• Young and old compete for national taekwondo titles

    By: Heather Geller


    JENKS, Okla. - With the littlest competitors at six-years-old like Jack Melton and Cameron Smith, all the way to adults like 44-year-old Sherrie Bullock the Jenks Academy of Martial arts will be well represented as 21 students look for national titles this weekend at the United Taekwondo-do Alliance National Championships. The confidence isnt lacking for those competing either.

    Oh I expect to get first place, Baylee Mashburn said.

    There are a few nerves though some competitors, but they say its natural.

    A little, but I think if you're not nervous then you're overconfident maybe, Bullock said.

    It's the daily work theyve all put in, no matter what age they are competing.

    I've been really focused on the pattern I was going to do for like the last 6 months and getting some extra training in with Mr. Dunham and private sessions. I've just been doing everything I can to make sure I am ready, Bullock said.

    I come here about three nights and I do private lessons. Yeah, I think I am really ready, Mashburn said.

    But winning aside there is one goal for the weekend, having fun. The UTA Nationals take place July 26th and 27th in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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