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15 U.S. Taekwondo Academy athletes to compete at national event

U.S. Taekwondo Academy athlete Alyssa Courtney breaks boards held by coaches Master Joseph Pirczhalski, III (left) and Master CJ Chang.
U.S. Taekwondo Academy athlete Alyssa Courtney breaks boards held by coaches Master Joseph Pirczhalski, III (left) and Master CJ Chang. (Courtesy of Roger Bickler Photography)

Athletes from the U.S. Taekwondo Academy will compete at the 2019 USA Taekwondo National Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., today (Friday) to July 4 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

This is the first step towards competing in the Olympics, which Taekwondo is an official sport of. At Nationals, students from all over the country will compete in any of the following three events: forms (poomsae), sparring (gyu-roo-gi) and board breaking (kyuk-pa).

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The following athletes will compete this year Megan Myers (18+ Red Belt; Poomsae, Breaking; McKenna Wolak (15-17 Black Belt; World Class Sparring); David Kalthof (12-14 Black Belt; World Class Sparring); Arissa Coby (12-14 Green Belt; Poomsae, Breaking, Sparring; Alyssa Courtney (12-14 Red Belt; Poomsae, Breaking, Sparring); Peighton Bowman (12-14 Red Belt; Poomsae, Breaking, Sparring); Eric Cumbie (12-14 Red Belt; Sparring); Alana Coby (10-11 Green Belt; Poomsae, Breaking, Sparring); Deliah Marini (10-11 Red Belt; Poomsae, Breaking, Sparring); Wyatt Sutton (10-11 Blue Belt; Poomsae, Breaking, Sparring); Jason Redd (10-11 Red Belt; Poomsae, Breaking, Sparring); Robert Faby (10-11 Red Belt; Poomsae, Sparring); Joseph Pirczhalski, IV (8-9 Yellow Belt; Poomsae, Breaking, Sparring); Christopher Chang (6-7 Yellow Belt; Poomsae, Breaking, Sparring); and Alexis Pirczhalski (6-7 Yellow Belt; Poomsae, Breaking, Sparring).

Master Jennifer Pasion leads the competition team this year. "As a former athlete myself making it to the US National Team, I understand the work that goes into training for this event. I am so proud of all our athletes,” Pasion said. “They made a commitment to themselves, the sport and their passion to work hard and train all year. I've seen tremendous growth in each athlete over the last 9 months and this event is the culmination of their blood, sweat and tears. I’m very excited to see them shine in the National arena!.”

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U.S. Taekwondo Academy (www.USTAchang.com) is a family-owned and operated Taekwondo chain with two locations in Bel Air. USTA offers high-caliber Taekwondo instruction to students of all ages: children, teens, adults and families.

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