Tae Kwon Do class kicks off this semester

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Enrique Rivera

Learning from the master: Tae Kwon Do Instructor Vicmar Coliflores teaching students new Tae Kwon Do moves. Cerritos College offers Tae Kwon Do classes for the first time this semester.

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Cerritos College is offering a Tae Kwon Do class for the first time this semester.

Being that this is the first time and developing class, the Tae Kwon Do program holds a minor problem.

The students start as white belt, and if they pass [the class] they move on to yellow belt.

Cerritos College is one of two community colleges offering a Tae Kwon Do program in the local area, the other being Mira Costa College.

Coliflores’ main goal is to grow the program and make it transferable to the 4-year universities.

“It basically focuses on the World Tae Kwan Do Federation type of system,” Tae Kwon Do Instructor Vicmar Coliflores said.

If an intermediate class is not added by next semester, the students who are promoted as yellow belts will have to retake the class and share it with new white belts.

“Based on the economy, [the physical education department] going to hold the intermediate and advance for now,” said Coliflores.

He continued with, “But what I would like to do is, take the students that are with me now and then add them to the students that are enrolling for the next semester: this will be an opportunity for them to be an example for the new students.”

Coliflores is a 5th degree black belt of Tae Kwon Do and a physical education fitness expert with a cumulative study length of 30 years.

Nursing major, Marilyn Fernandez enjoys Coliflores’ way of teaching.

“He’s really good at teaching everything, if we don’t get it, we can always ask him and he’ll explain how to do it,” she said.

Coliflores does not expect much but desire and courage out of his students.

“The only thing I really expect out of [the students] is to be passionate, I don’t expect perfection with their technique,” Coliflores said.