Young Martial Arts Devotees Bring Home Gold

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From left, back row: Vincent Ewing, Alex Chang, Brayden Jenson, Sterling Radisay, Garrett Woodburn, Luke Machin and Rex Bradshaw; front, Leo Pardun, Nico Bammer, Sabrina Yang, Jimmy Shea, Theodore Drews, Alyssa Sladeck, Zachary Van Meter and Zachary Wang-Huhem (not pictured).
From left, back row: Vincent Ewing, Alex Chang, Brayden Jenson, Sterling Radisay, Garrett Woodburn, Luke Machin and Rex Bradshaw; front, Leo Pardun, Nico Bammer, Sabrina Yang, Jimmy Shea, Theodore Drews, Alyssa Sladeck, Zachary Van Meter and Zachary Wang-Huhem (not pictured).

Fourteen students age 7 to 12 from Cho’s Academy of Laguna Beach competed among 1,000 participants at the 22nd Annual KS Choi California Open Tae Kwon Do Championships in Carson on Oct. 18.

Cho’s team won five gold and two silver medals. Three of the Cho team losses were extremely close matches, with one match going into double-overtime, another into standard overtime and one loss a likely result of accidental fouls.

The Cho’s Academy team undergoes a rigorous training schedule and are encouraged to be humble in victory and to accept loss with dignity. All academy youth students are required to compete as part of their curriculum.

“I am incredibly proud of all my students for their work-ethic, follow-through and bravery,” said academy owner Jacob Cho, who established the business in 2009. He offers tae kwon do, Brazilian jiu jitsu, yoga and conditioning fitness classes at the 1966 S. Coast Highway studio.

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