World Champion Taekwondo Woodbridge Team members, along with other WCT school teams in Connecticut, are training to compete at the USA Taekwondo National Championships being held in Richmond VA this year July 4th – July 10th. This exciting event boasts over 3,000 competitors from all over the United States. National team members are selected from the results of this competition to determine the strongest athletes to represent the United States in the Summer Olympic Games.
Master Kim has been teaching Taekwondo for over 20 years and has been training students for national level competition in the U.S since 2004. This year’s Woodbridge Team has been practicing all year, 5 days a week, most often 2-3 hours each day of intensive physical training. Practices focus on Taekwondo forms and competition style breaking featuring special aerial kicks and power breaks. As part of their preparation for this big event, students attend seminars and compete in tournaments including the USAT CT National Qualifier. Ms. Alicia Gopal just won Cadet Bronze for Individual World Class Poomsae (Forms) at the ATU (American Taekwondo United) Championship held in Atlanta, Georgia June 4th. Many of these students placed and won medals in last year’s event held in San Diego California. Through hard work, dedication and perseverance, they look to return triumphant again in 2016.
Left To Right: Alicia Gopal, Samantha Cantalupo, Sophie Grant (back), Anushka Acharya (front), Alesandro Gopal, Eesha Acharya