In the state of Colorado (USA), a well-known Tajik athlete Komil Latipov has been living and working as a taekwon-do coach for a long time, and also has his own sports club in Denver. He is one of the few Tajiks who managed to establish themselves in the United States of America. He managed to realize his talent in another country and still achieves high results together with his wards.
He left to study in America in early 2005. Initially, he did not make plans to become a coach, everything changed after Comil spoke at the New York and Colorado championships. He showed good results, he was noticed, the state sports authorities offered him the post of coach of the junior team. After some time, he opened his own sports club in the capital of Colorado.
Well, the path of Komil Latipov from the beginning of his sports career to success in the United States of America in the coaching field was not easy. He put in a lot of effort to achieve results and prove himself.
A good athlete is a good coach
It’s no secret that a good athlete does not always make a good coach. There are a lot of such examples in Tajik sports. But this does not apply to Komil Latipov, who was a great fighter and has now become a successful mentor. What is the secret of success? Luck? Luck? Education? The answer is simple – everything in general.
In his coaching staff at the sports club, there are consistently nine to ten coaches who are engaged in activities aimed at instilling a love for sports in children and young people.
– People come to us with pleasure to practice, and different sports, not only taekwon-do (WT), because the stable and serious work of our coaches gives results, Masha Allah, and everyone wants to learn this or that sport. Of course, I myself give a lot of time not only to office work, but also to classes with the wards.
What is the secret of success? Me and my coaches in the gym go through a lot of seminars, advanced training courses and trainings aimed at improving knowledge in different sports. I train and train myself, – says Komil Latipov in an interview with Sports.tj.
According to him, the coach is engaged in self-education, goes to seminars, takes exams. Without it, nowhere.
About the start of coaching
Komil Latipov left for Colorado in 2005, and the main reason for leaving was to continue his studies in the States.
– Went to Denver (Colorado) to study, while continuing to practice taekwon-do. When I left Tajikistan, my family and friends were sympathetic, because I planned to return in a year. But after the expiration of this time, I told my family that I wanted to stay in the USA.
They didn’t want to let me go for a long time. Now I come to Dushanbe every year and visit my relatives and friends. In the USA, in addition to my studies, I began to take an active part in various competitions.
In particular, he won the Colorado state championship, became the winner and prize-winner of open tournaments of other states and the US championship. I did not make plans to become a coach, everything changed after I successfully performed at the New York and Colorado championships. After that, sponsors appeared who supported me. And then I opened a sports club in the state, – says Latipov.
The Warriors Martial Arts Elite Team made history last week, winning a total of 8 medals at the USAT and AAU National Championships in Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Five students won Gold medals, becoming national champions: Muhammad Ali Sardar, Andrei Haurylau, Nour Hamed, Jane Nazarova, and Siddiq Furqan. Jessica Bailey and Talia Witherspoon won Bronze medals.
The Warriors Martial Arts Team is a family-oriented team that is committed to helping students of all ages achieve their goals. The team’s success at the national championships is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the students, coaches, and parents.
Congratulations to the Warriors Martial Arts Team on their amazing accomplishment!
(Aurora, CO) –Over 150 top martial artists from across the state competed in the Open Colorado Cup Tournament on Saturday, May 20, 2023. The event was held at the Warriors Martial Arts Academy in Aurora, CO. Thanks to the competitors and special guests, the school’s owner, Master Kamil Latipov said, “We would like to thank everyone who came out to support our annual tournament. It was a great day of competition and fun for everyone involved. We would also like to thank our special guests for taking the time to attend. Your presence was greatly appreciated.”
The tournament featured events in Olympic Sparring, Grappling, Wrestling, Forms, Demo, and Board breaking. In the sparring competition, competitors were divided into weight classes and fought in a single-elimination format. The winners of each weight class advanced to the finals, where they competed for the overall championship.
In the forms competition, competitors performed a pre-determined set of movements in a set order. The judges scored the competitors on their accuracy, speed, and power. The winner of the forms competition was the competitor who received the highest score from the judges.
The board breaking competition was a crowd favorite. Competitors broke boards of various thicknesses with their hands, feet, and head. The winner of the board breaking competition was the competitor who broke the most boards in the shortest amount of time. The demo team winners were the Academy of Life and Leadership Demo Team from Colorado Springs. The team performed a variety of martial arts techniques, including kicks, punches, throws, and blocks. The team’s performance was met with loud applause from the crowd.
The special guests at the tournament were world-renowned martial artists, 2000 Olympian and GM Sabumnim Barb Kunkel and Master Bill Pottle (Author). 2x World Champion Azam Khakirov 2nd degree black belt in BJJ, and coach Farhod Negmatov 2012 Oympian. The four masters gave demonstrations of their skills, and they also answered questions from the audience.
The 2023 Open Colorado Cup Tournament was a great success. The event was well-organized, and the competitors and spectators had a great time. The tournament was a great way to showcase the skills of the martial artists in the community, and it was also a great way to promote martial arts to the public. Congratulations to Warriors Martial Arts and Eagle Martial Arts GTA for winning the championship second and third team standings, and a special congrats to Academy of Life and Leadership Taekwondo for taking first place!
