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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.

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

 

2014 World University Taekwondo Championships

Hohhot, China
June 8-14, 2014

We had 16 sparring and 9 poomsae athletes on the trip – they got along really well and really bonded into a cohesive unit that supported each other through the whole competition. We also had 11 staff members on the trip with us – 7 coaches, 2 managers,2 directors and 1 team doctor. There were two poomsae coaches (Head Instructor Dan Chuang as head poomsae coach, and MIT alum Alicia Zhou as poomsae coach) and 6 sparring coaches, and ECTC board member Rex Hatfield was one of team managers, along with ECTC tournament committee member Heidi Fagerquist.

There were 7 days of competition (2 poomsae and 5 sparring) – to summarize, the team earned 1 gold medal and 5 bronze medals – our best result since 2004 as a US team. We had our first world champion, Jacqueline Galloway, who earned a gold in the women’s middleweight division, our first female world collegiate champion since 2002.

Specifically regarding our athletes – we are proud of all of them! Dave Chan and Carissa Fu placed 9th in pairs forms, missing the finals by just 1 place. Actually, 6th through 9th were almost all the same score, so their performance was well-regarded by the judges. They performed Keumgang and Taebaek.

For the women’s team of Carissa, Michelle Chen and Miyako Yerick, they placed 5th overall, just one place out of the medals.They did Keumgang and Taebaek, and overall they had a good performance.

In the other poomsae divisions, our team placed 7th in female individual, 7th in male individual, and 6th in male team.

In sparring, Carissa competed in both the -53kg division (bantam) and the female team sparring division. Carissa met Turkey in her first match. In a very poorly officiated match, Carissa fought really hard but ultimately lost 12-15 to her opponent, with a contentious match with 5 head kicks scored on protest.

In team sparring, a 5-on-5 format where each woman sparred one 2-minute round, the US unfortunately drew the eventual gold medalist, Thailand, who beat Korea in the finals. The US lost 0-3, with each of our women losing by just one kick. Carissa fought the bantam silver medalist from the previous day and lost 0-1 and came within inches of getting a head kick in for the win but ran out of time.
Overall, we were very proud of both our athletes as well as the US team’s historic performance! Thank you to everyone in the club for your well-wishes and for your support of our club in many ways!

Congratulations to all of the CW TKD instructors and t.Bos competition team members on their successes!

March Promotion Test 2014

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Congratulations to everyone who tested last Saturday!.

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

John Andreo
Alexis Le
Will Malan
Eric Pite
Dana Rotz
Theodoros Tsiligkaridis

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

John Andreo
Robin Stevens
Xin Xin

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

Sean Buchanan
Cristiano Micheli
Ned Murphy

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

Catherine Fung

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

Dorothée Perin
Lori Thomas

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