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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Results from Colorado Cup Taekwondo Championships

(Littleton, CO) – Littleton Taekwondo and Master Marcus Santos hosted the 2013 Colorado Cup Taekwondo championships on November 16th at the Sheridan Rec Center. More than 150 athletes from over twenty schools faced off in the forms, breaking, and Olympic sparring events. Athletes came from Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico. The event had the support of the Colorado State Taekwondo Association as well as Daedo Truescore.

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Students wait patiently for their turn at the forms competition.

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CTA Poses with the First Place Trophy. Photo Credit: Kara Photography.

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Daedo Sparring Action

Great care was taken to make sure athletes had a worthwhile competitive experience. This included everyone doing multiple forms as well as three rounds of sparring per match for all participants.

The tournament featured competitors of all levels, from white belt beginners up to a US Collegiate National Team member.

Master Santos awarded team trophies to the top schools who had the most participants and earned the most medals. The first place cup went to Champion Taekwondo Academy (CTA). The second place cup went to Eagle Spirit Academy (ESA) while third place honors went to Master Yosvany Taekwondo Academy (MYT).

The sparring featured Daedo Electronic Chest Protectors, which automatically sense kicking force and send a signal to the scoreboard. Students were able to spar in their divisions, and many were also able to spar extra demo matches afterwards.

After the tournament Master Santos said: “Great tournament today! Thank you masters, coaches, referees, volunteers and participants, hope to see you all again next year!

The next tournament up on the schedule is the COSTA Forms Championships on December 7th. The proceeds from this event will benefit the Colorado State Team at the US Open in Feb, 2014.

Master RJ Tomas from KAT earned first place in the black belt board breaking division with this routine.

 

 

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First Taekwondo Audiobook Released on Audible/Amazon

(Aurora, CO) Taekwondo: A Practical Guide to the World’s Most Popular Martial Art, an ebook that spends most of its time on the Amazon Martial Arts Top 100 Bestseller list, has recently become the first Taekwondo audiobook on Audible/Amazon.com. The book was professionally translated by Adam B Crafter of Need to Know Sound Productions.

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Audiobook Cover Image

The book was written by Masters Bill and Katie Pottle, owners of the Korean Academy of Taekwondo in Aurora, CO. Their school has worked with students of all ages and abilities, from 2-year-olds to Olympians to senior citizens.

The audiobook contains sections on kicks, forms, one steps, history and philosophy, mechanics of board breaking, increasing power and speed, sport poomsae, pain theory, deceptive motions, tables of chambers, and much more.

Because Master Bill is also the editor of Colorado Martial Arts News, we won’t be offering a review here. However, the book currently has a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

Interested readers may purchase the audiobook here.

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Rocky Mountain Collegiate Taekwondo League Fall Championships

(Greely, CO) – Five schools vied for top honors in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Taekwondo league’s Fall 2013 championships. The tournament was hosted by the UNC Taekwondo club and marked the first time that they had run an event. The event received coverage in the campus newspaper.

League rules designate two forms of competition, forms and sparring. In the forms competition, students perform prearranged patterns in an attempt to attain a certain technical standard. Forms competitors are broken up into two gender divisions and five skill divisions. (White/yellow belts, green belts, blue belts, red belts, and black belts.) Points vary from fifteen points for first place in black belt to one point for third place in yellow belts.

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Action in Men’s C Team Sparring

The sparring competition features students who try to kick and punch each other in the body to earn one point and (sometimes) kick in the head to earn three points. Spinning techniques earn an additional bonus point. There are twenty four sparring divisions broken up by weight (4 divisions) gender (2 divisions) and skill (3 divisions). The lowest skill division is the C team or ‘developmental’ division. This division is open only to green belts and below and has matches with no head contact. The next division is the B team or ‘jr varsity.’ This division is open to all students except black belts, and they have light head contact. The final division is A team or ‘varsity.’ This division is open to all levels but has full head contact. This division generally attracts only black belts.

