Athletes from Sterling-based taekwondo school Majest Martial Arts won gold medals in 12 events at the 2017 Virginia State Taekwondo Championships, setting the school up for more success at the upcoming U.S. National Taekwondo Championships in Detroit.
Majest sent a team of 20 students to the 2017 Virginia State Taekwondo Championships, which were held on April 29 in Alexandria. Majest won gold in every division in which it competed. Eleven students combined to win 17 gold medals in 12 events (including mixed pairs and team events), with another five students taking home bronze and silver.
The 20 Majest students were all members of Majest’s Poomsae Team, and all are eligible to compete and represent Virginia in the U.S. National Taekwondo Championships in Detroit June 29 – July 6. A strong performance in Detroit will allow some of these students to represent the United States internationally on the U.S. National Taekwondo team.
“I was so happy with the performance of my team,” said 5th degree black belt and Majest Poomsae Team coach Dong-Jin Kim. “They train very hard – for many long hours – and it showed in their performance on May 1. It was very rewarding to see that hard work recognized in a State-level competition; now the team is completely focused on repeating that performance at Nationals.”
Taekwondo poomsae are pre-arranged taekwondo routines that demonstrate an athlete’s ability to perform a sequence of difficult taekwondo techniques. In a poomsae competition, all competitors perform the same set of pre-defined routines.
In the days leading up to a tournament, athletes are told which poomsae will be used for the tournament. This means that in the months leading up to a tournament, athletes must practice a larger set of all possible routines. Competitions are done individually, as mixed pairs and as groups. Judging is based on factors such as accuracy, power and agility. At the State, National, and International level, poomsae competitions are implemented as multiple rounds, where only the top eight competitors continue to the final round.
Majest Martial Arts is a local chain of three Northern Virginia taekwondo schools that also has locations in Fredericksburg and Montclair.
Top Three Finishers:
- Arwen Tinker: 1st place, female adult (age 31-40) division
- Kyra Lim: 1st place, female Cadet (age 12-14) division
- Gabrielle Conroy: 2nd place, female Cadet division
- Brandon Do: 1st place, male Cadet division
- Joshua Costanzo: 3rd place, male Cadet division
- Kyra Lim & Brandon Do: 1st place, mixed pairs Cadet division
- Gabrielle Conroy & Nikolas Porras: 3rd place, mixed pairs Cadet division
- Gabrielle Conroy, Kyra Lim & Sofia Pinto-Ochoa: 1st place, female team Cadet division
- Brandon Choi, Brandon Do & Nikolas Porras: 1st place, male Cadet division
- Samantha Kang: 1st place, female Junior (age 15-17) division
- Gabriella Kang: 1st place, female Youth (age 10-11) division
- Hannah Cuasay: 2nd place, female Youth division
- Sophia Smith: 3rd place, female Youth division
- Enzo Garcia-Equiluz: 1st place, male Youth division
- Chance Hattrick: 2nd place, male Youth division
- Melania Fundatureanu: 1st place, female Tiger (age 8-9) division
- Jacob Sklaney: 1st place, male Tiger division
- Max Baklikov: 1st place, male Dragon (age 6-7) division