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Olney Students Place at Grand Nationals

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SHREVEPORT, La. — Three students from Olney Taekwondo Center (OTC), 233 E Main St in Olney, competed here July 14 and 15 at the 2017 United Taekwondo Alliance (UTA) Grand Nationals, bringing home two silvers and a bronze.

Local competitors and their places were: Kyle Rennier of Noble, 2nd place in weapons in the age 11-13 division; Samuel Lomas of rural Olney, 2nd place in sparring in the black belt age 14-15 division; and Analiese Ringham of Olney, 3rd place in sparring in the intermediate age 8-9 division.

The event attracted more than 300 competitors from all over the country, and crowned UTA national champions in each rank and age group. Only competitors that had qualified through competition in regional tournaments could compete.

As Olney’s only dedicated martial arts training facility, OTC strives to provide quality martial arts instruction by blending traditional values with modern training techniques, offering programs in traditional taekwondo, mixed martial arts (MMA) and self-defense. All of OTC’s instructors have met stringent instructor certification requirements and teach a standardized curriculum. OTC is located at 233 E. Main St., across from Arcadia Cinemas, and can be reached at (618) 392-3800 or http://www.olneytkd.com.

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Olney Students Compete in Missouri

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TROY, Mo. — Students from Olney Taekwondo Center (OTC), 233 E Main St in Olney, competed here May 21 at the Boyer Academy Tournament, bringing home a total of 18 medals.

Local competitors placing in forms competition were: Kyle Rennier, 1st place (junior black belt division); Isaac Zwilling, 2nd place (red belt age 8-9 division); Samuel Lomas, 2nd place (blue belt age 12-13 division); Weston Campbell, 2nd place (yellow belt age 10-11 division); and Brady Westall, 2nd place (yellow belt age 12-13 division).

Local competitors placing in sparring competition were: Kyle Rennier, 1st place (junior black belt division); Isaac Zwilling, 1st place (red belt age 8-9 division); Samuel Lomas, 1st place (blue belt age 12-13 division); Weston Campbell, 1st place (yellow belt age 10-11 division); Conner Holtz, 2nd place (junior black belt division); Brady Westall, 2nd place (yellow belt, age 12-13 division).

Local competitors placing in breaking competition were: Kyle Rennier, 1st place (junior black belt division); Isaac Zwilling, 1st place (red belt age 8-9 division); Samuel Lomas, 2nd place (blue belt age 12-13 division); Conner Holtz, 3rd place (junior black belt division); Weston Campbell, 2nd place (yellow belt age 10-11 division); Brady Westall, 3rd place (yellow belt, age 12-13 division).

Because he won his division in forms competition, Kyle Rennier advanced to the forms grand championship, but fell short of the title.

In addition, Kyle Rennier, Isaac Zwilling and Weston Campbell advanced to the sparring grand championship. All fell short, with Rennier advancing to the final round.

As Olney’s only dedicated martial arts training facility, OTC strives to provide quality martial arts instruction by blending traditional values with modern training techniques, offering programs in traditional taekwondo, mixed martial arts (MMA) and self-defense. All of OTC’s instructors have met stringent instructor certification requirements and teach a standardized curriculum. OTC is located at 233 E. Main St., across from Arcadia Cinemas, and can be reached at 392-3800 or http://www.olneytkd.com.

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Rennier and Irvin Win Big in Iowa

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WILTON, Iowa — Olney Taekwondo Center (OTC) students Kyle Rennier of Noble and Evan Irvin of Olney competed here April 18 at the 2015 Riverbend Taekwondo Spring Invitational Tournament, together bringing home 7 medals.

Competing in the black belt, age 9-10 division, Rennier earned 1st place in forms, 1st place in sparring, 1st place in breaking and 2nd place in weapons. In addition, because he placed 1st in forms and breaking, Rennier competed for junior grand champion in both events, making it to the semifinal round in breaking.

In the intermediate, age 9-10 division, Irvin earned 2nd place in breaking, 3rd place in forms and 3rd place in sparring.

By placing at this event, Rennier and Irvin both earned the right to compete at United Taekwondo Alliance (UTA) Grand Nationals this July in Tulsa, Okla.

“I’m very proud of our local students,” OTC chief instructor Master Nathan Wheatley said after the event. “They worked hard and travelled a long way, driving 5 hours one way; they showed a lot of heart!”

The competition attracted over 100 competitors from four states.

As Olney’s only dedicated martial arts training facility, OTC strives to provide quality martial arts instruction by blending traditional values with modern training techniques, offering programs in traditional taekwondo, mixed martial arts (MMA), self-defense and KickFit adult cardio. All of OTC’s instructors have met stringent instructor certification requirements and teach a standardized curriculum. OTC is located at 233 E. Main St., across from Arcadia Cinemas, and can be reached at 392-3800 or http://www.olneytkd.com.

