02-14-2016: 2016 US Open Taekwondo Championships!
Congratulations to team member Sarah Min for placing 3rd in the Under 30 Poomsae Division at the 2016 US TKD Open! Similarly, congratulations to our Poomsae Coach, Huy Nguyen, for placing 1st in the Over 17 Mixed Team Freestyle Poomsae Division! Great job! Details can be found here.
07-04-2013: Big Year in News for 2013
Every fighter is only as strong as his or her training partners, and this absolutely applied to this program throughout 2013. Without the support from its members, the vision of the staff, the legacy of the alumni, and the motivation from the community, Stanford Taekwondo wouldn't be where it is today. Below are articles detailing a few events of the 2013 season. May we continue to grow as athletes and as a Taekwondo family.
- (4/19/13) 6 athletes from Stanford Taekwondo accompanied by Head Coach Tim Ghormley and Trainer Sonja Askew travel to Taiwan to train with the National Taiwan University of Physical Education team members for a weeklong trip. Article before the trip and follow-up article (translate with browser).
- (4/30/13) Stanford Daily covers a feature story on our program interviewing Coach Ghormley and a few of our members, Kaz Gunning, John Do, William Nguyen, Haley Kong, and Adrienne Ivey. Read more about the world of Stanford Taekwondo on the Stanford Daily website.
- (6/13/13) In recognition of the achievements and hard work of all the members and coaches, Stanford Taekwondo was awarded the Sherry Posthumus Club Sports Team of the Year Award for the second year in a row. Find out why the program was chosen on the Stanford Athletics website.
09-17-2012: Summer 2012 Belt Test Results
Congratulations to those all those who passed the belt test:
The promotion ceremony will be held early in Fall Quarter.
06-21-2012: Recap of the 2011-2012 Competition Year
Stanford Beats Berkeley
This weekend, our sparring team started out the season with a victory over our rival school UC Berkeley. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our team and congratulations to the coaches and team members. The score at the end of the day was Stanford 6-Berkeley 5, including walkovers.
Stanford Taekwondo was represented well by its team members. In their first match for the Stanford team, Will Nguyen and Dylan Kim fought against their opponents with heart to the end. Will was able to score with strong round kicks but lost the match after an intense third round. Dylan held his ground, closing the distance on his opponent and scoring with defensive kicks, but also lost to his opponent. John Do had an even match against Berkeley's fighter until he scored from a fast kick to the head, where he was able to maintain the lead. Mohammed Elasmai was able to score an incredible 6 points from punches alone. His match ended in a narrow loss to his opponent. Max Kim had no opponents in his weight category.
Haley Kong, also in her first match for Stanford, gained a strong lead in the first round with combinations to the body and counter kicks to the head. She continued to widen the lead and won in the second round by a point gap. Laura Malkiewich had a close match with her opponent until a head kick put her in the lead. Laura was able to score with another head kick, winning the match and securing Stanford's win against Berkeley. Joyce Chai and Sayuri Yapa had no opponents in their weight categories.
Stanford vs UCLA, UCD
Congratulations to our competition team who fought hard this weekend in their first tri-meet againstUC Los Angeles and UC Davis. Stanford defeated UCLA with an overwhelming team score of 9-2, and narrowly lost to UCD by one point, 5-6. A special appreciation goes to Coach K and Coach Ghormley who coached the athletes, and a warm thanks to all the supporters who helped prepare and fire up the team.
Will Nguyen maintained quick footwork and neutralized his opponents from UCD and UCLA with punches. He was able to score with attacking round kicks and quick kicks from the clinch. In the end, he wasn't able to defeat UCD and UCLA. Dylan Kim used his checks and motions to keep pressure on his opponent and used his defensive kicks to take on his opponent. He lost his one match to UCD. John Do was able to take the lead by the first round and increased the gap to win against his opponent from UCD. Max Kim, in his first match of the season, was aggressive with both his opponents from UCD and UCLA, scoring with attacking round kicks and using side steps against his taller opponents. He wasn't able to close the lead and lost to both his opponents. Mohammed Elasmai matched his opponent from UCD kick-for-kick and was again able to score from well-timed, solid punches. By the third round, Mohammed was behind but was able to close the score, narrowly losing to his opponent from UCD by 1 point.
