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.
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.
Flashback to 2015
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
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.
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.
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.