In the men’s A team sparring, Alan Walls (ACT) took the flyweight division. The featherweight division was very competitive, with Iraq National Team member Ahmed Alsubaihawi (ACT) earning top honors. Alsubaihawi continued his RMCTL unbeaten streak and was fresh off representing Colorado at the World Championships. The welterweight division was owned by Cameron Carter (CU Boulder) who looked strong through several matches. The A team heavyweight division belonged to Cameron Weber (CSU). Weber showed tremendous skill and control. He was fresh off representing the USA as a member of the National Collegiate Taekwondo Team on their trip to Korea during the summer.

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CU Boulder team celebrates after the tournament

There were no entrants in women’s A team flyweight division, and the featherweight division went to Lydia Langille (ACT). Heather Gibson (ACT) defeated Brittany Hayward (CSU) in the women’s welterweight finals. Freshman Sarah Mast (CSU) took gold in women’s A team heavyweight.

The CSU team stormed to its best ever 2nd place finish behind coach Cameron Weber. He also won first in black belt forms, and put himself in solid contention for league MVP honors. After seeing the results he had this to say about his team’s efforts. “I am extremely proud of the CSU Taekwondo team! This has been a building year and placing second in this tournament is a great accomplishment, especially considering we only had six competitors. Each team member represented CSU well and we are excited to improve the team and further develop our skills.

The tournament also featured newcomers Community College of Aurora (CCA), who had a very respectable showing despite being a new program and only having C team competitors.

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UNC Taekwondo team poses after running a successful event.

UNC student Olivia Johnstone served as tournament coordinator, and did an excellent job keeping everything together.

Auraria Campus Taekwondo (ACT) continued their unbeaten streak in RMCTL competition, cruising to first place despite fielding a smaller team than usual. The league champion will be crowned after the points are added to the points earned in the spring tournament.

All in all the event provided a much-needed break from studding and resulted in many new friendships.

Team Totals:

ACT: 173 points

CSU: 88 points

CU Boulder: 69 points

UNC: 32 points

CCA: 28 points

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CCA Students See Success at Rocky Mountain Collegiate Taekwondo Championships

(Greely, CO) – Students from the Community College of Aurora Taekwondo program participated in their first ever tournament, which was hosted by UNC on November 2nd. The tournament was the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Taekwondo League fall championships.

The RMCTL has been going for several years, but this was the first time CCA was able to field a team. Three members of the Taekwondo Class (1 credit through the PE Department) went to take on schools such as CU Boulder, Metro State, UNC Greely, and CSU.

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From L to R. Satya W, Master Bill Pottle, Damien B, and Jayson Birmingham

The tournament consists of two events, forms and sparring. In the forms event students perform pre-arranged patterns and are judged on technical accuracy, beauty, and power. Jayson Birmingham took silver in Men’s White/Yellow forms and Damien Brown took bronze.

The sparring competition consists of students trying to score points by striking the chest (Beginners Divisions) or head and chest (Jr. Varsity and Varsity Divisions). The CCA competitors gave exciting and close matches, all of which were decided by a single point.

Jayson Birmingham took home CCA’s first ever gold medal in the Men’s C Team Featherweight division, defeating CU Boulder in an exciting match. Birmingham was losing by one point but tied the match at the buzzer, and then was victorious in sudden death.

In the Men’s C Team Welterweight division Damien Brown had a back and forth match in the finals that also went into overtime. However, he came up short and had to settle for silver.

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Community College of Aurora Taekwondo logo

Satya Wimbish also took gold in Women’s C Team Featherweight. She stated: “I really love the opportunity to take Taekwondo for credit. It is really fun and my improved focus has definitely benefited me in my other classes.

Professor Bill Pottle also teaches at Metro State University, and this proved to be a big advantage to CCA as students from MSU came and helped prepare the CCA students for the championships. One of these students, Miguel Garcia had this to add. “I feel that these students are humble, compassionate, and passionate about learning. Because of this, I’m not at all surprised that they did so well. They will only get better from here.

