Taekwondo Regional Grand Prix held in Tulsa – 102.3 KRMG

TULSA, Okla. – The Taekwondo Regional Grand Prix was held at the Cox Business Center in downtown Tulsa this weekend.

“It’s more than you think. Like sparring, it takes so much hard work,” said 14-year-old Paden Beck. “When you’re here you only see five minutes and think that’s it for the sport, but there are hours and hours of training.”

Derrrick Barrido, 10, said: “You don’t wake up one day and you’re perfect. You really have to train and put in the hours.

The competition brought athletes from across the country to Tulsa. Barrido was from Chicago and Beck was from Arizona.

Barrido said competition puts him in a zone where nothing else matters but competition.

“Well at first I get nervous, but then when I’m in the ring it completely goes away and like you’re in a zone. And then you don’t focus on anything else but your competitors.

Barrido won two medals: gold and silver for fighting and form.

“It’s good, but I’m just proud to be here,” he said.

Barrido has a humble attitude, considering he’s ranked number one for the fight in the entire county.

“I don’t know, win or lose, do your best, that’s all you need. I’ve been training a lot just to get here and do everything my best. If you do your best and admire your dreams, you will be the person you want to be,” Barrido said.

Wise words for a 10 year old.

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