Instructors and Officers

Grand Master Hwa Chong (10th Dan)
Master Chong has served as the head instructor of the University of Michigan Taekwondo Club since 1968. He is a former President of the United States Taekwondo Union, a former member of the WTF council, and has served as Head of the US National Taekwondo Team. His students have included Olympic Gold Medalist Lynette Love and Bronze Medalist Han Wan Lee. In addition to being the U of M Master Instructor, Master Chong is a Lecturer in the Division of Kinesiology, and teaches the Beginning Taekwondo and Advanced Taekwondo courses in the U-Move program.

Master Busch (5th Dan)
Master Busch is an instructor of the U of M Taekwondo Club and has been involved in Taekwondo for over 20 years, starting at the University of Michigan in 1987. After serving as a club officer, he became an instructor in 1991 and served in that capacity until 2002, when he relocated to South Bend, IN. Master Busch then became an instructor at Hong's USA Taekwondo, where he taught advanced classes and sparring. His students included the University of Notre Dame Taekwondo club. Master Busch returned to the area in 2005 and resumed teaching at UM. Master Busch is a certified referee. Master Busch also assists Grand Master Chong with the U-Move courses.

Alex Minghine (2nd Dan)
Alex Minghine is a 2nd Dan black belt certified by the World Taekwondo Federation. He has trained with the University of Michigan Taekwondo Club since 2010 during which time he has competed at numerous ECTC tournaments, Collegiate nationals in 2012, earned several medals. He worked his way up the ranks under and tested for his 1st dan in the summer of 2013 and his 2nd dan a year later. Alex recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering.

Miguel Mendoza (3rd Dan)
Miguel Mendoza is a 3rd Dan black belt certified by the Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters). He has been practicing taekwondo since he was six and has competed in local, state, national, and international tournaments, in which he has claimed two state championships in Illinois. Miguel was also an instructor back home in Chicago for five years and has been involved with the UMTKD Club since Fall 2015. He is currently pursuing a degree in Economics and he also plays the mellophone in the Michigan Marching Band.

Ezra Gans (4th Dan)
Ezra Gans is a 4th Dan black belt and has been training in Taekwondo since the age of five. He joined the University of Michigan Taekwondo Club in 2015, and after a year of training in the club became the form instructor in 2016. In addition, he has taught Taekwondo for five years at his dojang in New York. Ezra is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Bassoon Performance for the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre and Dance.

Club Officers

President: Eleanor Martin
Vice President: Peggy Yu
Travel Coordinator: Declan Shannon
Secretary: Priya Judge
Treasurer: Ezra Gans
Media Editor: Anna Cheong
Webmaster: Cassie Kuyawa
Social Events Chairs: Amanda West and Kate Velguth
Equipment Manager: Rose Popma
Team Captain: Miguel Mendoza

Information about the duties of officers can be found in our Club Constitution (downloadable below).

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