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2004 Archive

These notices appeared on our web site during the year and were moved off as they became obsolete. They are in reverse order -- most recent to oldest -- except for the calendar of events, which is at the end. Links were good at the time we posted them, but they often go bad after a while -- we don't guarantee them.

News

See our calendar for our holiday schedule and other events. Master Kim and Master Shepler will be away until the new year. Instructors will teach classes.

Congratulations to Sang Won, who was just accepted early to Columbia University!
Sang Won is a 3rd degree black belt and a senior at Langley High School.

Gifts Sale

Master Kim is offering a selection of quality Century martial arts products for sale for the Tae Kwon Do student in your life! Items include picture frames, key chains, breaking boards, kicking targets, stuffed animals, and belt display racks. See the poster in our waiting room or click here.

Order forms will be in the waiting room, or click here to view and print one. Leave your completed form and check in the specially marked box in Master Kim’s office. Shipping is included in the price.

News

Congratulations to Sean, who received his black belt at our November belt test!

Congratulations to Sang Won, who was just accepted early to Columbia University!

November belt test

The next belt test is scheduled for Friday, November 19, 2004. Please get your completed application, check, and (children only) copy of your latest report card to one of the Masters or Instructors BEFORE the test day.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Children, white belt to light blue belt
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. All adults plus children dark blue belt to black belt

There will be no classes during the tests. Be on time and look sharp. Bring sparring equipment to the test. Click on "promotion" on the side bar for help getting ready for the test.

Holiday Gifts Sale Extended!

Just in time for the holidays! Master Kim is offering a selection of quality Century martial arts products for sale for the Tae Kwon Do student in your life! Items include picture frames, key chains, breaking boards, kicking targets, stuffed animals, and belt display racks. See the poster in our waiting room or click here.
http://www.shkimtkd.com/tkdgifts.pdf

Order forms will be in the waiting room, or click here to view and print one. Leave your completed form and check in the specially marked box in Master Kim’s office. Please place your order by November 17, 2004 for delivery before Christmas. Shipping is included in the price.
http://www.shkimtkd.com/ordform.pdf

News

We will be open on Columbus Day. See our calendar of events.

Holiday Gifts

Just in time for the holidays! Master Kim is offering a selection of quality Century martial arts products for sale for the Tae Kwon Do student in your life! Items include picture frames, key chains, breaking boards, kicking targets, stuffed animals, and belt display racks. See the poster in our waiting room.

Order forms <http://www.shkimtkd.com/ordform.pdf> will be in the waiting room. Leave your completed form and check in the specially marked box in Master Kim’s office. Please place your order by October 30, 2004 for delivery before Thanksgiving.

September belt test

The September belt test was full of excitement. There were tornado warnings all over the area while we were all safe and sound in the basement busy with promotion tests. The children's test was huge! It was so great seeing all those white belts taking their first ever tests. The look of surprise when they broke boards was precious. The first test ran a little longer than we had planned, but everyone was very patient and cooperative and it all turned out well.

After the first test, we had two special events. First, brand new black belt Daniel received his belt, certificate, medal, and pin. He gave a wonderful acceptance speech, which he graciously allowed us to repeat here. Some of the spelling was changed to match our school's spelling of Korean terms:

First I would like to thank Master Laura, Master Kim, Master Shepler, and Master Vicky. Next, I would like to thank my parents for taking me to class and supporting me.

It's been a great experience participating in Tae Kwon Do. I have learned kicking techniques, poomse, and how to break boards. I have also learned discipline, control, and focus.

I have gained courage and confidence. I am not afraid of things that I used to be afraid of. I will carry the lessons I have learned in Tae Kwon Do forever. Thank you.

Instructors Laura and Vicky would especially like to thank Daniel for their "promotion" to the rank of Master! We hope it gives Master Kim some ideas!

Afterward, Master Kim introduced Master Vern Williams. He came to watch our test and to give a little talk. Master Williams trained in the same line of TKD as Masters Kim and Shepler, under Grandmaster Ki Whang Kim. He told us he started out in Tae Kwon Do because he wanted to be able to kick down a house! But, what surprised him was learning patience. Martial arts have become a part of his life. It even helps him with his other job: teaching math at Longfellow Middle School. Facing a room full of young teenagers at school is not so scary after you've taught taekwondo!

The second test was much smaller -- only about 14 adults and high belt children. We all enjoyed this test, though it was tiring watching the student testing for black belt! We also had 2 children black belts taking gup tests in preparation for their 2nd dan test. And the grand finale was watching Instructor Song taking his gup test! It is too bad ALL our students didn't get to see him -- he was the perfect example of putting 100% effort into his test.

