MUSC Wellness Center
Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do at the MUSC Wellness Center
Monday 7:15 pm-8:45 pm and Friday 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Crows Nest Group Exercise Studio
For Information Call-843-792-5757
Tae Kwon Do is the modern derivation of older Korean martial arts. It means the study of kicks and punches. As such, no weapons are used. Being practically based on the tiger, it is strong fast and powerful. Taught traditionally, it utilizes non-contact sparring to underscore safety and nonviolence. All components of training are used to work through the “martial” and on to the “art.” Since classes follow traditional training and non-contact sparring, an inclusive climate is created. Students include youngsters (six and over), teenagers, men and women of all ages, couples and entire families. Whether underweight, overweight, coordinated, uncoordinated, in shape, out of shape, shy or assertive, all are encouraged to join. The training itself will develop and improve coordination, help adjust weight, promote fitness, develop strength, self-confidence and assertiveness, and promote a quiet mind.
Training begins with mild running, followed by stretching, basic movements, forms, three-step practice sparring, freestyle noncontact sparring, self-defense techniques, and special applications. The training is designed to develop the five basic components required of an accomplished martial artist: balance, accuracy, speed, power and focus. Alan H. Johnson, Ph.D., 6th Dan Black Belt, began his study of Tae Kwon Do in 1979. He has been teaching Tae Kwon Do to children and adults since 1982 and began teaching at the MUSC Wellness Center in the Fall of 1988.