World Champion Taekwondo Woodbridge Poomsae Team Students, Marilee Ganter of Woodbridge Taekwondo school and Bryson Lovorn of New Fairfield won 1st place in Cadet Pairs Black Belt 12-14 division in 2019 Kimunyong Cup International Open Taekwondo Championships. This notable event boasted 4,522 participants from 64 countries (1,800 from overseas), the largest number of participants ever for an international Taekwondo competition hosted in South Korea. Bryson and Marilee were really excited to just have the opportunity to compete on this level, but overjoyed by bringing home the unexpected Gold.
The journey to qualify for this notable event wasn’t easy. The two got their start at World Champion Taekwondo. Marilee Ganter began training with Master Sangpil Kim, and Bryson with Master Cheoleun Kim since the age of 7. Throughout their years of training, they took part in several local tournaments through World Champion Taekwondo and the CT Taekwondo Alliance at the Woodbridge Taekwondo location as well. This brought them to high level competitions including U.S.A.T. Nationals and A.T.U. (American Taekwondo United) National events. Most importantly, was the May 26th 2019 A.T.U. event in Chicago where the duo won 1st Place Gold medals in Black Belt Cadet Pairs Poomsae, which earned them a place with the American Taekwondo United National Team. Marilee and Bryson were exceedingly honored to be selected to represent A.T.U. and the U.S.A. at the 2019 Kimunyong Cup International Open Taekwondo Championships.
On July 10th, when they arrived in South Korea as part of the ATU USA Nationals Team, they received their prestigious uniforms and began preparations with 3 days of intensive conditioning and 5-hour training sessions under the guidance of ATU National Coaches. The pair began competing July 14th. They worked their way through several rounds of elimination with poise and grace in one of the largest age and rank divisions for this event. They performed masterfully, winning above the skillful second place pair who were double gold medalists at the prestigious 2018 World Taekwondo competition held in Taipei.
Marilee and Bryson enjoyed a well-deserved break taking a few days of soaking in the rich cultural experience of touring the hot spots of South Korea before returning to the U.S. July 20th.
Earning a Gold Medal in this International Championship in the Black Belt World Class Division is a First for World Champion Taekwondo, Marilee & Bryson’s home school and largest Taekwondo Training organization in Connecticut. President of the State Connecticut organization Master Sangpil Kim along with the whole of World Champion Taekwondo Masters and Family couldn’t be prouder of their students. Masters Sangpil Kim, Hyeeun Kim (Marilee’s Woodbridge Masters) and Master Cheoleun Kim (Bryson’s New Fairfield Master) are especially proud having worked tirelessly as a coaching team over the years to guide these students to this competitive level of achievement.
Bryson and Marilee are very thankful to all of their Masters and Coaches who have helped them along the way, even making special arrangements and taking the time from their busy lives to be in attendance for this big event. Most of all, they wish to acknowledge the support and sacrifices of their parents and family, as well as the wonderful experiences and friendships made through Taekwondo.