Local Taekwondo Students Take On National Championships in Chicago

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Students of the Korea Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts School, located in Lake Worth, set out to accomplish their dreams and did just that. From July 3rd – July 8th, while many were in celebration mood, eight Palm Beach County youth, age ranging from 7-years old to 16-years old, had their own celebration and medals to prove it. After months of rigorous training and fundraising, these young athletes participated in the USA Taekwondo Championships; organized by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The championships took place at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Accompanying them were their loyal supporters and teacher, Master Lim. There were a total of 4,193 competitors. Master Lim is a 7th degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a National Champion in Korea. He strives to help students set life goals through Tae Kwon Do principles and cultivates positive attitudes through physical and mental discipline. His school has been in the community for 2 1⁄2 years. This is a great achievement for each participant as they now can qualify for future competitions, including those on an international level. List of winners: Gold Medal – Emily Krkoska – 8 yrs. old attending Coral Reef Elementary School Silver Medal- Carlo Massaro – 7 yrs. old attending Coral Reef Elementary School Silver Medal – Nardine Natour – 12 yrs. old attending Manatee Elementary School Bronze Medal – Natasha Natour – 10 yrs. old attending Manatee Elementary School Bronze Medal – Diego Burguete – 9 yrs. old attending Sunset Palms Elementary School Placed top 10 in U.S. – Matthew Buell – 9 yrs. old attending Manatee Elementary School Placed top 5 in U.S. – Bryan E. Taylan – 8 yrs. old attending Citrus Cove Elementary School Placed top 5 in Black Belt Division Eric Oster – 16 yrs. old attending Palm Beach Central High School