Elite Taekwondo earns medals at competition

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Elite Taekwondo USA of Cameron Park, coached by Master John Jonghun Yi, competed in Danville on March 17 in the California Northern State Taekwondo Championships. The participants were challenged by more than 700 of the toughest competitors across California. Competition was at its highest level, yet all of the Elite Taekwondo students qualified to participate in the National Championship tournament to be held in Dallas, Texas June 29- to July 2. The team had several students competing for their first time and several more competed in new age divisions. “It is always really fun to watch the little kids compete for their first time, and ours performed very well,” commented Master Yi. Team ETU came away with a total of 10 medals. The team had four gold medalists; Saejin Yi (senior sport poomsae), Sierra Smith-Poncia (cadet sport poomsae), Quinci Whitson (green belt poomsae) and Devlen Mateo (yellow belt kyoroogi). Allison Prior (junior sport poomsae), Mauricio Harper (senior black belt kyoroogi), Justin Jones (blue belt kyoroogi), Megan Whitson (green belt poomsae), Bianca Mateo (yellow belt poomsae) and Devlen Mateo (yellow belt poomsae) were all bronze medalists. Elite Taekwondo is gearing up for the competition season. The black belt competitors will train six to seven days a week, while the colored belts will train three to four days per week to prepare themselves for the USAT Western Qualifier tournament to be held in San Jose on May 19-20. After that, the competitors have their eyes on the National Championships. Elite Taekwondo USA is located at 3300 Coach Lane #E1, Cameron Park, CA 95682.