Avery Mackey placed first and third place Saturday in the 2021 AAU Youth and Adult Taekwondo Virtual Winter National Championship.

Six students of Champions Taekwondo Center in Cadiz competed Saturday in the 2021 AAU Youth and Adult Taekwondo Virtual Winter National Championship. This live and virtual tournament allowed the competitors to face off against their peers from across the nation in performing their martial arts forms and patterns.

The championship was the first tournament that members of Champions Taekwondo Center have participated in since last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local martial arts athletes competed against students of the same style of Taekwondo, Traditional WT, and in the Open Traditional Division, that placed them against competitors of the three major styles of traditional Taekwondo practiced in the U.S.

In her first national tournament, Callie Boggess competed in the WT Female Advanced Bracket for 12 and 13 year olds and placed fourth.

Avery Mackey entered in the Intermediate Brackets, ages 16 and 17, in both the WT Forms and Open Traditional. In her first ever tournament, Avery won a gold medal in WT Forms and bronze in Open Forms.

Landen Pool won a bronze medal in the WT Forms in his first ever tournament as well. He competed in the Intermediate 14- and 15-year-old bracket.

Wyatt Mackey competed in both the WT and Open Traditional Divisions in the Intermediate 10- and 11-year-old brackets. He successfully won a bronze medal in the WT Division.

While not placing at nationals this year, but showing an outstanding level of performance and skill was Kadi Quiggins who competed in the Advanced 16- and 17-year-old brackets in WT and Open Traditional Divisions, and Nate Quiggins, who competed in the Intermediate 14- and 15-year-old WT Division.

Champions Taekwondo Center athletes plan to compete in upcoming virtual and in-person tournaments. The center is located at 312 Main St., Suite 3B, and can be found on Facebook @ championstkd.cadiz or the web at cadizmartialarts.com.

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