May 31, 2016
Dr. Ken Min, Faculty Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, was recently awarded the President's Council Lifetime Achievement Award by the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. This award is given to only five individuals every year whose careers have greatly contributed to the advancement or promotion of physical activity, fitness, sports, or nutrition nationwide.
Min, a 9th degree black belt in Taekwondo, Judo, and Yongmudo, has been devoted to the development of martial arts not only in the United States, but also worldwide. He founded the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association and led the effort to have taekwondo recognized as a competitive sport by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and the United States Olympic Committee.
Min then went on to promote taekwondo on an international level; he served as a member of the Education Council and Game Preparation and Service Committee on the United States Olympic Committee and was a founding member of the World Taekwondo Federation (the Olympic International Federation governing taekwondo), continuing on its governing council for almost four decades. He also served as the International University Sports Federation's (FISU) Taekwondo Technical Commissioner from 1986 until his retirement in 2015.
Min founded the University of California Martial Arts Program (UCMAP), a program that includes judo, taekwondo, wushu, karate, taijichuan, and yongmudo. Under Dr. Min's leadership as team coach and technical director, the Cal Taekwondo Team won 34 national team titles within a 38-year period.
April 25, 2016
This past weekend, National Collegiate Taekwondo Association Tournament Committee hosted the 41st Anniversary National Collegiate Taekwondo Championship at the University of Colorado Boulder. Over 400 competitors from over sixty colleges across the nation traveled to Colorado to compete in elite level kyorugi (free sparring) and poomsae (forms) taekwondo competition. Forty-one years old, the National Collegiate Taekwondo Championship has also been a proving ground for future Olympic and World Taekwondo champions.
After two days of heated competition, the Cal Taekwondo team earned four gold medals, four silver medals, and four bronze medals.
The renowned UC Martial Arts Program has won an overwhelming number of National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships, and this year's team did not disappoint. In sum, the medals earned Cal twenty-four points. This victory marks the 36th time that UC Berkeley has claimed the national title.
December 22, 2015
The University of California Martial Arts Program is pleased to announce that UCMAP Director Dr. Russell Ahn has been appointed as Taekwondo Technical Delegate (TD) of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). He will be serving as the technical chairman for the taekwondo events at the Summer Universiade games, which is a biennial competition between universities worldwide. For the past 10 years, Dr. Ahn has been serving as a special assistant for the FISU TD, Dr. Ken Min. Ahn also previously served as the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) technical delegate for both the 2011 Shenzhen Summer Universiade and the 2015 Gwangju Summer Universiade.
Dr. Ahn was also reappointed as Vice-Chairman of the Youth and Collegiate committee of the WTF, a role in which he has served in since 2010. He has also served in other leadership positions within the WTF, including as the Collegiate Committee Chairman in 2009. He also currently serves as the president of the US National Collegiate Taekwondo Association and is on the board of directors of USA Taekwondo, the national governing body of taekwondo in the United States. He continues to demonstrate thought leadership in the space, including delivering a keynote speech entitled "Global Leadership Development for Taekwondo" at the 5th Seoul Taekwondo World Leaders Forum, hosted by Kukkiwon, the World Taekwondo Headquarters, in Korea.
This impressive array of responsibilities continues the University of California, Berkeley's leadership in the international taekwondo world, as the previous Taekwondo TD to FISU, Dr. Ken Min, also hails from the university. In addition to starting UCMAP, Dr. Min also initiated the university taekwondo movement worldwide, hosting both the 1st and 7th World University Taekwondo Championship (WUTC), a FISU-sanctioned event, at UC Berkeley.
FISU hosted the WUTC until taekwondo's inclusion as an optional event at the Summer Universiade games in 2003. Recently, the FISU executive committee approved taekwondo as a compulsory sport for the Summer Universiade, beginning in 2017 in Taipei. The Summer Universiade only has 11 compulsory sports, but hosts over 60 sports in total. FISU has been engaging universities worldwide to promote sports values and encourage sports practice since 1949.
Recently, Dr. Ahn was promoted to 8th Dan black belt in taekwondo from Kukkiwon.
August 23, 2015
It was a memorable and very positive experience to celebrate my 80 years life along with former martial arts students who traveled from far away in the midst of their busy, tight schedules.
As a matter of fact, I did not expect another birthday celebration with my Berkeley martial arts connection after a very memorable 70-year celebration ten years ago with the gift of a beautiful handmade rocking chair which will now be very useful.
My wife and I are eternally grateful to each and every one of you for your ongoing friendship and martial arts spirit. As I briefly mentioned at Ohgane, we have the finest martial arts organization, not only nationally but internationally as well. Hopefully it will become a stronger and more positive organization under Director Russell Ahn's vision and leadership.
Thanks a million again. In the meantime, my wife and I dream of my 88th birthday celebration with each of you and many more newcomers to UCMAP.
June 30, 2015
It is with deep regret and sadness that the UC Martial Arts Program confirms the death of one of its members -- Bryson Young. Bryson passed away in his sleep this past Saturday. Young, a transfer to Berkeley from Evergreen Valley College in 2013, graduated in May, studied Spanish Language and Literature, and was part of the Pre-Med program. He was a member of the Cal Karate Club.
