National Collegiate Taekwondo Association Nationals 2022
Our team earned our first NCTA division trophy ever in Duke Taekwondo history at Nationals, closing out with 12 medals (6 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze), and second place in the color belt division!
Princeton University Tournament 2020
Duke TKD finished the season strong by winning 2nd Place Team in Division III at Princeton University's ECTC Tournament as the unforeseen last tournament of the school year.
Rithik Castelino - Silver in Men’s Green Belt Poomsae
Kathleen Chen - Bronze in Women’s Green Belt Poomsae
Rayhan Jhanji - Silver in Men’s Blue Belt Poomsae
Daniel Ryan - Bronze in Men’s Red Belt Poomsae
Rithik Castelino, Harrisan Huang, Duc Tran - Men’s C Team Sparring Quarterfinals
Carol Xia, Florence Liu, Caroline Wang - Women’s B Team Sparring Quarterfinals
Black Belt Test 2020
Congratulations to Heesu Park, Duc Tran, Caroline Wang, and Bohyun Yun on achieving their first degree black belts! Special congratulations to Teresa Mao for receiving her 4th degree black belt and being named an honorary master by Master Lee!
Winter Banquet 2019
Duke TKD traded out their doboks for suits, dresses, and heels for a fun night out, complete with boats full of sushi and endless Asian dishes!
Brown University Tournament 2019
Duke TKD travelled to Brown University in November to compete in their first ECTC tournament of the season and earned Second Place Team in Division III at Brown University's ECTC Tournament.
Rithik Castelino - Gold (Male Yellow Belt)
Daniel Ryan - Gold (Male Blue Belt)
Rayhan Jhanji, Daniel Ryan, Duc Tran - Bronze (Men's B-Team)
Melody Gao, Florence Liu, Kathleen Chen, Caroline Wang - Quarterfinals (Women's B-Team)
Phuong Huynh, Catalina Lopez, Katie Drinkwater - Quarterfinals (Women's C-Team)
UNC Tournament Fall 2019
Duke TKD kicked off their 2019-2020 competition by earning First Place Team in Division 1 at the UNC ACAT tournament.
Rayhan Jhanji, Phuong Huynh, Daniel Ryan - Gold (Beginner division)
Minju Lee, Jesus Valdiviezo, Catalina Lopez - Bronze (Beginner division)
Priya Juarez, Juhyoung Lee, Melody Gao - Bronze (Elite division)
Joyce Zhou, Adela Guo - Bronze (Beginner Female)
Neica Joseph, Minju Lee, Catalina Lopez - Silver (Beginner Female)
Russell Llave, Larry Zheng - Bronze (Beginner Male)
Jesús Valdiviezo, Rithik Castelino - Silver (Beginner Male)
Priya Juarez, Kathleen Chen - Bronze (Intermediate Female)
Carol Xia, Phuong Huynh - Bronze (Intermediate Female)
Melody Gao, Florence Liu - Gold (Intermediate Female)
Rayhan Jhanji, Duc Tran - Bronze (Intermediate Male)
Daniel Ryan, Albert Swiecicki, Tae Lee - Silver (Intermediate Male)
Fall Retreat 2019
Duke TKD travelled to Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina for a weekend.
NCTA Nationals 2019
Duke TKD concluded its 2018-2019 tournament season with style, with every team member advancing to an elimination round and/or medaling. Specific results are as follows:
Freshman Phuong Huynh - Gold Medal, Yellow Belt Poomsae
Freshman Florence Liu - Silver Medal, Yellow Belt Sparring
Graduate Student Jesus Valdiviezo - Bronze Medal, Yellow Belt Sparring
Freshman Rayhan Jhanji - Gold Medal, Green Belt Poomsae and Sparring
Graduate Student Yining Liu - Gold Medal, Green Belt Sparring
Junior Caroline Wang - Bronze Medal, Green Belt Sparring
Senior Roy Auh (Captain) - Bronze Medal, Red Belt Sparring
Junior Teresa Mao - Semifinals, Black Belt Poomsae
Thanks to the work ethic and drive of this team, Duke TKD had its best ever NCTA Nationals. Congratulations, we could not be more proud of you all.
