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Athletics

Ultimate Frisbee Team

The Ultimate Frisbee Team participates in intercollegiate play with schools from all over the country. They travel to tournaments as far away as Syracuse and Princeton and as close as Tufts. The annual Registration Day game will be held on Briggs Field on September 7th. There will also be ultimate frisbee clinics at MIT on September 11th sponsored by Jockey and the UPA (Ultimate Players Association) and a mini-tournament during homecoming on the 2nd of October. There is occasionally ‘KROD,’ noon disc in Kresge Oval.

For more information: <http://www.mit.edu/ activities/ultimate/ultimate.html>, mit-ult-officers@mit.edu

Snowboarding Club

The MIT Snowboarding Club organizes several trips to several mountains across New England throughout the snowboarding season for snowboarders of all ability levels. Trips begin as soon as the mountains open and continue until they close. During the year, the club also holds monthly meetings.

The Snowboarding Club was founded two years ago. The club offered discounts at several local snowboarding stores and on lift tickets at several mountains. This year, the club is looking to extend these discounts and also obtain snowboards to rent to members for trips. The MIT Snowboarding Club also regularly interacts and plans trips with the Harvard and Boston University Snowboarding Clubs. Many members of the MIT club, as well as other local clubs have cars and offer rides.

For more information: oro@mit.edu or harpua@mit.edu

MIT Equestrian Team

The MIT Equestrian Team was created to give people an opportunity to ride or become more familiar with horseback riding. This club sport is open to anyone affiliated with MIT. Started less than three years ago, it is one of the youngest equestrian clubs in the area, but is rapidly growing.

The Equestrian Team competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) against other New England schools such as Harvard, Boston University, and Tufts. There are two show seasons, one in the fall and one in the spring, where undergraduate members are given the opportunity to ride in huntseat equitation in one of five different levels ranging from complete beginner to advanced.

The Equestrian Team does many things besides showing. Members go to weekly lessons in Concord, MA along with participating in other activities throughout the year such as trail rides and team dinners. Anyone who loves horses or is interested in learning to ride is welcome to join the team.

For more information: <http://web.mit.edu/ equestrian/www>, riding-exec@mit.edu

Kokikai

For five years, the MIT Kokikai Club has been training students to defend themselves using the Kokikai style of Aikido, a modern Japanese martial art.

Club members (including both female and male undergraduates and graduate students) meet three times per week to practice.

“I like it when I walk in and see a tiny female student tossing a huge guy around like a sack of potatoes,” commented Adam Elga, a club instructor. “That can happen because Kokikai so strongly emphasizes timing and proper technique over brute strength.”

Twice a year, club members travel to training seminars taught by the founder of Kokikai, Sensei Shuji Maruyama.

For more information: <http://web.mit.edu/ kokikai/www>, kokikai-officers@mit.edu

The MIT Cycling Club

The MIT Cycling Club rides several times a week, either on the road or on mountain bike trails. Due to MIT’s location in the city, the club has traditionally been most focused on road riding, but there is also an active mountain bike contingent, making the best use it can of Boston’s nearby trails. The club encourages (though by no means requires) competitive riding, and each year participates in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC), racing mountain bikes in the fall and road bikes in the spring. The ECCC is one of the largest and best organized conferences in the country, with categories for collegiate men and women of all abilities and levels of experience.

The Cycling Club can also provide advice on many aspects of bike purchase and maintenance, and through its sponsors offers frequent discounts on bikes and related equipment.

Cycling is great for fitness, and offers an easy, welcome escape from the city.

For more information or to join, dyezone@mtl.mit.edu.

Figure Skating Club

Being an advanced skater is by no means a requirement for joining the MIT Figure Skating club, or its sister team, the MIT Ice Dance Club. The sessions are quite informal and people just practice whatever they wish. There are plenty of experienced skaters in the club who are always willing to give pointers to anyone interested. The club also offers group lessons and advice on buying or renting skates. Private lessons are also available by arrangement with several different teachers.

Every year, the club holds an ice show. Club members also participate in intercollegiate competitions with up to 100 skaters from other schools. MIT hosts one of these competitions each year, with free skating, compulsory moves, and team compulsory moves at levels intermediate through senior. Last year, MIT skaters also competed at Boston University and Princeton University.

The Figure Skating and Ice Dance Clubs make use of the ice rink located in the Johnson Athletic Center. The club is open to members of the MIT community, and new members are encouraged to show up at any of their sessions. There are Figure Skating sessions on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings, in addition to Ice Dance sessions on Saturday and Sunday and Precision sessions on Sundays. See the ice rink schedule for exact times.

For more information: <http://web.mit.edu/ skatingclub/www/>, skating-admin@mit.edu.