Six students from the World Tae Kwon Do Center of Lake Worth competed in the Florida Gold Coast tournament May 28 at the Broward County Convention Center. Under the coaching of Master Luciano Cesario (4th Dan black belt), they earned a total of five medals, and all are qualified for the AAU Taekwondo National Championships in Fort Lauderdale on July 4.
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, nonprofit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States, dedicated to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.
In AAU tae kwon do, Olympic-style scoring criteria is used during two rounds of full-contact sparring. Competitors are awarded one point for a blow to the body with foot or fist, two points for an effective attack to the head and bonus points for a turning/spinning kicking technique.
World Tae Kwon Do match results included: Jaclyn Egan, age 12, girls blue belt division, second place (11-23); Lily Landstrom, age 11, girls black belt division, second place (2-22); Nicholas Maldonado, age 11, boys red belt division, first place (16-4); Carlos Villa, age 11, brown belt division, first place (26-2); William Moffett, age 9, boys purple belt division, second place (6-3, 9-13); and Aiden Monath, age 7, boys green belt division, fifth place (6-21).
World Tae Kwon Do Center is located at 6680 Lantana Road. It teaches tae kwon do sparring and self-defense classes.
For more information, visit www.mytaekwondocenter.com or call (561) 434-9700.
ABOVE: Front row: Jaclyn Egan, Carlos Villa, Will Moffett and Aidan Monath; back row: Nicolas Maldonado, coach Master Luciano Cesario and Lily Landstrom.