We are a collegiate, student-run Taekwondo club at the University of Michigan. We cater to everyone from beginners to black belts, covering sparring, forms, and conditioning. We frequently send members to participate in collegiate tournaments, but we also put an emphasis on developing everyone, whether you want to be a competitive athlete or just have fun learning something new!
Most importantly, we are a tight-knit community of friends and Taekwondo practitioners, both in and out of practice.
Our Taekwondo team follows the WT sparring rules and forms. Although we put a lot of emphasis on tournaments and competition, a lot of our members are here solely to learn a form of martial arts and just have fun!
TKD at UMICH
Here at UMTKD, it's about progress, not perfection. Regardless of your level of fitness, we're all here to kick higher and get stronger.
Bond with other people in practice, at social events, getting boba, or just anywhere! You can always count on your TKD community be there for you.
We offer 2 to 3 tournaments per semester for those who want to test their skills against other collegiate taekwondo athletes around the country.
Who can join?
Any student, faculty, or employee of the university with or without prior experience may join. The club has many experience levels, ranging from beginners to experienced instructors. Faculty, staff, and students staying for the summer may need to purchase membership through the Rec Sports Department.
How do I join?
There are no tryouts, just fill out the participation agreement on MaizePages. We welcome all experience levels, whether you have competed in national championships or do not know what a round kick is.The club generally holds an introductory class on each semester (fall, winter, and spring/summer). Contact us for more information.
What should I expect when I come to practice?
You should dress in comfortable workout clothing or a Taekwondo uniform. Taekwondo is also performed barefoot, so be ready to take off your shoes (Taekwondo specific shoes are fine). If you already have a belt, be sure to bring it!
Plan to arrive a few minutes early, so you’re ready to go when the room is ready. A typical class consists of a warmup followed by drills, stretching, and other exercises. Most of our classes have a theme, so make sure to look at the schedule.
Who leads the practices?
Club practices are always led by either our Master Instructor an experienced student instructor. See the Instructors/Officers section for more information on the club leadership.
Are there club dues?
Yes, the club dues are $185 for the fall and winter semester together or $120 for one semester. If you wish to practice during the Spring/Summer semesters, there are no dues.
What equipment is involved or required?
We provide some if not all the equipment you'll need for practice, although you are free to buy/bring your own if you prefer.
For sparring practices, mouthguards are required and males will need groin protectors (optional for females). Mouthguards can either be purchased directly from the club.
What league affiliations does the club have?
The club is affiliated with both the ECTC (Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference) and the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association (NCTA). We follow the rules and guidelines for competition and promotion from the World Taekwondo (WT).