COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. -- The Thayer boys of Kang's Martials Arts of Coralville brought home some gold, silver and bronze from the 2012 U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang, an International taekwondo tournament and festival.
Events were held at the World Arena as well as the Olympic Training Center, July 13-14 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There were participants from all across the country, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Wisconsin, a number of other states as well as Puerto Rico. Taekwondo masters from Korea were in attendance to oversee events.
Daniel Thayer, 16, scored a gold medal in the jumping high kick competition and a silver medal in the power knife hand strike competition for board breaking. Thayer won the jumping high kick in near record breaking fashion, breaking a board with a jump/kick of 95.5 inches. Thayer is only 1.5 inches away from tying the world record for his division, which goes up to 18 years of age.
John Thayer, 12, won a bronze medal for the Poomse form competition. Thayer beat out his twin brother, also a first degree black belt, for the first time in this event. John also won a silver medal in the individual power stepping side kick for board breaking.
Drew Thayer, 12, earned a silver medal in the speed hook kick board breaking competition. Thayer also won a Taekwondo Spirit award, achieving the highest score for the category over all other competitors in his division.
Specializing in Taekwondo and Kum Do Martial arts training, Kang’s Academy is located at 2421 James St. in Coralville. Located directly across from the Coral Ridge Mall and close to IHop, Kang’s is open from 4:45pm into the evening hours Monday through Thursday. A second school is located in Marion, Iowa. For more information check out the Kang’s Martial Arts website at http://www.uskmaa.com or call 319-338-2264.