Taekwondo at Auraria Campus

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Posted Tue, Nov 19, 2013

6th dan black belt, Bill Pottle ( Black Shirt) provides Auraria campus students with the opportunity to register for Taekwondo and receive two course credits.

6th dan black belt, Bill Pottle (black shirt) provides Auraria campus students with the opportunity to register for Taekwondo and receive two course credits.

DENVER, Auraria campus —  Nearly 50 years ago, Taekwondo- a form of Martial Arts, grappled its way onto the Auraria campus.

Master of Taekwondo, Bill Pottle, a 6th Dan black belt, has dedicated his life to teaching others the gift of self-defense on Auraria for 10 years.

Auraria campus provides students with the opportunity to register for Taekwondo and receive two course credits. The classes meet Monday and Wednesday at the MSU Denver gymnasium. Students also have the option to join the Martial Arts Club.

“I recommend Taekwondo to people because it has so many benefits,” Pottle said. “It makes you happy, healthier, and safer. I use examples of people who have overcome challenges in life and Taekwondo like Master Ron, a 64-year-old man, who is legally blind and yet continues to practice and train successfully.”

Pottle’s favorite thing about Taekwondo is watching people overcome challenges, and growing in confidence. He also loves the added benefits for people such as being healthier and happier.

Students who train on Auraria

Darius Ray, 20, student at MSU has been training in Taekwondo at Auraria campus with Pottle for over a year.

Ray has trained hard and has enjoyed his time doing so. Ray became aware of the program from word of mouth by a friend who informed him about the Taekwondo class being offered on Auraria campus; the discipline and intensity made him curious.

“After the first day I loved it,” Ray said. “The fitness is demanding and the intensity is hardcore. When you take Martial Arts like Taekwondo it pushes you to move forward and try harder.”

Auraria students practicing forms, forms are a series of movements used to teach self defense for a variety of circumstances .

Auraria students practicing forms, forms are a series of movements used to teach self defense for a variety of circumstances.

Ray hopes to train toward his black belt.

Although Taekwondo may have its moments of demanding intensity, it also has its moments you can enjoy. Moments you don’t feel like your bring pushed to the edge.

Taekwondo is not just a martial arts form for men but also for women.

Ivy Yang, student at University of Colorado Denver, trains with the Taekwondo program on Auraria with Pottle.

“I love Taekwondo because it gives me a way to challenge myself,” Yang said. “In competitions, I know there’s always the chance of someone being better than me, and that helps push me.”

Traveling is another reason why Yang loves training in the Taekwondo program. She loves being able to go to different places, showing off her skills in various competitions.

“I get to meet many people not only from the Colorado region, but from all over the U.S. and from other countries,” Yang said.

Faris Carter, MSU student, has been taking Taekwondo for about a year in the program at Auraria with Pottle. Carter said he absolutely loves Taekwondo because it makes him feel euphoric.

Carter talked about how great it is to take Taekwondo under Pottle at Auraria.

“Our master is the greatest and you can’t do anything but learn from each and every class,” Carter said. “It’s a good source of self-discipline; if you have none then I recommend you come try Taekwondo.”

 Darius Ray sparring

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=INzvrD_XsfE

Days training at Auraria

HISTORY OF TAEKWONDO

Today Taekwondo is taught in over 160 counties.

Across the World nearly 30 million people practice Taekwondo. Over the years it has been altered and changes have been made, but the art continues to gain the passion of millions of people over the years.

 In the 1960’s, A Korean Taekwondo Instructor traveled abroad to teach the hidden art of Taekwondo; Korea had been keeping it from the World for over 2,000decades. The journey of taekwondo to the U.S. was a turning point in history, the beginning stages of the the evolution of passion across the World learning the secret of Taekwondo.

 One of the oldest Taekwondo schools in Colorado was found in 1980 by Grand Master Jar Kyu Chung. He received his training in Korea where he became a member of the green berets. Before leaving Korea, Chung received numerous notable national and international titles in taekwondo.

 Chung left Korea to travel to Brazil where he trained for eight years before his travels led him to Aurora, Co. There he built his first taekwondo school.

 The ‘Do-Jang’ remains open and is the home to many of Colorado’s best Taekwondo competitors.  Master Pottle is now the current owner and head Master at the Aurora Do-Jang. He also owns and operates a second location in Littleton,Co. 

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Cherise Scrivner

About Cherise Scrivner

Cherise Scrivner is a Denver-area freelance writer. She is also the Managing Editor of CMAN (Colorado Martial Arts News)

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