Hwa Rang Do at UChicago

On this page, you can find information you need as a student. If you decide to join our club, it's extremely important that you read this page very carefully. For active student list, please check the roster.

Dues | Etiquette | Promotions | Equipment | Comments


Club dues are $30/quarter for Tae Soo Do® students and $45/quarter for Hwa Rang Do® students. You should pay this (cash or check) to the club treasurer within a week after deciding to join. A check should be written to "Hwa Rang Do Club". If this is an issue, talk to an officer. This money is used for instructor fees, club fees, maintaining/purchasing club equipment, and hosting seminars on campus. It is also used for club members to attend seminars and tournaments off campus.

As our club is an official branch of the World Hwa Rang Do® Association (WHRDA). Therefore, in order to participate in our club, you will also have to pay your annual $30 World Hwa Rang Do Association Fee. The initial application fee is $50, which includes the fee for a student handbook (Sung Gong Journal). Download the Student Information form [pdf], and bring the completed version to Instructor Wetter or an officer. For more detailed information about the WHRDA membership and its benefits, click here. (Information from the WHRDA Headquarters). A check must be written to"Academy of Hwa Rang Do".

Test fees are separate from the club dues and they vary according to rank. For more information, please read the Promotional Exam section below.

Rules and Etiquette

Respect in the Dojang


As members of the Hwa Rang Do Club, you are also responsible for learning the Hwa Rang Do Meng Sae and be familiar with the Korean terminology [pdf] used in class.

Promotional Exams

We have a promotional exam usuallyonce a quarter at the University of Chicago. It is generally scheduled to be on the 2nd Saturday of the last month, check the events schedule for the date of the nearest exam. Click here for the complete rank progression for Tae Soo Do® and Hwa Rang Do® Program.

The exam is conducted by Jo Kyo Nim Wetter from Downtown school. If you are interested in testing, you should talk to your instructors. Once approved, you should fill out the Test Form [pdf], and bring it with you on your test day along with the required payment (cash or check written to "Academy of Hwa Rang Do").

Board breaking is required for TSD testers (optional for HRD testers). Please view the requirement here [rtf]. The club provides boards for each examination, however, each student is required to know how many boards are needed and how they are supposed to be broken.

In order to test, you have to be a member of World Hwa Rang Do Association. Download the Student Information Form [pdf], fill it out and submit it online, which will be directly received by Instructor Wetter. (Please also read "World Hwa Rang Do Association Fee " above).


If you decide to continue training in Tae Soo Do®/Hwa Rang Do®, you will need to purchase a uniform. We strongly recommend purchasing the uniform before your first test. For safe sparring (you will need to spar during promotional exams starting at orange belt), we strongly recommend purchasing basic protective gear, which includes headgear, mouth piece, gloves, shin pads and boots (and groin cup for men).

You can purchase uniform and gear through the club or from the World Hwa Rang Do® Association through Instr. Wetter.

CLUB: The club has limited equipment and weapons in stock for sale. That includes (but not limited to) mouth guard and its case, Ssang Jyel Bong (foam or wood nunchuks), Dan Bong (short stick), Kubaton key chain. Other weapons such as Chang Bong (staff), Mok Gum (wood sword), or Jukdo (Shinai bamboo sword) can be purchased through the club by order. Please ask an officer to purchase this equipment.

WHRDA: Generally, all other equipment can be purchased from the World Hwa Rang Do Association. That includes dobok (uniforms), sparring equipment, weapons and other HRD merchandise such as HRD books, videos, bags, etc. The complete list can be found on the order form (available below). Please follow the instructions below in order to purchase any equipment from the WHRDA.

  1. Download the Order Form (excel file).

  2. Fill out the form, based on your needs. [size chart]

  3. Print out the form. (Make sure everything is filled out correctly such as size, quantity and name).

  4. Prepare your payment (cash or check, payable to 'Academy of Hwa Rang Do').

  5. Bring the form and payment to the class.

Please note that the order form is handed to Instructor Wetter, then he places the order to WHRDA once a month. Send your orders in early to avoid any delay.

Any questions in regards to equipment and its purchase should be directed towards an officer.

Comments on Training

by Instructor Hsu

Grand Master Lee shares this quote: "The longest distance between two points is a shortcut."

Any belt (whatever the color) only means as much as the work you put in to achieving it. If you simply want a black-belt, there are easier ways. Stores sell them for $3-$5, and some schools "sell" theirs for $2000-$3000. It is important to know that learning any martial arts is as much about attaining a goal as it is about the journey you take to get there.

While through Tae Soo Do® and Hwa Rang Do®, progression through belts and learning how to apply techniques might take longer, this opportunity will train more capable fighters, and better martial artists both mentally and physically. If you want to learn techniques, discipline, respect, history, and be part of a family, here's a great path to take. This journey will not be quick, it will not be easy, but it certainly will be rewarding.

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