Sparring expo 3.0 at Tiger Kim’s Academy June 29 2013

 

expo 3.0Poster-DaedoSparringExpo3.0-LetterSizeDaedo Expo 3.0,  Sparring expo at Tiger Kim’s Academy.  Four rings of Daedo Electronics and everyone will get to do sparring four to six times round robin.  All martial schools are welcome to participated in this great event, Having the latest software updates and new transmitters for equipment. The Daedo expo 3.0 will expect to have more participants and more matches to come. Expo 3.0 Sparring will be June 29 2013.

This sparring expo/scrimmages are a very good way to get the practice and experience needed to succeed in the upcoming tournaments.

To Get More info please go to http://www.denvermartialartsevent.com/2013DAEDOEXPO3.html

or call 303-388-1408, www.tigerkim.com

 

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Colorado State Taekwondo Association to Sponsor Athletes for Nationals

(Denver, CO) – The Colorado State Taekwondo Association (COSTA) will give $50 stipends to any Colorado athlete who competes at the US National Championships in Chicago. Athletes must register for the national championships and pay first, and then email a copy of the confirmation page to Angela DeOlivera (COSTA Treasurer).

The Colorado State Taekwondo Association is a 501c3 non-profit who supports Colorado athletes to the tune of thousands of dollars every year.

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Olympians to host Seminar in preparation for World Taekwondo Championships

(Aurora, CO) – The Korean Academy of Taekwondo will host a special seminar on June 15th, 2013. The seminar will be put on by the Tajikistan National Taekwondo Team, including 2012 Olympians Farkhod Negmatov and Alisher Gulov. National team member Khusrav Giyosov will also be instructing.

Olympians SeminarGulov and Negmatov both punched their ticket to the London 2012 Olympic games by placing in the top 3 out of all competitors in Asia during the Asian Olympic Qualification tournament. They now want to share their expertise in the martial art and sport with the Colorado Martial Arts Community.

The price is extremely reasonable for a seminar of this quality, and there will be two sessions. Students CAN stay for both sessions, regardless of rank.

Olympians are very rare in Taekwondo, especially those who have experience sparring at this level with the Daedo system. Their insights should prove invaluable to anyone preparing for nationals in July.

 

 

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MSU brings home golds from Collegiate Nationals

Ivan Smirnou, blue, performs an axe kick against his opponent at the National Collegiate Taekwondo Championship on Sunday April 14 in Colorado Springs.  Photo by Courtland Wilson.

Ivan Smirnou, blue, performs an axe kick against his opponent at the National Collegiate Taekwondo Championship on Sunday April 14 in Colorado Springs. Photo by Courtland Wilson.

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Hundreds of fighters and their families flocked from all over the country to compete in the 38th National Collegiate Taekwondo Championship on Saturday April 13.  The two-day tournament was hosted at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and held competitions in forms on Saturday and sparring on Sunday.

Metro State University was among 70 schools enrolled for the competition. Some of the big-name schools such as Duke, Cornell, Yale, Stanford, and MIT also made an appearance.  Although not all of ACT’s (Auraria Campus Taekwondo) fighters earned medals, a few were skilled enough to walk away with one to take home.  MSU student Ivan Smirnou, high-red belt, has trained long and hard for this tournament.  He and his friend Daniil Dorovskikh, green belt, both came from Russia and both fought their way to first place in their divisions.  Smirnou fought in the red belt division against Stanford for the gold while Dorovskikh was paired up against Princeton in his green/ blue belt division. They both defeated several other schools to make it to the finals.

It feels great to win gold for Metro among those big schools like MIT and Penn State,” Smirnou added after the competition.  “To show them that we can kick as well.

A handful of other students from ACT placed third in their respective divisions:  Adrian Salazar earned bronze in yellow belt forms and sparring events.  Billy Garduno and Darius Ray also earned bronze medals for their efforts in the sparring ring.  And Lydia McCullough took bronze in red belt sparring. In the black belt division, Heather Gibson also took home a bronze medal.

