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Welcome to the homepage of C.W.Taekwondo at Boston, our Boston Taekwondo Project. Located conveniently in Cambridge’s Central Square, we are a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer martial arts club committed to providing the best Taekwondo experience in the Boston area, Massachusetts. We practice WTF (Olympic-style) Taekwondo (Tae Kwon do) and are registered with the USA Taekwondo (USAT) national governing body. Our instructors and members are active competitively at the local, national and international levels and have a wealth of experience in both the martial art and sport of Taekwondo. Click for our location or to request information. Whether you’re looking for martial arts and self-defense, cardiokickboxing, poomsae, competition training and sparring, or are just curious about who we are, we hope you enjoy your visit to our site.

Master Kang Su-Ji Poomsae Seminar, August 9th 2014

Outstanding and very tough training with Master Suji Kang and Master Suhan Kang this weekend at MIT and CW Boston! Thank you to everyone who came to attend and support the event. Great job to the US National Team Members in attendance preparing for World Championships – Carissa Fu, Kristi George, Michael Couloucoundis and Erica Linthorst!

Master Kang Su-Ji in action:

 

(Photo Credit: Master Dan Chuang)

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2014 National Collegiate Taekwondo Association’s Female Athlete of the Year: Carissa Fu

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C.W. Taekwondo at Boston competition team member and instructor Carissa Fu was interviewed recently by USA Taekwondo and featured on their website! Carissa is recognized in her article for her recent successes at the 2014 Collegiate National Championship and the 2014 Senior National Championship, where she earned 3 gold medals, 3 silver medals and 2 bronze medals across both tournaments in black belt poomsae and black belt sparring.

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2014 National Collegiate Taekwondo Association’s Female Athlete of the Year: Carissa Fu

USA Taekwondo Announces Master Dan Chuang as US National Poomsae Team Coach

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C.W. Taekwondo at Boston’s head instructor, Master Dan Chuang, was recently appointed by USA Taekwondo as a US National Poomsae Team coach! He will be working with four other national team coaches to stand up a national poomsae program, and to coach at the 2014 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico in October. Master Chuang brings this world class knowledge to both his competition athletes as well as well as to his student body at CW Boston.

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USA Taekwondo announce its selections for the National Taekwondo Poomsae Team Coaching Staff.

 

June Promotion Test 2014

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Congratulations to everyone who tested on June 28, 2014.

The following student has been promoted to the rank of Green Stripe, 8th Geup at C.W. Taekwondo at Boston:

Elizabeth Elliott
Alex Ashley

The following students have been promoted to the rank of Green Belt, 7th Geup at C.W. Taekwondo at Boston:

Kristien Creamer
Marina Novikova
Will Malan

The following students have been promoted to the rank of Blue Stripe, 6th Geup at C.W. Taekwondo at Boston:

John Andreo
Robin Stevens

The following students have been promoted to the rank of Red Belt, 3rd Geup at C.W. Taekwondo at Boston:

Tri Quang Ho

The following students have been promoted to the rank of Double Black Stripe, 1st Geup, black belt candidate at C.W. Taekwondo at Boston:

Kevin Lu

The following students have been promoted to the rank of 1st Dan Black Belt at C.W. Taekwondo at Boston:

Adam Krol
Joy Sun
Sharon Tam

Congratulations to all!

(Photo Credit: Janine Lyn)

2014 US National Championships

San Jose, California
July 2-4, 2014

Wednesday July 2nd, Day One:

The 1st female team (18-29), represented by Carissa Fu, Michelle (Machine) Chen, and Miyako Yerick was up first. Performing TG8 and Taebaek, they placed second by just 0.01 points behind the first place team! They earned a silver and are the US National Team Alternates!

Next up was 1st pairs (18-29), contested by Dave Chan/Carissa and Brandon DeSouza/Miyako with Shipjin/Keumgang Dave/Carissa still recaptured their bronze medal ranking from last year and Brandon/Miyako finished up in 6th place.

