Sydney Reyes was 8-years-old and new to taekwondo when he showed he had what it takes to be successful in the sport.
A yellow belt, he had a difficult go the first time out against a more experienced competitor and left frustrated, but not deterred. In fact, it was just the opposite.
“It was his first match and he was upset and crying and then at night time, when I was putting him to bed, he said: ‘You know, we can do so much with this,’” said his father, Greg Reyes. “What kind of 8-year-old kid says that? So that was really the impetus for him then. He was on a team of black belts and they used to beat up on him, but he learned how to survive.”
And, soon after,...