WHO RUNS THE CLUB?
 

Instructors

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GRAND MASTER CHONG

GRAND MASTER INSTRUCTOR (10TH DAN)

Master Chong has served as the head instructor of the University of Michigan Taekwondo Club since 1968. He is a former President of the United States Taekwondo Union, a former member of the WTF council, and has served as head of the US National Taekwondo Team. His students have included Olympic Gold Medalist Lynette Love and Bronze Medalist Han Wan Lee. In addition to being the U of M Master Instructor, Master Chong is formerly a Lecturer in the Division of Kinesiology, and taught the Beginning Taekwondo and Advnaced Taekwondo courses for the U-Move Program.

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MASTER INSTRUCTOR (6TH DAN)

MASTER BUSCH

Master Busch is the Master Instructor of the U of M Taekwondo Club and has been involved in Taekwondo for over 30 years, starting at the University of Michigan in 1987.  After serving as a club officer, he became an instructor in 1991 and served in that capacity until 2002, when he relocated to South Bend, IN.  Master Busch then became an instructor at Hong's USA Taekwond where he taught advanced classes and sparring.  His students included the. University of Notre Dame Taekwondo club. Master Busch returned to the area in 2005 and resumed teaching at UM.  Master Busch is a certified referee.

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RUSS GALE

HEAD COACH (6TH DAN)

Master Russell Gale has trained in taekwondo for over 30 years. He spent several years competing in Olympic style taekwondo earning medals in state, national and international competitions. He has since turned his competitive energy towards his coaching career. He has developed several athletes from his team to surpass his own accomplishments in the ring. He has seen his athletes make national teams and travel the world in pursuit of ranking points in their quest for an Olympic opportunity. Master Gale is also on staff with the USAT, the organizing body of Olympic Sport Taekwondo in the United States. With the USAT he helps organize and run the US National Championships and the US Open.

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SPARRING COACH (4TH DAN)

DAVID REITZ

David Reitz is a seasoned competitor hailing from Master Russell Gale's school in Plymouth, MI. David's recent accomplishments have included winning gold at the 2017 USAT National Championships in the men's black belt featherweight division. He is currently ranked #2 in the nation for this division.

Officers

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I’m a senior studying Material Science Engineer (basically Chemical Engineering but cooler). In the free time I pretend to have, I usually watch/make videos and attempt to go pro in League of Legends. I'm the president of the club. Proudest achievement is surviving through 4 decades.

 

 (rishimer@umich.edu)

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Hello everyone! I'm currently a junior studying American Culture, International Studies, and Political Science in LSA. (I kept adding on majors and I don't know why.) As the vice president of UMTKD, I am mainly responsible for alumni connections, fundraising, and club apparel. (I'm also head of the Fundraising Committee, so please let me know if you want to join!!) Looking forward to a great year with y'all!

(suzhao@umich.edu)

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Hi ya'll! I'm a green belt and majoring in International Relations. As captain, my job is to motivate people and help them progress towards their goals, whether it is being an athlete, a champion, or just trying to stay active during the pandemic! Fun fact: I grew up moving around Asia, so I was *supposed* to be able to speak multiple languages, but I ended up having a third grader’s level of Korean and Mandarin. My hobbies include watching Korean entertainment shows, panicking about my future, and enjoying the role of hype-woman. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have!

(jenjieun@umich.edu)

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Hi there! I am a junior in biomedical engineering with a minor in gender and health. As secretary, my job is to make beautiful spreadsheets, track attendance, and send lots of emails to people who haven’t done their PIT. Outside of taekwondo, I enjoy strong cups of tea, good books, traveling, cooking, and French TV. Looking forward to getting to know everyone and making some immaculate spreadsheets!

(mmcai@umich.edu)

Rishi Merchant

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 PRESIDENT

SUKI ZHAO

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VICE PRESIDENT

Jennifer Kim

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TEAM CAPTAIN

Michelle Cai

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SECRETARY

Yo, it's ya boi Hyoung (aka spinny boi aka second spiciest hips aka warm butt). If you don’t already know me, I’m a sophomore studying Philosophy, a 2nd Dan (degree) Black Belt, and I’m also one of the club’s Travel Coordinators. When I’m not thinking deep thoughts or planning for our tournaments/competitions, I’m either sleeping, somehow practicing my Catholic faith, playing guitar, or pretending to learn or be interested in some new cool thing/skill/hobby (currently: Parkour).

(hyoungmc@umich.edu)

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Hello! I’m Alicia , and I am a sophomore majoring in Psychology. I’m a First Dan Black Belt and Co-Travel Coordinator in the club, meaning I enjoy inflicting pain on myself and others. My job is to make sure we get to tournaments in one piece, whether they're online or not. When not yelling, you can find me not sleeping, learning new dances, and GOING TO POOMSAE ON MONDAY :D.

(wangali@umich.edu)

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Greetings! I’m Kyra and I’m a junior studying Engineering Physics. I am the club treasurer which means that, like a dragon, I hide in a cave with all our club’s money and breathe fire at anyone who approaches. Some other facts about me: I really like grapefruit juice, my favorite book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, I'm teaching myself to play piano, and my unpopular opinion is that I wish all bugs were at minimum as big as tarantulas.

kykurtz@umich.edu

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I’m Nuala Kennedy, a freshman studying art and design at STAMPS. My job as media editor is to document the club throughout the year by taking pictures and videos for those in and out of the club to enjoy. Outside of TKD I like to ski, sketch, and watch a lot of TV (as of lately my watchlist has mostly consisted of anime).

(nualak@umich.edu)

Hyoung Cho

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 CO-TRAVEL COORDINATOR

ALICIA WANG

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CO-TRAVEL COORDINATOR

Kyra Kurtz

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TREASURER

Nuala Kennedy

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MEDIA EDITOR

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Hi everyone! I'm a freshman in pre-health and I (think) that I will be majoring in BCN (that will probably change soon, I'm an indecisive person). I'm the Webmaster of the club, which basically means I rule this website. In my free time I like to play too many video games and do yoga. Feel free to say hi if you see me!

(khinrich@umich.edu)

Hi! I'm a sophomore, double majoring in Neuroscience and German. Don't question it, they go together...somehow. I'm a First Dan black belt and Equipment Manager in the club. As GearMaster my job is get you equipment that you need and then nag until you put it back properly. Fun fact, I have a year old German Shepherd named Saber who, over quarantine, I trained to track human scent. We are currently training to be a therapy dog team. Looking forward to continuing Taekwondo whatever form that may be!

(mckperry@umich.edu)

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Hiya! I am an Anthropology major and Rosshole most importantly, I am the TKD social chair! I get to plan all the fun stuff that does not include kicking people (though sometimes ends up happening anyways). I am a first dan black belt. When I am not tkding or screaming internally in accounting I am gardening, painting, or talking someone’s ear off :) Come say hi if you got the time!

(Bellajak@umich.edu)

Kerra Hinrichs

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WEBMASTER

McKendra Perry

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EQUIPMENT MANAGER

Bella Jakubczak 

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SOCIAL CHAIR