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Young martial artists clash in Valley championships

Seconds after receiving medal, 7-year-old Oscar Ulloa ran into the proud arms of his father, David, and held tight.

The two had a brief moment as they celebrated Oscar’s first-place victory in the Texas Valley Open Tae Kwon Do Championships held Saturday at the McAllen Convention Center. More than 300 competitors, including both children and adults, participated in the event.

The young martial artist had fought several fights in which he dominated his opponents. In his last fight, Oscar knocked down another competitor with a roundhouse kick to the face. After the fight, Oscar and his competitor shook hands and each congratulated their opponent’s coach.

“I feel good,” the young champion said. Before the fights, “I was thinking about which kicks to use, but I was confident I was going to win.”

The moments before Oscar’s fights, Ullola was a little nervous but said he was confident in his son’s skills. Oscar has been training three years in his native Reynosa.

“Some may think this is a violent sport,” said event promoter Mike Song, who has been practicing the Korean martial art for more than 30 years. “There is much more than kicking and punching; it’s a way of life. Students learn respect for each other, discipline, and to be fit.”

Competitors tested their skilsl in sparring as they fought each other for points that were given when specific body parts were struck.

Competitors also tested their skills in forms, a traditional form of practice in which the martial artist strikes and kicks as if fighting a number of opponents.

Texas Valley Open TKD Championship on June 9th!

Texas Valley Open TKD Championship Flyer 2

The Texas Valley Open Taekwondo Championship will be held in McAllen, Texas on June 9, 2012.

Featuring a Double Elimination competition for black belts 12 and up. Daedo electronic chest guards will be used for black belts.

This event is sponsored by the Texas State Association.

Nia Abdallah, 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist will be hosting a seminar the day before; as well as the Mexico Poomsae National Team!

Call for more info! 956-424-1015

Click here to download registration forms today!

Registration

Texas Valley Open TKD Championship Registration Begins!

The Texas Valley Open Taekwondo Championship will be held in McAllen, Texas on June 9, 2012.

Featuring a Double Elimination competition for black belts 12 and up. Daedo electronic chest guards will be used for black belts.

This event is sponsored by the Texas State Association.

Nia Abdallah, 2004 medalist will be hosting a seminar on the day before; as well as the Mexican National Team for Forms!

Call for more info! 956-424-1015

Click here to download registration forms today!

Registration

2012 Texas State Championships

It’s been a one year since our White Tigers made their last appearance at the TX State TKD Tournament — and this year, we made a big impact!

After what seemed to be too long a drive to the Four Star Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, TX,  our competition team showed absolute determination in making the trip up north well worth it.

Last years tournament proved to be a great success, and this year was no different.  This year the winning participants had an opportunity to represent their State in their home state at the Jr. Olympics and Sr. National tournament (to be held this summer).  Our goal as a class, was to have a White Tiger in every division available!

Well, we did that!  Despite a few off-calls; Song’s White Tigers ended up with 9 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals, and 6 Bronze!

Check out the video to see our students in action!

Alexis Mata

  • 2009 Texas State Championship  12-13 yrs old fin weight —– Bronze
  • 2009  Jr. National Championship 12-13 yrs old fin weight —–Silver
  • 2010 Texas State Championship  12-13 yrs old Bantam weight — Silver
  • 2010 Jr National Championship 12-13 yrs old Bantam weight —- Silver

 

John Dunhart II

* Home: Houston, Texas
* Birthday: May 29, 1988

Nickname: “J.D.”
Height: 5-8
Weight: 118 pounds
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
High School: Langham Creek High ’06
College: Menlo College
Major: Business Management
Coach: Tim Ghormley
Club: Stanford University
Dojang: WhiteTger Taekwondo

Also competed in basketball in high school…hobbies include working out, training hard for competitions, playing basketball, watching BET and playing video games…his younger brother, Marcus Duhart, won nationals as a black belt and also plays AAU basketball and middle school football…his cousin, Nia Abdallah, is a 2004 Olympic silver medalist in Taekwondo…his favorite foods are shrimp and pasta…before a competition he enjoys fruits and pasta…favorite athlete is Floyd Mayweather…favorite movie is Scarface…enjoys rap music…lists Korea as his favorite country visited for competition.

Did You Know…?: John considers himself a very good basketball player.

Competition Record:

2008 World University Championships (Fin): BRONZE
2008 Collegiate World Trials (Fin): 1st

2007 World University Games Trials (Fin): 1st
2007 National Qualifier (Fin): BRONZE
2007 Collegiate Nationals (Fin): GOLD
2007 UCLA Open (Fin/Fly): BRONZE

2006 Pac West Championships (Fin/Fly): SILVER
2006 National Qualifier (Fin): GOLD

2005 National Qualifier (Jr. Fly): GOLD

2004 Junior World Championships: Quarterfinalist
2004 Junior Team Member (Fin)
2004 Junior Team Trials (Fin): 1st

2003 Jr. Pan American Games (Fin): BRONZE
2003 Junior Team Member (Fin)
2003 Junior Nationals (Fin): GOLD
2003 State Championships (Fin): GOLD

2002 State Championships: GOLD
2002 U.S. Open (Fin): GOLD

2001 Junior Nationals (Fin): BRONZE
2001 State Championships (Fin): GOLD

2000 Junior Nationals (Fin): GOLD
2000 State Championships (Fin): GOLD

1999 Junior Nationals (Fin): GOLD
1999 State Championships (Fin): GOLD

1998 Junior Nationals (Fin): SILVER
1998 State Championships (Fin): GOLD

1997 Junior Nationals (Fin): BRONZE
1997 State Championships (Fin): GOLD

1996 Junior Nationals (Fin): BRONZE
1996 State Championships (Fin): GOLD

Kay Poe

Kay Poe is a pint-size powerhouse. At five-foot-three and 100 pounds, this Houston native is ranked number one in the world in the Olympic tae kwon do flyweight division.

