SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – 11 years of preparation, Alejandro Campos, recently graduated from South Sioux City, at only 18 years old, is already a double world taekwondo champion. This time it means a little more.
“I would say definitely different, I put a lot more work on this one.” Said Campos. “Younger kids have a lot less to think about strategy. As you get older with the teens, guys coming in with the adults, a lot more work.
After winning his first title at the age of 11 in traditional sparring, Campos had a lot to do in the sport when he won in the sparring category this time around, and as the saying goes, work hard work really pays off.
“He’s very physically gifted, but he wasn’t always naturally, automatically gifted for this stuff. He just put in a ton of work, and it finally paid off this year. Says Ryan Johnson, Chief Instructor/Owner of Pride Martial Arts
While a second title isn’t that easy, Alexandros’ teammates could tell his eyes were on gold in this final round in Phoenix.
“I could tell his adrenaline was super high that day, because I could see him win his title. I think he didn’t give up, he was aggressive, he just brought in a lot of points. Said her teammate Alainnah Joly
Now for someone who’s been to this competition many times in his career – you’d think he’d be used to the lights and the pressure around it – but something just isn’t that easy
“It makes me really nervous. Especially at these national competitions, and I’ve been doing this for years, so I’m still nervous to this day. Said Campos
His journey and his nerves are not over yet. Campos will join the USA national team for his age group and travel to Brazil in the fall as well as other countries afterward to represent his hometown and country on different mats around the world.
Pride Martial Arts also won silver a few weeks ago, as the team of Campos, Joly and Ben Sealine finished second in the tag team competition, trailing by just one point.
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