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Chaminade Hosts 2012 NY Open Taekwondo Championships

The 2012 New York Open Taekwondo Championships Korean Cultural Festival was held at the Chaminade High School Athletic Center in Mineola on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The tournament consisted of Olympic sparring, board breaking and forms as well as team demo competitions. Modern electronic scoring was used for all competitors and one ring featured Olympic style scoring. Highlighting this year’s event were the Goodwill Exhibition Games between the national level team from New York facing off against rival Los Angeles.

“I am very proud of the way our students competed,” Master Jeon Soo Yong said. “They worked very hard to prepare for championship, and it paid off for them,” he continued.

Jeon’s U.S. Taekwondo School took 16 students to the New York Open Championship this year. Students shattered through the boards and won the gold medal in breaking. They also defeated their opponents skillfully one by one to win the gold medal in sparring.

This event was recognized by the World Taekwondo Federation and sanctioned by the U.S. Taekwondo Leaders Union. Additionally, the event has received the support of the Nassau County with the historic institution of the first ever Nassau County Taekwondo Day.