Rome Bruce, Stephen Swope, Peyten Cooper and Santos Alvarez of Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo and Red Cape Martial Arts of Derby, Kansas brought home multiple medals from the 2020 United Taekwondo Alliance National Championships, held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, October 17, 2020. The Championships boasted more than 450 competitors.
Bruce, 15, a red belt in Taekwondo, brought home bronze for empty hand patterns for advanced color belts for her performance of In Kuhn Hyung of Chun Kuhn Taekwondo.
Swope, 16, a 2nd Dan in Taekwondo, placed third for both empty hand patterns and weapons patterns for his divisions for In Kuhn Hyung and Cane Pattern 3 of Chun Kuhn Taekwondo.
Cooper, 16, a red belt in Karate, placed second for empty hand patterns and second in weapons patterns for advanced color belts.
Alvarez, 15, a blue belt in Taekwondo, brought home gold for empty hand patterns for intermediate color belts for Kwan Kuhn Hyung of Chun Kuhn Taekwondo.
The UTA National Championships are organized annually by the United Taekwon-Do Alliance, a networking organization that offers rank certification, tournament competition, instructor certification, and training seminars. The UTA is committed to promoting unity for Taekwondo schools and organizations throughout the world. In addition to the annual National Championship, the UTA also hosts an annual World Championship, to be held in Scotland in 2021.
Bruce, Swope, Cooper and Alvarez are students of Red Cape Martial Arts of Derby and the Kansas Chun Kuhn Taekwondo Association. Red Cape Martial Arts offers Karate, Aikido, Taekwondo and more to children and adults. Red Cape Martial Arts specializes in weapons and self-defense in their Karate classes to ensure their students earn how to protect themselves.
PHOTO CAPTION: Red Cape Martial Arts competitors pose with their medals from the UTA 2020 National Championships. Front: Sebastian Alvarez; 2nd Row L-R: Romé Bruce, Peyten Cooper; 3rd Row L-R: Santos Alvarez, Stephen Swope.