ACT head coach and MSU professor Master Bill Pottle had nothing but good things to say about his students’ performances.  “I’m really proud of all the students whether they medaled or not.  They showed a lot of heart to step on the mat and face against competitors from top schools around the country,” says Pottle.  “Even the ones who didn’t medal were close to doing so.”  Overall, MSU placed 7th out of the 70 schools that participated.

Daniil Dorovskikh walks away happily for earning his first gold medal at the National Collegiate Taekwondo Championship on Sunday April 14 in Colorado Springs.  Photo by Courtland Wilson.

Daniil Dorovskikh walks away happily for earning his first gold medal at the National Collegiate Taekwondo Championship on Sunday April 14 in Colorado Springs. Photo by Courtland Wilson.

In November 2012, MSU competed in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate TKD League tournament in Henderson, CO and took first place.  Historically, MSU remains undefeated amongst schools in Colorado. With the results from nationals they will once again be RMCTL Champions, placing ahead of CU Boulder, CSU, UNC, ACC, and Air Force.

Although it is always a great sensation to return home with a gold medal hanging around your neck, nothing beats the feeling of your buddies cheering you on in the ring.  “The best feeling was when all my teammates were down there and were cheering me on,” says Dorovskikh.  “The medal was great, but it can’t be compared to my friends’ support.”

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2013 TWIN DRAGON TOURNAMENT RESULTS

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Tournament flyer

(Denver, CO) – Beautiful Colorado is well known for spring snow storms and for great martial arts events. This past weekend was testament to that fact. The blizzard set a beautiful backdrop for the 2013 Twin Dragon Tournament. It was held, as usual, in the spacious gym at Metro State College of Denver. Hosting the event was KAT Taekwondo.  The excitement was energized and maintained throughout the day, by the KAT crew, the reliable COSTA officials, and the many volunteers. This martial arts event brought together many different disciplines from all over the state and beyond. There were over 325 competitors, making it the largest tournament by any COSTA school in recent years. A cool addition was the Kung Fu: Spectators found their forms to be very fluid and well balanced. Also, events in Olympic sparring, grappling, forms, board breaking, demonstrations, weapons, and blaster pad all took place. All the competitors were winners, and along with the awesome coveted magnetic interlocking medals, awarded solely by KAT events, additional prizes and a cash purse was also to be had.

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A family showing off the interlocking medals

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Winners!

An interesting element to the Twin Dragons Tournament was the different teams supporting different area elementary schools. The energy was high, with many teams very close to each other in strength. You can  see how the final results came out.  A big bow along with a big round of applause goes out to the students that supported their schools.[/caption]

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Northridge Girls

When broken down by the various events, the top winners are as follows: The poomsae event went to Greenwood Options and Global Village Academy. The demo event was won by Global Village Academy and Aurora Quest. Greenwood Options and Global Village worked their way to the top in board breaking. The grappling event tied up with Global Village and Crescent View, while the top sparring award went to Crescent View and Quest. Some really cool Grand Champion Belts were awarded, too. They went to Rey Martinez, Jibreal Jones, Riley Ward, Isabella Walsh, SirGregory Solonis, & Laron Younger.

In closing, the Twin Dragons Tournament was a great success, in terms of competitor satisfaction and family fun! Personally, my favorites were the Black-belt Demo Team, with board breaking skills that were high-flying and very energetic, and the blaster pads, that are always a hit for any and all that try. I look forward towards the next Twin Dragon Tournament. In the mean time, we must train and watch the schedule for upcoming martial arts events. Go to: cotkd.com to find out more on martial arts events in and around your area. If you wood like to attend the next KAT event, go to: kattaekwondo.com.

 

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Colorado Results from US Open – Senior Divisions

(Las Vegas, NV) – The senior divisions at the US Open Taekwondo championships featured an amazing level of competition. There were dozens of Olympians present as well as those trying to leave their mark on the sport of Taekwondo. Colorado had several athletes take part, and although none walked away with a medal, several sparred well and were able to get deep bracket penetration.

