Lehigh University Taekwondo Club
Lehigh University Taekwondo Club (LUTKD) was founded in the late 1970's, when Master Soon Ho Chang developed a Taekwondo program with Lehigh University. The club's training was then turned over to Lehigh Valley Taekwondo (LVTKD) in 1984.
During the 1980's, training was conducted on the Lehigh University campus. This did not, however, provide the students with an appropriate martial arts atmosphere. Students were often in an open gym, sharing room with those who participated in other sports. Because of its proximity to the Lehigh University campus (LVTKD location), it was decided that all instruction be moved to LVTKD. Lehigh University students now enjoy training at LVTKD, where they have flexible training sessions and full use of the school's training facility and equipment.
Lehigh University Taekwondo Team
Lehigh University Taekwondo Club has always been training in the martial art of Taekwondo. However, it was evident that some members of the club wanted chance to go out to tournaments to compete. Originally, those who wanted to compete had to do it individually without much of support from the club.
In 1996-1997, the president of the club, Goddany Normil, took members who were interested to the ECTC (formerly known as INCTL) collegiate tournament for the first time. Unfortunately, upon his graduation from Lehigh University, the support for competitors also disappeared.
In 2003, Lehigh University Taekwondo alumnus and Lehigh Valley Taekwondo assistant instructor, Motoo Yasui, received an invitation for Lehigh University club to once again participate in INCTL tournaments. As the head coach of the team, he started to organize and train those who showed interest to bring the team to the league to compete for the first time in years.
Since then, Lehigh University Taekwondo Team has consistently participated in ECTC tournaments, competing against schools such as MIT, Yale, Harvard, Cornell, and many others. The team continues to be a force to be reckoned with in the league.