Here are some additional details about the tournament: • The tournament was open to martial artists of all ages and skill levels. • Tajikistan national team members were participating at the tournament • The athletes came from all over the state to compete with overall 16 teams. • The tournament was sponsored by CEO of KAVKAZ EXPRESS Ruslan Shamanov The Warriors Martial Arts tournament’s is an annual event that is held in May. The tournament is a great opportunity for martial artists to compete against each other and to improve their skills. The tournament is also a great way to promote martial arts to the community.
Participating team: Warriors Martial Arts Academy of Life and Leadership Taekwondo GTA Eagle Martial Arts GTA Universal Taekwondo Han Lee’s Taekwondo Academy ALL Citadel Martial Arts Joe Shoemaker Warriors Reunion TKD Korean Academy of Taekwondo NFT Team MSU Denver Taekwondo Zee’s Institute of Taekwondo Tajikistan National Team Farhorizon Martial Arts at Montessori del Mundo Tiger Kims Taekwondo Academy CVA Warriors MA
(Aurora, CO) –The Warriors Martial Arts hosted the 2022 Colorado State Open Championships in Aurora CO on December 10th, 2022. The majority of the athletes were from Colorado, but we also had Farhod Negmatov, an Olympian from London Olympic Games, and members of the Tajikistan national team as guests.
The 2022 Colorado State Open Championships is part of a series that includes Lone Wolf Classic. We had over 100 competitors from 13 different schools and programs participate. There were many amazing sparring matches, grappling matches, board breaks and more. It was particularly great to have demo team performances, the Pueblo Strong Taekwondo, and Reunion TKD performing. “I could not be more proud of my students competing today at the Colorado Open Tournament hosted by Warrior’s Martial Arts! They were respectful, earned some medals, learned some important lessons, and most importantly had lots of fun! Thank you Master Kamil Latipov!!”-Said Alex Clary Head of Reunion TKD
Congratulations to Pueblo Strong Team and Gonzales TKD team for winning the championship second and third team standings..and a special congrats to Warriors MA for taking first place!
Sparring was the most popular event, especially in the color belt divisions due to the fact that students didn’t need to purchase Daedo E-socks. There were many fierce matches from black belt on down. “Since there aren’t many tournaments in CO, this is a great competition for athletes there. Our Warriors MA crew gained a lot of experience from it..” Said Kamil Latipov- head of Warriors MA Team
The competition featured 10 events in total – Traditional Forms, Team Traditional Forms, Team Creative Forms, Weapons Forms, Junk Weapons, Totem Forms, Blaster Pad Sparring, Olympic Sparring Free Grappling. “I had a terrific experience competing; my competitor team and I are happy to be here after putting in a lot of effort to prepare for this event.” Said Elisa Strickler Gold medalist.
There was a wide variety of competitors in attendance, with ages ranging from 3 to over 65, and skills ranging from high international caliber to special needs. The tournament also formed the fall meeting in the Colorado K-12 League 2022-2023 Season, with Crescent View Academy taking top honors.
(Aurora, CO) – The Warriors Martial Arts hosted the 2021 Open Colorado Schools Tournament at Crescent View Academy in December 11th .
Although most of the competitors were from Colorado, the event drew athletes from Chicago, Arizona and Iowa. 2021 Open Colorado Schools Tournament is part of a series that includes the White Tiger Championship and Lone Wolf Classic Tournament.
Students earn one piece, or shard, of a medal in each event and then can connect them together to form a super medal if they place in events 3 years in a row.
“ Our fighters did awesome job. We are first time in CO for such a great event. I’m surprised my students performed its excellent in high altitude state.” Said Artur Gasanov- head of Fit and Fight team from Chicago IL and 2x world Muy Thai Champion.
Sparring was the most popular event, especially in the color belt divisions due to the fact that students didn’t need to purchase Daedo socks. There were many fierce matches from black belt on down. “I’m impressed of my students how they are growing quickly and getting better especially in Olympic sparring and grappling.” Said Kamil Latipov- head of Warriors MA Team
The highlight of the tournament was at end with friendly MMA fights with students from different schools. Warriors Marital Arts and CVA WARRIORS , lead by Master Kamil Latipov brought a large team, and took first place in both the Championship and Team competitions.
The competition featured 4 events in total – Traditional Forms, Blaster Pad Sparring, Olympic Sparring and Free Grappling. There was a wide variety of competitors in attendance, with ages ranging from 3 to over 70, and skills ranging from high international caliber to special needs.
