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The 15th Annual Yushen Lai’s Invitational Taekwondo Championship

Published by MasterLai on January 3rd, 2012

The 15th Annual

Yushen Lai’s Invitational Taekwondo Championship

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Torodome Gym

California State University, Dominguez Hills

Carson, CA

Register online now!

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Awards Banquet and Christmas Party

Published by MasterLai on December 20th, 2011

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.

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110th Promotion Test

Published by MasterLai on December 18th, 2011

Congratulations to all students taking the promotion test.

View the gallery to view the album of photos.


Halloween Party 2011

Published by MasterLai on October 30th, 2011

The Academy was transformed for a Halloween Dance Party!

Costume contest winners.

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October Birthdays of the Month Movie Night

Published by MasterLai on October 15th, 2011

Happy Birthdays to Alexander Morales, Andre Echave, Brendan Viloria, Christopher Corriea, Josh Almario, Michael Reid, Tristen Gomez, and Vanessa Morales!

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Promotion Awards Ceremony

Published by MasterLai on September 20th, 2011


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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Black Belt Promotion Test

Published by MasterLai on September 20th, 2011


7 candidates that have been training very hard and are well-prepared for taking this test. Marc, Alex, Luis, Kimberlee, Vanessa, Blaze, and Jenae.
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Promotion Test

Published by MasterLai on September 20th, 2011

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Summer Program Promotion Test

Published by MasterLai on September 20th, 2011


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City of Carson Community Night Out

Published by MasterLai on August 12th, 2011

Academy students, instructors, masters and families participated in the Rally and March Against Crime and Violence at the Carson Sheriff’s Station.

One of our own instructors, Emmy Naeole, an Explorer with the Sheriff’s Dept was a color guard in the ceremonies.

The streets were closed down for the march led by the Acting Sheriff, Mayor, and other city officials and leaders.

Go to the Photo Album page to view more photos from the event.