CAMERON PARK — Elite Taekwondo USA took nine competitors to the 2011 USA Taekwondo National Qualifier recently held in San Diego. This is the first of three qualifiers on the road to the National Competition and Junior Olympics as well as team USA tryouts later this year. Athletes competed in sparring, poomsae and sports poomsae over the two-day tournament.
The Elite team members have worked hard and it showed as six of the nine competitors brought home medals.
Colin Hwang, 17 (Black Belt) — Won gold in Sports Poomsae in the 14-18 Male Black Belt division and qualified for the USA Poomsae Team Trials.
Saejiin Yi, 16 (Black Belt) — Placed fifth out of 43 in the 14-18 Female Black Belt Sports Poomsae division.
Connor Adams, 11 (Black Belt) — Placed fifth out of 28, 12-13 Male Black Belt Sports Poomsae division.
Samuel Estolas, 10 (Black Belt) — Won bronze in Sports Poomsae 10-11 Male Black Belt division.
Jacob Elias, 9 (Red Belt) — Won bronze in Sparring 10-11 Male Light Weight division.
Chanelle Reynolds, 16 (Green Belt) — Won gold in Poomsae in the 14-17 Female division and gold in Jr. Sparring 16-17 Female Feather Weight division.
Riley Taresh, 12 (Green Belt) — Won silver in Poomsae 12-13 Female division and silver in Jr. Sparring 12 -13 Middle Weight division.
SunHo Kim, 8 (Yellow Belt) — Won bronze in Poomsae 8-9 Male division and silver in Sparring 8-9 Male Heavy Weight division.
All competitors who qualified will go on to compete at the USAT National and Jr. Olympics in San Jose. USA Taekwondo conducts its 2011 Junior Olympic Championship, U.S. National Championship and U.S. National Poomsae Team Trials events June 28 through July 3. More than 3,000 athletes ages 6-72, aided by 700-plus coaches, will compete during the week.
Students train at Elite Taekwondo USA in Cameron Park under the instruction of Master John Jonghun Yi. Master Yi has more than 30 years experience and holds a 6th degree black belt. He is a Kukkiwon Certified Master, a U.S. National Certified Class A-1 Referee and a U.S. National Certified Coach.
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