Taekwon-Do

Local martial artist takes taekwondo title in sparring

Local martial artist takes taekwondo title in sparring

Carmel Valley’s Andrew Heiati won three world titles in the three different events at the American Taekwondo Association World Championships in Little Rock, Arkansas on July 13. Andrew, 17, won individual gold in sparring in the black belt 15-17 year old age group, gold in junior team sparring and gold in demo team.

Andrew began doing taekwondo in kindergarten, as part of an after-school program. He began competing at age 10 and taking his training more seriously at Church’s Martial Arts in Carmel Valley. The rising senior at High Bluff Academy now trains at Church’s five to six days a week for two to three hours a day.

Andrew and his mom Young Heiati at the ATA...

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