Olympic Fil-Am hopefuls at Las Vegas Taekwondo tournament
LAS VEGAS — Taekwondo is one of the leading sports not only in self-defense, but also as a form of mix martial arts. Many Filipino American kids are into this sport, ever since it became an Olympic event in 1988. Over the weekend, many of these Fil-Am taekwondo-ists participated in this year’s Las Vegas Open International Taekwondo Championship.
“Taekwondo gives you an attribute to everything that pertains to life; your confidence… once you have confidence you build strength, you build your mind, and your ability to want to achieve anything in life,” says Cheryl Kalanoc, an Olympian in 1988.
From high kicks to punches, taekwondo is one of the most popular Korean sports that is now being embraced globally. For these young fil-am taekwando artists, they all have a goal: that someday they will qualify for the U.S. Olympic team.