About Us

The Purdue Tae Kwon Do Club is the official Tae Kwon Do sport club for Purdue University. We are proud to represent Purdue in collegiate tournaments and competitions. We practice in the Recreational Sports Center and are honored to have internationally famed 8th Dan Grand Master Chai as our Master Instructor.

The Purdue Tae Kwon Do Club studies traditional Korean Tae Kwon Do and is an organization recognized by the World Taekwondo Federation. A typical class may include practice of kicking / blocking techniques, self-defense techniques, and study of forms.


To learn more about the club, send us an e-mail!
The Purdue Taekwondo Club taekwondo@lists.purdue.edu

How do I join?

You can join by attending the callout. If you miss the callout, you can attend the appropriate class corresponding with your belt.


  • I missed the Callout, can I still join?
  • Yes, but only up to the second week of classes. All you have to do is show up to the appropriate class. (White Belt or Colored Belt)

  • How much does it cost per semester to be with the club?
  • The club fee is $60 per semester. This is very cheap compared to what you would pay for classes at a martial arts school.

  • Does Purdue Tae Kwon Do club participate in tournaments?
  • Yes. Our club hosts a tournament every fall and invites as many other colleges as possible. We also attend an Indiana University tournament every spring.

  • Do I need a uniform for class?
  • Yes. If you need a uniform we will sell them at the beginning of each semester for $35.

  • If I have a uniform from my old school can I still wear it?
  • That decision is up to Master Chai. You may wear the uniform to class to ask for approval from Master Chai. Most of the time it is fine as long as it is a plain uniform (i.e. Adidas, Nike, generic).

  • Are there Fees associated with testing for a new belt?
  • Yes. The testing fee is set by Master Chai and increases with each belt rank. The testing fees will be announced before the test date.

  • What does Tae Kwon Do mean?
  • Tae Kwon Do is a self-defense martial art developed in Korea 2000 years ago. Tae means kick, Kwon means fist, Do means art of (in the sense of craft versus art).

  • What is Tae Kwon Do?
  • Tae Kwon Do entails three levels of learning: self-defense techniques, art and philosophy. Tae Kwon Do as self-defense techniques is the fundamental human desire for self-protection, achieved through constant training and careful guidance. Tae Kwon Do as an art is achieving perfect techniques, through harmony of spirit and technique. Tae Kwon Do as a philosophy is living daily life in accordance with the principles of Tae Kwon Do; this is the ultimate stage to which all martial art practitioners strive.

  • Why study Tae Kwon Do?
  • Beyond self-defense, other benefits include: confidence, self-discipline, positive attitude, responsibility, leadership, physical fitness, endurance, and concentration. Tae Kwon Do students soon become aware of expected and unexpected benefits that result from training. Quiet confidence stems from their ability to defend themselves and filters through their daily lives, including home, job and school. As they progress, students acquire greater respect for themselves and others, and achieve greater peace and tranquility of mind.

  • How is Tae Kwon Do?
  • Tae Kwon Do is a self-progressing martial art; the pace at which you learn is up to you and your effort. You will be gradually taught the most fundamental techniques to the most advanced ones. Although one often associates physical training and discipline with such negative aspects as "no fun" or "too hard!", you will find that our Tae Kwon Do training is enjoyable and fun moments. Besides, you will enjoy meeting new friends and training in a positive atmosphere at our club.

Any question? Send us an e-mail at taekwondo@lists.purdue.edu!