This is a tentative list of events for the Spring 2014 semester.
Our goal is to not only spread Hwa Rang Do to the world, but also to spread peace and prosperity. The UWEC Hwa Rang Do community does this through contributing to community events and public outreach.
The 2013 MUSA was an unforgettable one! Many from the Midwest came to Minneapolis to compete against each other in forms and application, and everyone present learned from each other and had fun! Everyone from the club who participated placed in at least one event.
Our second community event this year was volunteering at the Halloween Hollow. This local Halloween carnival featured bouncy houses, train rides, cookie decorating, and an interactive witches brew. Not only did the club help out to make this a great event, we also raised some money in the process!
With our 16th year performing, we showed the university our best in long forms, weapons work, and numerous breaks! A great way to raise the spirits and rev up some energy for homecoming!
Grandmaster Lee returned to Madison for a weekend full of seminars! Topics covered ranged from kicking fundamentals to sparring takedowns to grappling submissions. Held at the Madison East dojang.
In our second year participating, we raised over $485 for juvenile diabetes research with help from friends, family, and co-workers. The event was held in Carson Park, and over 300 people walked.
A chance to compete with students from Minneapolis, Madison, and the surrounding schools comprises a day-long martial arts decathlon. Competition in forms, weapon forms, sparring, grappling, weapon fighting, and even team events is the ultimate test of determination, strength, and technique.
When 4-H asked us to hold a session on martial arts for their leadership conference, we jumped on the opportunity! Kids learned basic striking and stances, as well as some self defense.
Eau Claire made a great showing at the seminars in Minneapolis with 11 students participating. Two full days of seminars covered Yongtoogi (the advanced sparring program), grappling chokes and counters, long sword basics and spinning attacks, and double sword.
The annual MUSA Challenge in Minneapolis is Chief Instructor Sirny's tournament and a chance to train and compete with students across the midwest. Eau Claire made an excellent showing with seven competitors: Trevor Hanson, Aaron Godin, Emma Smith, Jared Day, Caleb Ender, Mary Lane, and Brian Ferguson. The club came home with several medals in all categories!
Master Kijek, a fifth degree black sash and head of Midwest Hwa Rang Do, gave a full day of classes here in Eau Claire. Accompanied by Instructors Dean and Buss, topics covered were long forms, techniques, hand drills, knife defense, and grappling. Check out more pictures here.
Grandmaster Lee gave six sessions of seminars over two days in at the Madison East Dojang. Pictured Eau Claire members: Trevor Hanson, Erik Heacox, Mary Lane, Emma Smith, and Aaron Godin. Not pictured: Brian Ferguson and Allison Hanson.
With our first year participating, we were able to accumulate $475 in donations from friends, family, and the community! The walk took place on the 9th of September.
Pictured from left to right: Russ Chamberlain, Daniel Griesi, Trevor Hanson, Emma Smith, and Aaron Godin