Miyako competed in female senior individual freestyle. Freestyle poomsae allows competitors and coaches to choreograph their own poomsae to music, featuring 5 required elements, including jumping, sparring and acrobatic techniques. Miyako performed her elements with wonderful musicality and no major errors and earned a bronze medal.

Next, Brandon/Miyako performed a pairs freestyle routine. Brandon showed off his 540 degree spin hook kick and although the pair was off-sync at times due to their long-distance pairing and short preparation time, they still got an excellent score due to their high degree of difficulty, earning a silver medal. Again were the US National Team Alternates for the division, our second alternate position of the day.

Thursday July 3rd, Day Two:

For these larger divisions, 3 rounds are contested. Half of the competitors are eliminated after the preliminary round. After the semifinal rounds, the number of competitors is cut to 8, and the scores in the finals determine the overall top 4 medalists (gold/silver/bronze/bronze).

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In the men’s Senior 1 individual division, the preliminaries was contested with Shipjin. There were about 30 competitors. Chris Williams just missed the 50% semis cut, and Dave Chan, Brandon DeSouza and Matt Weinberg made it through to semis in this incredibly talent-packed division.

The three athletes performed Keumgang in semis. Dave, Brandon and Matt peformed well and finished in the semis, and Dave just barely missed the finals by placing 9th.

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The women’s division was similarly talent packed with 34 women. We had Carissa Fu, Miyako Yerick, Michelle (Machine) Chen, and Laurie Lai competing. All of our women flew through the prelims (Taeguek 8) with excellent scores and progressed to the top 50% semifinals, led by Carissa in 2nd place.

In the semifinals, the four women performed well on Koryo, with Carissa advancing to the finals in 4th place.

In the finals, Carissa performed TG7 and Pyongwon, and she had an outstanding performance, jumping from 4th to 1st place and earning a gold medal! Carissa will be going to Aguascalientes, Mexico in October to represent Team USA at the Wolrd Taekwondo Poomsae Championships! This will be her first time contesting the Senior 1 individual division at that event.

Friday July 4th, Day Three:

The third and final day of competition for our team was Friday, July 4. The team had an outstanding showing, with our experienced members stepping up their game and our less experienced members really sparring to their potential.

Carissa Fu (bantam) - fought 4 matches, winning SILVER!
Chris Williams (welter) - fought 3 matches, reaching QUARTERFINALS.
Matt Weinberg (bantam) - fought 2 matches, reaching second round (lost to gold medalist)
Colleen Malloy (heavy) - fought 2 matches, reaching QUARTERFINALS (lost to gold medalist)
Great job also to Tara (fin), Kristina (heavy) and Kat (light), who also competed in the world class divisions and did very well!

RESULTS:

 Sparring

Carissa Fu – SILVER, Bantam – Team Trials!
Jonathan Price (Cortland) – BRONZE, Heavy – Team Trials!
Olivia Elie – BRONZE, Junior Light
Chris Williams – QUARTERS, Welter
Matt Weinberg – 2ND ROUND, Bantam
Colleen Malloy – QUARTERS, Heavy
Kristina Lozoya – QUARTERS,Heavy
Tara Sarathi – QUARTERS, Fin
Kat Moore – RND16, Light

Poomsae

Carissa Fu – GOLD, Senior 1 Individual – National Team!
Miyako Yerick, Michelle Chen, Carissa – SILVER, 1st Team
Miyako, Brandon DeSouza – SILVER, Senior Freestyle Pair
David Chan, Carissa – BRONZE, 1st Pair
Miyako – BRONZE, Senior Freestyle Individual
Miyako, Brandon – 6TH, 1st Pair
David Chan – SEMIS (9th), Senior 1 Individual
Brandon – SEMIS, Senior 1 Individual
Matt Weinberg – SEMIS, Senior 1 Individual
Chris Williams – SEMIS, Senior 1 Individual
Laurie Lai – SEMIS, Senior 1 Individual
Miyako – SEMIS, Senior 1 Individual
Michelle – SEMIS, Senior 1 Indivdual