The largest division in the tournament was the men’s bantamweight. There were 95 competitors registered for this event. In a stroke of bad luck, Khusrav Giyosov (KAT- TJK) and Ahmed Alsubaihawi (KAT – IRQ) met in the first round. Master Bill Pottle remarked: “Seriously? Find me something in Vegas that has 94 to 1 odds and I will go bet on it.” Giyosov won the match and then in the next round he lost to a great competitor from Mexico. That competitor went all the way through the brackets and ended up getting bronze.

In the men’s welterweight division SirGregory Salonis (KAT – USA) faced against Mexico in the first round. They had a thrilling match that ended in a 10-10 tie. In overtime Salonis got the golden point to move on to the next round against Lenn Hypolite from Trinidad and Tobago. Hypolite won and defeated several other players to end the day with a silver medal. Farkhod Negmatov (KAT – TJK) won his first match against USA easily, and then fell against 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist and world #1 Aaron Cook (Isle of Man).

In the Men’s Heavyweight division, Alisher Gulov (KAT – TJK) defeated USA in his first match and defeated USA National Team Member Phillip Yoon in his second match. In the quarterfinals he faced Anthony Obame, the 2012 Olympic Silver Medalist from Gabon. Gulov dominated the entire match and was leading throughout when he was disqualified with 1 minute left in the third round. The final penalty was a gam jeong for “Intentional Attack After Kayleo”. However, the referee was doubly wrong. First, she called Kayleo in the middle of an exchange, second, the attack was at the same time as Kayleo, and certainly not intentionally after. His kick is already in the air when she started to call Kayleo. It was a very unfortunate error. After the match Obame went on to win Gold.

In other action, Heather Gibson (Rock – USA) was leading Costa Rica throughout but lost a close match in the waning seconds. Something similar happened to Cameron Webster (JWK/Littleton – USA) who was winning but then lost his match in overtime.

All in all it was a great experience and showed that Colorado Taekwondo is at a level where they can go neck and neck with the world’s best!

You can see all the brackets on the official results page.

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Colorado Elementary Schools League Final Results

(Denver, CO) – Students from elementary and middle schools across Colorado competed at the 2013 Twin Dragons Tournament in order to earn points towards the Elementary Schools League Cup. Competition was fierce across the five events that award students points. Students earned 3 points for each first place finish, 2 points for each second place finish, and one point for each third place finish. In scored events (forms and breaking), students earned 0.5 points for each 4th or lower place finish. In bracketed events (sparring and grappling) if there are between 5 and 8 competitors, all students  who lose the first match earned third place points so that the way the bracket is drawn doesn’t affect the number of points awarded.

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The Garcia family earned 7 points for GVA and created one super medal in their first tournament

There were 35 different schools who earned points during the 2012-2013 school year. Last year’s runner up Global Village Academy (Aurora) took the title this year. They had two significant advantages that made them very hard to beat. As the oldest afterschool program, they had more higher belts and were able to compete across a large number of divisions. Instructor Jacob Gallegos spoke to this point when he said “As with all things in life, with experience, comes victory.” They also had a number of students training in the KAT Aurora dojang, which allowed them to enter the most competitors of any afterschool program. Instructor Christina Seraile stated “I think I speak for every instructor who has ever taught at GVA when I say how proud we are of you and how far you have come in your discipline and technique. It’s really been a team effort by the kids, parents, and instructors.”

Last year’s winner Aurora Quest K8 put up a valiant showing, but in the end fell just short. The drama was heightened by a tie on the initial scores for demo team, which would have been a 10 point swing ( – 5 for GVA, + 5 for Quest) if the tiebreaker had gone the other way. Quest was hurt by scheduling conflicts in TDT as well as the Fall Championships, and will surely be a contender for the title again in 2013-2014.

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Jibril had so many awards it took two Olympians just to lift him up.

Master Komil Latipov’s Crescent View Academy (CVA) looked dangerous throughout the day, and threatened to take the lead with strong performances in both sparring and grappling. However, they gave up significant points in forms and breaking and didn’t participate in demo, which left them unable to catch up with the larger teams. Still, Jibreal Jones (CVA) won the grand champion belt for overall medals in the tournament.

