Brown Taekwondo takes home gold from East Coast tournament

While most Brown students spent their long weekend lying in bed, catching up on the latest episodes of The Office that they missed due to the recent onslaught of midterms, Brown Taekwondo was out kicking ass and taking names.

On February 19th, 58 Brown Taekwondo members took part in the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference (ECTC) in sparring and poomse (which looks something like this) competitions and ended up in the top spot. The conference was held at Princeton, with over 20 schools, including MIT, Tufts and Cornell, participating. The group was led by Master Sung Park ’96 and Randy Trang ’11, with student instructors Annam Nguyen ’12, Danielle Harrison, Jesse Madnick ’12 and Jon Truong ’12 acting as head student instructors.

The group will be defending its title of National Champions, which it took for the first time last year, at MIT in early April.

Brown Taekwondo sweeps national championships

Brown Taekwondo recently won 31 medals and two first place trophies at the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association Championship earlier this month. Having placed in the top three over the past ten years, this is the first time in history that the team ranked first overall, earning it the title of National Champion for the first time. Held at UC Davis, the competition featured over 400 competitors from 30 of the country’s top colleges and universities. The 25 Brown athletes and their four coaches took part in performing choreographed techniques as well as full knock-out sparring.

Led by Master Sung Sun Park ‘96, the recipient of the Coach of the Year Award in 2010, since 2006, Brown Taekwondo currently has over 120 members, most of whom only began learning the sport at Brown. The team is also coached by black belt heavy weight sparring champion and Johnson & Wales student Danielle Harrison, as well as Brown students Bhuvic Patel ’11 and Randall Trang ’11.

In order to find out more about Brown Taekwondo, BlogDailyHerald caught up with Stephanie Lee ’12, a national medal-winning Brown Taekwondo member, to talk about her experience with the martial art. Continue Reading