University Fitness Center - Specialty Class - Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts. Physically, it is a very dynamic and challenging sport involving sparring, conditioning, weaponry, and mastering difficult hand and foot techniques. Mentally, it requires the development of perseverance and mental alertness, concentration, self-control and discipline. Spiritually, Tae Kwon Do fosters the elimination of fear and the ability to grow in one's own inner strength and self realization. Martial arts students become strong in body and mind, with keen awareness of their own powerful indomitable spirit.
- May 20 - July 8 (No Class May 27)
- Mondays & Wednesdays: 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Fridays: 5:45 - 7:15 PM (on a week-to-week basis)
- 8-Week Session: $75 Paid in Advance, $80 Paid Day of
*UFC Non-Members who enroll in this Specialty Class may be eligible for reimbursement of up to $75 for three months of consecutive participation through Blueprints for Wellness and Highmark. Eligibility requirements include:
- Non-UFC Member
- PSHMC Employee, Spouse or Partner, and Dependents (minimum age of 12)
- Participant must be covered under the PSHMC health plan
Participants who want to receive the Specialty Class reimbursement will need to complete the reimbursement form and provide the required documentation listed on the form. Any questions regarding this benefit should be directed to Lynley Lapp at x289355.
Please note: This reimbursement is not eligible for PSHMC Employees, Spouses or Partners, and Dependents who are UFC Members because they are automatically enrolled in the fitness membership reimbursement.
Gloria Gingrich, RN has been doing martial arts for many years and mastered her black belt in the Korean style of martial arts. She studied Kuk Sool Won, Hapkido, and Tae Kwon Do. She uses her knowledge and experience from Kuk Sool and Hapkido with the traditional strength of TKD. Her workouts focus on balance, flexibility, coordination, self-control, and endurance. She teaches Korean tradition and language, "the way of hand and foot", breathing techniques, meditation, combination techniques, self-defense, sparring, forms (hyung), and weaponry. Contact Gloria.
Janice Larson has been a martial arts student in Tae Kwon Do/Tang Soo Do since 1987. Teaching at the UFC since 2005, her prior experience was teaching children for 12 years and training with masters in PA and an Olympic trainer in NY. She enjoys teaching students of all ages so they can achieve beyond their limitations and come to know the satisfaction of accomplishment. Her classes are challenging and streunous workouts that allow students to develop strength, endurance, flexibility, respect, unity, and confidence.
Parvez Lokhandwala, PSU MD PhD graduate, mastered a Black-belt in Tae Kwon Do. His workouts include a mix of warm-ups, stretching, balancing, core-building exercises, physical conditioning, self-defense techniques, escape techniques, take-downs, joint locks, punching-kicking drills and "controlled" point-sparring. Each student is encouraged to challenge themselves so they may achieve their own personal physical goals.
Athan Spanos, Sous Chef for The Hotel Hershey, mastered a Black-belt in Tae Kwon Do, and an adjunct instructor at our school. Prior to learning TKD, Athan had trained in Kung Fu. He combines the strong punching and kicking techniques from TKD, while retaining the fluidity and grace of Kung Fu. Athan tends to focus his classes on endurance, technique, self-defense, sparring and acrobatic kicks (e.g. jumping and/or spinning kicks).