Master Kim announced that belts will be awarded in regular classes over the next week. Congratulations to all our students!

September belt test

The next belt test is scheduled for Friday, September 17, 2004. Please get your completed application, check, and (children only) copy of your latest report card to one of the Masters or Instructors BEFORE the test day.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Children, white belt to light blue belt
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. All adults plus children dark blue belt to black belt

There will be no classes during the tests. Be on time and look sharp. Bring sparring equipment to the test. Click on "promotion" on the side bar for help getting ready for the test.

News

Master Shepler will be out August 24 through September 9. Instructor Linnell will teach the Monday/Thursday morning classes beginning August 30 until the master returns.

News

The 7:40 p.m. black belt classes have been temporarily suspended. Please direct any questions to Master Kim.

Master Shepler will be out August 24 through September 9. Instructor Linnell will teach the Monday/Thursday morning classes beginning August 30 until the master returns. There will be no 11 a.m. class on Thursday, August 26, 2004.

Olympic Taekwondo

"The Olympic Taekwondo competition will be held from August 26 to 29 (Days 13-16) at the Faliro Coastal Zone Olympic Complex, Sports Pavilion, which has a seating capacity for approximately 8,000 spectators." Source: www.ustu.org

News

Goodbye Master Seo. Saturday, July 31, 2004, was Master Seo's last day with our school. He will be returning to Korea and hopes to set up his own school there some day. He promised never to forget us and asked that we all remember his name (Seo Kyeong Oh) and work hard in taekwondo. He was a wonderful addition to our school and will be sorely missed by us all. We wish him a safe return home and the best of luck.

We will be closed Labor Day weekend, September 4-6, 2004.

Poomse CD-Rom installation

Student Jim P. offers us this helpful advice for setting up your poomse CD ROM:

1. Place the CD ROM in proper drive and follow prompts to install
2. Disregard instructions to register with idance (unless you can read Korean)
3. When prompt asks to launch Taekwondo Player, reply "yes"
4. If three files appear on a prompt, double left-click "taekwondo Player"
5. Otherwise, pick the poomse on the right (by number) and select class on the left
6. Use controls at bottom to play, pause, replay etc.
7. Place the pointer on the screen and move it about to change the perspective of the view (eg. view from above, behind or either side)

If you have a problem with these directions, email the webmaster who willl put you in touch with Jim. He has generously agreed to help you by phone. "The CD is very cool and helpful," says Jim.

July Belt test

The belt test held on Friday, July 16, 2004, was a relatively small one. The a/c held up to the smaller crowd, making the whole evening very pleasant. As always, the tiniest martial artists were adorable showing off their newly learned skills and all the students worked hard to be their best.

At the second test, we had the honor of watching an eight year old boy test for black belt. Not only was he able to execute any of the ten poomse called out by the master, but he had also memorized all the kicking combinations. Whether it was combination "purple belt #2" or "red #1" or "green #2," he remembered the kicks and sequences and executed them to the best of his ability. Despite the grueling tests of endurance, he kept up his smile and was an inspiration to all.

Between the two tests, four children - James, Drew, Grant, and James - received their first dan black belts! Each one gave a wonderful speech. Seven year old Drew was kind enough to share his with us:

First of all, I would like to say thank you to Master Kim, Master Seo, Master [Shepler], and Instructor Vicky. I have really enjoyed doing Tae Kwon Do for over 3 years and I have learned many valuable things such as you should never give up. That has helped me in school and other sports. I have also learned that once I set a goal for myself, that if I work hard I will achieve it. It is an honor to receive a black belt from your school.

Finally, Master Kim introduced Master Seo's fiancée, who is also a taekwondo master and is also named Master Kim (no relation to Soon Ho Kim). She is visiting from Korea and has been assisting Master Seo in class recently. Please join us in welcoming her to our school and our country. We hope she has a wonderful time here.

Belt test

The next belt test is scheduled for Friday, July 16, 2004. Please get your completed application, check, and (children only) copy of your latest report card to one of the Masters BEFORE the test day.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Children, white belt to blue belt
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. All adults plus children red belt to black belt

There will be no classes during the tests. Be on time and look sharp. Bring sparring equipment to the test.

News

We now have for sale a CD-ROM with all the tae geuk poomse and the first three black belt forms! You get to choose one of five characters (or all 5 in a group) and one of five locations (outside, in a dojang, etc.) as the setting and then can watch the form from different angles. It has a cool, 3-D look to it. Makes a great gift and will help you prepare for your next belt test! See Master Kim to purchase one today! Supplies are limited.

