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50th UC Open Taekwondo Championship
Saturday, April 25, 2020

A prominent feature of the University of California, Berkeley the UC Martial Arts Program is an expanding, dynamic organization dedicated to providing outstanding martial arts instruction to the campus community. Under the guidance of dedicated instructors such as Dr. Henry Stone, who introduced Judo to UC Berkeley in the 1930s, and Dr. Kyung Ho (Ken) Min, the founder and technical director emeritus of the present martial arts program, UCMAP has grown into a world-renowned organization. The current director is Dr. Russell Ahn, a P.E. faculty member and the head coach of the Cal Taekwondo team.

The UC Open Taekwondo Championship was one of the first events created by UCMAP and is now celebrating its 50 anniversary. UC Open began as a small competition during which Berkeley th Taekwondo students could demonstrate and apply the skills they had learned in a stressful yet controlled class environment. It was the first tournament in the United States to implement World Taekwondo rules and regulations after the organization’s founding in 1973. From that point onward, UC Open has blossomed into a grand affair, attracting competitors of all ages from across the nation. We welcome you to participate in UC Open 2020 and hope all the coaches, referees, parents, competitors, and spectators have an enjoyable experience!

Taekwondo competitors in the UC Open

The UC Martial Arts Program offers instruction in Taekwondo, Judo, Karate, Taiji, Wushu, and Yongmudo (Korean Self-defense). Rather than existing as separate clubs, the different arts create a solid overall martial arts program. Instruction in UCMAP clubs is carried out by high-ranking instructors in their particular martial arts.

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The picture on the right was when he nominated as a member of education commission with World Martial Arts Committee President Si Jong Lee and International Muaythai Federation President Sakchye Tapsuwan.

Dr. Russell Ahn appointed as “Vice Chair of Taekwondo for All Committee” of World Taekwondo and “A Member of Education Commission” of World Martial Arts Committee

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