Organization Spotlight: Tae Kwon Do & Kumdo Club

     The NSU Tae Kwon Do and Kumdo Club is open and free to students, faculty, staff and alumni. It currently has eight active members with hopes to expand in the future.
     Club members work with any skill level and are flexible if you have to miss a session or two. The purpose of the club is to promote good health, self-confidence, focus, and fitness while learning traditional Korean martial arts.
     The club’s rich history is tied to the Strongheart Martial Arts Academy in Aberdeen, which is located in a gym on 6th avenue across from the Palm Garden restaurant. The academy will enter its eleventh year in February and is certified by the Kukkiwon and World Taekwondo Federation.
     The club was founded in 2008 with eighteen students who had all earned their black belts before they graduated from Northern.
     Currently, the club participates in the Gypsy Days parade, demonstrates at different events, and is involved with safety week. Most recently, they offered a demonstration in one of Dr. Art Marmorstein’s classes.
     They currently offer beginning Tae Kwon Do lessons with the intention to start Kumdo, the Korean art of the sword. The club also plans to begin teaching Hapkido, the Korean art of self-defense, along with partnering with residence life to demonstrate Hapkido at different events.
     This club represents values upheld by the Northern community. It focuses on how to be disciplined and have respect for all people. They also focus on developing a good attitude toward life.
     Paul Moulsoff’s favorite part of being involved with the club is being able to watch the students grow and develop through the program. Moulsoff, NSU Media Center A/V Technician, is currently the head instructor and a third degree black belt.
     He receives help from Master Nathan Schutz, a fifth degree black belt, who tests students in the spring semester.
     A cool opportunity is traveling to Korea every few years to train with the monks.
     The Tae Kwon Do and Kumdo Club meets every Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm in the Dacotah Hall Gym. For more information, contact Paul Moulsoff or club president Alysn Hof.

Sabrina Mount