Ridgewood is turning into a powerhouse in Taekwondo

Posted: Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Ridgewood is turning into a powerhouse in Taekwondo thanks to Taekwondo All In, an instructional school for the Korean martial art. The most recent case in point: The students of Taekwondo All In made a strong showing at the 2014 Garden State Cup on November 2, earning 47 medals, along with an award for best school and instructor.

The Tournament was segmented into sparring, forms and breaking. The categories are further separated by level (belt) and age. There were close to 500 participants, all New Jersey residents.

The details of the results from the Tournaments are as follows:

Lucas Woods and Alex Han each earned three Gold medals in the categories of breaking, form, and sparring. Tony An earned two Gold medals in form and breaking and a Silver medal in sparring.
Brandon Son and Liam Woods each earned Gold medals in sparring and breaking and a Silver medal in form.
Lucas Wang and Yeongyu Lee each earned two Gold medals in form and sparring and a Silver medal in breaking.
Arjun Narang earned Gold medals in breaking and sparring and one Bronze medal in form.
Jimin Kong earned two Gold medals in form and breaking.
Connor Park earned a Gold medal in sparring and two Silver medals in form and breaking.
Kevin Park earned a Gold medal in form and two Silver medals in sparring and breaking.
Justin Wang earned a Gold medal in sparring, Silver medal in form and a Bronze medal in breaking.
Connor Rojas earned a Gold medal in sparring, a Silver in breaking, and a Bronze medal in form.
Louise Kim and Samuel Kang each earned a Gold medal in form and Bronze medals in breaking.
Abhishek Narang earned three Silver medals in form, sparring and breaking.
Michelle Chung earned 1 Silver in breaking and one Bronze in form.

The head coach Youngmin Kim commented “The result is a culmination of hours of dedication and sacrifice for our kids and their parents. I am very proud of our team.”

For Taekwondo All In, excelling at tournaments has become a pattern as the team surged at the US Nationals earlier this year (ranked second of all New Jersey based teams) and last year's NJ Governor's Cup. Next major test will be the Pan Am Open International Championships, which will take place in December in Oregon, in which six of Taekwondo All In students are scheduled to compete.

Taekwondo is a Korean martial art and since 2000, it has been an Olympic sport. Taekwondo All In, located in downtown Ridgewood, started in 2012 by the head coach Youngmin Kim with the primarily focus of educating children, mostly Ridgewood residents, on the martial art.