Rose-Hulman Martial Arts Club

The Rose-Hulman Martial Arts Club meets every Monday and Wednesday night that school is in session from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the multipurpose room in the SRC. The styles typically taught are Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do, but we are always looking for people with experience in other styles as well. The current president of the Martial Arts Club is Jon Boyce.  The vice-president is Richard Graham and the treasurer is Drew Beyer.

All students are welcome to come. Whether you have lots of experience or no experience at all, you are sure to learn a lot and have fun. Classes typically begin with basic drills, and work on to more complicated movements, forms, and eventually, grabs and throws. Classes are taught with an eye toward the inexperienced student, and all of the instructors have a lot of experience with beginning students. More emphasis is placed on the "why" of movements than the "how". Of course, if you enjoy a challenge, we can be just as demanding and exacting as you like!

Why practice the martial arts? Martial Arts is good for your health, self-discipline, and self-defense. Every martial artist has their own reason to practice the martial arts. Practicing will make you healthier, whether you only work out lightly or you train long and hard each day. From the graceful movements such as Tai Chi to the high kicks of Tae Kwon Do, ability does not matter in the Martial Arts. What matters is the will: the will to try, the will to learn, and the will to endure. Martial Arts is also good for self-discipline. Martial Artists benefit from the stress placed on courtesy and respect in and outside of training. As the name implies, the Martial Arts is meant for martial aspects, i.e. self-defense. Training in change how you view fighting. Martial Artists do not like to fight any more than the next person, in fact martial artists tend to dislike fights more than your average person. So stop by and give it a try, even for only one night, it will help you relax and get away from the hectic life at Rose-Hulman and you may even decide to come back the next time.

Our focus is generally not on competition but on the art and self-defense.  As a result of our particular instructors' beliefs and backgrounds we therefore do little free sparring.  We do practice forms (Hyungs/Kata) and one-step sparring quite frequently.  We have on occasion run free sparring groups that meet outside of normal meeting times, and will try our best to help anyone with martial arts inquiries whether into finding a style elsewhere or getting together a group for some specific reason.  Our club also runs various women's self-defense and self-defense classes on campus outside of club meetings and such.

Meeting Times:
Monday and Wednesday nights 7:00 to 9 pm

Advisor: Dr. Jeff Leader Professor of Mathematics

Any questions, comments, etc. please e-mail Jon Boyce at

                                                                or Richard Ma at

Last Update: 11/29/200999 or 2006