Master Lai ties the belt on George Orduno, our newest Black Belt. Congratulations to George for a job well done!
View the gallery for photos from the 111th Promotion Test.
Yushen Lai’s Invitational Taekwondo Championship
Saturday, February 11, 2012
California State University, Dominguez Hills
The Awards Banquet and Christmas Party was held at the King Harbor Seafood Restaurant in Garden Grove. It was great to see everyone dressed up for the awards and recognition. New belts were awarded to the students.
Pictured here are the Students of the Year, Fitzgerald Pate, Al Terrado, Jacqueline Blatt, and Erika Gonzales (not pictured). Competitors of the Year were Josh Mojica, Jenae Javier, Jerie Mae Ibale, and Blaze Villalon. Family of the Year, the Agura Family; Dela Cruz Family; Parent of the Year, Yvete Espiritu; Ramos Family. Academic Achievement Awards were also presented to a large group of students! Usually we have one Master and one Instructor of the Year but this year all of the Masters and Instructors were recognized and awarded for their dedication, and hard work for training the students at the Academy.
The food was fantastic – house special lobster, honey walnut shrimp, french style beef, house special fried chicken, sweet and sour fish, house special fried rice, seafood soup, fruit, and a special cake provided by Master Lai’s sister.
We also roasted Master Lai for his birthday with stories through the years of knowing him. A slideshow “Then and Now” chronicled the early beginnings from 1983 to present. Besides seeing Master Lai in his 20’s it was great to see the growth of students from white belts to where they are today.
Sr. Master Ron kept the party entertained with his outstanding MC skills, DJ Dre (Chief Instructor Andre Echave) and Master Mikey Lim kept the music going for the raffles, games and dancing. Thanks to our Instructor Team for organizing and setting up all the equipment at the party and to Sr. Master Perry for the wonderful DVD he created.
Thank you to all the parents, students, friends and family for your support and participation in making this such a wonderful and memorable event.
Go the the Photo Album to see all the pictures from the event.
Congratulations to our newly promoted students.
Our newest black belts are Jenae, Vanessa, Marc, Kimberlee, Alex, Luis, and Blaze. They performed a very impressive group of testing knowing all of their poomsae forms, one-step sparring and self-defense techniques. They also went for 2 rounds of 1 on 1 and another round of 2 against 1 in kyroogi sparring. They also performed 4 position board breaking, flying side kick board break and power breaking. Well done and congratulations to them all!
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