World Champion Taekwondo Woodbridge Team members, along with their fellow World Champion Connecticut Team Members, competed at the USA Taekwondo National Championships held in Detroit, Michigan this past July. 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 Sangpil 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. Sparring Team members train tirelessly on their offensive strategies as well as their kicking, self-defense, and endurance.
The National Competition Team included Akshay Bulsara (who placed silver in the breaking category), Alesandro Gopal (who placed gold in breaking), Alicia Gopal (who placed gold in breaking and bronze in peer form), Alyssa Corvigno (who competed in poomsae forms), Anushka Acharya (who placed silver in breaking), Eesha Acharya (who competed in breaking), Greg Dania (who placed gold in breaking), Hannah Bruce (who placed bronze in breaking), Marilee Ganter (who placed silver in breaking), Samantha Cantalupo (who competed in poomsae and breaking), Sean Doron (who competed in breaking), Sophie Grant (who placed gold in breaking), and Timothy Quill (who competed in sparring and breaking). Master Kim and the Woodbridge Taekwondo community are very proud of all their competitors who admirably represented their school and hometown.