwon Do's impact on your health? Concerned about a possibly adverse physical condition? We will direct your questions to Dr. Jack Emmel, M.D.
More about "The Citadel Class" later in this document.
The following is for a first quick reading. For more information about the place of Tae Kwon Do in martial arts and about the USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association classes in the South-East, click here.
"Tae Kwon Do" stands for
the "study of kicks and punches". It is a martial art with the
obvious purpose of self-defense. However, a more valuable aspect of Tae Kwon Do
is the improvement of physical and mental fitness and health.
Regular practice develops
As the positive effects of Tae Kwon Do cover a wide range, people of all ages and genders can benefit.
The traditional non-contact style emphasizes a strictly non-violent attitude and promotes safety through self-control and precision. In order to break several inches of wood, punches and kicks have to be sharply focused. "Non-contact sparring" means that, in sparring, they are delivered so as to not touch the target but stop shortly before it - inches or millimeters, depending on the degree of proficiency.
The instructor's background *)
a) Grandmaster Duk Sung Son
Duk Sung Son
(1922-2011), founder and first president of the World Tae Kwon Do Association, 9th degree
black belt, introduced Tae Kwon Do to the
b) The USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association
After Mr. Son's retirement, the four highest-ranking active members of the WTA established the USA Tae Kwon Do Masters Association to carry on the tradition of Mr. Son's Tae Kwon Do and his teaching: Master Rubino from Texas, Master Emmel from South Carolina, Master Geoffrion from New Mexico, and Master Cahill from New York.
c) The Southeastern division
Dr. Jack Emmel,
M.D., 8th DAN, studied Tae Kwon Do under Mr. Son for more than 30 years. He
is the director of the Southeastern
Headquarters of the USATMA, in the Greater Charleston area. Hundreds of his local students
have been promoted to black belt by Mr. Son during his previous annual visits to
d) The Citadel class
Higher belts help lower belts, and teaching is part of the learning experience.
We take our students to tournaments **) :
**) We compete as individuals, not as a group. To us, tournaments are part of our learning experience, a motivation to intense practice before and a stimulant to intense practice afterwards. In this sense, participation in tournaments serves the martial art -- not vice versa.
There are additional local workshops and a summer camp for higher belts.