University of Dayton
International Taekwon-Do Club
History and Scrapbook
A Collection of Pictures of Members and
Updated September 29, 2013
Mr. Cody Potts began his first term as the twenty-second
President of the UD-ITC. Many new white belts joined the club. The club
formally began “Friday Night Fight Night” under Mr. Potts’
leadership to enhance self-defense skills. On November 17, Mr. Cody Potts
passed his black belt test and
became the 22nd 1st dan in the history of
the UD-ITC and was also inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame. Two large
tests were held in December and April with members sore but achieving their new
ranks. In March the club held its
Board Breaking seminar in which over 50 boards were broken using various hand
and foot techniques in about 2 hours.
A highlight of the seminar was Mr. Jason Thomas performing a jump side
piercing kick through a board at about more than 6 feet in height. Officers were recognized at an end of year ceremony with certificates,
including Mr. Potts (President), Elliott Mazur, (Vice-President), Alexa Fett (Secretary-Treasurer),
Jeremy Carson (Sargent at Arms), and Sara Pekar and Marureen Kelly (Social Media). As graduating seniors, Cody
Potts and Alexa Fett were thanked
for their contributions.
Mr. Roland began his first term
as the twenty-first President of the UD-ITC. Besides an excellent showing at Up
the Organizations Day and the Purdue Open, Mr. Roland established a new
officer’s position to take care of Social Media and Publicity. The club
established a Facebook page and recruited an excellent white belt class during
the year. On November 12, the club inducted Mr. Harper into the UD-ITC HOF as
its first member. On April 21, Mr. Jason Roland and Mr. Tim Raffio
successfully completed their test and became the 20th and 21st 1st dans in the history of the UD-ITC. On April 29, Messrs Roland and Raffio were
inducted into the UD-ITC HOF. Additionally,
for the first time all officers were recognized with certificates, including
Mr. Roland (President), Cody Potts, (Vice-President), Alexa
Fett (Secretary-Treasurer), Elliott Mazur (Sargent at
Arms), and Karyen Chai (Social Media).
Mr. Eric Harper continued
his service as President of the UD-ITC, becoming only the fourth person to do
so. An excellent demonstration recruited new members who excelled during the
year. The club had a new T-short
design, this time black on white.
The club traveled to Purdue and competed well, again, in the Purdue
Open. For the first time, the
UD-ITC was nominated for four awards in the UD Sports Awards. In December, Mr. Faizan
Ahmad tested for and received his second dan in a test conducted by Messrs. Colliver, Dore, and
Thomas. After passing and
graduation, Mr. Ahmad took a job in Oregon. In March the club had its first Board
Breaking seminar, in which 65 boards were broken in about 2 hours. On April 3, Mr. Eric Harper passed his test and became the 19th
first dan in the history of the UD-ITC. Mr. Harper then assisted other dans in conducting some of the best yellow belt tests every
witnessed. Cody Potts, Tim Raffio, and Jason Roland had excellent tests to advanced
levels. Given the quality of the
tests, the Black Belt committee agreed to a trial “distance
learning” testing over the summer to help the group continue to learn
while off campus. Besides quality,
this year’s class also ensured its legacy by raising enough funds to have
new Club patches made.
Mr. Eric Harper began his first term as the
twentieth President of the UD-ITC.
The year kicked off with a very successful Up the Organizations
demonstration. In October many in
the club traveled to Purdue and competed in the Purdue Open, winning numerous
medals. Tim Raffio,
Jason Roland, and Patrick Hammer conducted weekday workouts with Messrs.
Colliver, Dore, Thomas, Eaton, Ahmad, and Hammer focused on weekends and
special weekday classes. This
marked the first time that the UD-ITC had 6 active black belts in the
club. Club officers also
established the club’s new YouTube channel and a GoogleMail
system to better keep students connected.
The two tests during the year went well.
Myk Kessler began his first term as the nineteenth
President of the UD-ITC. Very
successful first and second semester tests resulted in about 25 promotions
during the year. Eric Harper,
Tiffany Bell, Charles Sizemore, Joe Klein, and Tim Raffio
helped keep weekday workouts energetic.
Mr. Eaton conducted an excellent stick fighting/defense seminar, and Mr.
Dore conducted a self-defense seminar.