Soon we will be adding a family class at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This will be taught by Master Kim. Kids, this will be your chance to bring Mom and Dad to class and have them try taekwondo. Tell them to wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as sweats, and to leave their jewelry at home and their shoes in the changing room. Maybe they'll like it so much, they'll sign up to learn taekwondo with you! Just think, you get to spar with your parents and not get in trouble! Well, as long as the Master tells you to spar. Watch for announcements here and at the school and get ready for family fun!

News

Master Kim decided to keep the school open during the Independence Day weekend. So work off those extra calories by coming to class on Saturday (7/3) and Monday (7/5)!

The 11:00 a.m. class on July 5th is canceled.

News

We're making improvements to our web site. Check out our taekwondo photos by clicking on "Photo Albums" on the side bar. McLean Day 2004 photos have just been added!

McLean Day

McLean Day 2004 was held on Saturday, May 15, at Lewinsville Park. Our demonstration team performed at 1:00 p.m. on the showmobile. Classes were canceled to allow staff and students to attend the show. Our demo team consisted of Master Seo, Eric, Donald, Alex, Billy, Stefano, Christian, Young-Joon, Song, Hanna, JJ, and Laura. Master Kim was our emcee. Click here to see get to the photo album. If you took any shots of the performance that you'd like to share, please email them to us using the address on the "contact us" page. Thanks!

Sparring Equipment Wanted

A parent would like to buy used, but good, sparring equipment for a six year old. If you would like to sell or trade with this family, contact us via email and we will put you in touch.

May Belt Test

Over 100 students attended the May 14, 2004 belt test. The test was divided into a children's low belt test and a children's high belt and all adults test. It was a warm evening and the a/c had a hard time keeping up!

Between the tests, Master Kim presented adult students Peter and Laura their first dan black belts, medals, and school black belt pins. They both worked very hard for this honor and we salute and congratulate them. Laura is training to be an instructor at our school and we hope Peter will consider this vocation, too.

At the second test, five students tested for black belt. It was a grueling test, especially in the heat. Master Kim was very pleased with their performance. Many of us were surprised to learn later that two of our black belt candidates are in first grade! Six year old James and seven year old Drew had to memorize 10 poomse in addition to mastering all the skills and techniques required at their level. Bravo!

McLean Day

McLean Day 2004 was held on Saturday, May 15, at Lewinsville Park. Our demonstration team performed at 1:00 p.m. on the showmobile. Classes were canceled to allow staff and students to attend the show. Our demo team consisted of Master Seo, Eric, Donald, Christian, Stefano, James, Young-Joon, Yong-Wook, Chul-Woong, Laura, Judah, Song, and Billy. Master Kim was our emcee. We hope to post photos soon. If you took any shots of the performance that you'd like to share, please email them to us using the address on the "contact us" page. Thanks!

Taekwondo Demonstration

On Sunday, May 9, there will be a martial arts demonstration at the Smithsonian by Master Seo and our demo team at 4:00. The Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Festival is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Heritage Council <http://www.apahcinc.org/> and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program <http://www.apa.si.edu/home.html> and will be held at the Baird Auditorium in the National Museum of Natural History from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Belt Test

The next belt test is scheduled for Friday, May 14, 2004. Please get your completed application, check, and (children only) copy of your latest report card to one of the Masters BEFORE the test day.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Children, white to light blue belt
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Adults, all & children, dark blue to black belt

There will be no classes during the tests. Be on time and look sharp. Bring sparring equipment to the test.

Get ready for the test by checking out our white belt basics and color belt poomse help. Click "Promotion" on the side bar for test requirements.

McLean Day

McLean Day 2004 will be Saturday, May 15, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park. Our demonstration team will perform at 1:00 p.m. on the showmobile (near the back of the park). Classes will be canceled to allow staff and students to attend the show.

What's New

The phone has been fixed! We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

What's New

We are having some trouble with the phone. If you need to get a message to Master Kim, please send a fax. We apologize for the inconvenience.

What's New

Fun & Photo Day! Kids, leave your parents home and join us on Saturday, April 24, for a night of martial arts, fun, and games. For a fee, you'll get taekwondo lessons, fun, games, pizza, and a photo shoot. No experience is necessary, so bring a friend with you. Sign up sheets (due by April 21) are available at the school. Drop off is 6 p.m. and pick up is 10 p.m. See Master Seo or Master Kim for more details.

Future Events

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. On May 9 there will be a martial arts demonstration at the Smithsonian and we hope to include some of our students. Check back for more details as they become available. The Festival is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Heritage Council <http://www.apahcinc.org/> and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program <http://www.apa.si.edu/home.html> and will be held at the Baird Auditorium in the National Museum of Natural History from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Sparring Equipment: buy, sell, trade

Have your children outgrown their sparring equipment? If you would like to buy, sell, or trade equipment with other parents, you may contact us via email only and we will place a free "ad" on our website. To protect your privacy, we won't put identifying information on the web site. Interested parties can contact us and we will send an email to the person who has and the person who wants the equipment. You can then finish up the exchange privately. We accept no responsibility for the transactions -- this is strictly done as a convenience for our members.

What's New

McLean Day 2004 will be Saturday, May 15, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park. Our demonstration team will perform at 1:00 p.m. Classes will be canceled to allow staff and students to attend the show. Watch this space for more information.

Feeling a little tense? How about improving your flexibility with yoga? Master Seo is considering adding a couple of yoga classes to our schedule each week. Watch for fliers in the school and updates here.

Nominate your taekwondo daughter for the SportsGirl 2004 award program. Girls ages 10-14 are eligible. Deadline for nominations is May 15, 2004. Click here for details. (We are not affiliated with Women's Sports Foundation.)

Virginia State Senior Championship

The Virginia State Senior Championship will be held on March 27, 2004 at NOVA's Annandale Campus Gym, 4001 Wakefield Chapel Road, Annandale, VA 22003. For more information, contact Dr. Chun Jae Park by phone at (703) 204-0789, fax (703) 204-0788, or email cpark7@gmu.edu.

Virginia State Junior Championship

The 2004 Virginia State Junior Championship wil be held on May 8, 2004 at the George Mason University Gym, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. For more information, contact Dr. Chun Jae Park by phone at (703) 204-0789, fax (703) 204-0788, or email cpark7@gmu.edu.

What's New

Master Kim announced a special "bring a friend to taekwondo class" program, which runs March 15 through March 27, 2004. Have your friends wear comfortable clothes, such as sweats, that don't have buckles or belts and they can join you in class. Family members are welcome to try a class, too.

March [2004] Belt Test

The March Belt test was a big success. We had lots of students testing this time. It was fun watching the tiny tots testing for their high white and yellow belts and exciting watching the adults and teens testing for black belt. And that doesn't even include the many ranks between! And let's not forget our lone adult white belt, Angela, who did a great job. She's working hard trying to catch up with her two high ranked sons. Bravo to all our students!

Master Kim thanked all the students and parents for their patience during the recent renovation and said to make it up, Master Seo would perform another demonstration. And, wow, what a demo it was. One of our ceiling tiles took a lot of abuse from his high kicks and quite a few people were surprised when he kicked an apple off the end of a sword and apple pieces went flying everywhere!

The excited crowd of spectators then cajoled Master Kim into doing a demonstration. The children, not satisfied when he broke several boards with his pinkie -- at thier request -- demanded another break and he complied, breaking several more boards with a spear hand attack. As he was dressed in a suit, he was lucky the children didn't demand a flying kick!

Did anyone recognize Master Williams sitting in the audience? Some of our students might have him as a teacher in a couple of years, when they get to middle school. He told me he enjoyed the test and thought everyone did a great job. We were pleased he chose to visit and invited him to come by and work out with us any time.

Master Kim commented that some of the students need to work a little harder on their poomse. If you want to practice at home, we have some aids on line. Print out your form and have someone read it as you go. There's not enough there to learn the form from scratch, but enough to jog your memory for each move. White belts, click here to read our section on taekwondo basics. Color belts, click here for taegeuk poomse help.

What’s New

The next belt test will be on Saturday, March 13, 2004, from 1:30 p.m. to about 4:30 p.m. Please get your completed application, check, and (children only) copy of your latest report card to one of the masters BEFORE the test day. Please be on time and look sharp! Bring sparring equipment to the test.

In addition to testing, we'll be celebrating the official opening of our newly renovated dojang. We will have a demonstration by Master Seo. The last one was outstanding! You'll also want to watch the black belt test. Several of our adult students have been working for years to get ready for this day!

Need help getting ready for the belt test? White belts, click here to read our section on taekwondo basics. Color belts, click here for taegeuk poomse help. The kicking combinations and break techniques changed in February. Click on the promotion side bar to view the new combinations.

