News Old - DO NOT USE - The Coast News Rancho Santa Fe

Taekwondo tourney draws large field

OCEANSIDE — The U.S. Open Elite Taekwondo Championship June 4 brought more than 900 of the best youth and adult competitors. The eighth annual competition drew U.S. and international competitors from several Southwestern states, Mexico and Korea.
Sparring mats were staged along the Pier Amphitheater for the daylong competitions. Competitors were matched by age, skill and weight. Fighters, anywhere from 4-years-old to 70-years-old, all vied for the chance to win bragging rights and a trophy.
“The motivation is being out there in front of so many people. It gives them confidence,” Master Jacky Baik, of USA Taekwondo Center, said.
Up-and-comers also have a front row seat to see the best in amateur competition. “Looking at a higher belt gets them motivated,” Baik said.

Related posts

Grauer School starts Phase III of campus construction

staff

Carlsbad says goodbye to head of CVB

admin

Cappella Gloriana celebrates 15 years

admin

College earns host of educational grants

admin

It’s easier than ever to build a Granny Flat in Encinitas

advertising

African drum circle sounds off at library

Promise Yee