Taekwondo Team

Head Coach:
Ronald Southwick 5th Dan
Team Captain:
Mike Murphy 3rd Dan

Taekwondo Team T-Th
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Team Weight Training T-Th
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Welcome to the MSU Taekwondo Team

Taekwondo offers two styles of sport competition, Kyorugi and Poomsae:

Kyorugi (sparring)

Taekwondo is a full contact sport in which participants kick and punch each other at target areas above the waist.  Training and preparation is intense and requires technical skill, tactical analysis, endurance and speed.

Taekwondo became a world sport in 1973 with the formation of the World Taekwondo Federation and the subsequent 1st World Championships in Seoul, Korea.  In 1975 the 1st United States National Taekwondo Championships were held at Yale and in 1976 the 1st Collegiate National Championships at Nicholls State University

In 1988 and 1992 Taekwondo kyorugi was a Demonstration Sport at the Olympics and in 2000 it became an official sport at the Sydney Games.

Poomsae (forms)

The poomsae are a tool for developing martial skills and for testing evaluations, but can also be performed competitively. The performance of poomsae is a subjective synthesis of power, balance, concentration and spirit. Competitors must be prepared to display numerous accurate poomsae with poise and skill.  Training consists of technical preparation, flexibility, body control and mental focus.

The World Taekwondo Federation held the 1st World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships September 4-6, 2006.

All MSU Taekwondo athletes are required to supplement their training with aerobic, strength and nutritional methodology.  Team members travel and participate in tournaments throughout the state and country.  Those who qualify compete for MSU at local and national championships.

Team Resources

Competition Rules

WTF Kyorugi Rules

WTF Poomsae Rules

Medal Count 2007 - 2008


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