On Saturday, August 5, Master Bryant Parker and Sanpai Quinn Maloit competed in the US Capital Classics China Open. Both competitors put in many months of training and were ready to show their stuff.
First up was Sanpai Quinn. She was competing in the traditional forms competition and showed off her Pal Gae Pal Jang. Competitors presented a variety of martial arts forms, and Quinn placed sixth.
Next up was Master Parker. He competed in Light Heavy Men’s Continuous Contact Division. He did well and ended up bringing home the big trophy!
We’re proud of our two competitors and hope to see them, and others, compete in future events! Congratulations to you both!
Our two national champions: Master Parker and Sanpai Quinn
One last fight
And, of course, there was one last fight. A challenge if you will…
One last fight… Harlan (White Belt) (left) and Drake (Red Belt) (right) challenge Master Parker (center) to a winner-take-all challenge. I think Master Parker may be in trouble.
Abby receives her White Belt in Tae Kwon Do
Just this week two new White Belts in Tae Kwon Do have been awarded. Madison took her exam on Thursday, passing it with flying colors while Abby passed her exam on Friday. Congratulations to you both!
Hard work and discipline may be cornerstones to learning but sometimes it’s good to just get out on the mat and have fun:
Rudy sparring with Master Parker
A special treat today: sisters testing for their White Belts in Tae Kwon Do. Both students started at the North Beach Community Center classes and later joined the Academy to further their education in martial arts.
Charlotte was up first and did a fantastic job going through her Kibon Hana, block-punch-kick, and other testing criteria. She also impressed the judges with her knowledge and earned her White Belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Sister Abby, who has not only been learning herself but has also been helping her sister, did a fantastic job with her test. She also went above and beyond by demonstrating her ability to do Kibon Dool. Master Parker gave her the option to break a board, something that she was not expecting, to earn her Yellow Belt. She took the challenge…
Congratulations to Abby on her Yellow Belt and to Charlotte on her White Belt!
Tonight restarts the Women’s Exercise Cycle Class at 7:45PM. Pre-registration is not required, just show up in exercise clothes ready to sweat! The class will meet each Tuesday and Thursday night for the foreseeable future.
Students receiving their White Belts
Six students advanced from no-belt to White Belt in Tae Kwon Do today by passing stringent tests administered by Master Parker and Sensei Corey. A crowd packed the dojang to witness the event and cheers were heard as each student completed their test. Next stop, Yellow Belt!