Montreal’s Claude-Robillard Sports Centre was host to the 2015 Canadian National Taekwondo Championships. In addition to having Canadian titles on the line, the event was also a National Team trial for Cadet (12-14) and Junior (15-17) divisions. The high-stakes event went very well for the team from 44 Vaughan Road, as they lead Team Ontario to one of the best finishes in recent memory. Ontario finished with 11 of 16 gold medals in the Senior sparring divisions, 10 of 20 in the Junior divisions and 13 of 20 in the Cadet divisions. Ontario also won 23 of 25 gold in the Poomse divisions (Patterns).
The Ontario charge was led by YC’s 6 golds, 6 silvers and 3 bronze medal finishes:
Congratulations to the YCTKD team and the rest of Team Ontario! You bring pride to your coaches and you have proven that with hard work, teamwork and focused vision that good things CAN grow in Ontario!
Up next… Pan Am Games!
Congratulations go out to Jordan Stewart, Yvette Yong and Siddu Bhat for earning their spots on the Canadian National Team! After fighting five crowd pleasing matches at the National Team Trials (held at York University on March 29, 2015), Jordan finished as Canada’s number one heavyweight and took his spot on the team in the Men’s +78kg division. Teammates Yvette Yong (Women’s -46kg) and Siddu Bhat (Men’s -63kg) both pre-qualified their spots on the National Team through the hard-earned international medals they won throughout this year’s competition season. The three athletes will be representing Canada at the 2015 World Taekwondo Championships from May 12-18 in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Good luck, train hard! 44!
This Valentine’s/Family Day weekend, taekwondo athletes from across the country and around the world participated in Canada’s only world ranking event prior to the summer’s PanAm Games, the Canada Open Taekwondo Championships. The YC high performance team was there in full force as we had athletes competing in Cadet(U14), Junior(U18) and Senior divisions. An elite competition, our athletes faced off against the best earning ten medals total in the event held in Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle.
Hard earned Bronze medals were awarded to Bernard Lorde (Sr M -68kg), Nicolas Araujo (Cdt M -53kg) and Austin Morgan (Cdt M +65kg). Yvette Yong (Sr F -46kg), Siddhartha Bhat (Sr M -63kg) and Justyn Sengkhounmany (Cdt M -37kg) fought valiantly and went home with Silvers. The biggest highs were from the Gold medal performances of Annan Abu Salha (Jr M +78kg), Odysseus Petropoulos (Cdt M -57kg), JD Keenan (Cdt M +65kg) and Mikhela Go (Jr Para-Poomse).
The team showed a strong fighting spirit all around and endured some heartbreak along the way but continued to move forward together as the days wore on, just as elite teams are expected to do. Congratulations to all that stepped on the mats, time to look towards the National Team Trials at the end of March and come back even stronger!
YCTKD Founder, Grandmaster Choung Young Su, has recently been awarded the rank of 9th Dan Black Belt from the Kukkiwon, the head of the World Taekwondo Federation. He earned and tested for the honor at Kukkiwon Headquarters in Seoul, Korea after decades of service to the Canadian Taekwondo community. Congratulations Sir, onto future generations! MU-HON-YU!!!
Ryerson University was home to the 2014 Junior/Cadet Provincial Championships this past weekend. The event pits Ontario’s top five athletes in each weight class in a round-robin format to determine the best in the province. The twelve young athletes from 44 Vaughan Road tested their skills against the best players in Ontario and came home with seven Golds and five Bronzes:
Congratulations to ALL competitors, teams, parents and coaches. The next competition will be the 2014 Toronto Open November 15/16! See you all there! 44!
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Young Choung Taekwondo Academy recently made an emphatic statement at the Canadian National Taekwondo Championships held in Toronto at the Westin Harbour Castle from May 15-18. With an enthusiastic cheering contingent and a team of athletes displaying the classic Young Choung fighting spirit, the senior team lead the nation with 3 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze. Following the footsteps of their seniors, the YC Junior (U18),Cadet(U14) and Youth (U12) teams also added a gold, 2 silvers and a bronze into the mix. Not to be outdone by the black belts, the color belt/ recreational teams finished the weekend racking up 12 golds, 6 silvers and 5 bronzes. Congratulations and thank you to all competitors, coaches, parents and supporters!
