Airdrie youth win big at provincial taekwondo championships


Born in New York, Chae and her parents moved to Airdrie four years ago. According to his father Master Chae, the athlete has been practicing taekwondo since he was just two years old, but started playing the sport more regularly when he was six years old.

A youngster from Airdrie recently won a gold and silver medal at the Alberta Taekwondo Association’s annual KH Min Invitational Taekwondo Championships, held in Edmonton on Oct. 15.

Eight-year-old Lian Chae, who is currently in Grade 3 at Nose Creek Elementary School, competed at the Kinsmen Sports Center, winning medals in two categories at the competition organized by the World Taekwondo Federation governing body.

The young athlete received a gold medal for his performance in Poomsae (a set pattern of forms of defense and attack) and a silver medal for Sparring (free form fighting) at the age of eight to nine year. interval.

Chae is currently a student at the Airdrie World Class Taekwondo Academy, where he trains under his father, Grand Master CK Chae, and mother, Master EJ Jung.

“I’m so excited,” Chae said of his big win during an interview at World Class Taekwondo Academy.

Born in New York, Chae and her parents moved to Airdrie four years ago. According to his father Master Chae, the athlete has been practicing taekwondo since he was just two years old, but started playing the sport more regularly when he was six years old.

Master Chae opened his dojo in Airdrie two years ago, and since then his son has been practicing taekwondo two to three times a week for hour-long sessions. He has already worked his way up to brown belt, hoping to get a black belt next year.

“He wanted to enter the competition. He really enjoyed watching whenever there was competition,” Master Chae said of the Oct. 15 championship in Edmonton. “He is very, very interested in competitions. He says, ‘Oh, dad, I’m going to the contest.'”

According to Master Chae, there have been no taekwondo competitions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this year was the first time such competitions were made possible in more than two years.

He added that he and his son had no competition experience in Canada, although the young martial artist competed when he was just three years old at his former home in New York.

“[We wanted] just go compete. It does not matter [if he wins]. This is the experience, and then we continue,” Master Chae said. “It’s his first time here, he has no idea what it is.

“I’m very proud of him [that] he came first.

Master Chae said a national taekwondo championship should be held in Calgary next year, in conjunction with the Korea Ambassadors Cup. Lian’s recent victories have encouraged other taekwondo academy students to strive to become future champions.

Chae’s mother, Master Jung, said that although her son was a little nervous during the recent competition, he enjoyed it very much. She noted that he is also striving to train hard to compete in future competitions.

“I love learning new things, gaining confidence and improving myself,” Chae said of her future goals.

Master Chae added that he and his son plan to join the national taekwondo team in the future. However, both parents do not push their son to pursue competitive martial arts unless he really wants to.

“[I just want him to] continue taekwondo, not for membership [or] national, but for life skills and learning how to protect yourself,” he explained. “You can go to the gym and you can build muscle. You can have a strong body, but nobody teaches you the mind, so that’s what I want.

Master Chae said he wanted his son to be a good person and set personal goals and challenges to achieve success. Although it may sometimes fail, success and confidence will always follow.

“He likes taekwondo more than reading a book,” he added with a laugh. “Although that may change.”

To learn more about the World Class Taekwondo Academy, visit wctacanada.com

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