PENDLETON – Iron Horse Martial Arts of Pendleton began their competitive tae kwon do season by qualifying for national competition at the AAU Michigan State Championship in Wayne, Michigan.
The March 12 event hosted a record 565 competitors. The 14-member Iron Horse team competed in point fights, Olympic fights, break boards, poomsae and weapons.
The team finished with 25 first places, along with seven second and five third places.
All team members also qualified for the AAU National Taekwondo Championship, scheduled for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in July.
The competition team is led by Myron Gerber, sixth dan black belt, and Jack Wimmer, third dan black belt. The team competing in Michigan included (left to right, front row) Gerber, Quinton Cox, Jessica Beaty, Paxton Salazar, Tommy Bodkin, Houston Edwards and Jewel Edwards; (second row) Andrea Kopanski, Kristen Beaty, Quinn Sisson, Emerson Piercy and Wimmer. (Not pictured: Kasey-Lee Wolfe, Xavier McNeil and Kai McNeil)
The team will also compete in the Ohio and Indiana AAU State Championships this season.
Iron Horse Booster Club is run by a board of volunteers. For details on upcoming events, including a community team scavenger hunt on June 18 using a live interactive app, visit Iron Horse Booster Club on Facebook or ironhorseboosterclub.org.