Nickname: "Tang lung"
Weight: 116 lbs.
Birthplace: San Francisco, Calif.
Hometown: Mountain View, Calif.
High School: Los Altos H.S.
Year of Graduation: 2015
Coaches: Master Henry Cruz & Master Chino Cruz
Dojang: Manila Taekwondo
Year started Taekwondo: 2004
Hobbies: surfing web, video games, watching cartoons and reading classic books
Favorite Foods: bread, meat, fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, eggs, papaya and oranges
Pre-Competition Meal: Power Bars, fruit and yogurt
Favorite Taekwondo Athlete: Bruce Lee
Favorite Movie: "IP Man"
Favorite Music: pop, rock and soundtrack
Favorite Country Visited for Competition: Philippines
Did You Know?: Joseph likes to learn, run and do Marine Corps workouts with his father who served 20 years in the Marines.
Quotable Joseph Ong: "I want to thank my parents for supporting me in taekwondo. I'm very grateful for them taking me to practice throughout every week, always being there for me, and always encouraging me. I also thank Master Henry Cruz for being my master and coach. Most importantly, I thank him for training me and letting me be a part of Manila TKD. I thank all the students at Manila TKD for supporting me and training with me throughout my time there. I could not be where I am today without them. I want to really thank Sabomnim Chino Cruz for being my coach at the 2012 U.S. Open. The road was tough but I thank him for guiding me in each match and doing everything in his power to get me to the top of the mountain. I want to give special thanks to every competitor that I have fought. I have learned a lot from those fights, and they have my utmost respect. I want to give my biggest thanks to God and all He has done for me. It is not my will but God's will to be done. My father always reminds me of two things: (1) Talent is God-given, be humble. Fame is man-given, be grateful. Conceit is self-given, be careful. (2) It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt. Salamat po !!!!"
MAJOR COMPETITION RESULTS:
2016 National Collegiate Taekwondo Championship (54kg): GOLD
2016 California State Championship - Sparring - Black Belt (-54kg): BRONZE
2016 Stanford Competition Team
2014 Pan American Open (Jr. Fly): GOLD
2014 USAT National Championships (Jr. Fly): GOLD
2014 AAU National Championships (Jr. Fly): SILVER
2014 USAT Junior National Team Member
2013 Northern California Taekwondo Championships (Jr. Fly): GOLD
2013 Southern California Taekwondo Championships (Jr. Fin): GOLD
2013 USAT National Championships (Jr. Fin): SILVER
2012 U.C. Davis Championships (Jr. Fin): SILVER
2012 Muju, Korea (Jr. Fin): BRONZE
2012 U.C. Berkeley Championship (Jr. Fin): GOLD
2012 USAT Western Regional Qualifier (Jr. Fin): SILVER
2012 U.S. Open (Jr. Fin): SILVER
-def. William Afonczenko (AUS), DSQ, in round of 32
-def. Anuar El Jeitani (MEX), 9-4, in round of 16
-def. Dylan Nadler (CAN), 6-3 (SD), in quarterfinals
-def. Justin Arce (USA), 4-3, in semifinals
-lost to Brandon Plaza Hernandez (MEX), 9-4, in finals
2012 Junior World Championships Open Team Trials (Jr. Fin): 8th
2011 Oregon State Championships: GOLD
2010 U.C. Berkeley Championships: SILVER
2010 Stanford Spring Open: SILVER
2010 USAT Rocky Mountain Open: SILVER
2010 AAU West Coast Junior Olympic: GOLD
2009 AAU California State Championships: SILVER
last updated 4/29/16