CCA Defeats CU Boulder and Capella University in RMCTL Taekwondo Spring Championships

(Ft. Collins, CO) – The Community College of Aurora Taekwondo team had a strong showing in the  2014 Rocky Mountain Collegiate Taekwondo League Spring Championships, held April 12th at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. This tournament was the second in the league year, and the final standings were created by adding the results from both tournaments together.

The first event was the poomsae event, where athletes competed by performing memorized patterns. Students were scored based on how close they came to the ideal technical standard. In the Women’s Yellow Belt division, Kristen Holz earned a BRONZE medal. In the Men’s Green Belt Division, Damien Brown earned BRONZE and in the Women’s Green Belt Division, Satya Wimbish also took BRONZE. It was good to get some points on the board, but dissappointing not to earn any golds or silvers.

In the second event, sparring, it was a much different story. Athletes try to kick and punch their opponents in order to earn points. The C team (Developmental) divisions have no head contact. Kristen pulled out a close victory against UNC in the finals to take the GOLD for Women’s C Team Heavyweight. Damien made great use of slide back roundhouse to defeat a player from Auraria Campus Taekwondo (ACT) by a comfortable margin to earn the GOLD in Men’s C Team Welterweight. Satya kept up the good work with GOLD for Women’s B team (Junior Varsity – Light head contact) Flyweight. That meant each of the students ended up with one GOLD and one BRONZE.

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Satya W is one of the key members of CCA Taekwondo

Team points are awarded based on the medal and weighted based on the skill division. Because the CCA Taekwondo class is only in its third semester, they did not yet have anyone in the high point bearing A (Varsity) divisions. Still, the students were able to earn a total of 25 points, which put them ahead of CU Boulder (16) and Capella University (11). They were only 4 points shy of UNC (29). CCA is still far away from the two powerhouse teams Auraria Campus Taekwondo (169 points) and CSU (167 points) but has earned their respect. Paloma Gonzalez, ACT club president and USA Collegiate Team Alternate called CCA “A team to watch out for in the future” and Master Cameron Weber stated that “CCA had great skills and team camaraderie for a small team and were extremely courteous. We are thrilled to have them in the RMCTL.” Master Cam is the coach of CSU Taekwondo, also USA Collegiate Team Alternate, and the 2013-2014 RMCTL League MVP.

It was a surprise for CCA to defeat CU Boulder, because CU Boulder Taekwondo has a strong team and storied history, and won 2nd overall in both the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons. The CU Team was missing several of their key players, which was the main reason that the competition was close.

Master Bill Pottle, CCA Taekwondo faculty member, was safisfied with the team’s progress. “We have a long way to go, especially as far as getting some students ready for the varsity divisions. However, the students have improved tremendously over the course of the season. I want to thank the PE Department at CCA for their support in making this a for-credit class. I hope other CCA students will consider training for the Fall 2015 semester so that we can build for the future.

Other news coverage of this event will be linked here when available.

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TCF?!

This isn’t a normal post about tournaments or even things that are going on within Colorado. I found something while going through my facebook feed and came across something that said TFC (Team Fighting Championship), which kind of peaked my interest so I decided to watch the video and well here’s a promo of the fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD8cQh8r3_Y now I like the UFC and Bellator and others that you have that’s MMA but this?! If your mind started to wonder around on what this might be, let me clarify it for you. Basically it’s 2 teams of five stepping into a ring and fighting. With a title like TEAM you would think it would be like a one-on-one and whoever losses swaps out for a fresh person but no. Once the 2 individuals are done fighting, the winner just runs over and helps (either needing or not) a teammate; so there’s a possibility (and proven in the first fight) that it could be a 2-on-1 fight and even 5-on-1 fight. Oh and the best part about the whole thing is, they are supposed to follow standard mma rules. Last I checked, each organization has different rules they go by, it might not be a big difference between them but it is there. So how do you go by standard mma rules? Anyways if you want to look more into it the website is teamsfight.com and tell me your thoughts about it.

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2013 Martial Arts Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Colorado Martial Arts Awards. We recorded thousands of votes overall, and the public has spoken! Some categories were more competitive than others, and we look forward to growing this competition next year.

