Taekwondo Team medals at U.S. Open International

In crowded competition, UB student-athletes return from Las Vegas games with silver and bronze

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Call it the Silver and Bronze Age for the University of Bridgeport taekwondo team for medaling at the 26th annual U.S. Open International Taekwondo Championship in Las Vegas, where UB student-athletes competed from January 30 to February 4.

They were coached by Dr. Yong Beom Kim, chairman of Martial Arts Studies Program at UB’s College of Public and International Affairs, who called the championships “very competitive.”

A major annual event in the sport, the International Taekwondo Championship this year attracted more than 2,000 athletes, including former Olympians, from 63 countries who competed in a variety of age and class divisions.

UB student-athletes vied for prizes in the poome sae, or form, division. A form is a series of techniques, such as blocks or kicks, that are combined in a specific patterns. As athletes advance through the ranks, patterns become lengthier and more complex.

Results for UB student-athletes at the U.S. International Taekwondo Championship:

Gunsoo Kim captured the silver medal out of a crowded field of 33 competitors in the Under-30 Individual Form competition.

Gunsoo Kim and Hyeeun Kim won the silver medal  in the Under-30 Pair Form competition, which had a total field of 20 teams.

Hyunwoon Kim, Gunsoo Kim and Hyeonjong Ahn captured the bronze medal for the Under-30 male team. A total of five teams competed in that division.

Although martial arts study is well established in academic life overseas, the University of Bridgeport is the first U.S. university to offer a B.A. in Martial Arts Studies. Combining a range of liberal arts courses with martial arts practice, the program incorporates the historical and psychological dimensions of martial arts and other aspects of the sport.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu

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