In IIT Kanpur, Taekwondo is practiced by Taekwondo Club ,commonly known as TKD club. Students learn Taekwondo under the guidance of the instructor Balram Yadav (Dan 4 Black Belt) . Wearing Bolak (white uniform), students put their efforts on learning this art. A lot of importance is given to discipline and focus. It is not just an exercise, but development of a complete personality. It teaches a lot about building self-control and respect, not just for friends but also for opponents. Taekwondo performance is a mixture of steadiness and swiftness. The practice arena is in the main ground near the volleyball court.
Taekwondo in General
Taekwondo was developed during the period of 1940's and 1950's shortly after the end of WW2. It combines elements of karate and Chinese martial arts with traditional Korean martial arts traditions such as Taekkyeon, Subak, and Gwonbeop. Taekwondo rapidly gained popularity and is now recognized as an international sport. World Taekwondo was founded in 1973. Taekwondo is one of the two Asian martial arts included on the Olympic programme. Taekwondo made its debut as a demonstration Olympic sport at the 1988 Seoul Games, and became an official medal sport at the 2000 Sydney Games. For more information about Taekwondo read here
The aim of TKD club is to organize events to provide the finest quality of martial art in family-oriented environment. The disciples and master become a family as everyone starts to enjoy the presence of the others. It helps students realize their inner potential and show their skills outside the classrooms. The main focus is to provide the best physical fitness, competitive atmosphere and self-defense specific skill (which may come handy at the time of trouble).
A regular exercise section is conducted for 6 days from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm for the club members. Apart from that a compulsory 1 hour session is also conducted twice a week for the first year students who opted Taekwondo as a part of their PE.
Self defense workshops
Self Defense Workshops are regularly conducted by the TKD club. All the students of IITK are invited to attend the workshop through a mail. The students are taught some basic but powerful techniques of taekwondo which they can use in a difficult situation. Apart from workshops TKD club also displays movies related to taekwondo in OAT, to help students develop interest in taekwondo.
Summer & Winter Camp
Camps are organised during the summer and winter vacations in IITK. The summer camp is 2 months long and involves daily practice of about 1.5 hours in the evening. A student can become a part of the camp by paying a minimal fee of about 400.
Practice for Different Competitions
- District, State & National Championship
Performance during various occasions
Belt Promotion Test
Belt promotion tests are regularly conducted in IITK in association with UP taekwondo federation. A student becomes eligible to give his belt promotion test after regularly attending the training sessions. The first years can also give a test in the month of march to get promoted to yellow belt. A student after clearing the test is awarded a certificate stating his promotion.
Inter University Taekwondo Championship
The first year students can choose Taekwondo as a part of the Compulsory Physical Activities (CPA). During the CPA, students do regular exercise, jogging around the Cricket ground followed by kicks and punches. The CPA time is usually 5:00-6:00 pm and takes place 3 days a week.
In club, the students do a much more rigorous training. Students practice for about 1.5 hour. Starting at 06:30 P.M., the students do exercise until 07:00 P.M., after which the students do Taekwondo practice. It is practiced 6 days a week.
Taekwondo Summer camp is organised every year in summer vacations from the first week of May upto around last week of July.