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Welcome Chris Xie, Assistant Coach

Posted on August 18, 2017

Welcome Chris Xie, Assistant Coach

Why do Taekwondo? “It’s tons of fun!” Coach Chris answers. “You’ll meet fantastic people, make friends for life, and learn about the qualities of hard work and discipline that you need to be confident and successful. It’s never too late to learn those qualities.”

And he should know. Even though he didn’t start training until age 12, under the tutelage of world-renowned Master Brian Singer of World Taekwondo Center in the Bay Area, Chris quickly rose to the top of his weight division, qualifying at multiple National team trials, making the USAT B Team in 2010, and winning silver at Nationals in 2013—all despite dealing with a chronic knee injury that ultimately forced him to stop competing.

But Coach Chris is not one to give up. A graduate of University of California-Berkeley, he is now pursuing a doctorate in computer science at University of Washington, and he is excited to recommit himself to Taekwondo through teaching others.

“I see my role as helping kids build confidence and believe in themselves,” says Coach Chris. “I want to be part of their journey and help shape them into fine young individuals!”

While Coach Chris will be helping out at classes for all levels, he has a special interest in assisting Coach Khalil with the Competition Team. “Having Chris in the coaching chair will allow me to focus on the entire team during tournaments,” says Coach Khalil. “I’ll be watching every fight and taking notes, and then Chris and I will debrief after every competition. It will allow me to see the big picture in a way we haven’t been able to before; I’m really excited to have Chris’ perspective!”