2017 Ahn Classic

The Ahn Taekwondo Classic celebrated its 50th anniversary in April of 2017. In spite of the inclement weather, more than 500 participants spent the day competing in forms, breaking and sparring competition.

Grandmaster Ahn was the Honorary Chairperson for the Classic – traveling to Cincinnati from his home in California to be with us. This year’s competitors and dignitaries came from Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, New York, Kentucky, and California. And, more than 60 schools were represented by competitors.

We want to thank all of the referees, sponsors, volunteers, and parents who helped to make the event a success. Note that preparations have already begun for next year’s event which will be held on April 28th, 2018. For details, visit the tournament website at http://www.ahnclassic.com.

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2017 Ahn Classic

The UTA has outstanding performance at AAU Nationals

This past week, three of our UTA schools had teams that competed in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at the AAU National Taekwondo Championships.

Competitors from all three schools have been training and competing since September 2015 in preparation for their performance at Nationals, and all of the preparation truly paid off!  All of the competitors exceeded our high expectations.

Congratulations to the following UTA competitors:

Aiden Bullard

RJ Gerhardt – Gold Medal in Forms

Master Robert Gerhardt – Silver Medal in Olympic Sparring, Bronze Medal in Forms

Sean Herzig

Kayin Ivery

Zion Ivery – Bronze Medal in Forms

Jim Kopcha

Miranda Kopcha

Miguel Manganese

Nick Magaletta – Bronze Medal in Olympic Sparring

Austin McGinn

Master Ryan Newburn – Silver Medal in Olympic Sparring

Cassie Parkos – Silver Medal in Olympic Sparring

Dan Scheid

Jaylee Sowders – Bronze Medal in Olympic Sparring

Brett Updike – Bronze Medal Forms

Dalton Updike

Preston Whitehead

 

 

The UTA has outstanding performance at AAU Nationals

The UTA Represented at TKD US Open Hanmadang

We recently had two UTA Black Belts participate in the Tae Kwon Do US Open Hanmadang in Denver, Colorado.  Congratulations to both Master Debbie Gutzwiller and Mr. Tom Myers for their outstanding performances!

Results are as follows:

Master Gutzwiller

1st place traditional forms

1st place creative forms

2nd place team traditional forms

1st place power spin back kick breaking

1st place power skipping side kick breaking.

Mr. Myers

2nd place traditional forms

2nd place team traditional forms

1st place power skipping side kick breaking

 

The UTA Represented at TKD US Open Hanmadang

Spring 2016 Black Belt Test

The Spring 2016 Black Belt test was held on March 12th at Ahn Taekwondo Institute in Cincinnati, OH. This was the first of the two scheduled UTA Black Belt tests to be held in Cincinnati, OH in calendar year 2016. The second Black Belt test will be held in October of 2016 – also in Cincinnati, OH.

The March 2016 Black Belt test saw nine candidates test for rank and three credit test toward their next rank. The Test Board was:

 Grandmaster Kim Limes

 Grandmaster Roy Bushman

 Master Charles Moore

 Master Chuck Beyersdoerfer

 Master Jamie Hamilton

 Master Jeff Martin

 Master Rob Gerhardt

There was also a special guest, Master Mike Ruff, of Martin Martial Arts in attendance.The following candidates were promoted by the UTA:

 Mr. Payne Ackermann                     1st Poom

 Miss Alexandria Zimmer                1st Poom

 Mr. William Bradley                         1st Poom

 Mr. Saketh Balakumar                     1st Poom

 Miss Thamilini Pathmarajah         1st Dan

 Mr. Anthony Zimmer                       1st Dan

 Ms. Mary Feldman                            2nd Dan

 Miss Cassandra Parkos                    3rd Dan

 Mr. Sumitro Chakravarti                 3rd Dan

Also credit testing toward their next rank were Master Ryan Newburn, Mr. Jacob Feldman, and Mr. James Kopcha.

The United Taekwondo Associaiton congratulates all of the candidates for an excellent performance.

Spring 2016 Black Belt Test