Six students began learning bo,
tonfa, and escrima to
better their balance and skills.
New sparring drills were conducted as well. Eric Harper led efforts to get a club
T-shirt as well as, over the summer, upgrade the club’s breaking
machine. The club also got its
first official T-shirt, a black shirt with the club’s emblem and the
tenets in white. On May 2, 2009, Mr. Faizan Ahmad
successfully completed all requirements for black belt and became the 18th
1st dan of the UD-ITC. Mr. Fabian Rohena
returned to UD to assist during the test.
Mr. Ahmad completed his undergraduate studies and will return to UD in
2009. During the summer, Mr. Harper
tested, and Patrick Hammer, a 2nd dan
graduate student, joined the club.
Fabian Rohena began his first term as the eighteenth
President of the UD-ITC. Mr. Rohena was to continue the dynamic leadership under Messrs.
Davidson and Sanchez. A large white
belt class, great demonstrations, and continued attendance at the Purdue
tournament were highlights. Mr.
Thomas taught weeknight classes and helped prepare, along with Mr. Dore, many
for tournament. In April, a
near record gup test was held in which almost 20 students were successfully
promoted. During the summer,
additional testing was held in which Eric Harper, Corey Lamm,
and Faizan Ahmed were promoted. On April 17, 2008, Mr. Fabian Rohena
successfully completed a wonderful test to become the 17th 1st
dan through the UD-ITC.
Fabian Rohena--1st Dan Test April 2008
April 2008 Test
UD-ITC at the 2007
Midwest Collegiate Invitational Tournament (November 2007)
Dan Sanchez began his first term as the seventeeth
President of the UD-ITC with Mr.
Davidson serving as President Emeritus.
A very successful Up the Organizations day event was held. This year saw the Club successfully
compete in the Purdue Taekwon-Do tournament with several winning medals. Two very successful tests were
accomplished. A very talented group
of new white belts joined the club in the fall. Additionally, this year saw two black
belt tests. In October, 2006, Mr Jason Thomas completed a masterful
test to achieve his third dan. In March, 2007, Mr. Tim Gemperline completed all
requirements to achieve second dan. The tests were conducted under the
watchful eyes of Messrs Colliver, Dore, and Eaton. Mr. Eaton conducted a highly successful
two week stick-fighting seminar for the club.
April 2007 Test
UD-ITC at the 2006
Midwest Collegiate Invitational Tournament (November 6, 2006)
Degree Black Belt Test (Oct 14, 2006)
Ø See the Entire Video on YouTube!
Bow-in and beginning patterns
Black belt patterns and basic
Breaks (wood and concrete)
Drew Davidson began his first term as the sixteenth President of the UD-ITC. He
saw the club through huge transitions.
The club’s advisor since 1990, Donn Shade,
moved on and Dave Ostrander took over intramural sports. Mr. Davidson led the club with several
new events, and Chris Kretz, former President,
assisted in these. Up the
Organizations day saw a lively demonstration as well as an event to assist Hurricane
Katrina victims, which raised over $100 for the Red
Cross. In September 2005 Mr. Chris Kretz
tested for and passed his first dan test conducted by
all 5 active club black belts---Messrs Colliver, Dore, Thomas, Gemperline, and Eaton—becoming the 16th
person to receive their 1st dan through
the UD-ITC.. In December the club
said good-bye to the PAC as its dojang with a final
test in which over 10 members passed.
In this test Jose Pomlales received his blue
belt before leaving for Europe. In January the club opened practice in
the new Recplex.
A self-defense demonstration was held in April, and at the end of the
year 14 people tested for and received their belts.
Testing—First Test at the RecPlex
Testing—Last Test in the PAC
Chris Kretz--1st degree Black Belt test (Sept 2005)
Organizations Day 2005
Kretz continued his term as President, becoming the
third person to serve two terms. Demonstrations
were held outside at Marycrest and on Humanities Plaza. A self-defense seminar was held in the
fall and was attended by about 15 people. New material on taking leadership and
time management principles from the training into life was introduced. A
highlight of the year was a huge election meeting held at the house of Mr.
Jason Thomas at which officer elections were held.
2004 (Dec 12)
Always watch out Jose! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Drew—Tim will show you the way! 1, 2
and Chris demonstrate proper techniques to new promotees
White Belts after the test have too much energy!
