9th U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang

The 9th U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang was such an incredible experience for all of us. Having competitors from all over the globe, we were rubbing shoulders with some of the best Taekwondo martial artists. Yet, even amongst thousands of other martial artists, TKC Seraphim Demonstration Team stood out. We were able to shine our unique light with our skills, unity, and respect.

Throughout the competition, there were Masters and Grand Masters from other Taekwondo studios taking videos of our students' forms, breaking techniques, and performances. We were asked multiple times where we were from and how we have achieved not just our Taekwondo skills but also our unique teamwork and family-ness. Even the Grand Master of an internationally-renown Taekwondo studio came up to our Masters and asked to hold seminars for them. We were beyond thankful to be able to share with them what we have been first given by our Grand Master Lim and Masters.

Now, we have brought back over 20 medals, consisting mostly gold medals. However, if you ask any of our TKC Seraphim members or the parents, none of us would say that our medals were the most important part of our trip. We believe that our journey was the most precious part of our trip. We are the most proud of the fact that we sweated months together, challenged each other, sacrificed for the betterment of the team, and travelled 14+ hours to represent who we are.

Nations saw who TKC was and were amazed. We will not stop here, but use this experience as a stepstone for achieving our full potential. The parents, families, and members of TKC Seraphim, thank you for your hard work. It is because we all worked together that we have achieved what we did. Every single one of your effort made a difference. Truly, we lived out the slogan of TKC--united pursuit for excellence.

The 17th Black Belt Testing

The 17th Black Belt testing was special in many ways. We not only had more than 20 students test for their black belts, but also the youngest group of testers! Whether a parent of two children or a 5-year-old, everyone gave their best to strive and achieved their black belt.

Our cherished black belts! Your energy and dedication surpassed our expectation, and your perseverance and resilience moved us. Let your passion never cease but only grow. Never lose that sense of gratitude and commitment!

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2017 Midwest Invitational Taekwondo Championship

2017 Midwest Invitational Taekwondo Championship was an amazing experience! Our TKC Seraphim demo team and students worked very hard to prepare for this Championship, and their sweat and diligence paid off. Many Grand Masters and Masters from other studios shared with us how they were blown away by not only the skills but also the character of our TKC family.

Let's keep it up! We are very proud of all of you!

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The 1st Taekwondo Korea Center Christmas Party

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Taekwondo Korea Center's very first Christmas Party was a joyous time filled with lots of love. We played games, ate delicious food made by our very own TKC families, enjoyed a funny skit prepared by the TKC staff, and even listened to some live Christmas music by Master James and John!
The biggest message of the night was the message of "giving". Here at Taekwondo Korea Center, what we want to do is to give to our students our skill, wisdom, affection, and love. But we don't want to stop there. We want our students to be givers as well. As our students say in TKC Oath, we want them to be "A light in this society". Our Christmas party was an application of this message. As Masters and instructors gave to the students through their skit and live music, TKC families gave to each other through food, gifts, and laughter. We even raised donation to help a 7-year-old girl Ava who is fighting with Leukemia Cutis.
We finished the night with a time of open mic where many people shared how they've been given. A sense of thankfulness filled the room, and every single one of us had a big smile on our faces. This is what Christmas is about. It isn't just about receiving, but recognizing how much we have been given, and therefore overflowing onto selflessly giving.
We love you all very much, and have a merry Christmas!

Taekwondo Korea Center All Belt Testing

The TKC All Belt Testing was an incredible success! This testing was a little bit different than before, because it was TKC's first ALL belt testing! From white belt to 3rd degree black belt, we all came together, and it was truly a great sight to see the whole family of TKC. Because this was the biggest belt testing and held a local gymnasium, many of our students were understandably more nervous. Yet, even with all the distractions, we believe that all of our students did an amazing job at pushing themselves and giving their best. We are so proud of each and every one of you! Thank you for all the helpers and volunteers that made this testing possible. Thank you Fox  Valley Family YMCA for the gymnasium and your support!

The 13th Basic and Advanced Belt Testing / The 5th Black Belt Testing

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The 13th Basic and Advance Belt Testing and the 5th Black Belt Testing were once again fantastic. Even though we had three different testings (June 24-25th) at three different times, students came with one heart—to give their best and take another step in their journey as martial artists. As we punched, kicked, sweated, made loud kihaps, cried, challenged, and learned, we grew.

After the Black Belt Testing, Grandmaster Lee, a special guest from Batavia, commented "I have gone to many other belt testings, but I have never seen any testing like this before. TKC is worth more than one, ten, hundred million dollars. You guys are lucky to have TKC. TKC is lucky to have you."

Good work, TKC! May your new belts be not an end but a new beginning and a new challenge.

The 2016 U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang

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Taekwondo Korea Center Serpahim Demo Team and students participated at the 8th U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang (June 17-19)! The U.S. Open is an international Taekwondo tournament where martial artists from all over the nation and world come together to compete and perform. As a team, TKC Seraphim Demo Team and students returned with medals, awards, memories, and lessons. For many of our students, it was their first time competing at a competition of this size and magnitude, and they did an amazing job. We saw many of you trying your hardest and giving your best. We are deeply and sincerely proud of each and every one of you, and we hope that that you will carry all the lessons from this competition with you.

2016 Midwest Invitational Taekwondo Championship

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Taekwondo Korea Center proudly brought back the 1st place trophy from 2016 Midwest Invitational Taekwondo Championships! Along with the 1st place trophy, our TKC students also received individual, pair, and team awards as well. Most importantly, this event was an opportunity for our TKC students to show months worth of their incredible hard work and determination to their parents and other Taekwondo schools, which the TKC Staff is incredibly proud of. 
Thank you students for your amazing work, and parents and families for the undying support!

Etiquette Class — South Korea

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The etiquette class of this month was on the topic of South Korea! Lately in the 21st century, South Korea has been gaining popularity through its internationally recognized brands such as Samsung, Kia, Hyundai, and LG, K-POP (Korean pop music), and as well as Taekwondo. However, as important as these are, they cannot define South Korea. So through this month's etiquette class, the TKC Family was able to look at South Korea from a different perspective. With Master James' explanation, we were able to learn about different kinds of Korean traditional art and music, development of the Korean language, popular cities and islands, and so on. There even was Korean food 비빔밥 (Bibimbap), 잡채 (Japchae), and 초코파이 (Choco Pie) for all to try. Our hope is that one day, we will have a TKC Family-wide trip to South Korea, submerging ourselves in the heart and origin of Taekwondo.