The tournament also formed the final meeting in the Colorado K12 League 2020-2021 Season, with Crescent View Academy taking top honors. Overall Team standings: 1. Warriors Martial Arts (CVA), CO 2. FIT and FIGHT TEAM, Chicago IL 3. Mireau Martial Arts, Arizona 4. 3. Eagle Martial Arts, CO
Students from Colorado Taekwondo Warriors school recently
attended the AAU National championships in Florida. Coaches taking the team
included Komiljon Latipov, Daler Latipov, and 2012 Olympian Alisher
Gulov. The team also received amazing sponsorship from local trucking
company Kavkaz Express
The tournament featured many large and competitive
divisions. Some students had to proceed through 4 matches – just to earn a
Bronze medal. The team earned 3 medals total. Coach Daler remarked “Congratulations to our warriors, on a very solid performance in the
toughest tournament here in the US, everybody worked really hard for this
tournament.” The results were particularly good
considering that most of the team had only attended a few tournaments before,
and only three of them had ever competed at the national level before.
For questions or to join the team contact Kamil Latipov at (720)
(Colorado Springs, CO) – Over 1,100 participants descended on Colorado Springs for the 11th annual US Open Taekwondo Hanmadang July 25-27th. Participants ranged in ages from 4 to 83 and came from dozens of states and countries. A Hanmadang is a ‘martial arts festival’ and there are many different events, like forms, breaking, family forms, demonstrations, etc. There are no sport combat (sparring or grappling) events. The event also served as the Taekwondo portion of the 2019 Rocky Mountain State Games. This means that all first place winners also qualified to participate in the 2019 State Games of America.
Thursday started off with archery and knife throwing events in the Cheyenne Mountain Archery Range. The highlight was definitely the Dynamic Archery event, a 30+ minute race through the mountains where participants had to hit 18 different targets with only reusing one arrow. Thursday also featured numerous seminars as well as committee meetings.
Friday featured the most difficult division, the Championship Demo Team competition. White Tiger Martial Arts from Mill Creek, WA took home the top honors, and a coveted spot to perform at the opening ceremonies with the world famous Keimyung University Taekwondo Demo Team.
Saturday featured many more events, such as recreational demo team, knife hand breaking, spin hook kick breaking, family forms, individual breaking, etc.
There was also many special guests, including members of the Korean Parliament and former US Ambassador Chris Hill. One of the guests, Grandmaster Dong Sup Lee, is a 9th Dan who sponsored the bill to make Taekwondo the official national sport of Korea.
(Aurora, CO) – The Korean Academy of Taekwondo has come up with a machine learning model and associated spreadsheet that automatically groups competitors into divisions and prints brackets.
“Life isn’t fair”, so martial arts students should train to defeat opponents who are bigger and stronger. However, sports should be fair, so most martial arts tournaments are organized into divisions of similar athletes.
Large and official tournaments such as the Olympics, national championships, etc set the divisions ahead of time, and athletes will generally cut weight or have to qualify through previous victories, point rankings, etc.
Local tournaments can use those “regular” divisions, but this often results in a degraded customer experience (for instance, cutting to a lower weight division but no one is there so divisions are combined anyway, 9-10 year olds being grouped together even though their weights are far apart, when the 10 year old could have had a much better division with the 11 year olds, many demo matches or athletes without matches, etc).
This project uses the K means nearest neighbor in Google Colab to cluster athletes into divisions. The excel sheet also includes related functionality to create division names, and division score sheets (ie, for forms or weapons) as well as single or double elimination brackets.
When run on data from several previous tournaments, about 90% of the resultant divisions are good, and the other 10% should be adjusted manually before printing brackets. Manual adjustment will likely be much faster than parameter tweaking.
The system is open source, and anyone around the world is allowed to use it for free. You can see the full instructions and download the tool on the official github repository.
Age and weight are first normalized on a log scale, because they become less important as the value increases. For instance, it’s no problem for a 45 and 55 year old to face each other, but you would never face a 14 year old vs a 4 year old. The Log Base parameter determines the strength of this effect. For instance, if this number is high the algorithm will sooner put a 100lb person vs a 200 lb person than put a 45 lb person vs a 46 lb person.
There are many parameters that users can tweak to get the best fit for your individual data, or you can use the default parameters built in.
The 2018-2019 CO K8 League finished with a bang, with newcomers GVA Ft. Collins (Karnos-Kim TKD) coming from nowhere into the top 5, barely missing out on 4th.
MdM became the first team ever to 3-peat, scoring almost double the points of the next contender, and almost as much as the rest of the top 5 combined. Crescent View Academy was second, with Aurora Quest 3rd.
The league has now been through 8 years, with the following champions:
2011-2012 Champion: Aurora Quest Academy.
2012-2013 Champion: Global Village Academy.
2013-2014 Champions: Aurora Quest Academy and Crescent View Academy.
2014-2015 Champion: Crescent View Academy
2015-2016 Champion: Aurora Quest Academy.
2016-2017 Champion: Montessori Del Mundo
2017-2018 Champion: Montessori Del Mundo
2018-2019 Champion: Montessori Del Mundo.
Aurora Quest and Montessori Del Mundo have now each won three times. It’s amazing to think that students who were kindergartners in the first season are now finishing 7th grade.