Ballston Lake, NY, USA – June 19, 2017 – A rising Taekwondo school from Ballston Lake New York, Risen Taekwondo has made several amazing accomplishments in the first six months of its opening. The school started in December 2016 and has won 24 medals in total (8 Gold, 7 Silver and 9 Bronze medals). Owned by two people who have established themselves as part of the champions of this sport, the school has sent 11 of its students so far to participate in various tournaments on the East Coast of the United States.
“We are very proud of how much they have grown in the last two years since they began training competitively.” Said Master Eugene Refino, one of the co-owners of this remarkable institute.“Our students have learned to accept critiques in order to learn and grow in their respective divisions and are always willing to try new things.” He added. Eugene is a 5th Degree Black Belt and he won the National Championships in 2010.
“Through the whole process, our goal for them was to have fun, to challenge themselves, and to continue enjoying Taekwondo.” Said Yumi Kageyama, another co-owner of the school.“The thing we are most proud of is how much they support one another, and how they push themselves to try harder and to improve despite setbacks and injuries.” She added. Yumi is a 3rd Degree Black Belt and she too is an accomplished champion.
Due to the experiences garnered by the students, most of them do not mind sharing both their favorite and hardest part of the tournament experiences; “My favorite thing about tournaments and training is improving my form, and I just like being with my friends and my coaches. I like learning new things and being able to help other people. The hardest thing about tournament and training is when I do something wrong because it makes me angry but I just have to start over and to just know that I can do it.” Lindsay Gottung, First Degree Black Belt.
Haylie Satterlee, 2nd Degree Black Belt. “I like tournaments because when I do my forms at a tournament, I forget about everything else about school and all the drama that is happening, and homework and grades and things like that. I’m just focusing on how I’m doing and what I’m doing. The hardest part about tournaments and training is that I am kind of a perfectionist and it is very stressful when I don’t get things right. So when I get things wrong it really bugs me but I know I just have to keep working on it.”
Michael Satterlee, First Degree Black Belt, 2016 USA Taekwondo National Bronze Medalist. “My favorite is breaking the board because I like it and it’s a lot of fun. The hardest part is when you don’t break your boards because it’s frustrating and it hurts. To get over it I just break it by kicking it even harder and going through the boards.”
However, Michael Satterlee won a Bronze medal in the 8-9 Year Old Blue/Red Belt Board Breaking division as a Blue Belt at the USA Taekwondo National Championships out of over 30 kids from all across the Nation. Below are other students who also excelled in the same National Championships.
Andrew Nguyen is one of the students of this school who recently won a Bronze medal in the 12-14 Green Belt Middle Weight Division at the USA Taekwondo National Championships.
Micaela Choi won 2 fights to win a Silver medal in the 12-14 Red Belt Middle Weight Sparring division also at the USA Taekwondo National Championships.
Moreover, these athletes train anywhere between 7-10 hours a week and this training typically consists of physical conditioning, technical and focused drills, and application. The school is now welcoming aspiring martial artists to join their program designed for children, teens, and adults.
For more information on how to get started, please visit www.RisenTaekwondo.com