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 WT 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 Advanced Taekwondo courses for the U-Move Program.
MASTER INSTRUCTOR (6TH DAN)
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 Taekwondo 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.
SPARRING COACH (4TH DAN)
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.
Hi I’m Victor :) I’m an MCDB major studying premed. I’m also a demo team member with the club. Can’t wait to meet y’all!
Hi!! I'm Angela a sophomore hoping to study UX Design. I am the secretary as well as co-lead of the demo team! I am always down for food, boba (if my bank account can handle it) and talking about anything so feel free to reach out!! Excited to meet everyone!
o/ Nice to meet you all! I am a black belt studying CompSci in CoE (wow so original). As the treasurer of the club, I am tasked with managing the club's finances. Some of my hobbies include Volleyball, reading Manga, listening to good music and other things I'll get judged for liking. I am looking forward to having a fun year with you guys, so don't make my job hard pls :)
Hey everyone, my name is Adena Cartsonis and I'm currently a sophomore second dan studying Architecture and some Computer Science. As one of the club's Travel Coordinators, I'll be sharing responsibility for making sure club members depart to and return from competitions (both physically and mentally) in one piece. In my free time I enjoy reading copious amounts of manga/manhwa and listening to music. Looking forward to meeting and getting to know everyone!
Hello!! I'm Erin Clingerman and I am a sophomore in the college of engineering studying materials science and engineering. I am one of the club's travel coordinators, so I'm in charge of organizing our trips to other colleges for competitions. I've been practicing tkd for 15 years and I'm a 4th dan blackbelt. Outside of tkd, I love baking, drinking coffee, and reading.
Hi, I'm Nuala Kennedy, a junior in STAMPS and current red belt. As media manager for the club, I take photos and videos of events such as tournaments, belt tests, and other shenanigans. I'm looking forward to a great year with the club! GO BLUE!
Hellooo! I'm Jinny, a recently graduated white belt and a freshman studying political science. I will be one of the media managers this year and will be snapping pics at tournaments and other umtkd events! Outside of tkd, I like to read, crochet, and I love spotify. I'm excited to get to know everyone and let's get to D1!!! Michigan fighting! ᕙ(ò_óˇ)ᕗ
Hello, it is me Alex. I suppose I am this year's equipment manager which I think means I manage the equipment, very cool. I am a freshman studying probably computer science in CoE and I currently am a 2nd Dan black belt. I enjoy eating (chipotle), sleeping, and not doing homework. I am really bad at remembering names. Anyway, looking forward to remembering everyones names! Go Blueeee!
Ayooo, my name is Patricio and I am a freshmen majoring in CS in the CoE. I am a 1st Dan Black Belt and am super excited to be Social Chair this year! This role makes me in charge of arranging all the fun and cool events for us to bond and stuff outside of practice. When not training, you will usually find me napping somewhere or drinking Diet Coke! I look forward to meeting you all!