Chris Kretz began his first term as the fifteenth
President of the UD-ITC. New members included Andrew Davidson and
The club updated its constitution and other documents, and updated its
web site. Due to its site, many
people from other countries inquired as to the martial arts clubs at UD since
they were thinking of attending the college. Also, a self-defense seminar was held
for residents of UD and was well attended.
Winter and spring testing sessions were held, and at the spring session
six people successfully passed their tests.
Paul Irwin began his first term as the fourteenth President of the UD-ITC. New members included Aaron Hancart
and Jose Pomales. The year started out with a great event
on September 7, 2002, as Mr. Ramanuja Dore tested for and received his 3rd
dan in a test conducted by Mr. Colliver and attended
by many of Ramju’s family and friends. The club conducted demonstrations on Humanities Plaza and outside the PAC. In late September Mr. Tom Eaton
conducted a stick-fighting seminar for UD which was very well attended. On May 10, 2003, Mr. George Doyle III
tested for his first dan in a test conducted by
Messrs Colliver, Dore, Thomas, and Eaton, and became the 15th person
to receive a 1st dan in the UD-ITC.
Ramju Dore-- 3rd Dan
Test (Sept 2002)
Back Spinning Kick
Breaking 5 Concrete
George Doyle continued his term as President. The club established a web site to help
educate UD its martial arts activities and many used it to find useful
information. Outdoor demonstrations
were held at the beginning of the year on the Humanities Plaza. Chris Kretz
joined the club as a new member. On
April 6, 2002, Mr. Josh McCormick tested for and received his first dan in a test conducted by Messrs Colliver, Thomas, Dore,
and Eaton, becoming the 14th person to receive their 1st dan while in the UD-ITC. On April 11, 2002, Mr. Colliver received approval for his fourth dan,
having met all requirements for the test.
George Doyle began his first term as the thirteenth President of the UD-ITC. On
December 16th, 2000, Mr. Tom Eaton tested for and received
his first dan in front of a large crowd of family
members and friends. Self-defense
seminars were presented during each semester to UD residents. Mr. Eaton, Mr.
Thomas, and Mr. Dore continued workouts at NCR. In the summer of 2001, George Doyle,
Josh McCormick, and Chris Hemmelgarn successfully
Tom Eaton--1st Dan Test (Dec. 2000)
Mr. Tim Gemperline began his term as the twelfth President of the
UD-ITC. The fall demonstration, held on
September 11, was not well attended.
However, Joe Pirchner attempted a one-slab,
3-inch concrete break, breaking his heel after the second attempt. The club provided two self-defense
seminars to residents in Marycrest Hall. Mr. Jason Thomas and Mr. Ramju Dore were instrumental in providing weeknight
instruction. Mr. Dore’s
students at NCR also
advanced. A very impressive test
was passed successfully as Tom Eaton achieved 1st Gup.
Mr. Colin Barr began
his term as the eleventh President of the UD-ITC. The year started off with probably the
most significant sequence of tests in the club's history. On August 15, 1998, Mr. Ramju Dore took his test for second dan and successfully completed all requirements on October
3. On September 5, 1998,
Mr. Joe Pirchner successfully completed all requirements for
On September 26, 1998, Mr. Jason
Thomas successfully completed all requirements for second dan. Mr. Pirchner graduated from UD
in December and continued working out with club on weekends. New students, such as Emir Vajzovic, Jenn Rotsinger, and George Doyle joined the club. On June 26, 1999, Mr. P.J. Bimonte tested and, on June 29,
successfully completed all requirements for first dan. This marked the first time the club had
five active black belts. Another
major milestone was completed by Emir Vajzovic. Through intensive study before returning
to his homeland (Bosnia),
he successfully passed his 8th and 7th gup tests within 3
weeks of each other (June 19 and July 17).
Mr. Joe Pirchner began his term as the tenth President of the UD-ITC.
Mr. Ramju Dore began teaching students in the
newly formed NCR-ITC, including
Tom Eaton. The club presented two
well-attended self-defense seminars at Kettering Hall and in the PAC. During
the year several new students, including Tim Gemperline,
began taking classes.
Mr. P.J. Bimonte began his term as the ninth President of the UD-ITC.
