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Boat Club

The MIT boat club’s mission is to promote rowing at MIT and the Cambridge/Boston area. Our interests span all areas of rowing, from competitive sweep rowing to recreational sculling. All members of the MIT community are welcome to join. No experience is necessary. If you are interested, please stop by our booth at the midway, or just drop by the Pierce boathouse anytime, and ask about rowing at MIT. (The boathouse is located right across the street from Burton Conner).

Boxing Club

The MIT Boxing Club has a long history going back to the early years of this century. Currently the club is coached by Colonel Kandiah, a former Sri Lankan Olympic boxer. Practices are intense and include jumping rope, footwork, punching technique, shadow boxing, bag work, drills, and light sparring. We will teach you everything from how to jump rope, to throwing lefts and rights, to eventually parrying and slipping.

If you join you can expect intense workouts that will raise your fitness level, improve your speed, provide a good outlet for any stress, as well as teach you the sport of boxing. The club has all the necessary wraps, gloves, headgear, and bags required for boxing. Safety is a number one concern in our club, and we always wear proper headgear and look out for each other.

The best way to get involved in the club is to take the Boxing PE class which is offered twice a semester. These large, popular classes teach all the basics of boxing from the very beginning.

MIT Boxing Club Practices are in the DuPont Exercise Room year-round on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8pm-9pm (7 p.m. -8 p.m. when no PE class) and Saturdays 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

The club e-mail list is <> if you want to get occasional announcements. The club president can be reached at <>.


Do you love to perform? Does getting in front of a crowd get you going? Have you ever tried cheerleading? Two out of three isn’t bad, and if you answered yes to all three what are you waiting for?

MIT Cheerleading started two years ago as a female group. We are now co-ed and looking for men and women to help us raise spirit at MIT and have a great time doing it. Some of us cheered and high school and some of us didn’t. We’re looking for you if you are strong, coordinated, and energetic. We practice about 5 hours a week, and we attend all men’s home football and basketball games, as well as some other events. We’ll be at both the Athletics Gateway and the Activities Midway, so come check us out.

Tryouts will be held Thursday August 31st and Friday September 1st from noon until 3. Contact an Erica at <> or <>, or get more information on our web page. <> Don’t forget to come and bring your new friends, male and female.

Curling Team

Love the ice? Dying to get your hands on the broom and sweep? Want to know what all those Canadians are crazy about? Or do you just love sports that require strategy and finesse? If so, come check out the MIT Curling Team!

We welcome curlers of all levels including people who have never heard of the game. Check us out. Grab a broom and see if you can get your team’s forty-two pound stone into the button!

Our season runs from the end of October to April. We curl at Broomstones, a beautiful curling rink nearby. Transportation to the rink is limited, but we love enthusiastic curlers and if you can drive us there, we’ll love you even more!

For more information check our website <> or send e-mail to <>.

Equestrian Team

The Equestrian Team was founded 4 years ago to bring together horse lovers and introduce the sport to as many people as possible. The group has grown quickly and currently has over 20 members. It is recognized as both a club sport and a student club at MIT.

The Equestrian Team allows members to ride for fun and competitively. The team rides huntseat equitation and will also start training in dressage this year. Competitions are open to undergraduates and riders of all levels are encouraged to compete including complete beginners. Although the team’s schedule is flexible with several different weekly lesson times, competitors are expected to ride at least once a week at the team’s barn in Concord, MA.

Please contact us at <> and visit our webpage at <> We will be at the Activities Midway and our first meeting of the year is scheduled for mid September

Figure Skating and Ice Dance Clubs

The Figure Skating Club and its sister club the MIT Ice Dance Club 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 our sessions to see how they like it.

Being an advanced skater is by no means a requirement for joining. The sessions are quite informal and people just practice whatever they wish. There are plenty of good 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 with at least one number made 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 pre-intermediate through senior. Last year, MIT skaters also competed at Boston University.

