Coach Mickey Lee
Tae Kwon Do
Coach Mickey Lee, M.Ed.
Bringing Tae Kwon Do to Georgetown University
Prior to starting Georgetown University, it was Coach Mickey’s dream to bring Tae Kwon Do to The Hilltop to add to share the life-long benefits of physical and mental discipline through practicing martial arts as well as add to the cultural diversity on campus. He felt like it was a great way to give back to the art which had helped him to lose weight, gain self-confidence, learn self-defense as well as help him gain admission elite undergraduate institutions. With the help of Coach Melody, Coach Mickey founded the Georgetown University Tae Kwon Do Club (GUTKD Club) during the first month of his freshman year.
Following a difficult first year of the club, Coaches Mickey and Melody had the opportunity to meet Great Grand Master Jhoon Rhee for the first time ever through a seminar hosted by the Korean Student Association. Afterward his inspirational speech, GGM Rhee invited Coaches Mickey and Melody to his house, where he asked them to demonstrate their Tae Kwon Do skill. Impressing him with their strong basics, they had the honor of training in Tae Kwon Do under GGM Rhee’s detailed eyes as well as learning his martial philosophy every Sunday morning at his home for a year. Coaches Mickey and Melody also had the privilege of accompanying GGM Rhee to his charismatic speeches on happiness and health at various U.S. federal offices, including the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department Health and Human Resources (both with GUTKD Club members), and Interior as well as NASA, South Korean Embassy, and private residence of the Moroccan Ambassador.
In club’s third year, the annual tradition of the Georgetown University Tae Kwon Do Club’s Annual Martial Arts Retreat began thanks to the fortuitous gathering of talent: six of the members who were outstanding Black Belts experienced in different styles of martial arts prior to joining the club. The Retreat began as a way to showcase and share the beauty in the diversity of martial arts with each member leading a workshop or demonstration of a different style of martial art, from Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, Kenpo, Muay Thai, and Tang Soo Do, to Yoga and gymnastics. This annual weekend of intense martial arts training has become the club’s signature event and spark for preparing for annual on-stage performances.