Other officers included Joe Pirchner as Vice
President. Mr. Ramju Dore tested for and received
his first degree black belt on August 27, 1996. In the fall semester test December 7, 24 tests
were conducted. This was the second
largest number in club history.
These included John Showalter as black tab before he graduated from UD. In April, the Spring
tests were conducted with about 10 people being promoted. New officer elections were held after
the spring test.
Ramju Dore--1st Dan Test
3 on 1 from a Seated
Knife Hand, Suspended
The Results of the
You Will Break!.
I Told You So.
Ø A Presentation.
Ø A Gift from Creative
Mark Ruane began his term as the eighth President of
the UD-ITC. The new school year started off on a
high note as Mr. Jason Thomas tested
for and received his first dan on August 26, 1995, at a test
conducted by Messrs Colliver and Hery
at the UD PAC. A very successful demonstration in September resulted in the
second largest white belt class in the club's history, about 20 students. During fall testing held in December, a
total of 16 people tested.
Elections for new officers were held in April.
August, 1994, Mr. Jason Thomas continued his term as President of the UD-ITC. A very successful demonstration was held in
September, resulting in a new White Belt class. During fall testing, several new
breaking records were or tied. A
self-defense seminar was presented and attended by about 15 people. For the first time in UD-ITC history, officers were elected for the
forthcoming year. The electees included: Mark Ruane,
President; Josh Lambers, Vice President; Joe Pirchner, Secretary and Treasurer; PJ Bimonte,
Sergeant at Arms. Dave Nielser, 1st gup and Vice
President for the year, graduated from UD.
One of his greatest accomplishments while here was obtaining a new Club
patch, designed by Jerry Piasecki.
August, 1993, Mr. Jason Thomas began his first term as seventh President of the
club. Fall testing was conducted in
September and was very successful.
The testing held on December 4, 1993 was also successful. In January, 1994, a demonstration was
held and was attended by approximately 35 people. One highlight was a flying sidekick
break by Mr. John Showalter. He
performed the break while jumping over 4 people. Another highlight was the breaking of 7
boards by Mr. Colliver while using a downward stomp kick. In March 1994, Mr. Jerry Piasecki tested for and
received his 1st dan in a test conducted by Mr.
Colliver. Several records for
breaking were set at a test held in April.
Twelve members passed their tests.
Mark Ruane broke 4 boards with a side piercing
kick, a record for a 8th gup test. Ray Sero and
Matt Shannon performed breaks using a palm heel downward strike into 3 and 4
boards, respectively, both records for a 6th gup test. During the summer, John Showalter, Jason
Thomas, and Ramanuja Dore tested for and received their 4th, 1st,
and 5th gups, respectively. The test was conducted by Messrs Colliver and Neisler, Vice
President of the club.
August, 1992, Mr. Piasecki began his second term as
President of the club. On August 23, 1992,
Mr. Fred Hery
received his 2nd dan in a test conducted by Mr.
Colliver. A demonstration held in
January, 1993 drew approximately 25 people. On February 20, 1993, Mr. Brandon Smith received his 1st dan in a test conducted by Messrs. Colliver, Hery, and Vicens. Over 10 new White Belts began working
out. Over ten people tested in April. Angie Storm received her Red Belt and
graduated from the school. The
club's total membership numbered approximately 20 at the end of the school
year. On May 15, 1993, Mr. Colliver
tested for and received his 3rd dan. He was assisted by Mr. Hery. On July 10, 1993, a
test was conducted. Jerry Piasecki, John Showalter, and John Pacheco successfully
completed their requirements for promotion.
August, 1991, Mr. Jerry Piasecki began his first term
as the sixth President of the club.
Mr. Lilley and Mr. Hery instructed 2 classes per
week, and Mr. Colliver instructed on Saturdays. New members such as Jason Thomas, Adin Wilt, Mark Benedict, and Brian Gibson joined the
club. The club also gave a
self-defense seminar for the Society of Women Engineers. A highlight of the year was Mr. Lilley receiving his 2nd dan on April 25, 1992.
The test was conducted by Mr. Colliver at the PAC. Mr. Vicens (a
1st dan) returned to the club and started a satellite
school where he instructed John Pacheco.