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2014 Lone Wolf Classic Results

(Denver, CO) The Lone Wolf Classic was held on March 1-2, 2014. It seems that it snows every year on the date of the annual KAT Tournament. This event was the largest yet, with over 360 competitors yielding over 730 event registrations. It was a good thing that the event was spaced out over two days. One of the highlights of the tournament was the new ‘junk weapons’ divisions, where competitors were forced to improvise self-defense scenarios out of everyday household objects. To see some examples, view videos posted on the Facebook Event Page.

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Omar D. Blair students show off their hard-earned medals

Another highlight of the tournament was the addition of nicknames for many of the competitors. The tournament showed that martial arts is truly for everyone, with competitors ranging from a one year old in blaster pads to national champions in sparring.

More than 30 teams from across the state participated. Master Cliff Hong stated: “The members of APEX Taekwondo Academy in Colorado Springs had a very enjoyable event. Thanks to you and your staff for all of the hard work for putting on a large event. Looking forward to the next tournament.” Master Steve Marak of Martial Arts 4 Colorado similarly remarked “thanks all who made this event fun & exciting for my students. With the growing number of tournaments scheduled throughout the year, it has become increasingly difficult to choose which one(s) to support. Again, thank you very much. We look forward to 2015′!!

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ALL’s champion demo team flies high

The demo team competition was one of the highlights this year, with 6 stellar teams competing for top honors. Master Kunkel’s ALL team took first, with USTC second and KAT/ATA third and another USTC team 4th.

This tournament was the third in the series that also contained the 2012 White Tiger Championships and the 2013 Twin Dragons Tournament. Several students who were victorious at those previous events were now able to create their own ‘super medals.’

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The Glaze family shows of their completed tri-medals

The tournament also featured the final elementary schools league competition of the year. It was amazingly close between Aurora Quest Academy and Crescent View Academy, resulting in a statistical tie. Global Village Academy was third, High Point Academy was forth, and Omar D. Blair rounded out the top 5.

The Metropolitan Newspaper also ran a story on the event.

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Mariam ‘Champion’ W from CVA executes a great flying side kick in the breaking competition.

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Breaking competition

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Wikidrills

As your first belt tests arrive this year rigid training and memorization become a necessity. Be sure not to cheat yourself from being the top of your class. Go to the one stop spot for all your Taekwondo studying needs!

Wikidrills.com is the place to go if you need to learn new forms, study old ones, review grappling drills or even sparring techniques. The page is organized into drills and techniques, and all the drills are broken down into many different categories.

Wikidrills has been intelligently designed. It is easy to manage, with stress free navigation. Along with notes and step by step videos along with directions it will provide all the information that is essential to move forward in Taekwondo, all you need to know in order to navigate the site- your belt level.

The step by step directions and film on Wikidrills will give you the confidence you need on test day when you’re standing in front of the judges.

Don’t be lazy either, wikidrills can be used to get ahead as well, just get on wiki from home work or school and don’t forget you can use your smart phone, iPad or PC! It’s not a separate app, but all of the content is available on any screen.

With Wikidrills success within Taekwondo is inevitable if you utilize your resources properly.

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Colorado State Taekwondo Championships

(Aurora, CO) The Colorado State Taekwondo Association (COSTA) held its annual state championships on March 15th at Hinkley High School. The event served as a qualifier for the USA Taekwondo National Championships which will be held over the 4th of July weekend. The event was well attended with athletes from dozens of schools comprising 411 different Event Registrations and a total of just under 286 competitors.

Competitors faced off in the traditional events of poomsae and Olympic style sparring, as well as many other events. There was blaster pad sparring, board breaking, pairs poomsae, family forms, weapons, team weapons, creative forms, etc. Many of these events did not qualify athletes to compete in the national championships, but were fun and valuable additions to the tournament nonetheless.

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Many key figures from the history of CO TKD were in attendance. From Left. Grandmaster Doug Fuechsel, Master Chae, Master Georgie Martinez Sr, and Grandmaster Rich Hodder.

