Anuj began Tae Kwon Do training as a freshman at UC Berkeley, after a high school friend suggested, ‘You’re fast and flexible, you should try Tae Kwon Do; you can go to the Olympics and win a medal!’ Anuj didn’t go to the Olympics, but he did go on to win several local, regional, and national tournaments as a collegiate and post-collegiate athlete. On his competitive career, Anuj remarks, “I should have spent more time studying…or trying to have a social life. But I learned a lot about myself and have no regrets.”
Anuj credits his training with teaching him to believe in himself and to feel comfortable with being himself. He says, “Success as a martial artist depends on you alone. You work hard, you improve, you do things you never thought you could do. Nobody can take that away.” Anuj enjoys studying multiple martial art styles because doing so keeps him challenged, humble, and open-minded. “I can never be complacent, there’s always something more to learn, to improve upon. I can always be better.”
Anuj was promoted to 2nd Dan in June 2009, and to 3rd Dan (and Senior Instructor) in April 2012.