Poe finds the allure of tae kwon do in the mind-body connection. “It’s like chess,” she says. “You have to figure out what your opponent’s going to do.”

Height: 5-1 Weight Class: Women’s finweight DOB:May 15, 1982 Hometown: Houston, Texas 

Competition Record: 

2002 US Team Trials (Fin): GOLD
2002 Pan American Championships – Ecuador (Fin): GOLD

2001 US National Taekwondo Championships (Fly): GOLD

2000 US Open Taekwondo Championships (Fin): SILVER
2000 US Olympic Taekwondo Team Trials (Fly): GOLD
2000 Olympic Games (Fly): Team Member

1999 US Open Taekwondo Championships (Fin): GOLD
1999 US Olympic Weight/Pan Am Games Team Trials (Fly): GOLD
1999 US National Taekwondo Championships (Fin): GOLD
1999 US National Taekwondo Team Trials (Fin): GOLD
1999 World Olympic Qualification Tournament (Fly): GOLD
1999 Pan American Games (Fly): SILVER
1999 Olympic Test Event (Fly): GOLD

1998 US National Taekwondo Championships (Fin): GOLD
1998 World Cup Taekwondo Championships (Fin): GOLD
1998 US National Taekwondo Team Trials (Fin): GOLD
1998 US Olympic Weight Division Tournament (Fly): SILVER
1998 Pan American Taekwondo Championships (Fin): SILVER

1997 US National Taekwondo Championships (Fin): GOLD
1997 US National Taekwondo Team Trials (Fin): GOLD
1997 Mexico Open Taekwondo Championships (Fin): GOLD
1997 Denmark Open Taekwondo Championships (Fin): GOLD
1997 World Taekwondo Championships (Fin): BRONZE

1996 US National Taekwondo Championships (Fin): GOLD
1996 US National Taekwondo Team Trials (Fin): GOLD
1996 US Junior Olympic Taekwondo Championships (Fin): SILVER
1996 Pan American Taekwondo Championships (Fin): SILVER

Lynda Laurin Garcia

Competition Record: 

2012 US Olympic Team Trials for 2012 London summer Olympic game-  5th

2010 Olympic Team Trials 2012 – 1 (Bantam/Feather): 5th
2010 USAT National Championships (Middle): SILVER
2010 USAT Dallas National Qualifier (Middle): GOLD

2007 Sr. National Team Trials (Heavy): 1st
2007 Pan Am Games Trials (Middle/Heavy): 3rd

2006 U.S. Senior Nationals (Heavy): BRONZE

2005 U.S. National Team Trials (Light): SILVER

2004 U.S. National Championships (Welter): GOLD
2004 U.S. Olympic Round Robin Fight-Off (Feather): 2nd

2003 U.S. National Championships (Light): GOLD
2003 U.S. National Team Trials (Light): BRONZE
2003 USTU Female Athlete of the Year
2003 Pan Am Games Trials (Light/Welter): SILVER

2002 World Cup Team Member (Light)
2002 Collegiate Team Trials (Light): SILVER

2001 U.S. National Championships (Light): BRONZE
2001 U.S. National Team Trials (Light): GOLD
2001 World Championship Team Member (Light)
2001 U.S. Open (Light): BRONZE
2001 Mexico Open: BRONZE
2001 U.S. Olympic Training Center – Resident Athlete

2000 U.S. Olympic Qualifier #2 (Welter): BRONZE
2000 U.S. National Championships (Light): GOLD
2000 U.S. National Team Trials (Light): SILVER
2000 Chunchon Korea Open (Light): BRONZE
2000 U.S. Junior Olympics (Welter): GOLD

1999 U.S. Open (Feather): SILVER
1999 U.S. National Championships (Feather): GOLD
1999 U.S. National Team Trials (Feather): BRONZE
1999 U.S. Junior Olympics (Middle): GOLD

1998 U.S. Junior Olympics (Light Middle): BRONZE

1993 U.S. Junior Olympics (Light): GOLD

1992 U.S. Junior Olympics (Light): GOLD

1991 U.S. Junior Olympics (Light): GOLD

1990 U.S. Junior Olympics (Light): GOLD

1989 U.S. Junior Olympics (Light): GOLD

1988 U.S. Junior Olympics (Light): GOLD

SONG’S WHITE TIGERS COMPETED IN SOUTH PADRE ISLAND

Song’s White Tigers competition team competed in South Padre Island on September 10, 2011.  Our Team consist of 22 competitors perform outstanding jobs.  Our Team produce 19 GOLD MEDALS in (Poomsae) or Forms and 10 GOLD medals in Sparring.  Our first time black belt, Dylan, Shaula and Gaby performed outstanding jobs.  In total, 7 black belts competed in South Padre Island.  Back from 2 months vacation, Alex fought hard but came up short in overtime.    Jorge, our team leader defeated black belt from team Mexico.  Our 2 adult black belts, Salvador ( will be Testing for black belt in November)  and Edgar fought in first time tag team match against Team Brazil.  It was very exciting match.   Overall,  our team perform better than last year at the padre island tournament.  Congratulations to all our fighters.