Sensei Melinda’s Greenwood Options (GWO) students entered the largest team, and won top honors in both breaking and forms. With 28.5 points, their breaking performance was the most dominant of any team in any event. However, having not participated in the Fall Championships, they were starting at a significant disadvantage. Still, they won 2nd at Twin Dragons and 4th overall, a very respectable finish.

High Point Academy (HPA) will certainly be disappointed to drop one spot to fifth, but they did well across many events. It is an honorable finish for a program that is only two years old and they will certainly come back strong next season.

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Instructor Harrison’s Northridge Elementary earned their first league points and a 10th place overall finish

The Colorado Elementary Schools League has now had three events, each one becoming larger and more competitive than the last. Instructor Christina summed things up. “I’d like to commend ALL the schools and their instructors. You have done an amazing job to make the elementary school league as strong as it is.

The league goes from Kindergarten to 8th Grade and welcomes students from any elementary/middle school. As with other sports, students compete for the academic school they attend, rather than the martial arts school where they hold rank. Teams interested in joining should comment on this post or contact any of the instructors mentioned in this article.

The League also awards the MVP Award for the student who earned the most points in the five league events (Sparring, Grappling, Breaking, Demo and Forms). Last year’s MVP was Riley Ward (QST). This year the top honor went to Isabella Walsh (GVA) with 18 points, followed by Taylor Altman (GVA) with 16 points and Jibreal Jones (CVA) with 15 points. Let’s give a big “Chook Ha Hahm Nida” to these well rounded martial artists!

The final results for the 2012-2013 League Year are posted below.

School

Twin Dragons

Fall Championships

Total

GVA-Aurora

70

44

114

Quest

62

36

98

CVA

50.5

41

91.5

Greenwood Options

60.5

 

60.5

High Point

23.5

29

52.5

GVA-
Thornton

6

26

32

Normandy Elementary

21.5

 

21.5

Coronado

18

 

18

Omar D
Blair

11

6

17

Northridge

12

 

12

DaVinchi

11.5

 

11.5

Colorado Connections

9

 

9

American Academy

8

 

8

Dakota Valley

6.5

1

7.5

Antelope
Ridge

3

3

6

Aurora Options

3

3

6

Montessori

6

 

6

Walt Creek MS

0

5

5

Monaco Elementary

5

 

5

D. Green

4.5

 

4.5

Powderhorn

4

 

4

Leewood

4

 

4

STEM

0

3

3

Lexi B
School

3

 

3

Dartmouth

3

 

3

Ben Etters
School

3

 

3

Stott Elementary

3

 

3

DSA (Alex
N)

2.5

 

2.5

Wyatt
Edison

2

 

2

Centennial
(Loveland)

2

 

2

Ponderosa

1

 

1

Challenge School

1

 

1

Bradford Elementary

1

 

1

Peakview.

1

 

1

Littleton Academy

0.5

 

0.5

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2013 Colorado State Taekwondo Championships

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Poomsae Competition. Photo courtesy of Kerry Schinderle-Kara

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The venue. Photo courtesy of Andre Olivera

(Aurora, CO) – The Colorado State Taekwondo Association (COSTA) held its annual state championships on March 9th at Hinkley High School. Nearly 300 competitors braved the ‘blizzard’ to come and compete with the best from Colorado as well as six other states. Because this tournament was a qualifier for the USA Taekwondo National Championships, competitors from other states could come in order to qualify here.

Competitors in most events had to place in the top 4 in their division in order to secure their spot in Chicago, Il for this summer’s tournament. Due to the narrowness of the divisions, most competitors were able to accomplish this feat.

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ALL Team gets ready to perform. Photo Courtesy Linda Kimmich

One of the most anticipated battles of the day was the Demo Team competition. Through the last year (including the US National Championships and the US Open Hanmadang) the team from the Academy of Life and Leadership (ALL) had suffered only one defeat – to Team Thunder of Universal Taekwondo. The ALL Team avenged their loss by turning in a near-flawless performance that showed increasing tricking skills, amazing synchronization, and great choreography that lead to an emotional climax. Team Thunder had a fantastic performance as well, but it seemed as if the mat was too small for their team and a number of small errors doomed their chances to repeat their victory over the reigning national champions. Still, there were a number of flips, 540s, and also a butterfly twist, moves that these teams weren’t capable of two years ago.

