Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Locals Win Eight Medals at National Taekwondo Competition

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L to R: Grandmaster Robert Wheatley, 9th Degree Black Belt, Louisville Contestants Charisma Edwards, and
Master Instructor Willie D. Matthews, Grandmaster Dennis Brewer 7th Degree Black Belt

Louisville can be proud that it has two National Taekwondo winners. Each of them won four medals at the 2018 United Taekwondo Alliance National competition in Bossier City, Louisiana, July 26-28, 2018.

Charisma Edward, 22 years old, won gold in the Women’s Team Sparring, silver in the Individual Point Sparring, bronze in the Women’s Individual Form, and bronze in the Women’s Olympic Sparring. Master Instructor Willie D. Matthews won gold in the Team Form Competition, silver in Team Sparring, silver in the Individual Sparring, and Bronze in the Individual Form. According to 61 year old Matthews this was the first time he has competed in Individual Form which shocked him when he won a medal.

This team would like to thank those who helped to sponsor them in the National Competition. The next competition will be in the Dominican Republic November 2018. Stay tuned for more details. Sponsors are needed to help with their expenses. The school is in partnership with Friends of Dean Park, Inc. Donations may be sent to Friends of Dean Park, Inc, P. O. Box 365, Louisville, MS 39339. Please note in ‘memo’ for Taekwondo Competition.

Panthers Taekwondo School is still open for enrollment for 5 years and older - with registration fee $25.00. The classes are free and are held at the Louisville Coliseum. For details, please contact Master Instructor Willie Matthews, 662.705-8656.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson