The Boulder Taekwon-Do (BTKD) club, formerly "CU Taekwon-
Do Club" has been in Boulder since September, 1966. The
head instructor is Mr. Jonas Pologe, 8th Degree Black
Belt, International Taekwon Do.
Boulder Taekwon Do, formerly the C.U. Taekwon-Do club,
began on the Boulder campus of the University of Colorado
in 1966. It was founded by Mr. David Kang in September of
that year, and he remained the instructor until 1972. One
of Mr. Kang's two original students, Mr. Walt Lang, took
over as head instructor in 1972, and coached the club
through the period from 1972 until 1985. Mr. Lang took a
brief sojourn from CU, care of the United States Navy,
between 1970-1972 and was away during 1979 leaving Mr.
John Sharrah to teach the class in his absence. Mr. Lang
is still thought of by many as the driving force behind
the creation of the current Boulder Taekwon Do class.
Mr. Lang is currently a 9th degree black belt living and
teaching in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The picture below
shows a typical CU Taekwon-Do class from 1986. The
martial arts were particularly popular at that time and
every college student wanted to participate!
"Lang's Gang" Circa 1986
When Mr. Lang moved to Albuquerque, Mr. Rob Tobin, a
student since 1973 and an assistant instructor since
1978, took over as head instructor. Master Tobin ran and
taught at the club until he tragically died of leukaemia
in 2003. At this point, Master Tobin's head student of
many years, Mr. Jonas Pologe took over the club.
Mr. Pologe tested to Master Instructor, 7th Degree in
December 2003. In 2004, the club was no longer able to
use the facilities at the University of Colorado and
moved to another location. The club became Boulder
Taekwon-Do in January 2004, and relocated to the Flatiron
Athletic Club in Boulder.
From left to right: Walter .L Lang, Gen. Choi Hong
Hi, Charles E. Sereff, Robert M. Tobin
The photo above was taken in 1990 and shows the lineage
of Boulder Taekwon-Do instructors. General Choi, the
father and founder of Taekwon Do (2nd from left) trained
Grand Master instructor Charles E. Sereff (3rd from the
left), who trained Grand Master Walter L. Lang (left),
who trained Master instructor, Robert M. Tobin, (right)
who trained Master Instructor Jonas A. Pologe (Not in
After Mr. Tobin passed away Mr. Pologe continued to
train with Mr. Serreff for nearly the next 10 years
until he resigned from the United States Taekwon Do
Federation. Mr. Pologe continues to train under
Mr. Lang, whenever possible, with various other
instructors in the Colorado area, and, as always, with
his students in Boulder Taekwon Do.