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.