Students of the Korea Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts School, located in Lake Worth, recently attended the USA Taekwondo Championships in Chicago. From July 3-8, eight Palm Beach County youth, ranging in age from 7 to 16, competed in the event, organized by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The championships took place at McCormick Place in Chicago. Accompanying them were supporters and their teacher, Master Chang Hyeon 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 principles and cultivates positive attitudes through physical and mental discipline. His school has been in the community for two and a half years.
The nationals were a great achievement for the participants, as they now can qualify for future competitions, including on an international level. Winning students included: Emily Krkoska, 8, of Coral Reef Elementary School, gold medal; Carlo Massaro, 7, of Coral Reef Elementary School, silver medal; Nardine Natour, 12, of Manatee Elementary School, silver medal; Natasha Natour, 10, of Manatee Elementary School, bronze medal; Diego Burguete, 9, of Sunset Palms Elementary School, bronze medal; Matthew Buell, 9, of Manatee Elementary School, placed in top 10; Bryan E. Taylan, 8, of Citrus Cove Elementary School, placed in top five; and Eric Oster, 16, of Palm Beach Central High School, who placed in the top five in the black belt division.
ABOVE: Master Chang Hyeon Lim with medal winners.