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Kyle Rennier Earns Black Belt and Competitor of the Year

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Kyle Rennier, 9, of Noble, a student at Olney Taekwondo Center (OTC), successfully tested for and received 1st degree black belt at a rank testing here Dec. 20.

Also, Kyumson Taekwondo Alliance (KTA) director Master Kevin Roberts presented Rennier with the 2014 KTA Competitor of the Year award during the testing.

“Kyle is the perfect example of a true martial artist,” Roberts said after the presentation. “He has an excellent attitude, and I can’t think of a more worthy recipient of this award.”

Rennier, a 4th grade student at West Richland Elementary School, joined OTC in 2010 at age 5 and has trained continuously since then. He tested in front of a black belt testing panel including: Master Roberts, 5th degree black belt from Mattoon; Master Nathan Wheatley, OTC chief instructor and 5th degree black belt; Master Bill Feltt, 5th degree black belt from Charleston; and Elizabeth Nash, OTC trainee instructor and 3rd degree black belt.

Rennier has had success in several area tournaments. Most recently, after qualifying at a regional tournament in Wilton, IA in April, he competed in November for national champion at United Taekwondo Alliance (UTA) Grand Nationals in Plano, TX.

As Olney’s only dedicated martial arts training facility, OTC strives to provide quality martial arts instruction by blending traditional values with modern training techniques, offering programs in traditional taekwondo, mixed martial arts (MMA), self-defense and KickFit adult cardio. All of OTC’s instructors have met stringent instructor certification requirements and teach a standardized curriculum. OTC is located at 233 E. Main St., across from Arcadia Cinemas, and can be reached at 392-3800 or http://OlneyTKD.com.

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Olney Students Compete in Carmi

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CARMI, Ill. — Local students from Olney Taekwondo Center (OTC), 233 E. Main St. across from Arcadia Cinemas, competed here Nov. 8 at the Southern Illinois Inter-school Tournament.

Local students placing in forms competition: Evan Irvin, 2nd place in the intermediate age 9-10 division; Leah Bruns, 2nd place in the beginner age 9-13 division; Silas Bruns, 2nd place in the beginner age 6-7 division; Memphis Litaker, 2nd place in the pre-TKD age 4-6 division; and Cylas Dickerson, 3rd place in the pre-TKD age 4-6 division.

Local students placing in sparring competition: Kyle Rennier, 3rd place in the advanced age 9-11 division; Evan Irvin, 3rd place in the intermediate age 9-10 division; and Sarah Bruns, 3rd place in the beginner age 9-13 division.

In weapons competition, Kyle Rennier received 3rd place in the under 11 division.

In addition, Connor Summers and Anna Bruns received honorable mention.

As Olney’s only dedicated martial arts training facility, OTC strives to provide quality martial arts instruction by blending traditional values with modern training techniques, offering programs in traditional taekwondo, mixed martial arts (MMA), self-defense and KickFit adult cardio. All of OTC’s instructors have met stringent instructor certification requirements and teach a standardized curriculum. OTC is located at 233 E. Main St., across from Arcadia Cinemas, and can be reached at 392-3800 or http://OlneyTKD.com.

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Princeton Students Compete in Carmi, IL

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CARMI, Ill. — Brothers Landon and Austin Begle of Princeton, Taekwondo students at Princeton Martial Arts (PMA), inside New Image Family Fitness Center in Princeton, competed here Nov. 8 at the Southern Illinois Inter-school Tournament.

Landon Begle earned 1st place in forms and 4th place in breaking in the junior beginner division. Austin Begle placed 1st in the pre-TKD competition.

Princeton Martial Arts provides quality martial arts instruction by blending traditional values with modern training techniques, offering a traditional taekwondo program through New Image Family Fitness Center, 1601 W Broadway. All of PMA’s instructors have met stringent instructor certification requirements and teach a standardized curriculum. PMA can be reached by at (812) 250-1621 or http://www.PrincetonTKD.com.

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Princeton Students Compete in Olney

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OLNEY, Ill. — Taekwondo students from Princeton Martial Arts (PMA), inside New Image Family Fitness Center at 1601 W. Broadway St. in Princeton, competed here March 15 at the Southern Illinois Invitational Tournament.

Local competitors placing in forms competition were: Aden Lewis, 1st place (Pre-TKD white belt division); Zachariah Gendron, 2nd place (Pre-TKD colored stripe division); Quinn Bush, 3rd place (Intermediate age 5-7 division), Hunter Saum, 3rd place (Pre-TKD colored stripe division); and Linkin Delaney, 3rd place (Pre-TKD white belt division).

