Adult Taekwondo Instructors

Master Dan Chuang

Head Instructor

Master Chuang has extensive coaching experience at the international level. As one of the preeminent coaches in the US, he was appointed Head Coach of the US National Taekwondo Poomsae Team in 2014 and continues to serve in that role. Chuang was on the coaching staff of the US National Poomsae Team at the World Poomsae Championships in Bali, Indonesia (2013), Aguascalientes, Mexico (2014), and served as head coach at the World Poomsae Championships in Lima, Peru (2016), where he lead the team to a historic 3rd place finish in the world. Coach Chuang has also coached a high level in sparring: he served as a sparring coach for Team USA at the World University Championships (2014) and World University Games (2015) and won Best Sparring Coach at the Canada Open (2017).

Instructors

Master Kathy Chuang

Kathy Chuang is a 4th degree black belt who started training in TKD in 1995 with Master Fang-Hui Huang in Flushing, New York City. She joined CWB in 1999 informally as a member of their competition workouts group, and subsequently transitioned to be a member of the CW/t.Bos community. She is a co-founder of the Harvard University Taekwondo Club, and was a member of the Columbia UniversityTaekwondo Club. She has competed at the state, national and international levels, earning bronze at both at the US National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships and and the US Collegiate National Team Trials for black belt sparring. She currently is a practicing physician specializing in neurology and physiatry.

Master Anye Li

Anye Li is a 4th degree black belt who began learning Taekwondo as a college student at Princeton University in 2001 under Master Jiho Choi and Master Rex Hatfield and tested for his 1st dan in 2005. Subsequently he went to work for MIT Lincoln Laboratory and continued Taekwondo under Master Chuang at the MIT Sport Taekwondo Club, where he has been an instructor since 2007 and tested for his  2nd and 3rd black belt.  Anye has been teaching at C.W. Boston since 2011, and continues as an employee of MIT Lincoln Laboratory and an instructor at MIT Sport Taekwondo.

Master Tara Sarathi

Tara is currently a 4th Degree Black Belt, and started taekwondo in 2008 with the MIT Sport Taekwondo Club. During her time with the MIT Team, she served as both President of the club (2011-2012) and Captain (2011-2012, 2012-2013), and helped to organize the NCTA Collegiate Nationals at MIT in 2012. She became more active in the C.W. community in 2013, and now teaches Adult Beginner Classes, as well as helps out with the Youth Competition Team. Tara is also involved with the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference (ECTC), and serves at the Tournament Committee Co-Chair with Carissa Fu. Tara thinks everyone is awesome.

Master David Chan

David Chan is a 4th degree black belt who currently teaches adult taekwondo classes. He started training in Taekwondo in 1999 under instructor Noel Bennett in Quincy, MA. 
David earned a spot on the 2014 US National Collegiate Taekwondo Team when he placed 1st with partner Carissa Fu in the mixed pair division of the US National Collegiate Poomsae Team Trials in Berkeley, CA. He represented the United States at the 2014 World University Taekwondo Championships in Hohhot, China, where he placed 9th in the mixed pair division with Fu.
David earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from U. Mass. Amherst and currently works at Massachusetts  General Hospital as a researcher.

Master Carissa Fu

Carissa Fu is a 4th degree black belt who started TKD in 1998 under Master Harold Kim in Yorba Linda, CA. She transitioned to World Taekwondo style competition upon entering Princeton where she served as President (2010) of the TKD Club. She joined the CWB/tBos community in 2012. Previously, Carissa assisted with the Youth Program and currently teaches L3 Requirements Class. 

 

Carissa has represented the US in numerous competition over the past decade in both Poomsae and Sparring. She is a 4x National Poomsae Team Member and 7x Collegiate National Team Member. In 2014, she earned a bronze medal at the World Poomsae Championships in the Individual division, the first US woman in history to do so. She currently ranks #73 in the world in the -49kg Olympic Weight Class. 

 

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Collegiate Taekwondo Conference and as a Tournament Committee Co-Chair with Tara Sarathi. 

 

Carissa works in operations and programs at the Lown Institute, a healthcare non-profit. 

 

Fun Fact: Carissa is engaged to fellow instructor Dave Chan, and they compete together in Pairs Poomsae. 

Loren Shih

Loren Shih is a 3rd degree black belt with over 30 years of Taekwondo experience. He attained his black belt while at MIT and then joined C.W. Taekwondo at Boston in 2010. Loren teaches Level 1 Taekwondo and Cardio KickFit classes. He also has experience in Judo, Aikido, Shotokon Karate, and a variety of hybrid martial arts. Loren works as a software manager at Amazon on Alexa devices.

Chris Lo

Chris Lo is a 3rd degree black belt who currently teaches adult sparring classes. Chris has competed at high level competitions like the US Open and US National Taekwondo Championships. Chris began Taekwondo at the U. Mass. Taekwondo club and won gold medals in both red belt forms and red belt sparring at the 2012 National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships at MIT.

Ashish Banerjee

Ashish Banerjee is a 3rd degree black belt and currently teaches adult sparring classes. Ashish started training in January 2007, when he joined Sport Taekwondo at Cornell University and C.W. Tae Kwon Do in Ithaca, New York. He has also trained with Columbia University Tae Kwon Do in New York City, West Side Taekwondo in New York City, and Korean Academy of Taekwondo in Denver, CO. Ashish has been training regularly at C.W. Taekwondo in Cambridge since October 2014 and is also a member of the ECTC Tournament Committee. He currently works as a software developer at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Julie Nelson

Julie Nelson is a 3rd degree black belt who currently teaches adult taekwondo classes. After a checkered past in the martial arts, she found her home at CW Boston in the summer of 2004, and has been a wisecracking fixture there ever since. She has been in the Boston area for nearly 20 years, working as a software developer, and currently lives with her partner and family just south of Boston.

Kevin Lu

Kevin Lu is a 2nd degree black belt and currently teaches adult black belt classes and adult beginner/intermediate classes. He joined C.W. Taekwondo in 2012 and started teaching in 2017. Kevin serves as the Treasurer for the club.

Kevin has represented the US Poomsae National Team in 2018 and 2019. In 2019, Kevin and his teammates, Andrew Hurd and Kevin Jiang earned Bronze for 18-30 Recognized Team Poomsae at the Wuxi 2019 World Taekwondo World Cup Poomsae Championships.

Kevin currently works as a Financial Analyst at MIT.

Ashley Wallace

Ashley Wallace is a first degree black belt and currently teaches adult beginner/intermediate classes. She joined C.W. Taekwondo as a student in 2014 and began teaching in 2017. In addition, Ashley serves as one of the Vice Presidents of Events for the club. Outside of Taekwondo, Ashley is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who works with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. 

Andrew Mandelbaum

Andrew Mandelbaum is a 3rd degree black belt who currently teaches adult taekwondo classes. Andrew started training in taekwondo as a student at Princeton University in 2008 under Master Rex Hatfield and tested for his 1st dan there in 2012. After coming to Boston later that year for graduate school, he began training at MIT and at CW Taekwondo, becoming an instructor in 2019. Andrew currently works as a technical writer in Somerville.

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