Record haul for Pro TKD students
Members of the Pro TKD Martial Art Center in Carbondale took home a record medal haul following their performances at the U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang Championships that took place in Colorado Springs in late June.
With the addition of traditional archery into the competition, students from the school that traditionally does well in the annual nation-wide event did even better this year. The June 26 and 27 events saw the 33 students from the school bring in 91 medals, which is an increase from the 68 the students had won when they competed in the Hanmadang in 2014.
All total, students from the Carbondale school won 31 gold medals, 34 silvers and 26 bronze medals in a variety of age groups.
“They don’t just give medals for showing up,” said Master Doug Fuechel, the owner of Pro TKD in Carbondale. “Hard work and discipline is what wins, and I’m very proud of everyone’s outstanding performances.”
Along with the inclusion of traditional archery, which signifies a competition without the use of wheels or mechanical aids, the US Open Hanmadang features everything but sparring. Traditional forms, creative forms, weapon forms, power breaking with foot and hand, high jump breaking and Demonstration Teams are featured at the Colorado Springs World Arena venue in this national and international championship.
For the archery events, long bows, recurve bows and Korean horse bows were the norm. The three divisions had a unique Martial Art flare that was easily accommodated by the Cheyenne Mountain Archery Range.
The students of Pro TKD, located in the Carbondale City Market Plaza, medaled in every event they entered.
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