Haley Kong had an even match in the beginning with her opponent from UCD. She opened up the gap, scoring with inside kicks and doubles to the body and finished her match with a cut kick and back kick to the head to win by point gap. Joyce Chai, in her first match of the season, quickly gained the lead on her opponent from UCD in the first round with quick and precise defensive kicks, using her height advantage to keep her distance. A counter kick to the head and continued kicks to the body allowed her to win by point gap. Laura Malkiewich was able to quickly gain the lead on her opponent from UCD. She continued to overpower her opponent with combination kicks and speed throughout the match for the win. Sayuri Yapa, in her first match of the season, had an even match with her opponent from ULCA until the last round. After scoring with a punch and a fast kick to the body, she maintained the lead and closed the tri-meet with an exciting match and a win.
Stanford Beats USC 6-4
Congratulations to the athletes and coaches who traveled to Southern California last weekend to fight in their third PacWest matchup of the season. The team beat USC 6 matches to 4. A special appreciation also goes out to Doug King and Michael Hsueh who traveled with the team, as well as the family and friends of the team members who attended the match. It's an assuring feeling that the Stanford team can have support regardless of where the members compete.
Will Nguyen started off the competition, scoring a majority of his points and staying active from the clinch. Inside round kicks and axe kicks to the face gave Will the lead, which he maintained until the end with a narrow 13-12 finish. Haley Kong took the lead in her first round with multiple head kicks and increased the lead to win by point gap, 15-1. Dylan Kim began his round, exchanging kicks with his opponent but Dylan was able to score out of the exchange, leading by points in the third round. Dylan narrowly lost, 5-6, from a head shot by his opponent at the end of the third round. John Do struggled to score with his opponent until the second round, where he was able to gain the lead from head kicks, winning by point gap in the third round 13-0. Sayuri Max had a close match with his opponent until the third round, where he pulled away with multiple body kicks to win 7-2, and secured a win for Stanford.
2012 Pacwest Champions: Stanford
Stanford has reclaimed the PacWest title after four years. Thank you to all the supporters who attended the home match on Sunday and helped operate a smooth competition. At the end of the day, Stanford finished its 2012 PacWest season with a season record of 6 wins to 1 loss after beating visiting teams UCI and CSUEB. Congratulations to the team and the coaches on a successful PacWest season and best of luck to those competing at the National Collegiate Championships at MIT in April.
Congratulations at Collegiate Nationals
Over the weekend, the Stanford team competed at the 37th National Collegiate Championships hosted at MIT. Congratulations to all the coaches and the competitors for all their determination and spirit during the competition. The team returned with a total of 4 gold, 7 silver, and 4 bronze medals, as well as a 3rd place team trophy in the black belt division.
Stanford was represented in the color belt events on Saturday by Will Nguyen, Max Kim, Dylan Kim, Joyce Chai, Laura Malkiewich, Sayuri Yapa, and Dasha Savage. In the poomsae category, the team was coached by Coaches Huy Nguyen and Anh Nguyen. Dylan placed 2nd in the blue belt division. Will and Max, who were in the same division, were able to secure 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, in the red belt division. In the sparring event, the team was coached by Coach K and Coach Soriano. Laura earned 1st place, Joyce 2nd place, Will 3rd place, and Sayuri 3rd place. Overall, the team represented Stanford well in spirit and performance in both poomsae and sparring.
The following day, Haley Kong, John Do, Kaz Gunning, Leo Kim, Tyler Sawyer, and TJ Leising competed in the black belt events. In the poomsae divisions, coached by Coach Huy and Coach Anh, Haley placed 1st, John 2nd, Kaz 2nd, and TJ 2nd. Coached by Coach K, Coach Soriano, and Coach Ghormley in sparring, Haley placed 1st, Tyler 1st, TJ 2nd, and John 3rd. For winning their division, Haley and Tyler qualified for the National Collegiate team, which will travel to Korea to compete in late May. Supported by the rest of their teammates who competed the day before, Stanford Taekwondo was able to secure 3rd place as a team in the black belt division.
Congratulations again to all the competitors from Stanford. The team dedicated time and hard work since Fall quarter, training through Winter and Spring break to represent Stanford Taekwondo. We wish the coaches, Haley and Tyler the best in their training and at the competition in Korea in May.
Just a quick note to congratulate everyone on a tremendous year! I am very proud of our many accomplishments both as a program and individually, culminating in our being awarded the highest honors available through the Stanford University Department of Athletics. In case you haven't heard, Stanford Taekwondo won the Sherry Posthumus award for Outstanding Team and John Do was chosen as the Shirley Schoof Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday June 14th at the Annual Athletic Board Luncheon in Burnham Pavilion. Here's the official post-event photo with all the winning athletes: