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Returning Champions Spotlight, Part 3

By Bill Kellick | June 05, 2019, 9:33 p.m. (ET)

In the weeks leading up to the 2019 USA Taekwondo National Championships, we will be highlighting returning National Champions. Enjoy the third installment below...

Kenneth Victoriano

Hometown: Eastvale, CA

Division/category: Male Juniors Wold Class Sparring - Flyweight (-48 kg)

Tell us about your experience in USATKD Nationals: It was really tough to get through as I hadn't won four (4) matches in a row ever, until then.


How did you feel about winning gold and being named a National Champion? It felt like nothing I've everfelt before. It was my greatest achievement up to that point.


What did you enjoy about last year’s Nationals? I liked how all the fighters I fought were skilled and gave me a challenge.


What did your friends and family say about you being a National Champion? They were all extremely proud as they knew I was dreaming of the feat for years.


What are you looking forward to the most at this year’s National Championships? I am looking forward to once again perform at my best and to test my skills against challenging opponents.


What have you done training-wise to prepare for this year’s National Championships? I've done everything I would usually do to prepare for Nationals this year just like how I prepare for a state championship.  I am constantly working hard all year long, no matter the tournament.

Nina Venegas

Hometown: Laredo, Texas

Division/category: Cadet -29kg (now -33)


Tell us about your experience in USATKD Nationals: It was really great to have the opportunity to fight people from all over the nation and it helped me gain more experience for my next tournaments.


How did you feel about winning gold and being named a National Champion? At the moment I couldn’t believe I had won, but once I took it in, I was really proud of what I had accomplished during my first year in Cadet Division.  Winning gold helped me realize that hard work always pays off.


What did you enjoy about last year’s Nationals? I enjoyed having the opportunity to make new friends with top ranked athletes from other states and had the time to get to know other friends better.  It was nice to travel to a different state and enjoy the beautiful different sceneries that we don’t normally see.

 


What did your friends and family say about you being a National Champion? They were very excited to see me bring back Gold to Laredo.  They have always been very supportive in my Taekwondo journey since I began competing in State and Nationals since I was a Dragon.  My parents are very proud of the athlete I have become and how much I have been able to accomplish thru very hard work and dedication.

 


What are you looking forward to the most at this year’s National Championships? Being my second year in Cadet, I am looking forward to meet more amazing people and athletes who share the same common goal as myself and of course getting the opportunity to fight new people in the ring.

 


What have you done training-wise to prepare for this year’s National Championships? I train 2-3 hours daily at least 6 days in a week in my home town, plus attend state-wide trainings and compete in multiple available tournaments both sanctioned and non to continue obtaining experience from different athletes in my division and in higher ones.  I do multiple trainings to include strength, motion, endurance and Taekwondo technique drills to maintain the best condition and preparedness possible.

Montana Miller (aka Montizzy)

Hometown: Lynnwood, Washington 


Division/category: Cadet Female 12-14 Female Blackbelt 29.1 - 33.0 kg(FLY)


Tell us about your experience in USATKD Nationals: The tournament was FANTASTIC!  It went by so fast and had very FUN times. I became National Champion, USA Team Member and also All American Athlete.


How did you feel about winning gold and being named a National Champion? I was shocked at first!  Happy and emotional! This was my 1st National Champion event.  I have only became a blackbelt and went straight to preparing for this event.  The experience was great! 


What did you enjoy about last year’s Nationals? I enjoyed most the experienced fighters that came from many different states. Sparring against their best was nerve racking but I was there to have a good time loving this sport!


What did your friends and family say about you being a National Champion? My family and friends were proud and happy for me.  Also, they understood that I put all those days training and sacrificing in to get the goal I chose for myself. I am thankful for their support over the season.


What are you looking forward to the most at this year’s National Championships? I am looking forward to performing very well and having fun doing what I love most...….. sparring!  I am thankful for all the supporters!  Master Joe Whitworth, Master Kevin Park, Master Jadae Bezanson, Master Trinity Osborn, Coach Brandon and all other coaches that have supported me through this season!  I want to prove to them that this year's training I have put in all my effort and I want to make them proud!  

 

What have you done training-wise to prepare for this year’s National Championships? I and my team have been ramping up our practices!  Working really hard and attending lots of out-of-state competition to gain experience with other fighters.  Learning new techniques from my coaches.  Drills after drills I continue to work hard to prepare for 2019 National Championship this coming month.

 

Makayla Greenwood (aka #THECHAMP)

Hometown: Schenectady, NY (currently Miami, Florida, the 305)


Division/category: -52 juniors -53


Tell us about your experience in USATKD Nationals: It’s a long difficult day but well worth the work.


How did you feel about winning gold and being named a National Champion? It feels good to be #1


What did you enjoy about last year’s Nationals? I love to see all my friends and the coaches we have meet over all the years.❤️


What did your friends and family say about you being a National Champion? They showed me so much support!!! Love them all.


What are you looking forward to the most at this year’s National Championships? Trying to become a three peat nationals champion.


What have you done training-wise to prepare for this year’s National Championships? Relocate.... and train twice a day with the best possible people. 

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Kenneth Victoriano

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Nina Venegas