August, 1990, Mr. Fred Hery, a first dan, began his term as the fifth president of the
club. This marked the first time a
black belt was president of the club at the beginning of the year. Beth Backscheider,
a blue belt, served as vice-president.
Rich Lilley also served as an instructor. The club gained many new members during
the year, including Jerry Piasecki. During the second semester the white
belt class numbered about 12. Mr.
Colliver worked out with the club during Saturday meetings. A highlight of the year was a
self-defense seminar given by the club at Kettering Hall during rape awareness
August, 1989, Mr. Brandon Smith, a red belt, began his term as the fourth
President of the club. Mr. Fred Hery served as assistant and Vice President. On October 15, 1989, Mr. Freddy Vicens
received his first dan. New members during the year included
Angie Storm, Michelle Osborne, John Lenehan, and
Orlando Canelones. A red belt, Mr.
Rich Lilley, also joined the club.
On April 8,
1990, Mr. Colliver
received his second dan at a test conducted at the PAC by Mr. Lowery. On June 24, 1990, Mr. Fred Hery and Mr. Rick Lilley
received their first dan at the PAC from Mr. Lowery.
Colliver—2nd Dan Test (April 1990)
August, 1988, Mr. Larry Winslow, a red belt, began his term as the third
President of the club. Mr. Ken Akstens served as assistant and Vice President. Mr. Colliver began serving in a new role
as head instructor and graduate advisor to the club. A highlight during the year was a
self-defense seminar for the Society of Women Engineers. During the year, new members such as
Walt Winslow, Brian Baker, Chuck McElroy, Nikki Haight,
Ann Ellerbrock, and Joe McCann joined the club.
August, 1987, Mr. Ron Fessel, a black tab, began his
duties as the second President and instructor of the club. Mr. Chris Colliver, a red tab, served as
the Vice President and an assistant.
Beginning and advanced classes were very successful during the year,
with 15-25 people attending workouts.
Two very successful demonstrations, one with over 50 people attending,
were held. New members included
Beth Backscheider, Barb Kinsel,
Sue Loedding, Tim Grayson, Lynn Parker, Jim Maulucci, and Mark Krug. On April 10, 1988, Mr. Fessel and Mr. Colliver received
their first dan at a test conducted Mr. Lowery in the
PAC thus becoming the first students to achieve the rank through instruction
while at UD. Both graduated from UD
in the same month.
1987, Mr. Lewis received his first dan at a test held
in Findlay. He graduated from UD in April, and
continued his studies in medicine.
During the year the treasurer left school. Mr. George Chizmar
filled the position and had an active role in club workouts. Fred Hery
joined the club, which numbered about 30 in membership. Mr. Lewis left at UD his "trace of
a man in the late 20th century" in the form of our club.
During the year
many new members joined, including Fred Vicens,
Brandon Smith, Paul Rudolph, Larry Winslow, Chris Colliver, George Chizmar, Mark Maggellotti, Steve
Becker, and Jim Theodore. The club
continued to grow. Many spirited
parties were held throughout the year. A highlight of the year was the club's
first demonstration held in the PAC multipurpose room in September.
University of Dayton International Taekwon-Do Club was
formed in the first semester of the 1984-85 school year
by residents of the Stuart Hall Ground North residence hall. Mr. John Lewis, a sophomore studying
biology and pre-med began having workouts in the Stuart Hall recreation
room. Mr. Lewis was from Findlay, Ohio
and a student of Taekwon-Do under Mr. Allen Lowery and the Mid-American
Taekwon-Do Association. Residents
of Ground North began working out with Mr. Lewis. In January, 1985, these workouts moved
the PAC Multipurpose room. The
Vice-President of the club, Mr. Ron Fessel, and the
Secretary-Treasurer, Jim Feehan, assisted in the
workouts. Soon, the club was
holding workouts for both beginning and advanced students. Instrumental in the establishment of the
club were some of its original members, including Alvin Silva, Rich Cutter, Don
Perkins, Mark Palumbo, and John Feltz.
Video of first demo
bringing TKD to UD, Fall 1984. Held at the first dojang
in the PAC (soon to be available).
The UD-ITC has had three dojangs: 1984-5
Stuart Hall East Wing Basement; 1985-2005 Physical Activities Center;
University of Dayton
International Taekwon-Do Club