Coaches


Name: Chris Trieu

Rank: Black Belt

Bio:
I started practicing Judo in 2007 here at The University of Texas. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to belong to several clubs - Texas Tech Judo, Fort Worth Judo, and currently Kokoro Judo. I'm glad to come back to the club that started it all for me.

Name: Nick Nguyen

Rank: Black Belt

Bio:
Hi I’m nick. I was a student with the UT club for 3 years, and I graduated 2020. I started judo in 2015 at my home club Eastside dojo in Plano tx. I bring a high energy, dynamic style with a heavy Mongolian/European influence. I have a competition focused style of judo, having competed in multiple different grappling styles. Can’t wait to see you on the mats! Let’s have our fun!

Officers


Name: Omar Melhem

Rank: Green Belt

Position: President

Bio:
Hi! My name is Omar, and I am delighted to be your President this year. I began practicing Judo in my first semester as a freshman, and it bloomed into an enormous passion of mine. It's a fascinating sport that perfects things like momentum, inertia, and leverage into an amazing art. I love it here, and I strive to make the club welcoming and exciting for new members, just like I once was too!

Name: Warren Vu

Rank: Orange Belt

Position: Vice President

Bio:
I started Judo at UT my first semester and loved it. I really enjoyed the practices, the people were friendly, and the club had a great environment. Being in the judo club is one of my favorite parts of college and there is nothing I'd rather be participating in.

Name: Remus Wong

Rank: Orange Belt

Position: Treasurer

Bio:
I'm a senior at UT and started Judo during my freshman year. I've always had an interest in combat sports but never got the chance prior to UT, but the Judo club is home to a great community of individuals dedicated to the discipline who took me in with open arms. To me, Judo is the perfect blend of athleticism, technicality, and overall usefulness that makes it so much fun to learn.

Name: Sophia Hashmi

Rank: White Belt

Position: Secretary

Bio:
Hello, I’m Sophia and I’m thrilled to be Texas Judo’s Secretary this year! I joined the club during my first semester at UT and though I’m only a white belt, I absolutely love Judo and I love learning more about it alongside people who are equally passionate about it. Being in the Judo club has unequivocally been the best college experience I’ve had, and I’m so excited to serve the amazing and dedicated group of people that make it up!