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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.

December 2013 Adult Promotion Test

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Congratulations to everyone who tested on December 14th! It was a particularly emotional test with an exceptional class of three 1st Dan and two 2nd Dan candidates testing!

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

Marina Novikova
Robin Stevens
Xin Xin

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

Tracy Quinn

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

Yassine Zian
Judith Olejnik
Karsten Olejnik

The following students have been promoted to the rank of Red Stripe, 4th Geup at C.W. Taekwondo at Boston:

Ned Murphy
Elena Carlson
Tri Ho

The following students have been promoted to the rank of Black Stripe, 2nd Geup, Assistant Instructor at C.W. Taekwondo at Boston:

Kevin Li

The following students have been promoted to the rank of Double Black Stripe, 2nd Geup, black belt candidate at C.W. Taekwondo at Boston:

Tamar Schanfeld

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

Elaine Grunberg
Sean Landergan
Brian Moll

The following students have been promoted to the rank of 2nd Dan Black Belt at C.W. Taekwondo at Boston:

Bart Goldberg
Amanda Neville

Photo Credit: Janine Lyn

Results From World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships 2013

 World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Bali, Indonesia from Oct. 31 – Nov 3.  Three members of C.W. Taekwondo’s competiton team of Machine (Michelle) Chen, Carissa Fu and Miyako Yerick represented the US in the under 29 female team category.

They did great - we met our “reach” goal of making the finals with one of their best runs of Taeguek 8 and Taebaek!  Only the top 8 of 18 teams got to advance.  The team beat some really excellent teams like the Netherlands, Spain, Brazil and others and finished ranked 8th in the world! Master Chuang was honored to coach them and to also work with some of the other athletes on the national team.

The team took 8th overall in the finals with a performance of Pyongwon and Keumgang, ranking the US 8th in the world this year in that division! At the end of the tournament, the US team earned 5th place in the overall medal standings with 2 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals – our country’s 2nd best result ever.

 

If you would like to watch their performance, you can see it here:

Semi-Final Round (TG8 and Taebaek) Link to Dartfish (external website)

Final Round (Pyongwon and Keumgang) Link to Dartfish (external website)

World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Bali, Indonesia 2013

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Three athletes who train at C.W. Taekwondo at Boston will be traveling to compete at the World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Bali, Indonesia.  The championships will take place this between Oct. 31 and Nov. 3, and will include about 600 athletes from over 60 countries.  Athletes Carissa Fu, Michelle Chen and Miyako Yerick will travel with US National Taekwondo Poomsae Coach Dan Chuang to Indonesia.  Chuang is also the head instructor at C.W. Taekwondo at Boston and coaches the Fu, Chen and Yerick.  The three athletes will be competing in the female under-29 team poomsae division.

Fu, Chen and Yerick earned the honor of representing the United States by placing first at the US National Poomsae Team Trials in the female team poomsae division at the US National Taekwondo Championships in Chicago, IL this past July.  They also represented the United States this August as part of the US National Collegiate Taekwondo Team.  All three athletes are full time college students: Fu studies at Boston University, Chen at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Yerick at the University of Texas, Austin.

Regarding the championships, Coach Chuang said, “The athletes have been working very hard, training day in and day out to improve their techniques, and balancing their training with their school work.  I’m very excited to see them perform on the world stage and am very proud to represent the United States as a national team coach.”

The World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships focuses on the martial arts discipline of taekwondo “poomsae”, or choreographed routines with powerful strikes, blocks and high kicks. Routines are scored much like gymnastics, with deductions given for technical errors and points awarded for presentation quality. Competitors must memorize eight routines before the championships and be prepared to perform any one of them at random on the day of competition.

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September 2013 Adult Promotion Test

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Congratulations to everyone who tested on Sept 21!  It was a small but intense test – about 10 black belts participated in the maintenance test, showing off their new skills, including underkicks, cover punches and jumping reverse turning kicks, as well as their new proficiency in the higher forms.  9 color belts participated in a really strong test in which everyone really showed tremendous growth, marked particularly by the fact that everyone broke their boards with excellent technique.

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

John Andreo
Tracy Quinn

The following students have been promoted to the rank of Blue Belt, 5th Geup, at C.W. Taekwondo at Boston

Elena Carlson
Ned Murphy

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

Catherine Fung
Kevin Lu
The following student has been promoted to the rank of Black Stripe, Assistant Instructor, 2nd Geup, at C.W. Taekwondo at Boston:

Sara Bolas
Dorothée Perin

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

Adam Krol

Video Training Diary of Will Yun Lee

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Courtesy of our friends at West Side Taekwondo:

 

Nice training diary of Will Yun Lee, Hollywood actor/stuntman whose father was a Taekwondo pioneer in the US, and his training to rediscover his roots.  Will Lee was in the recent “Wolverine” movie.

 

Eps. 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGz9e4dzFfs&feature=youtu.be

 Eps. 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8smFcpcYCqs

Eps. 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNA8gKxW08o