Young martial artist takes charge in the ring

PERFECTING THE MOVES—Martin Lado, 14, right, trains with his coach, Derrick Kwak, Sept. 15 at the American Martial Arts Academy in Simi Valley. Photos by MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers

A gold medalist on the USA Taekwondo National Cadet Team, 14-year-old Martin Lado is living proof that champions come in all sizes, shapes and personalities, his dojo master Derrick Kwak said.

“If you look at him . . . he’s not a natural-born brute athlete,” said Kwak, a sixth-degree black belt who’s studied...

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