On to the next one…
BLACK BELT RESULTS
|Yvette Yong||SrF Fin||Gold|
|Alicia Camacho||SrF Fin||Silver|
|Angelica Bertucca||SrF Bantam||4th|
|Amin Hourfar||SrM Fly||-|
|Alex Mayotte||SrM Bantam||4th|
|Siddu Bhat||SrM Feather||Gold|
|Bernard Lorde||SrM Feather||Bronze|
|Matthew Stewart||SrM Light||-|
|Jordan Stewart||SrM Middle||Silver|
|Hayk Amirbekyan||SrM Heavy||Gold|
|Kevin Gilmore||JrM LightHeavy||Silver|
|Angelique Orozco||CdtF Bantam||Bronze|
|Jessica Jun||CdtF Light||5th|
|Justyn Sengkhounmany||CdtM Fly||5th|
|Darius Brown||CdtM Bantam||5th|
|Nicolas Araujo||CdtM Feather||4th|
|Odysseus Petropoulos||CdtM Feather||5th|
|JD Keenan||CdtM LightHeavy||Gold|
|Brandon Bernardo||YthM Feather||Silver|
|Kaitlyn Wiens||Jr Elite Poomse||-|
COLOR BELT/REC RESULTS
|Achilles Petropoulos||U7- Novice||Silver (s)|
|Nikolett Racz||U9-Novice||Gold (p)|
|William Tcherkachine||U9-Advanced||Bronze (p), 4th (s)|
|Noah Nacsa||U9-Advanced||Silver (p), Bronze (s)|
|Delaney Wong||U9-Advanced||Silver (p)|
|Jaden Fung||Yth Intermediate||Bronze (p), 4th (s)|
|Markus Kirksey||Yth Advanced||Gold (s)|
|Samuel Xiao||Cdt Advanced||Gold (p)|
|Austin Morgan||Cdt Intermediate||Silver (p), Gold (s)|
|Justin Fung||Cdt Advanced||Bronze (s)|
|Angus Worley||Jr Advanced||Gold (s)|
|Ciara Morgan||Jr Intermediate||Silver (p), Gold (s)|
|Daoud Sharif||Sr Advanced||Bronze (s)|
|Daisy Morgan||Sr Intermediate||Gold (s), Gold (p)|
|David Helliwell||Sr Advanced||Silver (s)|
|Rennie McBurnie||Sr Advanced||Gold (s)|
|Paula Kirksey||Sr Advanced||Gold (s)|
|Mikhela Go||AWAD Black Belt||Gold|
|Daniel Kreutzberg||AWAD Black Belt||Gold|
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Are you a Bench Player? Know a Bench Player? Wanna Play? Taekwondo may be what you are looking for! In the world of competitive sports, it is easy to fall through the cracks if you are not consistently a “starter” early on. At YCTKD, we encourage the rough diamonds to discover their hidden talents. Here’s a quick list of some advantages your “bench player” can get at YCTKD!
1) Versatile physical fitness: TKD initially focuses on developing agility, balance and coordination which is vital for virtually any sport. TKD’s footwork, kicking and punching develops a mobile athlete that can use all four limbs (what coach doesn’t want that?).
2) Mental toughness: TKD isn’t easy, whether it’s learning a pattern or getting used to sparring. A new student may have to make a thousand mistakes before they do something right. The “fighter” or “soldier” attitude instilled by the instructors and coaches mould a type of perseverance that is rare (although it doesn’t have to be).
3) No Off-Season: Whether an athlete chooses to train TKD exclusively or play another sport as well, the Dojang is always there. TKD is year round so you can always come back (YCTKD has been at the same location for 34 years with no off-season).
4) There is no “Bench”: Although not every student will choose to compete, all students are taught the same skills, are expected to give the same amount of effort and given the same amount of respect. Whatever a student’s role in the team/class, the goal is to make the whole team better, and that requires INDIVIDUAL commitment towards the TEAM’s goals. Everyone gives 100%.
5) Self-Discovery through TKD: Some “bench players” may have just been in the wrong sport! From soccer to basketball, ballet to track and everywhere in between, YCTKD has a history of developing athletes from other sports into champions, instructors and coaches in TKD (and vice versa!)
So whether you are trying to build your body to make the cut, get the mental edge for more playing time or still trying to find YOUR sport, the team at YCTKD can help you! They have been doing it for 34 years and counting…