Bodystrong athletes shine at taekwon-do tournament

At the ripe age of 5 Walter Thomas took home a medal in each category, while fellow academy students Aron Golbeck, 10, and Linda Allen, 56, did the same.

The trio were three of nine Bodystrong Taekwon-do Academy students to earn at least one medal at a United States Taekwon-do Federation tournament in Battle Ground on Sept. 15.

Thomas earned gold medals in sparring and patterns, while Allen — one of Sequim’s Bodystrong Taekwon-do instructors — earned gold in patterns.

Also earning gold medals were Ryan Stites in sparring, Marshal Phipps in breaking and Adrian Golbeck in patterns.

In all, 11 competitors from Bodystrong Taekwon-do Academy competed at Battle Ground.

• Bodystrong student results:

Walter Thomas — 2 golds (sparring, patterns), 1 bronze (breaking)

Aron Golbeck — 1 gold (patterns), 2 bronzes (breaking, sparring)

Ryan Stites — 1 gold (sparring), 1 silver (patterns)

Marshal Phipps — 1 gold (breaking), 1 bronze (sparring)

Jesse Golbeck — 2 bronzes (sparring, patterns)

Hunter Muckley — 1 silver (sparring)

• Bodystrong blackbelt results:

Linda Allen — 1 gold (patterns), 1 silver (breaking), 1 bronze (sparring)

Adrian Golbeck — 1 gold (patterns), 1 bronze (breaking)

Troy Phipps — 1 bronze (sparring).

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