Get to Know 2014 National Poomsae Team Member Sarah Min

Oct. 15, 2014, 1:06 p.m. (ET)

By Anacleta Thorne

Special Contributor to USA Taekwondo

This year Sunho “Sarah” Min will represent Team USA in the junior female division at the upcoming 9th World Poomsae Taekwondo Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Min is a high school senior from California, and in between classes she can be found practicing taekwondo techniques down the school hallways. She is known around school as “The Taekwondo Girl,” and students have been known to jokingly ask, “Can you beat people up?”

We laughed about the last comment because we know that many of the USA Taekwondo National Poomsae team members are familiar with hearing the same thing from time to time.

Taekwondo has always been a very big part of Min’s life. She started at age 6 and found that it helped her overcome shyness and to build self-confidence. Overall, taekwondo has basically helped her find herself.

In the 6th grade, however, Min started to think taekwondo was “lame” and “not cool,” so she quit. During her one year break she felt something was missing and decided it was necessary to return to the sport. When she returned to her taekwondo school, “Yong-In,” she started to take advanced classes and discovered individuals who were hard working and inspirational. From that point forward taekwondo became a passion of hers, and she started to compete.

Although Min trains alongside individuals who are inspirational, it is her parents who continuously encourage her to work hard in order to get better. As we talked it was apparent she is dedicated to practicing and is excited to have a chance to compete at the 9th World Poomsae Championships.

Min shared that every now and then she feels nervous when she stops and thinks about representing Team USA at a world-class level. However, those feelings quickly go away as she brings her focus back to the training that needs to be done.

I asked her what keeps her focused, and Min replied, “I like the competition and winning medals, but mostly it is the feeling of working hard at something and seeing the improvement that really pushes me to keep training and competing.”

Lately, Min has been very busy with her AP classes and filling out college applications, so it has been a challenge to squeeze in time to work on cardio conditioning. As a result she made a bet with a teammate that on a daily basis they both must complete a number of jump ropes, pushups, sit-ups and squats. Each category is worth $1, so for any that are missed they have to pay the other money. Min does not want to lose money, so this encourages her to find time to stay conditioned. 

This will be Min’s third year on the USAT National Poomsae Team, and her goal remains to win a medal for Team USA at the upcoming competition. Please join me in cheering her on as she prepares for the world championships.

The athletes self-fund themselves to travel to the World Poomsae Taekwondo Championships. Those who are interested in donating to the USAT National Poomsae Team can use the following link: