University of Michigan Taekwondo Club

About Taekwondo

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that traces its roots back thousands of years and, in its modern incarnation, combines traditional Korean martial arts with various other arts from surrounding areas. Modern Taekwondo came into existence a little over half a century ago, and since then it has become one of the most popular martial arts in the world. Taekwondo is particularly renowned for its fluid footwork and explosive kicks. Because of its immense popularity, Taekwondo has been an official olympic sport since the 2000 Sydney Games.

University of Michigan Taekwondo Club

UM-TKD Club 2014 reunion
UM-TKD Club 2014 reunion

The University of Michigan Taekwondo Club is a student-run organization under the University of Michigan Department of Recreation & Sports. We are also the oldest collegiate martial arts club in the United States, continuously active since 1964.

Pioneers of Kangdukwon Taekwondo, Ann Arbor, Michigan spring 1970. Left to right: Ergun Ar, Jim Young, (?), (?), Carl Stolberg, Terry Goebel (?), GM Chull-hee Park, Ed (?), Hwa Chong, Saleem Jehangir
Pioneers of Kangdukwon Taekwondo, Ann Arbor, Michigan spring 1970. Left to right: Ergun Ar, Jim Young, (?), (?), Carl Stolberg, Terry Goebel (?), Grand Master Chull-hee Park, Ed (?), Master Hwa Chong, Saleem Jehangir

While we emphasize the sport and athletic aspects of Taekwondo, you will learn everything necessary to be well ‐ rounded in the martial art. This is a great way for students interested in getting a great physical workout while learning and refining the fundamentals of Taekwondo. The Club is open to all levels from beginner to advanced, and we compete actively in regional and collegiate tournaments.