What's New

Nominate your taekwondo daughter for the SportsGirl 2004 award program. Girls ages 10-14 are eligible. Deadline for nominations is May 15, 2004. Click here for details.
http://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/cgi-bin/iowa/sports/article.html?record=107

The next belt test is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 13, 2004 from 1:30 p.m. to about 4:30 p.m. In addition to testing, we'll be celebrating the official opening of our newly renovated dojang. Our demonstration team will put on a show for us and maybe we'll talk some of the masters into showing us some cool moves, too!

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. On May 9 there will be a martial arts demonstration at the Smithsonian and we hope to include some of our students. Check back for more details as they become available.

McLean Day 2004 will be Saturday, May 15, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Lewinsville Park. We are making arrangements to have our demonstration team perform. Watch this space for more information.

Big changes are coming. In addition to repairing the water damage to some of our rooms (see below for status of repairs), Master Kim is planning to rearrange our space and spruce up the school. The waiting/observation room will become our new study/library. Kids can do homework there while waiting to be picked up or while siblings are in class. (Donations of magazines, suitable for families, will be welcome.) A new waiting room will be set up outside Master Kim's office. A coat of paint and more lights are planned for the women's dressing room. Got other remodeling ideas? Send them via email and the webmaster will get them to Master Kim.

More news! Beginning in March, we will be adding a family class at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This will be taught by Master Kim. Kids, this will be your chance to bring Mom and Dad to class and have them try taekwondo. Tell them to wear loose, comfortable clothing, such as sweats, and to leave their jewelry at home and their shoes in the changing room. Maybe they'll like it so much, they'll sign up to learn taekwondo with you! Just think, you get to spar with your parents and not get in trouble! Well, as long as the Master tells you to spar. Watch for announcements here and at the school and get ready for family fun!

The Dojang Repair Project

Pardon our mess! A pipe broke in the building and flooded our main training room. The building management must repair the pipe and replace our floors and walls. In the short term, we will hold class in the second training room. Meanwhile, the building manager will try to find us space to work out in another part of the building. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to get things back to normal as soon as possible.

February 12th update: the dojang has been dried out and waterproofing work continues. The room will be remodeled as the repairs continue. The HVAC system will be moved to the back and we'll have a little extra room to work out. Watch for a new color scheme when the floor is replaced!

February 16th update: the 11:00 a.m. class is canceled. The dojang is being painted with a waterproofing material which has strong fumes. It is also very cold with the windows opened. It is suggested that anyone sensitive to fumes call before class tonight to see the current status of the training room. It may be aired out by then, but we are not sure.

February 19th update: repairs are continuing apace. Wallboard is going up in the dojang today and the room is looking brighter and larger. The waiting/observation room is also being renovated. Parents may, if they wish, wait in the office.

February 26 update: The dojang walls have been painted and the ceiling should be painted by now, too. New carpeting is in, too. We'll be able to use this space very soon. The new mats, which will be installed over the carpeting, will take a bit longer to get here, but we hope to have them in the first week of March. The waiting room furniture was moved to the small training room while carpeting was installed, but it should be moved out by class time this afternoon.

March 4 update: The covering for the new mats is in. We're working out on it to stretch it out and get it ready for when the new mats arrive. Our new color scheme is blue on beige. A workman came in today to measure the mirrors. The broken ones will be replaced, the others will be put back up as is.

March 10 update: The new mats are on the floor and the cover is being installed on top. Some of the baseboard is in and painted. We're pushing to get everything done in time for the belt test. While the floor installation and painting continues, class will be held in the second training room. We thank you for your patience.

March 13 update: The mirrors are now up. Alas, one side of our floor is still being held in place by duct tape. Master Kim apologizes for the delay; he has had trouble getting the building management to finish the job in a timely manner. The waiting area in front of Master Kim's office is now ready as is our new study/library (formerly the observation room).

March 30 update: Repairs are complete. The dojang, waiting area, and study/observation room are all open and in use.

What's New

Master Seo would like to learn English and American culture. If you would like to invite Master Seo to live in your home, we'll be able to offer taekwondo, yoga, and personal training for your family. If you are interested, please call Master Kim to discuss. Thank you.

What's New

The kicking combinations have changed! Click on the promotion side bar to view the new combinations for color belts as of February 2004.

Please join us in welcoming our newest staff member, Master Kyeong Oh Seo. Master Seo will be teaching our evening and Saturday classes.

Do you have an extra room in your home? Would you be willing to exchange housing for a TKD master for some private TKD lessons? This master would like to learn English and American culture. If you are interested, please call Master Kim to discuss.

Need help getting ready for the next belt test? White belts, click here to read our section on taekwondo basics. Color belts, click here for taegeuk poomse help.

What's New

A make up belt test will be held on Saturday, January 24 at 1:00 p.m. Please see a master for details if you wish to be tested at that time.

