It was a busy but fun day, with the entire day packed with Poomse forms, board breaking, sparring and featuring the new demonstration team competitions. We had over 400+ young and old students participating in this event!
Here’s is one of our own, Samantha, singing the National anthem:
Awesome job Samantha!
Th event originally had 21 invited dojangs (found here), but also welcomed these additional schools:
- Red Dragon Martial Arts
- Blue Dragon Martial Arts
- Hosan Taekwondo
- Dae Han Taekwondo
- JS TKD Center
- Tiger Kim’s Martial Arts
- Dominguez Expert Martial Arts
- Power Training Center
We saw a group of beginner white belts doing impressive board breaking routines and forms. From more experienced taekwondo students, we saw weapons forms, advanced Poomse forms and always exciting-to-watch sparring competitions.
A huge shoutout to the Basking Ridge Orchestra members for volunteering their time in making our 2016 Garden State Championships XX a most successful event!
L-R: Ryan Dantrassy, Juan Suarez, Tony Achkouti, Jin Hwan Hwang, Luc Champagne, Jong Sik Lee, Myung Chan Kim, PATU President Jiho Choi, Angel Hammil DeOliveira, Hyowon Choe, Joungmin Lee, Suk Jung Kim, Byung Choi, Arnold Jimenez, Christopher Smith, not pictured (Chung Phuam)
- Tony Achkouti (Canada)
- Luc Champagne (Canada)
- Hyowon Choe (North Carolina, USA)
- Byung Choi (Florida, USA)
- Ryan Dantrassy (USA)
- Angela Hammil DeOliveira (Colorado, USA)
- Jin Hwan Hwang (Florida, USA)
- Arnold Jimenez (New York, USA)
- Myung Chan Kim (Rio 2016 Official)
- Suk Jung Kim (Pennsylvania, USA)
- Jong Sik Lee (Arizona, USA)
- Joungmin Lee (New York, USA)
- Chung Phuam (Rio 2016 Olympic Official)
- Christopher Smith (USA)
- Juan Suarez (New York, USA)
Competition – Board Breaking
We would like to give a special shout out to this competitor. Although she was upset after failing to break her last board just prior to these pictures, she got up, persevered and completed her board breaking event with an awesome kick! Awesome job!