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Ms. Kayla returns from the Luxembourg Open & to compete in Korea 
 
Ms. Kayla comes home gaining major international experience by competing in Europe, for her first time. She lost a tight close contest to a Portugal national team member that competed at the 2016 Junior World Championships and recently the 2017 under 21 Senior European Championships. At only 16 and fighting in the Senior (adult) division, Ms. Kayla is beginning her drive to make the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. She wants to compete in as many internationals, as she can this year, to better prepare her for the 2020 Olympics. Also, to gain the points necessary to compete at the Grand Prix.
 
Next up for Ms. Kayla, is the Korea Open to be held June 30-July 7, 2017. She earned a spot on a team made up of USA athletes, by winning the adult senior fin/fly weight division at the 2017 International Taekwondo Festival. The Korea Open is one of the toughest international events in the world. Several of the worlds best will be there due to the World Championships being there the week before. It will give her not only valuable experience, but a chance to gain several points because it's a G2 event. 


 
Congratulations Team Knockout!
 We recently had 4 of our athletes represent us on the IME Team they were Ms. Kayla Morales, Ms. Claudia Navarrete, Mr. Cesar Navarrete and Mr. Francisco "Paco" Gil. They competed at the 2015 Binational Sport Games held in Tijuana, Mexico. Leading the way for our group was Ms. Kayla Morales. She dominated her opponents to bring home the Gold medal. Also, returning home with the Bronze medals were Mr. Cesar and Ms. Claudia Navarrete while Mr. Francisco fell in the quarter finals. 
 
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2015 Pan Am Open, Aguascaliente, Mexico. Master Morales was called upon by the legendary, 3x Olympic coach Master Jean Lopez to coach his younger brother 2005 World Champion & Olympic Silver medallist Mark Lopez and 2008 Olympian Charlotte Craig. Master Jean Lopez was unable to attend this event, so he trusted Master Morales to help his athletes gain valuable points by reaching the podium.These points are necessary to aid in their return to the Olympics. It was a HUGE honor to coach these great athletes. Mr. Mark Lopez made it all the way to the finals were he fell to Mexico. Ms. Charlotte Craig made it to the semi finals and also fallening to Mexico. They both returned home with the Silver and Bronze medal respectively. 

Our very own Ms. Kayla Morales competed for the first time outside the US and returned home with the Bronze medal. She fought well, as she had the bye and then beat the Dominican Republic national team member only to fall to Mexico (of course) in a close Semi final match.

Also, having a couple of first was our instructor Mr. Andre Bryant. It was also his first time competing outside the US and at a new weight class (Bantam). He fought well, but came up short against Mexico.  

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Master Bobby Morales receives diploma from Kukkiwon Foreign Master/Instructor course. This course is normally held in Korea. Held for only it's second time in the United States ever, Master Bobby trained exclusively with the Kukkiwon instructors taking his Taekwondo knowledge to new heights and now has first hand knowledge of what Kukkiwon (the headquarters of Taekwondo) expect to be taught in schools throughout the world, today (for there has been many changes). This is a huge honor and not every foreign Taekwond master (outside Korea) has acheived this level.

 


 

NEXT BELT TESTING Saturday, August 12 at 10:30 a.m. (doors open at 10:00 a.m.) & Tuesday, August 15 at 7 p.m.

BLACKBELT TESTING Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1pm