Who we are

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The Columbia Taekwondo team is part of the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference (ECTC), a league consisting of approximately 20 schools and which holds 5 tournaments annually. Columbia has traditionally held the final tournament. The team has placed first several times in its division. The club has also been an active part of campus by performing demonstrations for numerous organizations and events.

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Who we are

Instructors

The club has had the privilege of being instructed by our primary instructor, Master Lim, and several assistant instructors, who have played a vital part in the development of the club. All have incredible credentials and have participated and won tournaments locally, nationally, and internationally.

Master Lim

Primary Instructor

Master Paul Youn Sang Lim was born April 26, 1969 in Seoul, South Korea, and is a second-generation Taekwondo Master. He began his Taekwondo training in Korea at the age 5. His family moved to Kansas when he was 7, where he continued his training under his father, Master Seung Hae Lim. Master Lim continued to live in Kansas until he entered Boston University, graduating in 1992. He has been an integral part of West Side Taekwondo since 1993 and is a 4th Dan Master Instructor. Master Lim is also director and head instructor for Columbia University Taekwondo club since 2014. Master Lim is married to Sun Lee has two sons, Daniel born in 2001 and Drew born in 2007.

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Siqi Feng

Poomsae Instructor
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Catherine Zhao

Poomsae Instructor
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Frank Fang

Poomsae Instructor
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Andrew Gorovoy

Sparring Instructor
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Alan Zhou

Demo Instructor

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Club History

Columbia Tae Kwon Do was the first martial arts club at Columbia University, founded in the early 1980s by Grandmaster B.M. Lee. Initially the club consisted of 8 black belts, and over the years it has grown to be one of the largest clubs at Columbia. In 2014, the club made a transition and partnered with Westside Taekwondo. Practices are now run by Master Lim along with several assistant instructors.

The Columbia Tae Kwon Do Club is run by an ever-changing body of students. This section of the website endeavors to honor some of those members that have carried the club to its current prestige, and to allow new members to see and appreciate our proud history of outstanding club alumni. We thank you all for your effort and hard work.

  • Je Seung You 2020 – Present
    President
  • Colin Brown and Chloe Levin 2019
    Co-President
  • Heidi Hai 2018
    President
  • Catherine Zhao 2018
    President
  • Catherine Zhao and Jackie Ridgley 2017
    Co-President
  • Claire Seo 2015-2016
    President
  • Hyonjee Joo 2014-2015
    President
  • Jaclyn Willner 2013-2014
    President
  • J.T.Ramseur 2012-2013
    President
  • Stephanie Aligbe 2011-2012
    President
  • Miyako Yerick 2010-2011
    President
  • Alexandra Voss 2009-2010
    President
  • Michael Chang 2008-2009
    President
  • Sang Won Kim 2007-2008
    President
  • Rhea Ittoop 2006-2007
    President
  • Kate Brender 2005-2006
    President
  • Christina Carpio 2004-2005
    President
  • Liz Portnoy and Emma Hoyt 2003-2004
    Co-President
  • Anuj Metha 2002-2003
    President
  • Weiang Lee 2001-2002
    President
  • Young H Kim 1998-1999
    President
  • Asia Liu 1997-1998
    President
  • Sean Chao 1996-1997
    President
  • Chivy Sok 1995-1996
    President
  • Min Bae
    President
  • Carlo Romero 1991-1992
    President
  • Wei Wen Lee 1990-1991
    President
  • Wei Nchih Lee 1989-1990
    President
  • Henry Hsiao 1988-1989
    President
  • Joey Perez 1987-1988
    President
  • Richard Sung 1987
    President
  • Paul Marchese 1986-1987
    President
  • Dr. Dennis Chi and Master BM Lee 1983-1986
    President
  • Dan Davis 1983
    Founder