Tuesday, October 27, 2009

TU Instructors

Head Instructor

Rob Brown, 5th dan
Rob began studying Hapkido at the UC Martial Arts Program (Berkeley, California) under Dr. Ken Min and Dr. Norman Link. While at UC Berkeley, he was President of the UCMAP, teaching assistant for Hapkido and Taekwondo P.E. classes, and an instructor for the UC Berkeley Hapkido Club. Rob attended several Korean Martial Arts Summer Camps and has trained at Yong-In University in South Korea as part of the UCMAP's summer exchange program in 1994, 1999, and 2001.

After graduating from UC Berkeley in 1994 (BA, Political Science), Rob Brown continued his training UC Berkeley. While head instructor of the George Washington University Hapkido Club, he was a graduate student in International Affairs at GW's Elliot School of International Affairs. Rob earned his PhD in political science at UC San Diego. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Temple University.

Sandy Hashima, 4th dan

Sandy began studying Hapkido at the UC Martial Arts Program (Berkeley, California) under Dr. Ken Min and Dr. Norman Link.

Assistant Instructors
Huy Tran, 2nd dan
Huy graduated from UC San Diego in 2001 with a degree in Microbiology. Then he moved to New York and graduated from SUNY College of Optometry in 2005. Upon his return to San Diego for his residency, Huy needed an outlet to relieve stress, thus starting his Hapkido training under Rob Brown and Sandy Hashima in 2005 at UC San Diego.

As life would have it, shortly after Rob and Sandy relocated to Philadelphia, Huy "coincidentally” moved back to the east coast, continuing his martial arts training at Temple University. Currently, he is an optometrist at The Wills Eye Institute, Neuro-Ophthalmology Department.
Kobey Shwayder, 2nd dan
Kobey started training in Hapkido in 2005 with the Harvard University Hapkido Club under the direction of Shu-Yi Oei (3rd Dan). After graduating from Harvard in 2007 (BA, Linguistics), he continued to train with Harvard Hapkido while studying at Brandeis University (receiving an MA in Computational Linguistics in 2009). Kobey tested for 1st dan in Spring 2009 at UC Berkeley. He is currently a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Colin Phillips, 1st dan
Colin started studying Yongmudo (Hapkido) at the UC Martial Arts program half way through his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. As Colin felt he was starting to understand things his academic goals pulled him to Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Geology. Fortunately this move across the country coincided with Rob creating the Temple Hapkido club which has provided Colin with much needed time away from his office. Colin recently tested for his 1st Dan in December 2011 at UC Berkeley.
Carolyn Orson, 1st dan

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