Taekwondo team scores big wins



COMPETITION TEAM—The Modern Day Knights from left, are: Derrick Kwak Jr., Daniel Kwak, Marlon Arevalo, Jillian Berthet, Martin Lado, Charlie Hartwell and head coach Derrick Kwak Sr.

COMPETITION TEAM—The Modern Day Knights from left, are: Derrick Kwak Jr., Daniel Kwak, Marlon Arevalo, Jillian Berthet, Martin Lado, Charlie Hartwell and head coach Derrick Kwak Sr.

Modern Day Knights, the competition team from Simi Valley’s American Martial Arts Academy, scored big wins this month in the USA Taekwondo Nationals and Amateur Athletic Union Taekwondo Nationals.

Modern Day Knights this year produced four USA Taekwondo national team members: Eric Mastrolonardo, collegiate national team member; Martin Lado, national team A member; Marlon Arevalo, cadet national team B member; and Derrick Kwak Jr., junior national team B member.

Charlie Hartwell and Daniel Kwak won USA Taekwondo junior bronze medals.

Jillian Berthet earned an AAU National Championship bronze medal, qualifying her for the AAU national team trials.

USA Taekwondo is an official branch of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The national championship was held June 30 to July 2 in Detroit.

The AAU Taekwondo 2017 National Championships were held July 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Since 2008, American Martial Arts Academy and its owner, Master Derrick Kwak, have produced a dozen USA Taekwondo national team members.

Taekwondo is the most popular martial arts sport in the U.S. with an estimated 2 million practitioners.


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