For more information about the Figure Skating and Ice Dance clubs, check out the web page at <>, or e-mail the club officers at <>.

Intercollegiate Volleyball Club

The Intercollegiate Volleyball Club (IVC) is a self-coached team that participates in the New England Collegiate Volleyball League ( This league is considered to be one of the finest in the nation. There are more than 30 colleges and universities in the league, many of which are coached, varsity-level teams.

IVC is almost in it’s tenth year at MIT. Although the team is mostly graduate students, undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to try-out. There will be approximately 10-15 players. Last year, we had 12 players -- including one undergraduate.

We practice twice a week for two hours on the half-court in Rockwell Cage. During the first semester, there will be a few pre-season tournaments that we will participate in. Tournaments are held on the weekend and take a full Saturday or Sunday. The season takes place between February and April. During the season, we will attend at least two all-day tournaments and play a few other evening and weekend games.

E-mail <> or subscribe to <> for more information. We will also be at the Activities Midway.

Isshinryu Karate-do

Our athletic club practices Isshinryu Karate-do, an Okinawan form of karate rooted in centuries of martial arts tradition. Sensei Matthew Borthwick has led clubs at Cornell and McGill Universities before establishing the MIT club. We have worked out at MIT for 2.5 years and currently have about 10 members.

Our small-club environment fosters personal development of mind and body, with an emphasis on safety and non-violence. Incoming students need have NO previous experience in the martial arts; initial techniques are simple and act as the building blocks for more advanced forms. Furthermore, we don’t assume any specific athletic ability; our club is for everyone, and everyone can achieve his or her own goals.

Isshinryu Karate-do at MIT works out twice a week for 1.5 hours each class. Classes will meet one weekday evening and one weekend afternoon. Our final summer meetings will be Wednesday, August 30th at 5 p.m. in the DuPont Wrestling Room, and Saturday, September 2nd at 1 p.m. in the DuPont Exercise Room. The Fall Semester schedule will be announced on our website <>


MIT Jiu-Jitsu is a club at MIT that practices the American Jiu-Jitsu System of Self Defense. The club was started by Sensei Jason McCarthy and 2nd degree (nidan) black belt in American Jiu-Jitsu started the club in 1994. Since then, the club has grown to about 40 students from all over the MIT community.

There is no experience required to join the club. Anyone can join. Four instructors and two assistant instructors instruct students. Any member of the club can attain a black belt in four years allowing you to get a black belt in your time at MIT. The club is mostly undergraduate, but graduate students are also welcome. We meet on Wednesday and Thursday from 9-10:30 Saturday and Sunday from 3-5 all in the Dupont Exercise room

Jiu-Jitsu, which translates to “the gentle art”, is a 1000-year-old martial art that utilizes skillful technique, leverage, off-balance and the knowledge of human anatomy to overcome an attacker with as little effort as possible. The club uses strikes, throws, joint-locks, ground fighting, and stick fighting in training. Size and strength don’t matter.

For more information, contact <> or visit <> The first meeting of the term is the first full week after registration.

Karate Club

The MIT Karate Club is a traditional Japanese martial arts group affiliated with Shotokan Karate of America. We are a club of long standing at MIT, with ties through SKA to dojos all over the US and internationally. More details of our club and SKA can be reached through our webpage <>.

We welcome anyone interested in learning and practicing karate; no experience is necessary. Our membership is open to anyone -- undergrads, grad students, alumni, or affiliates (generally well mixed between all of the above). We offer beginners’ classes each term; first practice is usually in the second week of classes. We practice in the evenings on Monday (8-10), Wednesday (7-9), and Friday (7-9); e-mail or call for more details. Contacts are: Alex Ihler (<>, 253-4874) or Johnson Chung <>.

Kendo Club

The MIT Kendo Club [MITKC] was established during Independent Activities Period in January 1999, by Elaine Wan ’01, Mike Masaki G (Graduate student in Electrical Engineering) and Andrew Campbell ’99, (Graduate student in Materials Science & TPP).

