Our Farrell’s Martial Arts Taekwondo competition team attended and competed at the USA Taekwondo National Championships from July 4 – 10 in Richmond, Virginia. In total we had nine students attend this event from both our Beaverdale and Waukee locations.
Competitors from across the United States attend this tournament and compete in Poomsae, Board Breaking, and Sparring. In addition, Master Ryan Bishop and Mr. Richard Puhl represented Farrell’s Martial Arts as Referees at the tournament. Master Bishop was selected from 180 referees to receive the National Referee of the Year award, which is a great honor and achievement!
Daniel Fath, Director of Farrell’s Martial Arts, says “Our Farrell’s students all did a great job representing not only our school, but the state of Iowa as well.”
It takes a lot of time and commitment for our students to prepare for the level of competition expected in a National tournament like this. Extra practices, extra dedication and focus, as well as traveling to local and regional competitions.
Farrell’s students Kennedy and Natali Pahl made it to the second round in their respective poomsae groups. Siddharth Sriidhar, his first Nationals competition, earned a third place medal in sparring.
Thank you to the following students that attended and competed this year at Nationals.
From our Beaverdale School: Owen and Ethan Miller, Hunter Chanthaphon, Kennedy and Natali Pahl, and Rey Zaragoza
From our Waukee School: Siddharth Sridhar, Nora Croswaite, and Master Ryan Bishop.
These athletes truly make us proud and we hope to continue to grow our competition team for both local tournaments and Nationals next year!
To view more photos from Nationals, click here!