Congratulations to our newest black belts, Elijah Gonzales, Joshua Wang, and Erika Gonzales!
On our June 2012 Promotion Test, 2 new black belt candidates passed and received their black belts. Years of hard work and commitment paid off for Joshua Mojica and Angelyn Bernardo.
Grandmaster Lai ties the new belts on Angie and Josh.
Gallery to all of the photos for the Promotion Test and Awards Ceremony coming soon…
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Yushen Lai’s Taekwondo Academy
111 E. Carson Street #11. Carson, CA 90745 (Corner of Carson & Main, behind the Foster’s Freeze & Beef Bowl)
Training Schedule: 5 Days per Week for 8 Weeks Monday thru Friday: 5:00-6:00 PM
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.
On October 22, 2011 over 1,200 competitors competed at the 2011 California Open Taekwondo Championship at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. We had 22 students representing our Academy of which they brought home 13 Gold, 11 Silver and 9 Bronze medals in the poomsae and kyroogi events. Congratulations to all the students and thanks to the parents and supporters. Special thanks to all coaches: Sr. Master Perry Okimoto, Instructor: Rodney Viloria, Emmy Naeole, Brendan Viloria, and Assistant Jenae Javier. Also to Sr. Master Ron Cabebe, who conducted an outstanding announcement job for the entire tournament. Sr. Master Danny Gonzalez, Referee Chairman, and Instructor Alan Mayeda, referee for the tournament. Here are the results:
|Jerie Mae M Ibale||Poomse/Kyoroogi||Gold||Gold|
|Christopher Mario Correia||Poomse/Kyoroogi||Silver||Bronze|
|Vincent Paul Rodriguez Dela Cruz||Poomse/Kyoroogi||Bronze||Silver|
|Margott Fellisse Rodriguez Dela Cruz||Poomse/Kyoroogi||Silver||Bronze|
|Estelle Vargas Zamora||Poomse/Kyoroogi||Gold||Gold|
|Almaida Camat Terrado||Poomse/Kyoroogi||Bronze||Silver|
|Nikolas A. Caver||Kyoroogi||~||Silver|
|Brendan Joseph Viloria||Kyoroogi||~||Silver|
|Minerva Jessica Zamora||Poomse/Kyoroogi||Bronze||Gold|
|Chrystoffer Hakim Joshua Bumacas Abad||Poomse/Kyoroogi||Gold||Silver|
|Joshua Bryan Ballesteros Mojica||Poomse/Kyoroogi||Gold||Gold|
|Cximone Kriz Bumacas Abad||Kyoroogi||~||Bronze|
|Gabriel Miguel Nunez Ungab||Poomse/Kyoroogi||Bronze||Silver|
|Erika Jane Buenaventura Gonzales||Poomse||Gold||~|
|Elijah Buenaventura Gonzales||Poomse||Gold||~|
|Tristen Stone Gomez||Kyoroogi||~||Gold|