Martial arts club competes at pair of state-level tourneys


iron Horse team at Indiana AAU State Tournament: (front row, from left) Houston Edwards, Jewel Edwards and Paxton Salazar; (second row) Andrea Kopanski, Kristen Beaty, Jessica Beaty and Quinton Cox; (back row) coach Jack Wimmer, Ethan Lincoln, Quinn Sisson, Emerson Piercy, Xavier McNeil and Iron Horse owner and Head Master Myron Gerber.

PENDLETON — Iron Horse Martial Arts recently completed its regular regional tournament season with their events in Westfield and Mason, Ohio, earning more than 50 first- thorugh third-place finishes ahead of national competition.

On May 7, the club competed in the AAU Indiana State Championship in Westfield.

Competitions included a variety of point-sparring, Olympic sparring, breaking boards, poomsae, and weapons.

With a record-high 350 athletes participating, Iron Horse earned 16 first-place finishes, eight second places and nine third places.

The 55th Annual AHN Classic took place April 23 in Mason, Ohio, marking a return after a two-years suspension because of COVID-19.

More than 630 athletes participated, and Iron Horse earned 10 first-place finishes, seven second places and two third places.

The team is now training and fundraising locally for the AAU National Taekwondo Championship set for July at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.


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