Four members of the Champions Taekwondo Center in Cadiz competed Oct. 9 in the 2021 American Taekwondo United National Championship in Atlanta.

The local Champions competed in a range of events in the grass-roots level of competition. Landon Pool, 14, placed second in his age group and red belt (advanced) sparring division. In his first tournament, due to losing last year to COVID cancellations, Pool’s commitment and skill allowed for a strong come from behind win in his first fight, and a strong fight to the end, losing by one point in the gold medal fight.

At the intermediate blue belt level, 14-year-old Nate Quiggins competed in individual forms (poomsae) winning a gold medal and fought in two strong exhibition fights against competitors from Illinois and Virginia, receiving a gold medal in his division.

Competing at the 15-17-year-old intermediate blue belt level in his first tournament, Sebastian Steip was able to win two gold and a silver medal in poomsae, board breaking and sparring respectively.

In the 15-17-year-old black belt division, Kadi Oliver won a second place in poomsae, first in sparring, and fifth in board breaking. This was Oliver’s third tournament, but first at the advanced black belt level.

Due to previous year COVID restrictions this was the first in-person tournament in nearly two years for members of Champions Taekwondo Center. Their next tournament will be the Midwest Open in Decatur, Illinois, in late November.

These athletes and families are also starting a community service project in partnership with PACS-Trigg County and Trigg County RSVP. Be on the lookout for information on how to support their “Gloves Up Warm Up” program in November.

Champions Taekwondo Center has been in Cadiz since 2017. Classes and opportunities to compete at the local, regional and national levels are for all ages older than 4. Contact school owner and instructor Master Charles Hiter on Facebook @championstkd.cadiz or email championstkd.cadiz@gmail.com about joining the program.

American Taekwondo United was formed in 2006 to increase the growth and development of taekwondo in the United States. Since 2008, the national championships have featured competition in forms, sparring and demo team for grassroots development level athletes and those wishing to compete at the world class level.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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