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Damien Brown shows off his silver medal

Because of the nature of the league (Winning Varsity counts much more than winning Beginners, the more competitors you have the more points a school can get) CCA isn’t yet able to go toe to toe with some of the larger and more established programs. Still, this was an important first step and with good enrollment in the Spring 2014 semester and good retention from the fall, 3rd place in the league isn’t out of reach.

 

 

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Special Feature: Interview with Grandmaster Sean Cavins

(Summit County, CO)Colorado Martial Arts News had the pleasure to spend a few minutes with Grandmaster Sean Cavins on the occasion of his promotion to 8th degree black belt. Grandmaster Cavins is one of the key figures in the history of martial arts in Colorado. He was elected Colorado State president for COSTA 1998-2002, and also held the office of Vice President, Secretary General and other State Chairmanships. Over the years he has trained and coached many Junior and Senior State and National champions and medalists. Grandmaster Cavins is is still active in teaching students of all ages and abilities. His school Sahn Taekwondo serves Breckenridge, Silverthorne,  and Leadville.

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GM West, Dr. Kimm, GM Hodder & Master Borucki

COMANews: Give a brief history of your own training.

GM Cavins: My Martial Arts journey began in the late 60’s. A friend I had not seen in years, knocked on my door and said he was taking TKD and asked if I would partner with him, I said yes.Within the first month of training I knew I would achieve Black Belt and go on to teach classes and eventually have my own Dojang. I was completely and forever hooked. At white belt I was fortunate enough to meet Rick Mitchell, now Grand Master Mitchell, 8th Dan – ITF. We were training 7 days a week and testing together through the mid seventies. We are still training and working together to this day. Thank you my dear friend!

During the summer of 1994, we met Dojunium Dr. Kimm and Grandmaster JR West soon after. We were fortunate enough to host both Grandmasters. What a wealth of information and flawless technique. They were an inspiration for all that attended. Truly gentleman to model your life after. I am so thankful for the guidance of Dr. Kimm, Grand Master West and Grandmaster Hodder. I am honored that I was considered to be worthy of USKMAF 8th Dan. This is a huge honor and a great responsibility! (Editor’s Note: Please see our recent interview with Grandmaster Hodder)

COMANews: Who were the most influential instructors?

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GM Sereff 3rd from right, Master McGill 2nd from left. 1st ITF World Championships, Montreal Canada 1974

GM Cavins: My first instructors were Grandmaster Chuck Sereff, Master Larry McGill, and Master Ra Young Chul. The training was very strict and disciplined. I enjoyed this very much. I learned I was studying ITF TKD, and that General Choi Hong Hi was the founder. This was a military art, so the strictness of the training made perfect sense. I have been very fortunate to have strong instructors with great incite to mentor my progress, Grandmaster He-Young Kimm, Grandmaster JR West and Grandmaster Rich Hodder to name a few. I am forever in your debt.

COMANews: Give an interesting anecdote from your early training days.

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Master Ra Young Chul Yop Chagi

GM Cavins: I was a green belt at the time, 4 or 5 rows back. Master Ra was the instructor and instructed the class from the front. Thus he did not see that I was not pivoting on my supporting foot when executing Yop Chagi. (side kick) It was rare that he would walk up and down the rows. He did that day. Master Ra yelled, “green belt up front.” “Yes sir” I said, and sprinted up front. He stood me about three feet from the wall and said, “this is how green belt does side kick, very bad.” He demoed my lousy side kick, then said “this is how you do side kick.” Master Ra pivoted 180 degrees on his supporting foot, and with perfect foot shape hit me in the center of my chest. That kick, picked me off the floor and slammed me against the wall, leaving only a red mark the size of my thumb nail on my chest. I didn’t realize until much later that was my first experience of Ki. Master Ra said, “Now green belt understand side kick?” I replied, “ yes sir.” (I did not.) He pointed and said, “Green belt mirror”. That was my place for the next six months. I attribute that learning experience to a decent Yop Chagi today. Master Ra was in the first wave of Korean Instructors sent overseas by General Choi.