MITKC has had the privilege of being coached by Mr. Junji Himeno (7th dan), Visiting Scholar at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies of Harvard University and head coach for HRKC since 1998. Since our start, MITKC has blossomed into a larger club with over 40 undergraduate and graduate members. As the club grew, our practices were moved to the Rockwell Cage and the DuPont Gym.

The club members of the MITKC are equipped with uniform and bogu (armor). We practice all year, at least once a week for two hours, to prepare for the intercollegiate tournament, the Harvard Shoryuhai in April. We also hold an annual intra-club tournament, the Himeno Cup, in May.

All levels of kendo experience are welcome to join our practices, from beginners to experts! For more information, please visit our website: <> or e-mail us: <>.

Kokikai Aikido

The MIT Kokikai Aikido club offers instruction in a modern Japanese martial art, teaching coordination of mind and body and effective self-defense in a friendly, energetic environment.

Kokikai Aikido teaches self-defense using techniques of evasion, immobilization, and redirection to avoid an attack and then control the attacker. The power of the art comes from understanding how to always be your best (strongest and most relaxed), and by using the power and momentum of the attacker to your advantage.

The Kokikai style of Aikido was developed by Sensei Shuji Maruyama, one of the students of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. Says Maruyama, "By relaxing and striving for greater calmness, we can produce ever better results -- minimum effort for maximum effect."

The MIT Kokikai Aikido club is entering its 5th year and offers members opportunities to practice with students at all levels, from beginner to black belt. The club has about 25 members, approximately 50/50 male/female, and includes undergraduate and graduate students as well as staff and other members of the MIT community.

Practices are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7-8:30 year-round in the DuPont Wrestling Room; most students try to attend two per week. Beginners are always welcome. For more information check out <>.

Women’s Club Ice Hockey

We’re a group of approximately 25 women, mostly grad students, some undergrads, and a few alums, who practice three times a week (about 5 hours total) and play games against club teams from other colleges. Most of us played other sports before we came to MIT (like soccer, ultimate, basketball, crew) and have added ice hockey in the last few years. Why?

Because ice hockey is the best way to spend a winter in New England. To start playing, you only need a pair of hockey skates and a stick. The team can lend you the rest (helmet, pads, pants, gloves) until you get addicted and decide to buy your own gear. Not confident in your skating abilities? You might want to take the P.E. ice skating course first and then join the team once you feel more stable. Fine on skates or roller blades but never played hockey before? Sounds perfect for the team!

To join or get more information, send mail to the coaches and captains at <>. We will be meeting for the first time in September to get ready for the start of our season, which starts in October as soon as the rink opens.

Women’s Rugby

Women’s rugby is one of the fastest growing collegiate sports for women. Three days a week, the MIT Women Ruggers practice during both fall and spring seasons. No experience is necessary, just a desire to learn and play a unique sport. In fact, almost all of our players have never played rugby before college. Games are Saturday mornings, followed by socials with the opposing teams. Practices are Monday Wednesday and Friday, 5-7 on Brigg’s Field

The team is open to all members of the MIT community, including undergraduates and graduate students. Look for us at the midway, e-mail <> or visit <> for more information.

Women’s Ultimate

Ultimate is a high energy sport that combines elements of soccer, football and basketball in a fast-paced game, played with a frisbee, where everyone is a quarterback and everyone is a receiver. Ultimate began in 1968 in Maplewood, New Jersey when a group of Columbia High School students first played on an asphalt parking lot at their high school. The first intercollegiate ultimate game occurred on Nov. 6, 1972, between Princeton and Rutgers, in New Brunswick, NJ.

So come join us at MIT. We’re a lively and diverse mix of undergrad and grad students, of all interests and orientations, with experienced players and players who have just learned how to throw a frisbee. Check out our webpage and our story online. Learn what the “Spirit of the Game” means. And look for us on Briggs field on Registration day afternoon.

Hope to see you on the fields. <>.