Tuesday, October 27, 2009

TU Instructors

Head Instructor

Rob Brown, 6th 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
Kobey Shwayder, 3rd 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.
Mindy Snitow, 1st dan
Mindy’s first exposure to self-defense training was a college-sponsored Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course in 2005. She then wanted to develop a more comprehensive self-defense toolbox and joined Harvard University Hapkido in 2008. Mindy moved to Philadelphia in 2009 to begin her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, and started training at Temple University Yongmudo Hapkido. Mindy began teaching as a red belt TA in 2013, before testing for 1st dan in 2014 and becoming an assistant instructor. She has also practiced yoga since 2013, and incorporates yoga into Hapkido practice as a way to enhance balance, flexibility, body awareness, and ergonomics.

Mindy is an avid proponent of women and the LGBT community in martial arts, and endorses self-defense as an important life skill for everyone.

David Shalowitz, 1st dan

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