Belt Test

Please note the change in time for the children's test! All children arrive by 5:00 p.m. except for black belts!

What's New

Please join us in welcoming our newest staff member, Master Kyeong Oh Seo. Master Seo will be teaching our evening and Saturday classes. Come see a demonstration of his skills on Friday night (1/16/04) at 6:30 p.m., between the two belt tests. Master Kim invites you to bring friends and family along to see the show.

The belt test, originally scheduled for January 9, was postponed a week. This is to allow students more time to prepare. We realize many students were away for the holidays and were unable to train for a couple of weeks. Also, we would like to give our new master time to get adjusted to our school and ways.

Some children seem to be under the impression that poomse requirements have changed; they have not. Click on the promotion side bar to see what poomse and breaks you are expected to perform. Need help getting ready for the belt test? White belts: click here to read our section on taekwondo basics. Color belts: click here for taegeuk poomse help.

Belt Test

The next belt test is scheduled for Friday, January 16, 2004. Please get your completed application, check, and (children only) copy of your latest report card to one of the masters BEFORE the test day.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Children, white to light blue belt
6:30 p.m. Demonstration by Master Seo (see "What's New" below)
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Adults, all & children, dark blue to black belt

The belt ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 12:00 noon.
There will be no classes during the tests or the belt ceremony!

Please be on time and look sharp! Bring sparring equipment to the test. Bring your family and a camera to the belt ceremony.

What's New

We are closed January 1, 2004 for New Year's Day.

Beginning January 2, 2004, the 7 p.m. adult classes will change to 6:50 - 7:40 p.m. and the 8 p.m. black belt classes will change to 7:40 - 8:30 p.m.

The next belt test will be held either on Friday, January 9, or Saturday, January 10, 2004. Check back in a few days for more information. If the test is Saturday, it will be at 3 p.m. and be a combined test (children and adults). Afterward, the new TKD master will give a demonstration.

Need help getting ready for the belt test? White belts: click here to read our section on taekwondo basics. Color belts: click here for taegeuk poomse help.

Check out our martial arts book reviews.

Be sure to see our calendar of events.

Sparring Equipment: buy, sell, trade

One student has outgrown the smallest children's chest pad and needs one in the next size up. If you have or need this item, email us and we'll put you in touch with the parent.

Have your children outgrown their sparring equipment? If you would like to buy, sell, or trade equipment with other parents, you may contact us via email only and we will place a free "ad" on our website. To protect your privacy, we won't put identifying information on the web site. Interested parties can contact us and we will send an email to the person who has and the person who wants the equipment. You can then finish up the exchange privately. We accept no responsibility for the transactions -- this is strictly done as a convenience for our members.

Help Improve our Web Site

If you wish to contribute any ideas or materials for our school website, contact our webmaster, Ms. Linnell, either in person or by email. Instructor Linnell is at the school on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings.

McLean Day 2003

On Saturday, May 17th, students from our school performed on the stage at McLean Day in Lewinsville Park. Led by Master Jeong, students Alex, James, Drew, Seung Bin, Hannah, Donald, Christian, Michael, Steven, Laura, Chul Woong, and Song demonstrated blocks, attacks, kicks, forms, and breaking boards. Instructor Linnell was the emcee.

Click here to see McLean Day photos!

Calendar of Events

January 2004

Thursday, January 1, 2004 - Closed for New Year's Day.
Friday, January 2, 2004 - New schedule of classes begins.
Friday, January 9, 2004 - Belt test (tentative).
Saturday, January 10, 2004 - Belt ceremony (tentative).
Friday, January 16, 2004 - Belt test.
Saturday, January 17, 2004 - Belt ceremony.
Monday, January 19, 2004 - Open on Martin Luther King Day.
Saturday, January, 24, 2004 - Ray's Florida State Black Belt Festival in Miami Springs, http://raystaekwondo.com/bbfestival
Saturday, January 31, 2004 - Friendship tournament in Chesapeake, VA. http://www.vatkd.com/04_friendship_tournament.htm
Saturday, January 31, 2004 - Captain's Cup Challenge at the University of Maryland. http://www.gentleeast.com/cc13/CC13_app_index.html
January 31 - February 1 - PATU Regional Olympic Selection Tournament in Mexico. http://www.patu.org/

February 2004

Saturday, February 14, 2004 - USA Taekwondo Games in Austin, Texas. http://www.usatkdtx.com/packet.html
Monday, February 16, 2004 - Open on President's Day.
February 17 - 22, 2004 - USTU 2004 US Open in Tampa, Florida. http://www.ustu.org/events/usopen/usopenbook2004.pdf.pdf
Saturday, February 21, 2004 - Battle of Detroit championship. http://www.ohiotkd.net/BattleofDetroit.html