Princeton Martial Arts provides quality martial arts instruction by blending traditional values with modern training techniques, offering a traditional taekwondo program through New Image Family Fitness Center, 1601 W Broadway. All of PMA’s instructors have met stringent instructor certification requirements and teach a standardized curriculum. PMA can be reached by at (812) 250-1621 or http://www.PrincetonTKD.com.

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Olney Students Compete in Carmi

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CARMI — Students from Olney Taekwondo Center (OTC), 233 E Main St in Olney, competed here Nov. 9 at the Southern Illinois Inter-school Tournament, bringing home a total of 21 trophies.

Local competitors placing in forms competition were: Connor Summers, 1st place (Blue and Brown Belt age 8-10 division); chief instructor Nathan Wheatley, 2nd place (Black Belt Adult division); Nicole Klein, 2nd place (Advanced age 11-13 division); Avery Miller, 3rd place (Teen Boys division); Kyle Rennier, 3rd place (Red and Black Belt age 8-11 division); Shane Elder, 3rd place (Color Belt Adult division); Lexi Shepherd, 3rd place (Teen Girls division); Tyler Hinkle, 3rd place (Beginner age 6-10 division); and Jereme Higginbotham, 3rd place (Pre-TKD Orange Stripe division).

Local competitors placing in sparring competition were: Nicole Klein, 1st place (Advanced age 11-13 division); Lexi Shepherd, 1st place (Teen Girls division); Conner Holtz, 2nd place (Blue and Brown Belt age 8-10 division); Shane Elder, 2nd place (Color Belt Adult division); Ophelia Klein, 3rd place (Red and Black Belt age 8-11 division); Kyle Rennier, 3rd place (Red and Black Belt age 8-11 division); Tyler Holtz, 3rd place (Blue and Brown Belt age 8-10 division); Xander Holtz, 3rd place (Beginner age 6-10 division); and Tyler Hinkle, 3rd place (Beginner age 6-10 division).

Local competitors placing in breaking were: Avery Miller, 1st place (Teen division) and Shane Elder, 2nd place (Adult division). Receiving honorable mention were  Lexi Shepherd and Connor Summers.

In the weapons competition, Kyle Rennier received 2nd place (Color Belt division).

As Olney’s only dedicated martial arts training facility, OTC strives to provide quality martial arts instruction by blending traditional values with modern training techniques, offering programs in traditional taekwondo, mixed martial arts (MMA), self-defense and KickFit adult cardio. All of OTC’s instructors have met stringent instructor certification requirements and teach a standardized curriculum. OTC is located at 233 E. Main St., across from Arcadia Cinemas, and can be reached at 392-3800 or http://www.olneytkd.com.

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Princeton Students Compete in Carmi, IL

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CARMI, Ill. — Four students from Princeton Martial Arts (PMA), inside Elite Fitness Center at 1601 W. Broadway St. in Princeton, competed here Nov. 9 at the Southern Illinois Inter-school Tournament, bringing home a total of 7 trophies.

Local competitors placing in forms competition were: Quinn Bush, 1st place (Beginner age 6-10 division); Garry Anderson, 1st place (Pre-TKD Orange Stripe division); and Morgan Anderson, 2nd place (Beginner age 6-10 division).

Local competitors placing in sparring competition were: Trae Hall, 1st place (Beginner age 6-10 division) and Quinn Bush, 2nd place (Beginner age 6-10 division).

Local competitors placing in breaking were: Garry Anderson, 2nd place (Pre-TKD division) and Morgan Anderson, 4th place (Age 9-11 division).

Princeton Martial Arts provides quality martial arts instruction by blending traditional values with modern training techniques, offering a traditional taekwondo program through Elite Fitness Center, 1601 W Broadway. All of PMA’s instructors have met stringent instructor certification requirements and teach a standardized curriculum. PMA can be reached by phone at (618) 240-1879 and 385-8400 or at http://www.princetontkd.com.

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Martial Arts Monday: Scenes from Fall Nationals

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This week, enjoy some photos from UTA Fall Nationals 2013 in Plano, TX. More photos coming soon!

I had a great time in Texas this weekend (though the drive was quite long). Thanks to Master Jason Wadley and the UTA for an excellent tournament!

I don’t know who many of these competitors are; I just like to take a lot of action shots. If you recognize someone, and want a full resolution copy of the image, just let me know!

Jr. Master Nathan W. Wheatley
5th Degree Black Belt
Owner/Chief Instructor
OlneyTKD.com / PrincetonTKD.com

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