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Archtkd Warriors Light Up Show Me Cup

Master Patrick Thimangu - Archtkd. Martial arts in USA. Taekwondo classes in St. Louis.
The Archtkd Warriors shone once again at the Show Me Cup Taekwondo Championships, bagging two gold, six silver and one bronze medal at the tournament Saturday.

Arch Taekwondo’s competition team, represented by only six taekwondoin – two of them competing for the first time – excelled in Olympic style sparring and forms at the 2015 Show Me Cup. The annual tournament held at Rockwood South Middle School in Fenton, Mo., is organized by Master WooSop Moore of WooSop’s Taekwondo in Fenton.

The Warriors team was comprised of  Benjie Thimangu, 10-11, blackbelt; Lucas Kazmierski, 12-13, blue belt; Jimmy Be, 14-17, red belt, lightweight; Scott Harrison, 33-39, blackbelt, welterweight; Thomas Parsons, 18-32 , blackbelt, heavyweight; and Kirk McDonald, 33-39, green belt, heavyweight.

“The Show Me Cup is a serious taekwondo tournament and every body on our team did fantastic work, fighting outside their divisions, often against more experienced fighters,” said Patrick L. Thimangu, master instructor and principal at Arch Taekwondo. “Mr. Harrison especially deserves particularly mention.”

Harrison captured silver in the most challenging and exciting division at the tournament – the senior, 16-32 blackbelt division, where he was thrown because he didn’t have opponent in his own division.  None of the 37-year-old contestant’s opponents were older than 21 and two of those youngsters are experienced athletes who will be competing in the elite senior blackbelt divisions at the USA Taekwondo National Championships in July.

Be, participating in only his second tournament, fought four grueling fights – and only one of his opponents – the last one – was in his belt/weight class. Mr. Be is a red/black belt 1st poom, but four of his opponents were blackbelts.

Kazmierski, a participant in Arch Taekwondo’s program at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School in Creve Couer, Mp., was pitted against two members of a dojang that specializes in competing all over the Midwest and beyond. Although competing for the first time ever, Kazmierski won silver by dominating one of those opponents.

Parsons and Benjie Thimangu both captured gold in poomsae and silver in sparring respectfully. They both competed outside their age, weight divisions. Mr. Kirk McDonald in his debut tournament captured silver in sparring after facing two tough opponents.

“We really are not a competition school, but all in all, I think we had a very good result, in one of the best well run and well refereed taekwondo tournament in our state,” Thimangu said. “We look forward to coming back next year.”  

News Source: Arch Taekwondo. | Dated: 2015-05-30 00:00:00

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