The Team


Master Rex Hatfield

Matt Weinberg

Matt is a professor in the Computer Science department (if desired, you can read more about his academic bio here). He grew up in Pikesville, MD, where he played various sports ‘for fun’ as a kid, but did not try a martial art. He started taekwondo as a sophomore at Cornell under Grandmaster Han Don Cho through the PE class, and competed as a color belt for the Cornell team for two years in the ECTC (then, INCTL). Matt went to MIT for his PhD in EECS, where he trained under Master Dan Chuang. He competed for MIT in the ECTC as a red and black belt, and was a co-captain for two years. He also began competing in NCTA and USAT tournaments as a black belt, and training with Master Chuang’s t.Bos competition team. Matt returned to MIT to test for his 4th dan under Master Chuang in 2019.

Matt has been training under Mr. Hatfield since coming to Princeton in 2014. Since 2017, he has joined Mr. Hatfield as a coach of the Princeton team as well. He still trains remotely with Master Chuang and the t.Bos competition team, and still competes, too! He’s very thankful for randomly joining a taekwondo class as an undergrad, as he met many of his closest friends through ECTC. 



Amanda Branom

Amanda is a junior from Wichita, KS majoring in East Asian Studies. She started taekwondo last fall, and is currently a blue belt. Outside of taekwondo, she enjoys powerlifting, for which she captains the club team here at Princeton.

Vice President

Hinano Tsuchiya

Hinano is a sophomore premed from Hawaii majoring in Molecular Biology. She started taekwondo last spring in the club and is currently a green belt. She enjoys practicing with everyone and making friends in the club. Outside of Taekwondo, she loves training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and eating good food.


Lauren Owens

Lauren is a freshman interested in studying the life sciences. She is currently a blue belt and aims to improve in both poomsae and sparring. In her free time, she enjoys reading and being perpetually frustrated by sudoku. 


Mikail Stewart

Mikail is a freshman from St. Catherine, Jamaica intending to major in Computer Science (BSE). He is currently a red belt. In his free time he likes studying Physics, coding and learning foreign languages.

Tournament Chair

Ally Walsh

Ally is a freshman from New Jersey majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She started taekwondo this past fall and is currently a yellow belt. In her free time she enjoys reading, building Lego sets, and going on boba runs. 

Social Chair

Nathaniel Chen

Nathan is a graduate student from San Diego in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is currently a black belt and likes to procrastinate by doing more work.


Sophie Dai

I manage the website 🙂


Poomsae Captain

Elise Kim

Elise has been doing taekwondo since elementary school and enjoys working on poomsae. She is majoring in Linguistics with a certificate in Chinese language. In her free time, she likes practicing calligraphy, getting Murray Dodge cookies, and taking naps. Come and chat anytime!