Master Andre’s Champion Taekwondo Academy brought 41 competitors on their way to their first School of the Year trophy, unseating 3 time champions KAT, which had to settle for third behind Master Santos’s Littleton Taekwondo.

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Master Andre with his CTA Students and the School of the Year cup.

 

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Nikita Karamian with the Top Female Athlete award. Photo courtesy of Kerry Schinderle-Kara

This year COSTA also decided to recognize outstanding performances. Kinsey Muso (Littleton) won the “Outstanding Referee” award while Nikita Karamian (CTA) took home honors for the top female athlete. The top male athlete award went to school owner and gold medalist Bret Mischlich (Martinez/Tri Lakes TKD).

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Kinsey Muso receiving the Referee award. Photo courtesy of Kerry Schinderle-Kara

All in all it was a great tournament that went by much more smoothly than last year’s event. Competitors with no one in their divisions had at least one demo match and the overall vibe of the tournament was positive and good natured.

Now the attention of the Colorado Martial Arts Community turns to the Twin Dragons Tournament, which is only 2 weeks away.

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Zak from ESA about to land an ax kick during sparring. Photo courtesy Robert Day.

 

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Colorado Results from US Open (Day 1 and 2)

(Las Vegas, NV) – Colorado students from many different Taekwondo schools converged on Las Vegas to participate in the US Open Taekwondo championships. The event drew 2700 black belt competitors from 75 countries, including 33 of the London Olympians. The level  and difficulty of the event have caused some in the media to say that the US Open should be upgraded to a G3 Level Event, as seen in this full coverage of the results.

Tuesday featured Poomsae competition. The highlight of the day was Master Steve Humphries (Golden Family TKD) who earned silver in his division. Other forms competitors included Dale Zamora (KAT) who placed 21st/23, Angela Olivera (CTA) who placed 10th, Jeremiah Moran-Fairchild who made it to the semifinals our of 54, Nikita Karamian (CTA) who got 16th/51, Alexis Menjares (CTA) took 18th/55. The field was extremely difficult. A former US Poomase Team member remarked “Basically, if you didn’t have a vertical side kick you weren’t even thinking about the medals.” One of the great things about Poomsae competition is that different competitors can perform together in a way not allowed by sparring competition. This video (by M-Team) shows many different teams doing Koryo in the warm up area and gives a good idea of the level of Poomsae competition.

Wednesday featured the 10-11, 12-14, and 33+ sparring divisions. In the 40-50 Welterweight division, Master Ghassan Timani (KAT)  inspired many people by returning to tournament competition after 20 years. He received a tough draw, losing 3-0 to the eventual gold medalist from Germany in the first round. LaRon Younger (KAT) defeated Norway 12-2 in his first match, highlighted by a much talked about butterfly kick to the face. He defeated USA in his second match, losing only to USA in the finals. He ended with a well-deserved silver medal. Melchor Moran (CTA) earned a bronze medal in sparring, defeating his first two opponents but losing his third match. Jeremiah Moran-Fairchild (CTA) lost his first match but did a great job. Isaac Vigil (MYT) won his first two matches, before falling in the semifinals to the eventual gold medalist. He ended up with a bronze medal. Kaitlin Grenning (Golden TKD) defeated PA in her first match, which also earned her a bronze medal.

Wednesday featured four gold medals for Colorado. Angela DeOlivera (CTA) won gold after defeating another competitor from the USA. Madelin Gorman-Shore (The Rock) defeated four Americans in order to claim the 12-14 year old heavyweight division. Grace Kosloski (KAT) defeated four opponents including Mexico, having to come from behind in the final seconds of the final match against Canada in order to clinch gold. Her brother Josh Kosloski (KAT) showed tremendous heart, coming in to the tournament less than 100% and needing to win five matches to clinch gold. He had to overcome many close matches, including sudden death, to be the 2013 US Open Champion. Master Komiljon Latipov said “They represented Colorado and KAT very well and made me so proud! Can’t wait to teach them new things.” 9 News did a story on the siblings’ victory.