1979974_10203635022185954_58210594_o 10010623_10202944185738908_2035799386_oOne of the highlights of the tournament is the annual demonstration team competition. Academy of Life and Leadership Taekwondo (ALL) once again defended their title, edging out a Universal team that put up an impressive showing featuing blindfolded acrobatics. The Universal team had changed much of their correography after going over their time limit in the Lone Wolf Classic. Although Universal’s routine seemed the more complicated and difficult, ALL’s near flawless execution and mind-boggling synchronization proved to be too much to overcome.

COSTA also awarded $250 stipend checks to the Colorado athletes who made it on USAT National Teams. Joshua Kosloski (KAT) is on the cadet team, while Isaac Vigil (MYT) and Madelyn Gorman-Shore (ROCK) are on the Jr. National Team.

The opening ceremonies also featured a moment of silence for people we have lost recently, including Chris Lopez. Mr. Lopez was a fixture in Colorado Taekwondo for several decades. There was a collection taken for Master Barb Kunkel, who is currently fighting a hard battle against breast cancer.

COSTA also awarded trophies for the top schools. Due to the nature of this qualifying tournament, the number of competitors brought correlates closely with medals won. Third place went to Santos Taekwondo, second place went to last year’s winner Champion Taekwondo Academy, and the top award went to the Korean Academy of Taekwondo, who had also won the award from 2010-2012.

There were many indivudual performances at a high level, and some of them were represented in the annual awards. The top sparring awards went to Gibran Hays (Martinez) and Tia Day  while the top forms awards went to Angela De Olivera (CTA) and Aaron Turner (Santos). Tony Genella (Martinez) won the top referee award.

Although the tournament went a bit long, it was very well organized throughout and never felt hectic. Several schools came from other states, and were heard to remark that they will be back in the future. All in all it was a great day for Colorado Taekwondo, and the state seems well poised to represent in the US National Championships.

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Top awards

 

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Lone Wolf Classic

8x11flier(Denver, CO) – Registration is now open for the 2014 Lone Wolf Classic. This is the third and final event in the Korean Academy of Taekwondo’s tournament series. Competitors will be able to complete their ‘super medal’ that they started with the White Tiger Championships and continued with the Twin Dragons Tournament.

This year the tournament will be held over two days, March 1st and 2nd.

The fill tournament packet and online registration is available at the main tournament page.

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COSTA Annual Meeting

As noted in our e.mail of last month, our annual COSTA meeting will be held on December 15 at 3:00 at the KAT Littleton Dojang (621 Southpark Drive, Suite 1100, Littleton, 80120). Here is the agenda for the meeting.

Opening
President’s report
Treasurer’s report
Report of other officers/directors (optional)
Election of referee director, coach director, athletes’ directors (2)
Election of officers
General business
Closing

Our records show the following eligible to vote:

A-Team
KAT
Victory
The Rock
CTA
ALL

If your school has been inadvertently left off of the list of voting schools, please let me know immediately.
See you at the meeting.

Bob McKenna
COSTA President

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The Knockout Game

I first want to say that this is my first story and I meant to post it a few weeks ago but some things came up and I wasn’t able to post on time like I wanted to but, I hope everyone likes this.

Sorry, my thoughts are kind of all over the place with this topic but I feel that this is something good that we as the martial arts community should know and discuss about. So there’s this new game that the kids are playing and it’s known as the “Knockout” game. Let me give a quick back story on how this “game” goes. Group of people are walking around and one person dares another to find some random person and tries to knock them out with one punch…..that’s it…..that’s the whole purpose of that so called game. So this new fad just started to become popular with among the kids when it started to get a lot of views on youtube and world star hip hop. Now don’t get me wrong I like watching knockout fights on youtube, BUT all of the knockout fights that I watch tend to be from the sporting realm i.e.; boxing, kickboxing, mma and other sports that everybody involved knows the risk of the sport. But the events that are going on in the middle of pure daylight are just crazy.