"On behalf of the University of California Martial Arts Program, we are extremely saddened by this loss," Director of the UC Martial Arts Program Dr. Russell Ahn said. "We truly respect his martial art spirit and dedication. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, club mates and instructors during this difficult time."
"I am extremely sorry to hear about the loss of such a young life," Cal Karate Head Instructor Sensei Hidetaka Abe said. "He had such a bright future. I want to express my deepest condolences to his family and friends."
The thoughts and prayers of the faculty and members of the UC Martial Arts Program are with Bryson's family.
On November 14th, 2014, Ms. Anne Suzuki had the opportunity to represent Cal Judo and the United States of America at the Oceania Continental Open, in Wollongong, Australia. There, Anne competed against opponents from Australia, China, and the United States. She fought in three matches, and won all of her bouts and received a gold medal for her efforts. Her success at this tournament has placed her 75th world, as ranked by the International Judo Federation. The UC Martial Arts Program is very proud of her success and extends its congratulations to her.
August 26, 2014
Interested in checking out any of our six martial arts clubs? We have free lessons all week (Aug 26-29) so you can try out one, two, or all six! Here are the meeting times and locations:
April 30, 2014
The UC Martial Arts Program Endowed Director, Dr. Russell Ahn has been reappointed as the Vice Chairman of Youth and Collegiate Committee of World Taekwondo Federation (WTF). Our founding director of the UC Martial Arts Program, Dr. Ken Min served as the Collegiate Committee Chair from 1981 until 2008. Dr. Ahn has served as the Chairman of Collegiate Committee of WTF from 2009 until 2010. After taekwondo became a core sport of the Youth Olympics, the committee expanded to become the "Youth and Collegiate Committee" and he has continued to serve as the Vice Chairman of the committee. Therefore, Dr. Ahn has succeeded Dr. Min’s mission of university taekwondo development in the international community through WTF. Currently, Dr. Ahn is also serving as the president of the US National Collegiate Taekwondo Association and is a board of director for USA Taekwondo, the national governing body of taekwondo in the United States.
Dr. Ahn will continue to pursue his goals and visions on educational values of taekwondo and academic development of taekwondo. As the director of the UC Martial Arts Program, he has been working hard to promote UC Martial Arts Program’s mission statement through his involvements with the campus, community, national governing bodies of taekwondo and international organizations of taekwondo.
April 6, 2014
Greetings from the UC Martial Arts Program!
It is my great pleasure to announce that the Cal Taekwondo Team has earned the title of 2014 National Collegiate Taekwondo Champions!
This past weekend, the University of California, Berkeley and the UC Martial Arts Program were the proud hosts of the 39th Annual National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships. Four hundred and fifty competitors from over sixty colleges across the nation traveled to Berkeley to compete in elite level kyorugi (free sparring) and poomsae (forms) taekwondo competition. Not only did this tournament determine which school holds the title of National Champion, but it also served as a qualifier for the 2014 World University Taekwondo Championships in Hohhot, China. For nearly forty years the National Collegiate Taekwondo Championship has also been a proving ground for future Olympic and World Taekwondo champions.
After three days of heated competition, the Cal Taekwondo team earned five gold medals, three silver medals, and two bronze medals. Three Cal athletes also qualified for this year's U.S. National Team at the 2014 World University Taekwondo Championships: Kody Han (`17), William Connick (`14) and Yessica Wirayawan (`17).
The renowned UC Martial Arts Program has won an overwhelming number of National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships, and this year's team did not disappoint. In sum the medals earned Cal twenty-three points; the next two placing schools Stanford and UCLA tied at seven points each. This victory marks the 34th time that UC Berkeley has claimed the national title.
Please join me in congratulating our Golden Bears for winning this year's 2014 National Collegiate Taekwondo Championship!
I deeply appreciate your ongoing support of UC Martial Arts and Cal Taekwondo.
Russell Ahn Ph. D.
Head Coach, Cal Taekwondo Team
Director, UC Martial Arts Program
President, U.S. National Collegiate Taekwondo Association
March 29, 2014
The UC Martial Arts Program (UCMAP) is pleased to announce that Dr. Russell Ahn, its Program Director, delivered a keynote speech on the last day at the 12th FISU Forum in March of 2014. This international, 7-day biennial conference, sponsored by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), was hosted in Gwangju, Korea and serves as the primary vehicle for collaboration toward the goal of promoting the values and discipline that come with engaging in sports activities.
Ahn, on behalf of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), shared the history and vision of UCMAP and the educational programs of the WTF in the context of how martial arts can be used as an educational tool and leadership training for its participants. Throughout his talk, Ahn highlighted the support and academic excellence of both the University of California as well as UCMAP's rich history.
As FISU organizes competitions for over fifty sports, the keynote address allowed Ahn to expand the visibility of a quality martial arts education, UCMAP, and the University of California, Berkeley to sports educators and students from around the globe.
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