Weight: 225 pounds
Birthplace: Palo Alto, Calif.
Residence: Santa Clara, Calif.
High School: Albuquerque Academy (Albuquerque, N.M.) 05
College: Santa Clara University
MaJor: Mechanical Engineering
Coach: Tim Ghormley
Dojang: Stanford TKD
WTF World Ranking on 9/1/12: T-197th (+87kg)
Also wrestled for one year in high school...hobbies include video games, scenic driving, recreational sports (soccer, swimming, running) and card games (13, poker, shith ead)...his father was a wrestler, his mother was a swimmer and his brother also did taekwondo...favorite foods are Thai, Indian, Korean, New Mexican, pizza and his mom's spaghetti...before a competition he prefers steak or pasta...favorite athlete is Jerry Rice...favorite movie is "The Blue Collar Comedy Tour"...listens to rock...lists Japan as his favorite country visited for competition.
Did You Know?: TJ and his family live in Ireland for a few years when he was young and then moved back to America when he turned 10.
Quotable TJ Leising: "My entire family has supported me throughout my TKD career. My brother helped push me to improve my technique while we were training together and my parents always come to tournaments to support me."
2011 USAT National Championships (Heavy): GOLD
2011 National Collegiate Championships (Heavy): SILVER
2011 National Collegiate Championships (Poomsae 3rd Dan/Light-Heavy): GOLD
2010 USAT Fresno National Qualifier (Heavy): BRONZE
2009 World University Games Team Member (Heavy)
2009 World University Games Trials (Heavy): 1st
2009 U.S. National Team Trials (Heavy): 3rd
2009 National Collegiate Championships (Heavy): BRONZE
2009 National Collegiate Poomsae Team Trials (Middle/Heavy): GOLD
2009 San Jose National Qualifier (Heavy): BRONZE
2009 National Team Qualifier (Heavy): 3rd
2008 Collegiate National Team Trials: 3rd
2008 NCTA Nationals: SILVER
2007 Camel Cup International Open: GOLD
2007 NCTA Nationals: BRONZE
2006 Collegiate National Team Trials: 2nd
2006 Kumamoto International Open: GOLD
2006 NCTA Nationals: SILVER
2001 Junior Olympics: GOLD
2000 Junior Olympics: GOLD
last updated 9/13/12