Height: 5-7
Weight: 130 lbs.
Birthdate: 5/13/2000
Hometown: Simi Valley, Calif.
Coach: Master Derrick Kwak, Sr.
Club: MDK-American Martial Arts Academy
Year Started Taekwondo: 2005

Favorite taekwondo athlete is Joshua Liu....his biggest inspiration is Eric Mastrolonardo, a taekwondo master at AMAA...favorite foods are Korean BBQ and pasta...favorite TV shows are cartoons such as "Steven Universe" and "Gravity Falls"...enjoys Disney movies...favorite bands are Twenty One Pilots and BTS...proudest moment in taekwondo was making the 2016 Junior National Team. After losing by one point at the 2016 National Championships, he trained and gave it everything he had for Team Trials. One week before the trials he injured his ankle, but still managed to win Team Trials in overtime by one point...played piano for eight years...claims he started #yay...Derrick also says he makes a lot of puns "It just happuns naturally."...favorite quote: "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

HONORS/AWARDS
-2016 AAU California Team Captain
-2014 California Unified Taekwondo Association (CUTA) Cadet of the Year

MAJOR COMPETITION RECORD:

2016  USAT Junior National Team Member (-59kg)
2016  
USAT Junior National Team Trials (-59kg) - 1st
2016  USAT National Championships - Junior Sparring (-59kg) - Bronze
2016  German Open - Junior Sparring (-55kg) - Gold
2016  U.S. Open - Junior Sparring (-55kg) - Bronze

2015  AAU Team Trials - Junior Sparring (-51kg) - Gold
2015  National Championships - Junior Sparring (-51kg) - Bronze
2015  U.S. Open - Junior Sparring (-48kg) - Gold

2014  USAT Cadet National Team Member (-49kg)
2014  
Pan Am Open - Cadet Sparring (-49kg) - Gold
2014  AAU Team Trials - Cadet Sparring (-49kg) - Gold
2014  National Championships - Cadet Sparring (-49kg) - Gold

2013  Pan Am Open - Cadet Sparring (Bantam) - Silver

2012  U.S. Open - Cadet Sparring (Bantam) - Silver

2011  National Championships - Youth Sparring - Black Belt - Gold
2011  U.S. Open - Youth Sparring - Black Belt - Bronze

2008  National Championships - Sparring - Blue Belt - Silver
2008  National Championships - Poomsae - Blue Belt - Silver

2007  National Championships - Poomsae - Blue Belt - Gold

last updated 2/17/2016