2020 CUTKD Board
Je Seung YouPresident
Je Seung (Jason) is a junior from Korea. He started taekwondo in his freshman year here at CUTKD and has been enjoying being a part of this community! He is studying math and computer science, and he is interested in foreign cultures and entrepreneurship experience.
Hao Juan TanVice President
Hao Juan is a junior majoring in Economics & Political Science. She was born in Malaysia & has variously studied in Singapore, China & France. She joined CUTKD during her first semester & is excited to build a more inclusive community around boba, banter & opportunities for violence.
Miriam is a first-year in CC studying history. She loves to cook and hopes to focus on culinary history. She started taekwondo her first semester at Columbia and is excited to grow and learn more within such an inclusive community.
Julia Kim is a Sophomore at Barnard, majoring in Political Science, minoring in Economics and concentrating in Human Rights. She was born in Brazil, São Paulo and grew up moving around (Germany, Michigan, Korea, Singapore), but her home is currently in Vietnam. She joined CUTKD in her second semester Freshman year and since then, she has met wonderful people who have shown her what it is to be a part of a supportive and special community!
Katherine SamuelRegistration Chair
Katherine Samuel is a first year in SEAS studying mechanical engineering. She started taekwondo at the age of five, and has enjoyed continuing her journey since joining CUTKD in her first semester at Columbia. She loves being part of such a fun and inclusive community!
Shalva KohenSocial Chair
Shalva is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Computer Science. Her research focuses on virtual and augmented reality. Shalva joined CUTKD when she was an undergraduate at Columbia because she was too lazy to go to the gym on her own. Her goal is to make taekwondo fun and welcoming for all members, old and new alike.
Jaena HanGraduate Advisor
Jaena is a graduate student doing depression research in the Biological Sciences Department. She started taekwondo during her undergrad at Stanford and received her black belt at Columbia 8 years later. Being a part of CUTKD has been one of the most rewarding parts of her NYC experience, and one that she hopes she can share with many others!
Barnard 2018 and Columbia SEAS 2019
When I joined as a white belt in freshman year, I would not imagine the impact it would have on me. I have been able to make friendships with people within the Columbia community; gain leadership experience by leading a club with over 60 members; and travel to Korea representing the United States. Columbia club sports will make a lasting impact for me.
Current PhD student in Columbia SEAS
Joining Columbia Taekwondo was one of the best decisions of my life. I originally joined to battle my anxiety and force myself to exercise, but in the past three years, I've made so many friends across the country and trained with so many teams under high quality instructors. I've learned so much about competing not just as a team but as an individual, pushing my limits, dealing with my anxiety, and loving my body. I can't imagine life without CUTKD.
Columbia College 2019
Taekwondo Club was an indispensable part of my CC journey. Because of the friendly and welcoming environment, I felt comfortable practicing a seemingly intimidating form of sports. I enjoyed every single moment of the practices and looked forward to competing in every tournament. Doing taekwondo kept me healthy and helped me de-stress whenever there were papers and exams coming up. Not only did I become better at the sport, but importantly, I met and bonded with many individuals, with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, sharing this same passion for taekwondo in the club. Travelling for tournaments allowed me to connect with hobbyists on college campuses around the US. CUTKD was an invaluable experience.