Princeton University Tournament 2019
Duke TKD continued its tournament season with its second and final ECTC tournament of the year in February at Princeton University. In a great start to the tournament, freshmen Daniel Ryan and Rayhan Jhanji took first and third place, respectively, in men's green belt poomsae, and Junior Teresa Mao made it to top 8 in women's black belt poomsae. In sparring, two of our teams made it to quarterfinals: Women's B team (Alice Chen, Caroline Wang, and Bohyun Yun) and Men's B team (Rayhan Jhanji and Daniel Ryan). It was also great to see TKD alum and Sidney Kimmel Medical College Student Eric Mastrolonardo, who hopped in to coach team captain Roy Auh in his exhibition match! Overall, a great weekend and another milestone for this year's team.
Brown University Tournament 2018
Duke TKD kicked off its 2018-2019 tournament season by traveling to Brown University for their annual tournament. In a great start to the season, freshman Rayhan Jhanji won men's green belt poomsae, while freshman Phuong Huynh took 5th in Women's White/Yellow belt poomsae and junior Teresa Mao got 8th in Women's black belt poomsae. We also had some great results in sparring:
Florence Liu, Tiana Horace, Cady Zhou, Women’s C, Top 8
Alice Chen, Phuong Huynh, Yining Liu, Women’s C, Top 8
Kristy Liu, Caroline Wang, Bohyun Yun, Women’s B, Top 8
Rayhan Jhanji, Juhyoung Lee, Gustavo Sosa, Men’s B, Top 8
The hard work of the entire team earned us first place across division III teams at the tournament!
NCTA Nationals 2017
UCSD - San Diego, CA
April 1-2, 2017
Duke Taekwondo had a blast at 2017 Collegiate Nationals at the University of California, San Diego. Carol Xia and Joyce Zhou both placed second in their respective weight divisions in women’s yellow belt sparring, and Shayal Vashisth placed second in women’s blue belt forms. Alum Eric Mastrolonardo returned to win first in men’s black belt sparring, earning a place on the US Team for the Summer World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Great job to everyone, and special congratulations to everyone who’s competed this past year!
UNC Tournament 2016
UNC Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC October 29, 2016
Duke Taekwondo had tons of fun and success at UNC, and brought back a host of shiny medals and new experience. Great job, everyone!
MIT Tournament 2016
MIT - Cambridge, MA
Oct 15, 2016
Duke Taekwondo had a good first tournament of the season at MIT. Duke came away with a silver medal in forms earned by Shayal Vashisth! Congratulations and good work to all who competed!
NCTA Nationals 2016
University of Colorado - Boulder, CO
Duke Taekwondo had a wonderful time at 2016 Collegiate Nations this year at the University of Colorado, Boulder! Howard Huang placed third in men's white/yellow belt division sparring, Srinath Soundararajan placed third in men's green belt forms, and Emily Burge placed third in women’s green/blue belt sparring. Eric Mastrolonardo also returned with a silver in the black belt men’s sparring division. Special congratulations to everyone who competed this past year!
Princeton University Tournament 2016
Princeton University - Princeton, NJ
February 28, 2016, Sunday
Duke University Taekwondo experienced a successful tournament, bringing home our second ever 1st place Division 3 win with a combined total of 178 points while also enjoying the neighborhood of Princeton, NJ! Kudos to the team!
Dream Trip to Yong-In University in South Korea 2015
Yong-In University - South Korea
December 14th, 2015- December 22nd, 2015
In December, Duke Taekwondo traveled to the internationally renown Yong-In University in South Korea! During their travels, members trained with talented taekwondo coaches and athletes and enjoyed Korean culture and cuisine!
Brown University Tournament 2015
Brown University - Providence, RI
November 22, 2015, Sunday
Duke University Taekwondo was excited to celebrate their first place Division 3 win at the ECTC Brown University Tournament with a total of 64 points!
MIT Tournament 2015
MIT Tournament - Cambridge, MA
Oct. 18, 2015, Sunday
Duke University was proud to experience a third place Division 3 win with a combined total of 32 points! Congratulations to everyone who represented Duke at our first tournament of the 2015-2016 season!