Taekwondo: Local students combine to win 15 medals at California State Games
Joseph Wolpert has been teaching taekwondo classes to adults and kids at the Poway Community Center since 1987.
He had plenty to be proud of a few weeks ago, when 10 of his students combined to win 15 medals at the California State Games Taekwondo Championships.
Wolpert watched as the group of 10 competitors from his classes combined to earn four gold medals, eight silver medals and three bronze medals at the championships, which were held at the Town and Country Hotel on July 21. The state games have age divisions from 6 – 39 and bring out competitors from California and Nevada.
Finnegan Slizza (6/7-year-old division), May He (8/9), Tanner Slizza (8/9), Mark Delancy (10/11) and Jake Tran (10/11) all double-medaled at the games, which featured sparring and forms events in taekwondo.
Gold medal winners were He (8/9, sparring), Anthony Nieves (10/11, sparring), Wesley Weidenbener (18-32-year-old division, sparring) and Alberto Carmona (33-39, sparring).
“Everyone who competed received a medal,” said Wolpert, who has been practicing taekwondo for about 40 years now. “I am really proud of all of them.”
Danny Carmona won silver in sparring in the 6/7-year-old division, while Simran Jain captured bronze in forms in the 10/11-year-old division.
All 10 competitors qualified to compete in the 2013 Games of America, which will be held in Hershey, Pa., from July 30 – Aug. 4 in 2013.
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