Ellixson’s Tae Kwon Do Academy Students Secure Gold at Nationally Accredited Tournaments
Photo caption: Ellixson's Team Elite at Amerikick International--confident and happy.
by Amy Muzopappa, Muzo Media Productions
All photos courtesy of Amy Muzopappa, Muzo Media Productions
In a remarkable display of skill, discipline and sportsmanship, competitors from Ellixson’s Tae Kwon Do Academy ascended to the pinnacle at 2 Nationally-acclaimed Tournaments last month. Tournaments such as these draw talents from across the country, yet Ellixson’s “Team Elite” stood out, bringing home 23 gold medals and 2 Grand Championships.
Ellixson's Team Elite at the US Capital Classics
Behind this extraordinary team stands the unwavering support of Master Donnie Ellixson, Jr, owner of the TKD Academy. “So proud of this group! This month we took a shot at a couple national tournaments and did very well” Mr. Ellixson exclaims.
The US Capital Classics (Washington DC) and the Amerikick Internationals (Atlantic City, New Jersey) are two of the 13 World Tournaments on the N.A.S.K.A. (North American Sport Karate Association) circuit which stretches through Canada, U.S. & Mexico.
NASKA is the largest and most prestigious martial arts circuit, if a contender wins at this event, they are doing pretty well. Ellixson adds, “We knew going into this tournament that if we even placed 4th we would be doing something special, many of the Elite Team Members did even better than that!”
The Grand Champion of the event is the overall winner. At Capital Classics Piper Ellixson and Michael McCloud won their divisions, won the semi-finals and then both went on to claim Grand Champion--Piper in forms and Michael in weapons.
Boyertown Middle School West student Piper Ellixson, 13, Grand Champion in forms, shown with Master Donnie Ellixson, Jr.
Master Donnie Ellixson, Jr. introduces Michael McCloud, 14, a Boyertown High School freshman, Grand Champion in weapons.
McCloud shows awards earned at the Amerikick Internationals.
With this momentum, the team has now set their sights on the upcoming 2024 World Cup, hosted by World Forms and Fighting Champion John Chung in Herndon, Virginia.
Charlie, Master Donnie, and Piper Ellixson pause for proud family photo.
In a different sort of fundraiser, A Cornhole Tournament is being held this Sunday, October 9, 2023, to help defray travel expenses and allow the team achieve this goal. More info: www.ellixsonstkd.com
Washington D.C. - U.S. Capital Classics Aug 4 & 5
Myles Omlor - 1st Korean Challenge, 3rd Traditional Forms, 3rd Creative Weapons
Charlie Ellixson - 2nd Traditional Weapons, 2nd Sparring, 4th Sync Forms
Piper Ellixson - Grand Champion Traditional Forms, 1st Traditional Forms, 1st Sparring, 4th Sync Forms
Rebekah Lahr - 2nd Weapons
Benjamin Lahr - 1st Weapons, 2nd Forms
Anita Graham - 1st Weapons
Vinchenzo Ottey - 1st Creative Weapons, 2nd Continuous Sparring, 3rd Point Sparring, 3rd Traditional Weapons, 3rd Forms
Michael McCloud - Grand Champion Weapons, 1st Forms, 1st Weapons, 4th Sparrring
Atlantic City, New Jersey - Amerikick Internationals Aug 17-19
James Thivierge - 1st Traditional Forms, 1st Traditional Weapons, 2nd Sparring
Dylan Swenk - 2nd Musical Weapons, 3rd Sparring
Myles Omlor - 1st Korean Challenge
Lexianne Miller - 1st Korean Challenge
Nolan Smith - 3rd Weapons
Adrielle Santiago - 1st Sparring, 4th Forms
Charlie Ellixson – Sync Forms 1st, Traditional Forms 1st, Sparring 3rd
Piper Ellixson - Sync Forms 1st, Traditional Forms 2nd
Evan Lang - 4th Forms
Tabetha Miller – 2nd Forms
Jordan Graham - 2nd Creative Forms, 4th Traditional Weapons
Anita Graham - 1st Creative Weapons, 1st Traditional Weapons, 2nd Forms
Rebekah Lahr - 1st Sparring, 2nd Forms, 3rd Sparring
Benjamin Lahr - 2nd Sparring
Vinchenzo Ottey - 1st Forms, 1st Creative Weapons, 3rd Sparring
Michael McCloud - 1st Sparring, 1st Weapons, 3rd Forms
Anneliese Santiago - 1st Traditional Forms, 2nd Sparring, 4th Weapons
Jasmine Miller - 2nd, 4th Traditional Forms
About Ellixson’s Tae Kwon Do Academy
Ellixson’s Tae Kwon Do Academy in Boyertown, PA is a family-focused Tae Kwon Do School, known for offering classes for all skill levels in a supportive, community-focused environment. The Academy has a foundation deeply rooted in the 5 Tenets of Tae Kwon Do: Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-Control and Indomitable Spirit. In 29 years of serving the Community, over 4,000 students have benefited from the training they offer. Their recent achievements are a testament to the quality of instruction and the dedication instilled at the academy.
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