Indomitable Spirit Award

Martial arts is about so much more than kicking and punching. See some stories of martial artists who have overcome hardships to become champions outside of the ring. Vote for the top inspirational story for 2013!

Nominee 1: Master Kunkel’s Fight To Win Campaign

Successful multiple school owner and US Oympian Master Barb Kunkel (Academy of Life and Leadership Taekwondo) was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer during 2013. Since then she has released a number of updates and videos, giving an amazing example of how a martial artist can fight outside of the ring.

Nominee 2: Mike Duran’s Grappling Victory

Mike Duran (Metro State Taekwondo, Korean Academy of Taekwondo) had faced Master Bill in a “Special Tournament Challenge Match” and had lost four years in a row. His father passed away unexpectedly right before the Twin Dragons Tournament. Mike was able to gain strength from his father’s memory and finally defeat his instructor.








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