Brown Taekwondo Kicks Home 3rd Place Overall and 14 Individual Medals at Nationals!

Brown Taekwondo Kicks Home 3rd Place Overall and 14 Individual Medals at Nationals!


Twenty-four members of the Brown Taekwondo team brought home medals and trophies at the National Collegiate Taekwondo Association Championships April 23-24. The national tournament at the University of Colorado, Boulder hosted more than 400 competitors from 74 schools. The two-day event included competitions for the color belt division April 23 and black belt division April 24.

Competitions were divided according to belt colors, weight and gender. Fourteen Bears won medals, with nine missing the medal by narrow margins. Participants competed in two categories: Poomsae (Forms) and Kyorugi (Sparring-Olympic Taekwondo).


Team Trophies

2nd Place: Novice (Color Belt) Division

3rd Place: Overall Division



Laura Blackstone '19 - 1st (Women's White/Yellow belts)

Amy Miao '19 - 2nd (Women's White/Yellow belts)

Josh Roy '19 - 2nd (Men's White/Yellow belts)

Juanda Tan '19 - 3rd (Men's White/Yellow belts)

Irene Du '19 - 3rd (Women's Green belts)

Christopher Yen '19, Jake Shields '16, Michael Thiesmeyer '16 - 3rd (Men's Black Belt Team)

Michael Borrello '19 - 5th (Men's White/Yellow belts)

Anita Yun '17 - 6th (Women's Red belts)

Katelynn Pan '18, Michael Thiesmeyer '16 - 5th/7th (Mixed Black Belt Pairs)

Juliette Randazza '17 - 8th (Women's Red belts)

Nancy Truong '17 - 9th (Women's Red belts)

Marisa Vang '17 - 10th (Women's Red belts)



Laura Blackstone '19 - 2nd (Women's White/Yellow Light/Welter)

Allison Roderiques '18 - 2nd (Women's Green/Blue Middle/Heavy)

Marisa Vang '17 - 2nd (Women's Red Fin/Fly)

Isabel Andrews '19 - 3rd (Women's White/Yellow Light/Welter)

Nancy Truong '17 - 3rd (Women's Red Fin/Fly)

Anita Yun '17 - 3rd (Women's Red Fin/Fly)

Julliette Randazza '17 - 3rd (Women's Red Middle/Heavy)

Christopher Yen '19 - 3rd (Men's Blackbelt Fly)

Helen Situ '19 - 5th (Women's White/Yellow Bantam/Feather)

Uyen-Phuong Nguyen '19 - 5th (Women's White/Yellow Middle/Heavy)

Juanda Tan '19 - 5th (Men's White/Yellow Light/Welter)

Douglas Villalta '18 - 5th (Men's White/Yellow Middle/Heavy)

Sarah Deitch '18 - 5th (Women's Green/Blue Fin/Fly)

Brian Morales '17 - 5th (Men's Red Middle/Heavy)

Oriana Shulevitz-Rosado '16 - 5th (Women's Black Belt Fly)

Katelynn Pan '16 - 5th (Women's Black Belt Fly)

Michael Thiesmeyer '16 5th (Men's Black Belt Light)

Praveen Srinivasan '18 - 5th (Men's Black Belt Fly)

The Brown University team is coached by Master Sung Park ’96. Most of the Brown participants started their Taekwondo careers with no prior martial arts experience; the strength of Brown’s curriculum lies in its holistic approach to training that encourages athletes of all levels to compete. For the past fifteen years, the club team has stood on the podium at this national event representing Brown. GO BRUNO!!!!!