Like I stated earlier in the article, it didn’t really taking off into other areas until they started to get posted up on youtube and world star hip hop. But now there are even cases of people dying because of this stupid act. One case was, a school teacher in New York (where it originated) at was walking on the side of a building look at his phone minding business, and was unexpectedly attacked. I just don’t understand it. I was a teenager once and to be honest I’m still fairly young (early 20’s), and I have never been hanging around a group of friends thinking; let’s see if we can knock somebody out. Now there are people that are getting word of what is going on and protecting them; for instance, there was a group of kids wanting to play this “game” and attack an elderly lady and one of the kids had to place in his chest. Yes that child is no longer here but the rest of the friends in the group, now know and understand that there’s a consequence for their actions.

Let me finish with this; I talked to one of my instructor and wanted to get his thoughts on the situation. He told me, that he would run through those kids until each one of them was on the floor, knowing that they can’t come after him. As he was saying this I was thinking, that I would do the same thing because I value my life a little bit more than a group of kids that want to play a game that could harm me, without giving me a chance to defend myself. But anyways that’s just my thought on everything about this topic, what do you all think, I’d love to hear it.

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Results and Analysis from 2013 Colorado Elementary School Taekwondo League Fall Championships

(Aurora, CO) – The Colorado Elementary School Taekwondo League held its fall championships on November 9th at the Korean Academy of Taekwondo. The event featured several schools competing in five events (Forms, Sparring, Grappling, Breaking, and Short Demo) Students who earned gold medals received 3 points for their schools, students who earned silver received 2 points for their schools, and students who earned bronze received one point for their schools. Students who earned 4th place and higher got 0.5 points for participation. In some events two students both received bronze and thus both received a point for their teams.

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A student prepares for forms competition

The league has grown in popularity and competitiveness, especially among the top 3 teams. The points from the fall championships are added to those earned at the Lone Wolf Classic in the spring to determine the league champion. The 2011-2012 champion was Aurora Quest, and the 2012-2013 champion was Global Village Academy (GVA). Currently, Crescent View Academy (CVA) leads the pack with 83 points. There are only 0.5 points ahead of Aurora Quest who has 82.5. The results show a big jump over last year’s champioinships, where GVA took the lead with 44 points. Leading the league this year is almost twice as hard as it was last year. For comparison see the Fall 2012 Championships results.

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CVA Coach Kamil Latipov with his daughter Laila, who earned gold in breaking in a very competitive division. It was her first tournament.

Master Bill Pottle believes that the way the league is set up encourages the teams to be strategic with how they train and allocate their resources. Although each school has adult instructors, team captains (usually older or higher ranked students) can play a big role in preparing their respective schools.  “It’s a little bit like Ender’s Game, although on a much smaller scale, and without worrying about the future of the universe. A good martial artist should understand strategy, and there is no teacher like experience.Adam Mohammed, CVA Team captain stated: “Our team trains hard and we sacrifice a lot of our time for the sport of Taekwondo.

With 83 points from 50 medals, Crescent View Academy has to be excited about how they started off the season and about their potential for the future. This was the first time that they have come out on top in a league championship. With 27 points in sparring, they also had the most dominant performance of any team in any one event.  At 82.5 points on 35 medals, Aurora Quest has to feel pretty good about their chances as well. They defeated CVA in all their head to head matches in forms, grappling, and sparring and are nearly in first despite entering 15 fewer events. 3rd place Global Village Academy has to be disappointed with only taking away only 38 points, although they demonstrated some great skill. Taylor Altman‘s Koryo form wowed the

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CVA students celebrate their first place finish at a promotion test the week after the tournament.

judges and spectators, and it was easy to see why she placed third in the 2013 US National Championships. High Point Academy emerged with 26 points. The Huskeys have been a solid forth place in the league over the years, winning numerous medals but unable to catch the top three teams.

The demo team competition was close, with GVA’s Bullies vs Heroes skit barely losing out to Quest’s Zombies vs Heroes skit. Quest had good costumes and correography and ended the event by taking the 15 first place points.

With the top teams so close, it is hard to predict how the league will finish this year, besides the likelihood that CVA and Quest will both battle for first and second. It’s not over for the other teams, but the top two will be very hard to catch.

The league has the feel of being more important than just a tournament, bringing so many different families and cultures together. Despite fierce competition, it is clear that everyone there is a martial artist first and they put their honor, discipline, and respect above winning and losing.

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Full standings and breakdown of medals between CVA and Quest.

 

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