Art Fabian qualifies for Junior Olympics
Art Fabian performed his Poomsae with grace and power to take Silver out of 6 competitors and qualified to compete for the Junior Olympics in Florida in both Poomsae and Sparring.
Car Wash Fundraiser event
Chick Fil-A Car Wash
Knockout Martial Arts Elite Competition Team just concluded another Car Wash Fundraiser at Chick Fil-A, Thanks to all the parents and kids that have help us in this event, special thanks to the non-Elite parents that have helped.
To help fund the trip to the Junior Olympics tournament in Florida this June, we are having several fundraising events besides the Car Wash, we also have the Scratcher tickets fundraiser which is very successful, we are also selling food every Friday afternoon outside of Knockout Martial Arts Studio, we will be trying different types of food, we've tried Hotdog, Nachos and drinks combo, we will also be doing Chinese noodle and drinks combo, in summer we could be doing some cold refreshment snacks. Please support us so that we can send the kids that have worked so hard to get qualified, to be able to compete at the Junior Olympics in Florida. These are our future Olympians.
Our Kids that have qualified for the JO through State or the Regional qualifiers are the following:
Art Fabian, Riann Jao, Morgan Nator, Claudia Navarrete, Cristina Navarrete, Cesar Navarrete, Janel Pido, Gian Duma-Op, Jojo Tapia, Luke Jaramillo, Austin Gomez, Elizabeth Ojeda, Anthony Sierra, Brett Hoyle, Anthony Hernandez and Kayla Morales.
Claudia Navarrete conquers her division
Claudia Navarrete (blue) breezes through her division with wins against 3 other seasoned competitors, her experience and training really shows as she takes full control of each and every match. Master Robert Morales of Knockout Martial Arts coached her at this tournament to get the Gold medal.
Riann Jao takes Silver
Riann J. (red) vs. Cristine B. (blue)
Riann started out with an early 2-0 lead but due to erroneous call by an inexperienced new referee , "kyong-go" (warning penalty) was called on Riann instead of the opponent for pushing, which gave an extra point to the opponent, it gave an opportunity for Cristine to come out ahead in an overtime sudden death match.
(The referee admitted to the mistake after the match that he got confused and made the incorrect call, unfortunately, calls like this are not corrected in most matches in the Sport of Taekwondo, to begin with , new referees should not be allowed to officiate at this level of competition (regional qualifier).