March 2004

March 5 - 7, 2004 - Battle of Columbus championship. http://www.wuma.com/aboc.html
Saturday, March 6, 2004 - National Capitol Open in Herndon, VA. http://hkleetkd.com/championship.asp
Saturday, March 13, 2004 - Belt test at 1:30 (tentative).
Saturday, March 13, 2004 - Belt test at 1:30 p.m. Classes at 11 & 12 as usual.
March 13 - 14, 2004 - "Los Gallitos Olimpicos" TKD Championship in Puerto Rico. http://www.visionaryquest.com/wv/rico2004.htm
March 19 - 20, 2004 - Midwest Open TKD Championship in West Des Moines, Iowa. http://www.farrellsusma.com/midwestopen.htm
Saturday, March 20 - AAU Southwestern Qualifier in Arlington, Texas. http://www.usatkdtx.com/packet2.html
Saturday, March 27, 2004 - Virginia State Senior Championship in Annandale, VA. http://www.ustu.org/

April 2004

Saturday, April 3, 2004 - Florida TKD Cup Challenge in Coral Gables, FL. http://www.cltaekwondo.com/pages/5/index.htm
April 5 - 9, 2004 - Open during spring break.
April 16 - 18, 2004 - Junior Olympic trials in Colorado Springs, CO. http://www.ustu.org/
Saturday, April 24, 2004 - Fun and Photo Day.

May 2004

Saturday, May 1, 2004 - Florida TKD Cup Challenge in Coral Gables, FL. http://www.cltaekwondo.com/pages/5/index.htm
Saturday, May 1, 2004 - Land of Enchantment TKD tournament in Albuquerque, NM. http://www.blackmantkd.com/tournament.htm
Sunday, May 2, 2004 - Connecticut Taekwondo Championship in Woodbridge, CT. http://www.cttkd.org/
Saturday, May 8, 2004 - Virginia State Junior Championship in Fairfax, VA. http://www.ustu.org/
Sunday, May 9, 2004 - Taekwondo at Smithsonian.
Sunday, May 9, 2004 - Taekwondo at Smithsonian at 4 p.m. http://www.apa.si.edu/APA_Events.htm
Friday, May 14, 2004 - Belt tests. No classes.
Saturday, May 15, 2004 - McLean Day 2004.
Saturday, May 15, 2004 - McLean Day 2004. TKD demo at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 15, 2004 - McLean Day 2004. TKD demo at 1:00 p.m. No classes!
Saturday, May 15, 2004 - McLean Day 2004. TKD demo at 1:00 p.m. No classes! http://www.mcleancenter.org/content.asp?contentid=90
Saturday, May 22, 2004 - East Coast Open Championship in Rockville, MD. http://www.ladytkd.org/tmp/ecopen.pdf
Saturday, May 22, 2004 - President's Cup Taekwondo Championship in Hartford, CT. http://members.aol.com/mooylee/
Monday, May 31, 2004 - Closed for Memorial Day.

June 2004

Saturday, June 5, 2004 - U.S. Olympic Trials Judo & Taekwondo in San José, CA. http://www.sjsa.org/calendar/cal-judo.html
Saturday, June 19, 2004 - Taekwondo tournament at NOVA Annandale campus 9 - 5.
June 30 - July 6, 2004 - Junior Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. http://www.ustu.org/

July 2004

July 3 - July 5, 2004 - Closed for Independence Day. (Date was changed)
July 4 - July 5, 2004 - Closed for Independence Day. (Date was changed)
July 3, 2004 - Open.
July 4 – Closed for Independence Day.
July 5, 2004 - Open.
Friday, July 16, 2004 - belt test.
July 23 - 24, 2004 - USTW Nationals 2003 Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada. http://www.masterna.com/?page={3CFC9253-CDB8-4137-B40C-1272346E8A9E}

August 2004

August 13-29, 2004 - Olympics in Athens, Greece. http://www.athens2004.com/athens2004/
Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 11:00 a.m. class tentatively canceled.
Thursday, August 26, 2004 - 11:00 a.m. class canceled.
August 26-29, 2004 - Taekwondo at the Olympics!

