What's been happening with Team
Our Team has been very busy this quarter. Beginning
with the US Open, which was held in late February, our black belts competed at one of the
largest international TKD events in the world. It was for black belts only and our team represented us well. We had an unprecedented
3 athletes in the finals!
Youth black belt Ms. LoRalie &
Junior black belt Ms. Janel came home with Silver medals. Topping
this event was Cadet black belt Ms. Makenzie. She brought home
the Gold medal to make her the 2018 US Open Champion!
Despite several of them suffering from illness, they fought hard. Ms. Lea made
it to quarterfinals and just missed the podium, Ms. Kayla & Andrew (who
is not, but we registered him as black belt) made it to the round of 16. Ms. Kayla gained valuable
world ranking points for Olympic status.
It was a first for many. First time in the Junior division for Ms. Breiana, Lea
and Janel. First time in the Cadet division for Ms. Makena. It
was not only Andrew's first time fighting as a black belt, but his first major tournament
ever! It was also, Ms. LoRalie's first US Open.
was such a busy month beginning with US Team Trials. This was to go to the Junior World
Championships. Your black belts Ms. Janel &
Lea went, as first year Junior division competitors. Unfortunately, we fell short with Ms.
Janel falling in the quarterfinals and Ms. Lea falling
in the semifinals. Great experience for both. With this being their first year, they will have another opportunity for Junior
Worlds in 2020.
Next in March, were US National qualifiers where
we attended Nevada, Washington & Arizona states. Gold medalist from Nevada were black belts Ms.
Lea, Makenzie, LoRalie & William. Color
belts Sabrina, Sydney, & Alexia. Silver
medalist were black belts Ms. Kayla, Mr.
Jeremy & color belt Aidan. Bronze medalist were
black belts Mr. Ayden, Ms. Makena and
color belts Kevin & Logan.
from Washington were black belts Ms. Makenzie. Silver medalist were Ms.
Arizona gold medal winners were black belts Ms.
Makena, Lea, & Kayla and color belt Aidan.
concluded qualifiers with our own California state championship this month.
Gold medal winners
and California state team members are black belts Mr. Omar, Ms.
Makenzie & Sabrina (who's not really a black belt, yet). Also,
winning gold were black belt Mr. William and color belts Sydney
& Alexia. Silver medalist were black belts Ms. Janel,
LoRalie, Mr. Ayden
and color belts Sandra,
Aarushi, Adam, & Aidan. Bronze medalist
were black belts Ms. Lea, Genellie, Breiana,
Mr. Gian & Mr. Jeremy.
Master Morales finishes 2017 by coaching at several WT International events.
The year 2017 took master Morales again to
different nations, including for the first time, Europe. He trained and coached athletes onto the interantional stage, where
they gained valuable international experience. Master Morales is proud of the dedication and effort of his athletes to travel
internationally because it is not cheap, but necessary to reach the level of an Olympian or World Champion. Some reached the
podium earning medals, but most important was the experience of going against top competitors internationally. We will continue
this quest to be the best internationally by going to more international events next year, particuly Europe and Asia. Congratulations
to our international competitors and we look forward to more success in 2018.
Our year comes to an end with our team poducing
our 5th USA National Team Member in a row with Makenzie McGregor keeping the streak alive. It was her first year in the Cadet
division (12-14 age group) and at only 11 years old (she turned 12 in November)! With continued hard work and dedication,
she'll make several more teams for the years to come. We followed that up with 3 USA National Champions in Makena Lindley
(Black belt), Jeremy Mejico (Red belt), Aidan Grose (Green belt) and one USA National Silver medalist in Sydney Norsworthy.
Another Cadet Black belt, Janel Pido Just fell short of earning a spot on the USA National Team by falling to the eventual
USA Team member and Pan American Champion, in a hotly contested battle that went down to the last seconds. She finished
the year earning her first US national medal, as a black belt and took Bronze at the WT Presidents Cup, which is an international
event. Our Junior athlete (15-17 age group), Ms. Kayla decided to bypass her opportunity to make another Junior national team,
by focus on competing internationally, in the senior division. She won a spot on a USA team to Korea, by winning Gold at the
International Taekwondo Festival. This enabled her to go to the famous Korea Open (G2) and fight against some of the best
adult women in the world of Taekwondo, however; this event conflicted with US Nationals. She went on this year to compete
in Europe, Canada and Central America. Although she did not return with victories, almost all of her fights came down to the
last seconds against some of the best in the world. She gained much valuable experience. Her future looks promising.
Our last competition
of the year was a local tournament where Team Knockout looked extremly strong, dominating throughout the day. Known for having
top elite female fighters, our boys made their present felt and came out strong. Showing that our boys are going to be a force
to reckon with, as well. Looking forward to seeing the boys shine in 2018 with our girls. We dedicated our last event
of the year to our elite female athlete Lea Mave's mom, who lost her battle to cancer. #cancersucks
The year 2018 promises to be a busy year for our team. Along with
US nationals, it will consist of USA team trials for Junior World Championships, Senior and Cadet Pan American Championships.
Of course, more international competitions, as well. Follow our 2018 TKD journey on FB or Instagram @Knockout Martial Arts
and twitter @kotkd.
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.