Church Named Taekwondo Coach of the Year | Local News

Valdosta – Master Mitchell Church, Head Coach of the Academy of Performing Martial Arts and sixth-level black belt was named Coach of the Year by the American Taekwondo Association. The honor was announced by Li Shunhe during the final game of the 2022 season in Atlanta, organizers said in a statement. The award is voted … Read more

Master James: Teacher of Life | Local Sports

James Babincsak, 4th degree black belt in Taekwondo, lives and teaches in Crossville. Who is this teacher, affectionately called “Master James” by the students? Babincsak is from Chicago, Illinois, where he was the youngest of 11 children. He grew up in a rugged part of the city, where he had to constantly fend for himself. … Read more

Asian Level Judges / IJF.org

On May 10-11, 2022, Almaty, Kazakhstan hosted the IJF Referee Seminar ahead of the International Referee Exam. IJF Chief Referee Directors Mr. Daniel Lascau and Mr. Armen Bagdasarov planned the proceedings, and several members of the IJF Referee Committee welcomed referees from 13 countries. Mr. Lascau commented: “Starting with the first European workshop in Lisbon, … Read more

Welcome 300 Ukrainian children to Hungary / IJF.org

For weeks, the world watched in bewilderment what was happening in Ukraine. The Judo family doesn’t just look, it also acts. The arrival of hundreds of young judo players in Hungary has proven this again, who are now able to find some peace of mind after fleeing the war. A few weeks ago, 300 young … Read more

Teams share martial arts combination, gospel | Lifestyle

TonHis combat team will begin a series of performances in the area over the next week, including punching, kicking, interrupting and crushing. The martial arts group presents a mix of karate and gospel for audiences of all ages. “With karate, if you can break a few boards, you can quickly attract a large crowd,” said … Read more

Malawi celebrates first phase / IJF.org

The Dzaleka refugee camp is located not far from Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. For years, the refugee camp has been running a judo peace program called “Hope Judo”, offering refugees the possibility to practice judo on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted most sports around the … Read more

Judo restarts for VI at the Antalya Grand Prix / IJF.org

Just three weeks after the IJF Antalya Grand Slam, Turkey is once again opening its doors to top judo. This is the start of a new season of IBSA Judo for visually impaired athletes. This is the start of a new Paralympic cycle, not only with new weight categories, but also new classification categories. This … Read more

The ladder of elite competition / IJF.org

We can think of the international scene as a ladder, a tall ladder with wide but always within reach. At the bottom, we have trainees. We can see hope and emotion and their potential for excellence. Some are accomplished and have a strong plan, but most have an almost brilliant set of techniques applied at … Read more

Taekwondo Championships Saturday at American Falls | Local

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Two District Karate Students Earn Black Belts | News

Recently, two regional karate students reached an important milestone. After years of dedication to karate, Ashton Creager and Ashton Snyder earned black belts in a ceremony held at Napoleon Elementary School. Creager started karate at age 7 and is currently a 17-year-old junior at Napoleon and Four Counties Career Center, studying software design and video … Read more