COMANews: What changes have you seen in martial arts during your time training?

GM Cavins: Into the seventies I experienced more hard core military style training. At that time there were no females or children’s classes. 70’ ish thinking changed. Why couldn’t females learn martial arts? And children needed to be focused and well disciplined. That was good! The general feeling was women and children should not be trained with the severity that men were trained, therein lies a major turning point in how martial arts classes were conducted.

COMANews: What do you think the future holds for Taekwondo?

GM Cavins: Soon after, WTF and the Olympic movement caught the attention of many studying TKD, another avenue and a good one! The one drawback that I saw was the sport of TKD began to overshadow the martial and philosophical aspects of TKD. Change is inevitable, some positive, some not so positive. As instructors and educators it is our duty to maintain a high level of integrity and a solid curriculum for our students. I feel we must respect the path the pioneers laid out for us. It is imperative we understand the past so we can live in the present and ensure the future. I believe the future of TKD is bright, it is being taught in 200 countries, no doubt we will see more growth in the future. We must continue to instruct good solid TKD, and impart to our students the importance of our TKD heritage.

COMANews: What advice do you have for someone just starting out?

GM Cavins: Do your homework, research TKD and other arts, it’s important that you find the proper fit. Check out different Dojangs, take free classes, see if the atmosphere is organized, and that students and instructors are respectful and courteous. Please DON’T just pick the most convenient to your home, that may or MAY NOT be the best fit for you. Once you have found a Dojang, put everything you have, mind, body, and spirit into your training. Never missing, always getting to the next class! You can have the best instructor the world has ever known, but if you are hit and miss with your training, your instructor can’t help you. The old adage, you get out of things what you put into them is never more true than in the Martial Arts.

COMANews: What advice do you have for someone preparing for 1st Black Belt test?

GM Cavins: Make your mind set PILSUNG (certain victory.)

Work your basics to death. That is your foundation, after all 1st Dan is the point you really start to learn and build your TKD. You can’t successfully build upon a weak foundation. This is true no matter what you pursue in life. Redouble your efforts, every class is a test, leave nothing to doubt, your training , your nutrition, make sure you’re well hydrated all the time. Get plenty of sleep, visualize your test from start to finish. In my opinion it is very beneficial to do this on a regular basis. If you do this you have already completed your test many times mentally, now the physical part of your test will flow naturally. If you have access to video, use it. Video will leave no doubt as to what your TKD looks like. It can be an ego bruiser, but it is an invaluable tool. After all we should be striving to be humble and egoless. Above all enjoy your journey, take pride in knowing that you are special, that what you have accomplished is experienced by only a few.

COMANews: What advice do you have for instructors who own their own dojangs?

GM Cavins: Don’t neglect your personal training! I am a proponent of ongoing education. It helps keep things fresh, gives you new ideas and keeps you sharp. If you don’t use it you lose it.

In the beginning most instructors do everything from teaching to keeping the restrooms clean. If you take pride in your Dojang, your students will as well. Some will ask to help, accept their help, this gives them a sense of pride and a vested interest in their Dojang. We had students that swept the floor another would wipe down the mirrors another would keep the dressing room neat. There is always someone that has a talent and is willing to lend a hand. I have seen many good instructors close their Dojangs, not because they didn’t know TKD, because they didn’t understand the basics of running a business. This is a must! Don’t sell yourself short, you have a lot to offer, you have knowledge that other people seek, there is nothing wrong with being compensated for that. Don’t over extend yourself, when you’re over extended everything suffers. In a very short time what was a joy has become a burden, students sense this and in no time you may be looking at an empty Dojang. You don’t need to be THAT GUY! Do your homework, when you think you’ve completed your home work, DO IT AGAIN! Give YOUR DREAM the best chance to succeed. Back to the basics one more time, boys and girls!!

COMANews: What is you favorite Kick?