September 2004

September 3-6, 2004 - Water & Steel 2004 training camp on Raft Island, WA. http://www.kellyworden.com/home/main.html
September 4-6, 2004 - Closed for Labor Day weekend.
September 11, 2004 - Tekno Atlantic Games TKD championship in St. Petersburg, FL. http://www.etekno.us/index.php?option=com_wrapper&wrap=TAG
Friday, September 17, 2004 - (tentative) belt test.
Friday, September 17, 2004 - 5-8 p.m. belt test.
September 25, 2004 - Tekno Poos Brothers TKD tournament in Oklahoma City, OK. http://www.etekno.us/index.php?option=com_wrapper&wrap=TPB
September 25, 2004 - Jimmy Kim Invitational TKD Championship in Long Beach CA. http://www.jktc.com/jki.htm

October 2004

October 9, 2004 - 2004 Pocono Cup in Swiftwater, PA. http://www.namstkd.com/pages/4/index.htm
October 9, 2004 - Fitness Seminar at Bancroft Elementary school in Washington, DC. http://www.kravmagadc.com/
Monday, October 11, 2004 - Columbus Day.
Monday, October 11, 2004 – Open on Columbus Day.
Saturday, October 16, 2004 - Combat Hapkido Seminar in Manassas, VA.
http://hapkidosdc.com/events.htm
October 23-24, 2004 - Fort Worth International TKD Championship in Fort Worth, TX. http://www.wonparktkd.com/
Saturday, October 30, 2004 - Holiday gift orders and checks due.

November 2004

November 3, 2004 - Free Taekwondo Youth Camp in Colorado Springs, CO. http://www.ustu.org/YCamp.pdf
November 3-6, 2004 - American Women's Self Defense Assoc. seminar in Asheville, NC.http://www.awsda.org/html/seminars.html
November 4-7, 2004 - US National TKD Championships in Colorado Springs, CO. http://www.ustu.org/104_810.htm
November 5-7 - Joe Lewis Fighting Systems Research Conference in Virginia Beach, VA.
http://www.vatkd.com/Joe_Lewis/04_JLFS_Conf/2004%20Research%20Conference%20Flyer.pdf
November 6-7, 2004 - 3rd National Training Conference in Lexington, KY.
http://www.vatkd.com/04_DAI_Training_Conf/04DFA_flyer.htm
Thursday, November 11, 2004: Veteran's Day.
Thursday, November 11, 2004: Open for Veteran's Day.
November 13, 2004 - Georgia Fall Tournament in Norcross, GA. http://www.aautaekwondo.org/EventsandAwards/NonQual/Index.htm
November 14, 2004 - New Jersey Freedom Cup in Flemington, NJ. http://www.aautaekwondo.org/EventsandAwards/NonQual/Index.htm
November 17 or 19, 2004 - (tentative) Belt test.
Friday, November 19, 2004 - (tentative) Belt test.
Friday, November 19, 2004 - Belt test.
November 20, 2004 - Mid-Atlantic TKD Championship in Winston-Salem, NC. http://www.unitedtkd.com/matkd.pdf
November 20, 2004 - Central Illinois TKD Championship in Decatur, IL. http://sharpstkd.com/TOURNAMENT.htm
November 25-28, 2004 - Closed for Thanksgiving.

December 2004

Friday, December 24, 2004 - Closed for Christmas Eve.
Saturday, December 25, 2004 - Closed for Christmas.
December 27 - 30, 2004 - Open.
Friday, December 31, 2004 - Closed for New Year's Eve.
December 31, 2004 - Tae Kwon Do demonstration at Mt. Vernon Recreation Center.
http://yangstkd.com/upcomingevents.html

2005

Saturday, January 1, 2005 - Closed for New Year's Day.
January 29, 2005 - NY State Championships in Tarrytown, NY.
http://www.exceptionaltkd.com/nystc20050129.html
January 29 - 30, 2005 - Swedish Taekwondo Tournament in Trelleborg, Sweden. http://www.taekwondowtf.it/invitation_2005.pdf
March 5, 2005 - 2005 Georgia AAU TKD qualifier in Norcross, GA. http://www.aautaekwondo.org/pdfapps/2005%20GA%20Tournament%20Brochure%20and%20Application.pdf
April 9, 2005 - Ohio AAU TKD State Championship in Columbus, OH.
http://www.geocities.com/ohioaautkd/home.html
July 5 - 9, 2005 - National AAU Youth and Adult TKD Championships in Greensboro, NC.
http://www.aautaekwondo.org/EventsandAwards/Ntnlevents.htm
July 27 - August 8, 2005 - AAU Junior Olympics in New Orleans, LA.
http://www.aautaekwondo.org/EventsandAwards/Ntnlevents.htm
August 4-6, 2005 - Titan Games in Atlanta, Georgia.