Local taekwondo students train, compete in South Korea

Local taekwondo students recently trained and competed in South Korea. Pictured are, first row from left are: Aika Jolovich, Isabel Mendes, Andy Duan, Ryan Bae, Caleb Rainey, Maxine Andersen, Jaemin Aziz, Audrey Duan, Savannah Smith, Dylan Gibbs. Second row from left: Grand Master Kiye Cho, Ceana Rodriguez and Master Sungkyun Yoo.

WEST HARTFORD — Sixteen taekwondo athletes from Avon, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, Meriden, New Britain, Simsbury, Unionville, West Hartford, Los Angeles, Calif., and Pearland, Texas represented the United States and proved to be fierce competitors at the 2019 Chuncheon Korea Open International Taekwondo Championships and the 2019 Kimunyong Cup International Open Taekwondo Championships held this summer in South Korea.

The students won a total of 20 medals in sparring against competitors from over twenty-three countries. They train rigorously at Olympic Taekwondo Academy in Unionville and competed as part of Team Light of the World, coached by Grand Master Kiye Cho, a 6th degree black belt and two-time World Champion. Master Cho coaches his students to be National and International Champions, as well as supportive and dedicated teammates.

Master Cho and the students traveled to Seoul, South Korea for an intensive summer of six weeks training with more than seven Korean teams and then participated in the aforementioned international tournaments, bringing home many medals for their respective age, weight and belt levels. The athletes ranging in age from 7 to 27 pushed themselves physically, mentally and emotionally to compete at the highest level of taekwondo competition and they’ve made themselves, their states and country proud.

Connecticut Media Group