All in all it was a great experience for Colorado athletes to be among the best in the world. Although forms ended with only one silver medal, on Wednesday Colorado earned 4 golds, 1 silver, and 3 bronzes. Stay tuned to Colorado Martial Arts News for coverage of the main event – the Adult divisions on Thursday and Friday!

Full results including all brackets are available on USA Taekwondo’s Website. All videos can be seen at the USAT Dartfish channel, for $15 per day of competition.

If any Colorado athletes aren’t included or if any results aren’t correct, please comment below and we will edit the story.

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Pikes Peak Daedo Challenge

Aurora, CO – The Pikes Peak Daedo Challenge was held at Prairie Middle School on Jan 19th, 2013. The event featured 250 + competitors from across Colorado and the United States, as well as national team members from Iraq, Tajikistan, and Estonia. The event was hosted by Master Angel of A-Team Taekwondo and was significant in the number of high level sparring competitors as well as the number and quality of the referees. The event had the feel of a “better version of the Rocky Mountain Open”, an event that was attempted several times by USA Taekwondo but never quite got the number of competitors it needed to survive. There is no doubt that the Pikes Peak Daedo Challenge will continue many years into the future.

A-Team Taekwondo spared no expense in flying in top referees from around the country. The official list of referees included Master John Seiber , Master Seung H Kim, Master Ronald Rose, Master Victoria Serbin, Master Raymond Hsu, Master Mike Wickham, Master Bob Perry, Master Martin Marcus, Masters Linda and Paul Kimmich, Master Robert Mckenna, Master Antoniette Chavez, Master Christine Rose, Master John Connors, Master James White, Master Deb White, Mr Gabriel Vigil, and Mrs Angela DeOlivera.

From the PPDC Facebook Page

The tournament started off in the morning with creative events including forms, breaking, blaster pad, weapons, and group forms. At lunchtime there was a performance from the Academy of Life and Learning Demo Team, lead by Master Barb Kunkel (2000 Olympian). The team is the current US National Champion and placed second in the World Taekwondo Hanmadang in 2011.

Sparring was up after lunch, with the Daedo Electronic Scoring System. After extending her record to 18-0, 12 year old phenon Alondra Gonzalez remarked “This was a really awesome tournament and it was so nice to see friends from many different schools here.Master Francis Esposo from California added: “The Pike’s Peak Daedo Challenge was a highly anticipated event for our team. We were attracted to the event because of the high level of competition the event drew, and the reputation of the highly certified referees who were in attendance. The Daedo Challenge utilized the Electronic Point Scoring System used in the Olympics and International Events. Master Angel Aranzamendi was a very gracious host for the event.

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Action in the jr. black belt divisions. Photo by Mansurov photography

No doubt many of the high level black belt sparring athletes were attracted by the prizes, which included two nights shared hotel in Vegas as well as the entry fee to the 2013 US Open Taekwondo Championships. This prize was given out for each of the Olympic weight divisions. The official winners are listed below:

Division Male Winner Female Winner
Fin/Fly Jake Bauman (CO-ESA) Jesse Bates (NM)
Bantam/Feather Ahmed Alsubaihawi (CO-KAT- Iraq) Alyssa Roseman (CO-ATM)
Light/Welter
Farkhod Negmatov (CO-KAT-TJK)
Heather Gibson (CO-Rock)
Middle/Heavy Alisher Gulov (CO-KAT-TJK) Vacant Spot

Despite the number and quality of athletes from other states, all but one of the sponsorships went to athletes training in Colorado. Was it the home field advantage, the mile high altitude, or the rising level of Colorado schools and athletes? No doubt the presence of Olympians Alisher Gulov and Farkhod Negmatov helped considerably. You can read more about them as well as the exciting men’s featherweight final in the Coloradomanews article about Master Komiljon Latipov being named Tajikistan team coach.

Master Angel A said that he was “thankful for all the Colorado Masters and Referees who supported this high level event. I want to also thank Daedo Truescore Kevin McCullough for their support as well.”

All in all it was a great event. To see more photos, find out about next year’s event, and discuss with attendees, please like the official PPDC Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PikesPeakDaedoChallenge

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