GM Cavins: I have always liked any type of hook kick, it seemed to come easy for me, my body and mind understood that kick I guess. That being said, my Hapkido Master has said “a brick in the side of the head is good Hapkido.” His point was, if this doesn’t work do something else, WIN, you go home not to the hospital.

COMANews: What is something about you that few people know?

GM Cavins: My first school was in Aspen Park Colo. I was a red belt and drove a light blue “69 VW bug.

COMANews: Anything else you would like to add?

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Mrs. Cavins, GM West, Dr. Kimm & Sean Cavins

GM Cavins: My loving wife Mary of 30 years, has supported me and my dream of living the Martial Art way of life. Mary has been shoulder to shoulder with me the whole way – thank you. Be greatful every day for what you have. Never give up on your dreams. Understand you will have to have a positive, relentless work ethic, and there will be many sacrifices along the way. If you persevere you will have the satisfaction of living a wonderful life, with the ability to help your community and influence people with your positive actions on a daily basis.

Never lose sight of all the help you have had along the way. I often hear people say I did this and that, and make it sound like their success was a solitary effort. I was fortunate to have parents that taught me the importance of being focused, orderly, disciplined, and accountable for my actions or inactions. The school system embraced those principals. The multitude of jobs I had also expected those qualities. Understanding the importance of these attributes is imperative to a successful life.

COMANews: Thank you, sir, for your wisdom and insight!

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Twin Dragons Grand Champion Saving Lives

By. Cherise Scrivner
(Littleton, CO) It’s always an inspirational moment when we as humans realize that our lives are more gratifying when we get to live life doing what makes us happy.
Laron Younger, 38, Instructor at CKTKD ( Championship Karate & Taekwondo), left his spot on the Colorado Wolverines semi-pro football team, to do just that, what makes him happy; teaching taekwondo.
His main goal, to save lives.

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Younger is the founder of a non-profit organization called B.A.C.A [Black Belts against Child Abuse.] The program encourages businesses to support children that are victims of child abuse. Younger seeks funding to help the children learn self-defense at no cost to the Laron Younger
“I’m working on getting businesses to sponsor children in these situations,” said Younger.
The organization started as a community service project for his black belt tests.

Younger’s Story                                                                                                                 Younger is currently a 2nd dan black belt in taekwondo, as well as hapkito.
“The kicking is beautiful in taekwondo, it’s fast and powerful,” said Younger.
In the last three years he has won numerous state championships. He has won silver at Colorado State Championship in 2011 and double gold at Colorado State sparring and board breaking in 2012. Younger also took gold, silver and bronze at Nationals in Dallas, Texas.
Younger won double gold at Colorado State Championships in 2012. He even made it to the US OPEN in Las Vegas to win a silver medal in sparring.
This year Younger also received the title of Grand Champion at the Twin Dragons Tournament. He left the tournament with three silver and three gold medals.
Growing up Younger’s passion for martial arts developed from training with his father and uncle. They were both in the military and trained taekwondo under Grand Master Tiger Kim.                                                                                                                                         Younger has spent his time learning numerous martial arts styles including judo, karate, and urban combat self defense. Although he has experience in a variety of martial arts forms, “I immediately fell in love with taekwondo,” said Younger.

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Laron Younger; Currently 2nd Dan

In 1996, Younger began his taekwondo training with Master Gassahan at the Korean Academy of Taekwondo.
“Master Gassahan saw talent in me and started putting me in tournaments but only at black belt level. I started winning a lot. I even went against Charles Alexander who was on the US National team. I almost beat him.”
Younger is now an Instructor at Championship Karate and Taekwondo (CKTKD) in Littleton.
He said, “I love it when a student gets a move or a kick, or when they nail a form and they start to develop that same love I have for taekwondo.”                                                  Younger continues to pursue his passion of Taekwondo, competing and instructing others the beautiful techniques of sparring, grappling and forms. He says he will continue to teach others how to protect themselves.                                                                                          Younger strives to raise awareness of child abuse and to find financial support to teach young victims self-defense and self discipline.

 

Check out this quick video of Younger at the 2013 US OPEN in Las Vegas:

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